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Free public reading with Tai Carmen Wagner, Professor Charles Heying, Steva

The readers for February 2 are Tai Carmen Wagner, Professor Charles Heying, Stevan Allred, and Joanna Rose.

First Wednesdays, a series of readings, performances and wine-tasting are held at the Blackbird Wine Shop, 4323 NE Fremont, 7-9pm. This show is 21 and over. Contact Julie Mae Madsen at  maemadsen@gmail.com or  http://www.facebook.com/pages/First-Wednesday-Readings/111063515598491for more information.
First Wednesdays, a series of readings, performances and wine-tasting are held at the Blackbird Wine Shop, 4323 NE Fremont, 7-9pm. This show is 21 and over. Contact Julie Mae Madsen at  maemadsen@gmail.com or  http://www.facebook.com/pages/First-Wednesday-Readings/111063515598491for more information.

The readers for February 2 are Tai Carmen Wagner, Professor Charles Heying, Stevan Allred, and Joanna Rose.

Tai Carmen was born in 1980 in Southern California and raised with an appreciation of the arts. She studied creative writing and literature in UC Santa Barbara's College of Creative Studies, from which she graduated in 2002. She is expecting the release of her first work -- a collection of poems entitled Pollen -- this February 25th on Finishing Line Press. Details at www.taicarmen.com

Charles Heying is associate professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University. He has co-authored a book and numerous articles on the politics and development of Olympic cities. One of these articles, "Olympic Cities: Lessons Learned from Mega-Event Politics" received the award for Best Paper at the 2000 Annual Conference of the Urban Affairs Association. Professor Heying's current research combines his interest in the arts with his passion for community - based economic development. In Brew to Bikes: Portland's Artisan Economy, he describes how the transformation from an industrial to a post-industrial economy is being articulated in the trend-setting edges of Portland's artisan production. The book integrates a traditional artisan world-view with new insights about the role of cultural industries in urban development, a new moral orientation to sustainability, and the paradoxical emergence of local distinctiveness in a global economy.

Stevan Allred lives with his cat Jesse in a house in the woods halfway between Fisher's Mill and Viola. He has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his work has appeared in numerous literary journals both in print and online. He is the publisher and editor of two zines, Dixon Ticonderoga and Noise and Spark.

Joanna Rose writes book reviews for the Oregonian. Her short fiction, personal essays, and poems get published here and there. (ZYZZYVA, Bellingham Review, Story Magazine, High Desert Journal) She teaches with Wordstock and Writers in the Schools, being a big fan of young writers, and also co-hosts The Pinewood Table Critique Group with Stevan Allred. She is the author of one published novel, one unpublished novel, and then there's the new one, which she will read from tonight.


Upcoming: The readers for March 2 are David Cooke, Bruce Greene, A. Molotkov, and John Milliken.