April is National Poetry Month and a slate of author and poetry readings is set for Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., in Ashland. All of the events are free. Call 488-0029.
Here's the schedule:
- 7 p.m.Friday, April 10 — Scott Blum will read from his book "Waiting for Autumn."
- 7 p.m. Saturday, April 11 — Poets Angela Decker-Howe, Kirsten Rian and Amy MacLennan will read from their published works.
- 7 p.m. Monday, April 13th — Frank Romano will read from his collection of poetry, "Storm Over Morocco."
- 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16 — Poets Steve Berman and Michiko Wisdom will read from their book "Crickets Singing in the Moonlight," which includes translations of works by Yosano Akiko.
- 7 p.m. Friday, April 17 — John Witte and Allan Peterson will read from their published works. Witte is author of three books of poetry; Peterson's book earned a Juniper Prize in 2005.
- 7 p.m. Sunday, April 19 — Local poets David Memmott, Steve Dieffenbacher and Bruce Barton will read from their published works. Memmott has published four books of poetry, a novel, a story collection and works that have appeared in anthologies; Dieffenbacher's poems have appeared in anthologies and chapbooks of poetry by Oregon writers; and Barton will soon release two new books of poetry, "The Last Poems of the 20th Century" and "Blessings, Poems and Prayers."
- 7 p.m. Monday, April 20 — Poet Barry Kraft will read favorite works from Robinson Jeffers, Kenneth Koch, Mary Oliver and others.
- 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23 — Downtowne CoffeeHouse Poets Corner, a group featuring Charlotte Abernathy, Alison Harrison, Rick Fjellman, Linda Barnes, Liz Robinson, Carol Brockfield, Dave Harvey and Amy Miller, will read from their original works.
- 7 p.m. Friday, April 24 — Horizon Institute's annual evening of poetry on the theme "What Does It Mean to Be Human?" will feature readings by local poets reading from their own work and a poet of their choice.