Poetry is the espresso of the literary world — cutting away all but the essential words to create a short, intense burst of meaning, packed with all life’s flavor.
And on Sunday, Nov. 26, guests at The Red Roof in Gleneden Beach can enjoy the two side by side, as Josiah Phillips and David Mason visit for an afternoon of poetry readings in this comfortable coffee house and wine bar.
As a child, Josiah Phillips read the bible to his grandmother. Teachers at Roosevelt High School encouraged him to develop his love of Shakespeare and poetry, which led to his desire to become an actor. After acting with the Portland Civic Theater and Portland Shakespeare Company, Phillips moved to San Francisco in 1973 and toured the United States with the New Shakespeare Company of San Francisco. In 1987 he began a 22-year career with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, playing in a number of August Wilson’s plays. Next spring, he will be in Wilson’s “Two Trains Running” at Portland’s Passinart Theatre.
A native of Washington state, David Mason was poet laureate of Colorado from 2010 to 2014. His many books include “Ludlow: A Verse Novel,” “Sea Salt: Poems of a Decade,” and “Davey McGravy: Tales to Be Read Aloud to Children and Adult Children.” His work appears in magazines and newspapers all over the world, and he has also written opera libretti and a memoir. He divides his time between Colorado and a home in Newport.
The readings will start at 3 pm at The Red Roof, 7040 Gleneden Beach Loop. Admission is free but donations are suggested
For more information, call 541-614-4528.