June 19 readings to be followed by open mic
The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “Gold Shoes & Hippocampus,” a night of poetry at the Newport Visual Arts Center on Saturday, June 16, 7-9pm. The event will feature Casey Bush and Leanne Grabel, two Portland authors with new poetry books to their credit, and local author Carla Perry. The event is sponsored by the three presenting authors and the OCCA. A $5 suggested donation is requested at the door, and an open mic (five-minute limit) will follow. Signed copies of the authors’ new books will be available for purchase.
“We are excited to bring poetry to the VAC this spring,” says OCCA VAC director Tom Webb. “Having Casey Bush and Leanne Grabel team up with Carla Perry makes for a strong threesome of award-winning authors.”
Casey Bush is a longtime Portland poet whose eighth book of poetry, Student of the Hippocampus, was published by Last Word Press (Olympia, WA) in 2017. His work recently has appeared in Elohi Gadugi, the Inflectionist Review, North Coast Squid, Poeming Pigeon, UUT Poetry and Unlikely Stories. Bush is a senior editor of The Bear Deluxe Magazine, which explores environmental issues through the literary and graphic arts.
Leanne Grabel is a semi-retired special ed teacher, poet, performer and illustrator, whose new book of graphic prose poems, Gold Shoes, was published in spring 2018 by Finishing Line Press. Grabel and her husband Steve Sander are the founders of Café Lena, Portland’s legendary poetry café of the 1990s.
Carla Perry was the founder and director of Writers On The Edge and the Nye Beach Writers’ Series. Her novel, Riva Beside Me, was adapted into a full stage play that debuted at the Newport Performing Arts Center in 2017. She is a poet, civic activist, grandmother of two incredible beings, as well as the owner of Dancing Moon Press.
The Newport Visual Arts Center is located at 777 NW Beach Dr. in Newport’s Nye Beach neighborhood.