OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Poets Geri Doran and Maxine Scates set reading at OSU on Jan. 20

01/04/2012

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Two Oregon poets will read from their recent collections as part of the Literary Northwest Reading Series on Friday, Jan. 20, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Oregon State University.

The reading, which is in the Journey Room of OSU’s Memorial Union, is free and open to the public; a book signing will follow.

Geri Doran will read from her second collection of poems, “Sanderlings” (Tupelo Press, 2011) which was praised by poet Michael Collier for having an “elegant formal intelligence and a quiet, insistent, and probing imagination.”  Doran will be joined at the reading by Maxine Scates who will read from her recent book “Undone” (New Issues, 2011), a poetry collection called “nuanced, mysterious, intimate” by Dorianne Laux.

Doran is the author of “Resin,” selected by Henri Cole for the Academy of American Poets’ Walt Whitman Award. She teaches poetry in the University of Oregon’s Creative Writing Program.

Scates is the author of three books of poetry including “Toluca Street” and “Black Loam.” Her poems have been published widely and her work has received the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, the Oregon Book Award for Poetry, the Lyre Prize, and a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Eugene.

The Literary Northwest Series is cosponsored by the OSU Beaver Store and the OSU Department of English, and celebrates regional literary achievement.