Stevenson Library hosts annual Artist of the Gorge opening reception

October brings some great events to the Stevenson Community Library. Come join the celebration at the 36th Annual Artists of the Gorge Opening Reception on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s gallery.

The exhibit will be on display until November 7.

At the reception, first and second place artists will be announced, and the juried exhibit will be open to the public for the first time. Food, silent auction items, and live music will all be on the library’s main level. Wine and beer will be available for sale. The silent auction benefits the Friends of the Library.

The library welcomes Elizabeth Austen, Washington State Poet Laureate, on Oct. 27 at 6:30 p.m. Austen is the Washington State Poet Laureate for 2014-2016. The Poet Laureate serves to build awareness and appreciation of poetry–including Washington’s legacy of poetry–through public readings, workshops, and presentations in communities throughout the state.

Her debut collection, “Every Dress a Decision” (Blue Begonia Press, 2011) was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. She’s also the author of two chapter books, “The Girl Who Goes Alone” (Floating Bridge Press, 2010) and “Where Currents Meet” (Toadlily Press, 2010), and an audio CD, “Skin Prayers” (self-published, 2006).

Austen’s poems have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac and Verse Daily, in the Los Angeles Review, Bellingham Review and Willow Springs. She is noted for her engaging public performances of poetry, and has been featured at Poets House in New York City, Minneapolis’s The Loft, the Skagit River Poetry Festival, Spokane’s Get Lit!, Seattle’s Cheap Wine and Poetry and Bumbershoot, among others. Austen produces poetry programming for NPR-affiliate KUOW 94.9, earned a Master of Fine Arts at Antioch University LA, and teaches at Richard Hugo House. She makes her living at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she also offers poetry and journaling workshops for the staff.

For more information, contact the Stevenson library at 509-427-5471.

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