First Draft Writers' Series opens tonight

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PENDLETON — The First Draft Writers’ Series is at 7 tonight at the Prodigal Son Brewery & Pub, 230 S.E. Court Ave.

Two nationally recognized writers from Portland, Ingrid Wendt and Ralph Salisbury, will each read from their new works, followed by three-minute open mike readings by local authors and poets.

Wendt is the author of five full-length books of poems, two anthologies, a book-length teaching guide and more than 200 individual poems published in such magazines and anthologies.

“Evensong,” her most recent book, contains semi-autobiographical poems collected over the past 30 years that include lyric meditations on love, spirit, memory, mortality, family dynamics, music, and how we communicate, process and act on news from our troubled world.

Salisbury is the winner of River Teeth’s 2012 Literary Non Fiction Book Prize and a Rockefeller Bellagio Award in poetry and fiction. He published his eleventh book of poems, “Like the Sun in Storm,” in 2012. Like his previous books of poems and short fiction, it evokes his Cherokee-Shawnee-Irish-English-American heritage.

He has presented his work on stage, on radio and on TV, in the U.S., Canada, Europe and India. His tenth book of poems, “Light from a Bullet Hole: Poems New & Selected 1950-2008,” was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

The First Draft Writers’ Series is a program of the Pendleton Center for the Arts and takes place the third Thursday of each month. For more information contact the Pendleton Center for the Arts at 541-278-9201 or visit online, pendletonarts.org.

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