First Draft Writers’ Series slated at brewery, pub

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PENDLETON — The First Draft Writers’ Series continues at 7 p.m. today at the Prodigal Son Brewery and Pub theater room, 230 S.E. Court Ave., with featured writer Charles Goodrich.

Goodrich will read at 7 p.m., followed by five-minute open mic readings by the first 10 local writers who sign up.

The free event is organized by the Pendleton Center for the Arts.

To support his poetry writing habit, Goodrich worked for 25 years as a professional gardener — for a convent, a residential treatment facility for troubled teens and for the historic Benton County Courthouse.

He has also worked as a correctional work crew supervisor, a farm hand and a final finisher in a toilet factory.

He now serves as Director for the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University.

His poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications and a number of his poems have been read by Garrison Keillor on “The Writer’s Almanac.”

Goodrich is the author of the poetry collections “Going to Seed: Dispatches from the Garden” and “Insects of South Corvallis” and a collection of essays, “The Practice of Home.” His newest book of poems, “A Scripture of Crows,” has won high praise.

For more information, call 541-278-9201, visit pendletonarts.org or the Facebook page, First Draft Writers’ Series.

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