5th Annual Northwest Poets' Concord

Starts:Friday, May 03, 2013  12:00 AMEnds:Sunday, May 05, 2013  12:00 AM

Registration fee of $60 with a check made out to "NW Poets' Concord" to P.O. Box 85, Seal Rock, OR 97376.

This year you must preregister, as no registration will occur at the conference.

The registration amount includes a buffet breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and snacks and beverages throughout the conference.

Event Description:

The weekend of May 3 - 5 offers a rare opportunity in the Newport area to experience readings and presentations by more than sixty of the northwest region’s prominent poets. The fifth annual Northwest Poets’ Concord will take place at the Hallmark Inn and Resort beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 3, running all day Saturday from 9 to 5, and Sunday morning from 9 to noon.

On Friday, May 3, award-winning poet Ellen Waterston will give the keynote presentation at 5 p.m. Waterston is founder of The Nature of Words in Bend. This event is free and open to the public.

Sunday’s events include a Book Fair, where authors will be available to sign their books. Both Friday and Saturday’s events conclude with open mics, where anyone can stand up and read a single poem.

Those reading from their works or presenting workshops include poets from Seattle to Sacramento and from Grants Pass to Pendleton. Well-known local poets in attendance will include Sue Lick, Julius Jortner, and Ruth F. Harrison. Others hail from the greater Portland area and Willamette Valley, including Don Colburn, Toni Hanner, David Hedges, Eleanor Berry, Henry Hughes, and Barbara Drake. Special workshops focus on topics such as poetry and yoga, poetry and the Blues, poetry and photography, poetry of place, and revising poetry.

The annual conference is organized and hosted by local professor and writer Dr. Sandra Ellston, who also serves as President of Writers on the Edge. “The conference is aptly named a ‘concord,’” Ellston says. “Seldom will you find such a large and harmonious gathering of people who are lovers and practitioners of poetry. Everyone who comes to the Concord learns something new from a working poet.”

The Northwest Poets’ Concord is sponsored by Writers on the Edge with grant support from the Lane Literary Guild. The public may register for the conference for $60, which includes a breakfast brunch on Saturday and Sunday; preregistration for the conference is required. Information is available on the web site at poetsconcord.org.

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