Springfield Celebrates Authors: Erica Goss presents a Workshop and Open Mic

The Springfield Public Library is proud to offer an open invitation to both adults and teens to take part in a workshop with award winning poet Erica Goss and then sharing your work at an Open Mic (or just listen if you prefer!).  With support from the Springfield Library Foundation and the Oregon Poetry Association, Goss will present an opportunity to “explore what keeps us up at night – i.e., what worries us, what excites us, what we look forward to, what we don’t. Through writing, we will create poetry from themes and fears that recur in our lives”.  Following the workshop participants will be able to take part in a short Open Mic.

Erica Goss served as Poet Laureate of Los Gatos, California from 2013-2016. Her latest poetry collection, Night Court, won the 2016 Lyrebird Prize from Glass Lyre Press. She is the author of Wild Place (2012, Finishing Line Press) and Vibrant Words: Ideas and Inspirations for Poets (2014, Pushpen Press). Her work is featured in numerous anthologies and journals, including Pearl, Ekphrasis, Main Street Rag, Café Review, Perigee and many others.  She is the co-founder of Media Poetry Studio, a poetry-and-film camp for teen girls. In 2018, Erica founded Digital Storytelling of the Pacific Northwest, an arts education program for teens and adults. Erica lives in Eugene, Oregon, and teaches classes in poetry, memoir and video.

Springfield Celebrates Authors is an annual series presented by the Springfield Public Library highlighting local, national and international authors.  Over the course of five months patrons can hear from published trail guides, essayists, poets, Young Adult Authors and Sports Journalists.  The next Springfield Celebrates Authors event will feature Austin Meek, sports journalist at The Register Guard at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 11.

All events are free and open to the community.

What: Springfield Celebrate Authors: Erica Goss presents a Workshop and Open Mic

When:  2 p.m., Saturday, April 13

Where:  Library Conference Room, Springfield Public Library, 225 5th Street, Springfield OR 97477

Additional Information: Kristen Curé, 541.726.2232, kcure@springfield-or.gov


Prompt and Circumstance at the Springfield Public Library

Ready to use writing prompts and exercises to jump-start your creativity? Sidestep perfectionism and get words on the page with Jessica Cagle-Faber and Wordcrafters in Eugene. This two-hour free writing class at 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 15 is designed to inspire writers of all levels. In the class you will use prompts (or writing exercises) that work for all types of writing, from memoir and personal essay to poetry and fiction.

With just an old-school notebook and pen, you will generate ideas rapidly, while sidestepping the perfectionism that often stifles creativity.  Or bring your laptop. Those who want to can share what they have written.

Instructor Jessica Cagle-Faber starter her writing career in journalism writing for The Register-Guard and Eugene Weekly.  She recently graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and can be seen around town revising her first novel with a chai in hand.

Each month, the Springfield Public Library hosts a free writing workshop for the community, presented by Wordcrafters in Eugene. All are welcome to join the free writing workshops. Adult library events are made possible by a sponsorship from the Springfield Public Library Foundation.

All events are free and open to the community.

What: Prompt and Circumstance at the Springfield Public Library

When:  5:30-7:30 p.m., Monday, April 15

Where:  Springfield Public Library, 225 5th St, Springfield OR 97477

Additional Information: Mark Riddle, 541.726.2238, mriddle@springfield-or.gov



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