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Illahe Studios & Gallery with Gallery DeForest invite you to an evening of Poetry in the Neighborhood

Illahe Studios and Gallery Events
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  Historic Charles Nininger Building


Welcome back to

Poetry in the Neighborhood! 

Upcoming Readings
Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
March 21st
Judith Barrington
Toni Hanner
April 18th
John Daniel
Ester Kamar
$5 suggested donation
Join us for another inspiring series
showcasing the talent of our local poets!


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Join us for a community collaborative book arts/poetry project. We invited members of the community to the gallery for a free workshop to make unique, hand bound books. Each participant could take one of these books home and the rest were donated to the COMMUNITY PRESS PROJECT.
We will have these one-of-a-kind books available at the gallery for you to take home to create your own artist book.  Write, draw, color, cut & paste to your heart’s content then bring it back to the gallery to show in conjunction with our Fourth Annual Book Arts Show and National Poetry Month. You may have your book for sale or just to show.
For more info visit Illahe’s listing at SOAR:










Thursday, February 21st

7:00 – 8:30 pm


Featured Poets

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Joan Peterson

Linda Barnes

Robert Pesich

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Peterson retired from teaching writing classes at Rogue Community College several years ago.  She lives on her farm in Applegate where she has room for  gardening, and walking.  Sometimes she even has time to write a poem.  She has published her work in Intricate Homelands(2000), Voices of the Siskiyous

 (2006)West Wind Review, Rouge’s Gallery, Oregon English Journal, Fireweed and various other literary magazines.  She has one chapbook of poems, Brilliant by the Door (1999).

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has degrees in English and Psychology, and is a Certified Applied Poetry Facilitator and a Certified Facilitator for the Journal to the Self® Program. She is a retired personal counselor who continues her work in poetry therapy and journal faciliation in private groups and on line with the Therapeutic Writing Institute. She serves on the Board of the Federation of Biblio-Poetry Therapy.


Linda has won several awards for her poetry and is included in the Oregon Poetic Voices Project on line. She is a founding member of the Rogue Valley Chapter of the Oregon Poetry Association, and has coordinated the annual Southern Oregon Poetry Prize for the Downtowners Coffee House monthly reading group for eight years.


Her book on the benefits of teaching expressive writing at the community college will be released in 2014. She has just returned from presenting poetry workshops at the Southcoast Writers’ Conference in Gold Beach, Oregon.


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Robert Pesich is the editor for Swan Scythe Press. His work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Redwood Coast Review, The Bitter Oleander, Slipstream, Skidrow Penthouse and Círculo de Poesía (Mexico City) among others.


He was a finalist for the 2011 SLS Unified Contest. In 2009, he was awarded the Littoral Press Poetry Prize and fellowships from Djerassi and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

In 2004, he was awarded an artist fellowship from Arts Council Silicon Valley. In 2001, he authored the chapbook Burned Kilim (Dragonfly Press). A second collection of poetry, Night Sutures, is in submission. He works at Stanford University Medical Center as a research assistant in the Department of Biochemistry and lives near San José with his wife and their two sons.


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