Poet Beers to sign books at Book and Game Saturday

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Shaindel Beers, author of a compilation of poems titled "A Brief History of Time," will be signing books 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday at Walla Walla Book and Game, 38 E. Main St.

Penelope Scambly Schott, winner of the Oregon Book Award in Poetry, said this about Beers' book: "A Brief History of Time" promises scope and Shaindel Beers delivers. Her strong first book goes beyond the farm girl who escapes and has love affairs. This young woman writes poems crammed with the beauty, irony, and sadness of the world: crummy jobs, meanness, illness, loss, and all the perspective they bring ..."

Originally from Argos, Ind., Beers studied literature at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala., and at the University of Chicago before earning her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has taught at colleges and universities in Illinois and Florida and currently teaches English at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton. She has earned numerous prizes for her poetry and the title poem from "A Brief History of Time," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the poetry editor of Contrary (www.contrarymagazine.com).

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