Venn reads Thursday at First Draft series

Photo courtesy George Venn
La Grande author George Venn will read for the First Draft Writers’ Series Thursday evening in Pendleton.
Photo courtesy George Venn La Grande author George Venn will read for the First Draft Writers’ Series Thursday evening in Pendleton.

Photo courtesy George Venn
La Grande author George Venn will read for the First Draft Writers’ Series Thursday evening in Pendleton.

Submitted to Go! Magazine

The First Draft Writers’ Series welcomes La Grande author George Venn to the stage at the Pendleton Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Venn is a poet, essayist, literary historian, editor, beekeeper and educator, and a distinguished figure in western American literature.

His new memoir, “Keeping the Swarm,” gathers 11 personal essays from 50 years of writing about the Northwest and includes two essays on the prize-winning poet’s international sojourns in Spain and China.

Venn’s awards include a Pushcart Prize, the Andres Berger Award, an Oregon book award for “Marking the Magic Circle” and the Stewart Holbrook Award for the Oregon Literature Series.

In 2009, both Oregon State Library and Poetry Northwest selected “West of Paradise” for  their meritorious, recommended and celebratory booklists.

The First Draft Writers’ Series brings writers from across the Northwest to Pendleton every third Thursday of each month to read from new work and answer questions from audience members. The event is free and open to the public.Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the readings begin at 7 p.m.

The main presentation is followed by an open mic, where up to 10 local emerging writers will read from their work.

For more information, contact the Arts Center at 541-278-9201 or check online at pendletonarts.org.

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