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Maggie Chula & Bill Silverly
June 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Maggie Chula grew up on her grandparent’s tobacco farm on the banks of the Connecticut River where she explored eighty acres of woods and meadows. In her thirties, she traveled around the world with her husband and then settled in Kyoto for twelve years, where she taught English and creative writing. Maggie has published eight collections of poetry, including Grinding my ink, which received the Haiku Society of America Book Award. She has been a featured speaker and workshop leader at writers’ conferences throughout the United States, as well as in Poland, Canada, and Japan. Maggie was appointed Poet Laureate for Friends of Chamber Music and also served as President of the Tanka Society of America. She lives in Portland, where she hikes, gardens, swims, and creates flower arrangements for every room of the house.
“During her “wild in the woods” childhood, Margaret Chula pried back ‘the heads of Jack-in-the-pulpits / to witness the miracle.’ All her life, she has ‘wanted // to find paradise in a place,’ in what she encounters. And she does just that: her poems seek out and find the miraculous in the seemingly ordinary. Employing rich and resonant imagery, her work delves into and opens a lifetime of defining experiences. Line by line, each poem in Daffodils at Twilight is a woodland bloom, unfurling.”
—Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita
Bill Siverly was born and grew up in Lewiston, Idaho, and he has lived in Portland since 1972. He holds a Master of Arts degree from San Francisco State University, and he taught literature, composition, and creative writing at Portland Community College for twenty-five years. Bill has published six books of poems: Parzival (1981), Phoenix Fire (1987), The Turn (2000), Clearwater Way (2009), Steptoe Butte (2013), and Nightfall (2018). Since 2002 he has been co-editor with Michael McDowell of Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place, which features poetry of the Pacific Northwest and appears twice yearly on the equinoxes.
“These interesting, eminently readable poems are part everyday observation, part Central European history, part travelogue, and part philosophical musing and meditation. They read like uniform diary entries compiled by a man of refined sensibility and intellect who is acutely aware of the world around him, both political and natural. At times haunting and melancholy, at times joyful and celebratory, taken all together they constitute a remarkable book.”
—Clemens Starck, author of Old Dogs, New Tricks