Join People’s Ink writer Lois Melina for “The Body in Pain,” an evening of prose and poetry with her and Andrea Scarpino, Poet Laureate of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
The readings will be on Wednesday, April 20, 7-8 pm, Another Read Through bookstore, 3932 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland OR, and on Thursday, April 21, 7-8 pm, Feldenkrais Movement Center, 14810 NE 20th Ave, Vancouver WA.
Lois Melina’s creative nonfiction has been published in the anthologies Forged by Fire (University of Oklahoma Press) and Borne on Air (Eastern Washington University Press) and Oregon Humanities magazine.
Andrea Scarpino is the author of the book-length poem, What The Willow Said As It Fell, to be released in April from Red Hen Press. Incoporating found poetry, including from her own medical records, Scarpino bears witness to the body as a site of loss, to chronic pain as an all-encompassing and imperfectly understood experience, and to the mythological and medical ways we understand the body as it is continually created and lost. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals including The Cincinnati Review, Los Angeles Review, PANK, and Prairie Schooner.
Andrea Scarpino will also be reading Tuesday, April 19 at 7 pm at O’Connor’s Vault (adjacent to Annie Bloom’s bookstore), 7850 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR, along with former Washington Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken and former Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen. That event is sponsored by Timberline Review.