Centennial Event – Baker City, OR

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October 10, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, Baker City, OR
2020 Auburn Avenue
Baker City, OR

Open to the Public: Yes
Admission: No
Event Host(s): Baker County Library
Featured Guest(s): Tina Tau, Portland poet.

Event Site Contact Info:
Name: Crossroads Carnegie Art Center
Phone: 541-523-6419

2nd Friday Literary Night: Oregon Reads 2014 Kickoff with poet Tina Tau

Baker County Library will commemorate the centennial of Oregon’s most celebrated poet, William Stafford, with an event series on poetry, the free expression of literature and conscience, and the life and spirit of Stafford. The celebration kicks off on October 10 at 7:00 pm with a special 2nd Friday Literary Night at Crossroads Carnegie Arts Center. Portland poet Tina Tau will speak about Stafford’s influence on her writing. Tau’s works will be available for purchase and participants can pick up free Stafford books while supplies last, sponsored by the Friends of Baker County Library. Reading discussions with the Stafford books are scheduled for Saturday, Oct25 and Nov 8 at 10:00 am at the library. Tina Tau is a Portland writer and teacher who was inspired by William Stafford’s daily early-morning poem practice to write a poem every day for over two years. Three poetry collections emerged from that practice: Where the Water Is, Eating the Foam, and The Golden Tree. Her poems have also appeared in Calyx, Friends Journal, Western Friend, The Oregonian, Fireweed, Wilderness Magazine, and other journals, and in the anthology Enlivened by the Mystery: Quakers and God. She has a forthcoming book, Hardscrabble Road, co-authored with Portland poet Keith Moe. In her talk Tina will speak about the life-changing gifts of that daily practice and read from her collections of poems. Her talk is entitled “My Own Way of Looking at Things.”