Leanne Grabel and Casey Bush (the headliners) with be reading with Carla Perry at the Visual Arts Center this coming Saturday, June 16, at 7 p.m.
LEANNE GRABEL is the equivalent of a rock star in Portland’s legacy of performance poets, often traveling with her keyboard as backup. Her work is “word opera,” brave in subject matter, and brutally honest about herself and what it all means. She is smart, and she is funny. She spent decades teaching poetry to at-risk teenagers who need to learn to use the power of words to heal themselves. Her approach has always been openhearted and nurturing. She’ll be here promoting her latest book of poetry & illustrations, Gold Shoes.
CASEY BUSH, also from Portland, will be reading from his eighth book of poetry, Student of the Hippocampus. Casey is the senior editor of The Bear Deluxe, the Northwest’s leading environmental arts magazine. And here’s the tie-in: Tom Webb, director of VAC, was the co-founder of The Bear Deluxe, and remains Editor-in-Chief. Andrew Rodman, Newport’s only unofficial poet laureate, who passed away far too young, was a good friend of these guys, and actively involved in The Bear Deluxe. Aside: Casey Bush is also a renowned chess player and mycologist.
CARLA PERRY was the founder of Writers On The Edge and the Nye Beach Writers’ Series, and received the Stewart Holbrook Special Oregon Book Award and the Oregon Governor’s Art Award for those efforts. Her novel, Riva Beside Me, was adapted for the stage and debuted at the PAC last year. Her latest poetry book, Wanderlust, was released by Foothills Publishing in New York and that instigated a 30-day, cross-country Amtrak whistle-stop reading tour. She is still producing books for others through her company, Dancing Moon Press.
Readings are followed by an open mic — original work, with a five-minute limit per person.
Come on out and have some fun.
Saturday, June 16, 7 p.m.
Visual Arts Center – 2nd floor
777 NW Beach Drive, Nye Beach in Newport
$5 donation suggested