Portland author Wendy Willis will present the annual PoetryFest reading this Saturday, April 14, capping off this annual celebration of verse hosted by the Manzanita Writers’ Series.
Willis splits her time between her roles as mother, poet and advocate for democracy.
Her first book of poems, “Blood Sisters of the Republic,” was released in 2012, followed in 2017 by “A Long Late Pledge,” which won the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize. She hold an MFA in poetry from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University and has published poems and essays in a wide variety of journals, including New England Review, Oregon Humanities, The Rumpus and more.
Willis is the executive director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium and the founder and director of Oregon’s Kitchen Table. She also serves on the boards of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation and Tavern Books.
The reading will start at 7 pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, 594 Laneda Avenue, and will be followed by an open mic for participants in this year’s PoetryFest workshop. Admission is $7.