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Christopher Luna performs with Tyler Burba by Nathan Tompkins

Christopher Luna performs with Tyler Burba by Nathan Tompkins

Monday, March 9, 2009

CALYX 33rd Anniversary March 15/ Writer's Dojo Literary Celebration March 28

Thanks to Paulann Petersen for passing this on: Here are two invitations to free literary events! From Calyx: CALYX 33rd Anniversary and Small Press Month Reading (PORTLAND) Sunday, March 15th, 7:30pm Powell’s Books 1005 W. Burnside Portland, OR Celebrate Small Press Month with CALYX Books at a reading featuring Minnesota scholar and poet Cass Dalglish, reading from “Humming the Blues,” a poetic translation of cuneiform tablets written in 2350 BCE by the female prince and priest Enheduanna. Humming the Blues is a series of personae poems examining a bleak period of Mesopotamian history in which Enheduanna, the heroine of Humming the Blues, is usurped from rulership, raped, beaten, and left to wander. She beseeches Inanna, a female god who journeyed to hell and back, for guidance and help. Dalglish’s interpretation lyrically translates the original cuneiform into jazz-like improvisation, giving a musical and rhythmic voice to an ancient story. The reading also feature award-winning poet Paulann Petersen, a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a recipient of the Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award from Literary Arts. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals and through the Poetry in Motion project, which puts poems on buses and light rail cars in the Portland metropolitan area. Her newest collection of poems is Kindle (Mountains and Rivers Press, 2008). Also reading will be Portland’s Kristin Berger, a widely published poet, most recently in Alimentum, Edible Portland, Mamazine, New Letters, and The Oregonian. Her chapbook, For the Willing (Finishing Line Press, 2008), has been nominated for an Oregon Book Award. Kristin is an editorial collective member of VoiceCatcher, an anthology of Portland area women writers. From Writers Dojo in North Portland: LITERARY CELEBRATION Saturday, March 28th, 9am-6pm Join the Literary Conversation Join many of our favorite literary artists and professionals, including Paulann Petersen, Sage Cohen, David Biespiel, Karen Karbo, Ken Arnold, Rhonda Hughes, Joanna Rose, and many more. We'll have poetry and prose workshops, a midday forum discussion on the future of publishing, and numerous surprises. Visit for the schedule and line-up, with more information on the way. Please join us. It's FREE (with a small suggested donation to help us develop writing classes for kids.) I hope to see you here. Paulann Petersen Please note e-mail change to Visit my web site at

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