Poe, Suess part of Eastern Oregon Word Round-Up

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PENDLETON — The second annual Eastern Oregon Word Round-Up will be Friday-Sunday at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, 47106 Wildhorse Blvd.

Dr. Suess and the late Edgar Allan Poe will be among the presenters. Poe, portrayed by actor Duffy Hudson, will give lively readings at 7 p.m. Friday during the keynote presentation. Following the Poe presentation, former Oregon Poet Laureate Lawson Fusao Inada will discuss poetry and its relevance for persons from all walks of life.

Author Molly Gloss and executive director of the Northwest Photography Archive, John Laursen will be keynote speakers on Saturday. Hudson will appear as Dr. Suess at 10 a.m. that day.

A full slate of other programs and workshops at planned for the Word Round-Up, including by Eastern Oregon writers Pamela Steele, Bette Husted, Justin Quaempts, David Memmott, David Axelrod, Thomas Madden, Jodi Varon, Jack Lorts, Paty Jager and Rebekah Burcham.

The event includes two full days of programs and workshops on publishing and writing in several genres, as well as a trade show, a book sale of quality used books from area libraries, music performances, Native American dancing, and a book art display.

A book art exhibit at the Word Round-Up will feature the works of Roberta Lavadour, director of the Pendleton Center for the Arts.

Free admission to the Tamastslikt museum and its current Andy Warhol exhibit will be offered to the public the entire weekend.

A fee of $25 will be charged for two-hour, hands-on workshops in creative writing.

Admission to the Word Round-Up readings, lectures, programs and entertainment are also free.

A full schedule is available here, or call 541-966-9748.

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