Portlandia Club May 2014 Luncheon

On the Road with Oregon's Ambassador for Poetry

Oregon's sixth Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen, will recount some of the marvelous experiences she's had in her travels (over 25,000 miles inside the state of Oregon) as the state's ambassador for poetry. Since her appointment by Governor Kulongowski in 2010 and reappointment by Governor Kitzhaber in 2012, Petersen has traveled the state of Oregon giving hundreds of workshops, readings, and keynotes. She has published six full-length books of poetry. Her latest is "Understory." She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford and the recipient of the 2006 Holbrook Award from Oregon Literary Arts. Funded by the incomparable Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon's poet laureate program is a collaborative project by the State's five cultural partners - Oregon Art's Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities, and the State Historic Preservation Office. It is particularly appropriate that Paulann Petersen will be a speaker for Portlandia this year as Oregon honors the 100th anniversary of the birth of William Stafford, Oregon's most celebrated poet. You might have caught our current poet laureate on OPB in one of the many tributes to Stafford.

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