On June 17th, our final reading of our current format will take place at In Other Words at 7 p.m. (Corner of N Killingsworth and Williams). We are going out with a rather large explosion featuring two women, JoAnna Prahl and Annie Lighthart, who while being soft spoken, carry a profound poetic punch. So come join us and bring a poem for our open mic (2 pages max please), and of course, word salad, our final broadside, steal a line and cookies.
Annie Lighthart began writing poetry after her first visit to an Oregon old growth forest. Since then, she has continued to write while working as a teacher and environmental writer. Her book of poetry Iron String, a finalist for the 2007 Four Way Books Levis Poetry Prize, was published by Airlie Press in 2013. She has taught at Boston College, as a poet in the schools, and for Write Around Portland and OASIS. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Greensboro Review, Cimarron Review, CALYX, Many Mountains Moving, and other journals. She holds an MFA in poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts and an MA in literature from Boston College, and now writes from a small green corner of Portland, Oregon.
JoAnna Prahl lives in Portland, Oregon where she volunteers as an advocate for survivors of sexual violence. She works as a registered nurse and is pursuing her MFA in the Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.