Column: Eleven local authors to read at the Writers Read celebration, March 5 | Community


The Northwest Writers Series at the Cannon Beach Library will host 11 authors reading 16 of their stories, essays and poems during the fourth annual Writers Reading Celebration, Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. on Facebook Live.

The 11 authors reading at the celebration include writers from Wheeler, Oregon, to Camas, Washington. Several of the 16 poems, which a five-member jury selected anonymously from 45 entries, were written by writers living in Clatsop and Tillamook counties.

Writers reading their submitted works include:

Adria Bagadnani, Manzanita, reading her poem “Bird”.

John Ciminello, Naselle, Washington, reading two poems, “The Douser” and “Back to the Beginning”,

Bill Grafius, Gearhart, reading two poems, “The Cyborg Gardener” and “Deciding Factor”.

Karen Keltz, Tillamook, reading two poems, “Another Kind of Resilience” and “Realm of Possibility”.

Phyllis Mannan, Manzanita, reading her story, “Holes,” and a poem, “Poem with a Line from Lao Tzu.”

Steven Mayer, Cannon Beach, reading his essay ‘On Recovery’.

Kristen Nekovar, Astoria, reading a rap poem, “Pill Bug.”

Jennifer Nightingale, Astoria, reading her poem ‘Everything Has Changed’.

Emily Ransdell, Camas, Washington, reading her two poems, “Consider the Blackberry” and “Our Pandemic Year.”

Scott T. Starbuck, Battle Ground, Washington, reading his poem, “Slim’s Tree”.

L. Swartz, Wheeler, will read a random poem, “The Hunger, The Edges, The Fall.”

The suggested theme for this year’s celebration was “Recovery?

For the eleven writers selected to read, recovery ranged from life after Covid to caring for a sick bird. Recovery can also mean a light-splashed winter day, finding your way back after getting lost on a trail, discovering an old swimming hole, or relearning how to garden as a cyborg.

The Writers’ Reading Celebration begins Saturday, March 5 at 7 p.m. on Facebook Live. Facebook membership is not required. The celebration can be accessed by going to the library’s website at and clicking on the banner at the top of the page. He can also be reached by visiting the library’s Facebook page.

Last year, Writers Read Celebration garnered over 1,300 views.

Are you thinking of recovery? The theme of this year’s Writers Read Celebration reminds me of another possible sign of recovery from the Covid pandemic.

Two years have passed without the library sponsoring a library quilt design. This, following the plague closing the library to all for several months and – although now open to small groups of patrons to browse for short visits between noon and 4pm. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday, the library avoided such important meetings as a public quilt drawing to raise funds.

However, longtime library supporter and now library board member Melodie Chenevert challenged the library to safely restore the library’s traditional quilt design, despite the fact that Covid still lurks in Clatsop County, not to mention the rest of the world.

Chenevert generously donated two quilts featuring diamond-shaped pieces made from fabrics popular in the 1930s and 1940s. Both quilts were completed in the 1980s and have never been used.

One is a twin size “Christmas” quilt featuring dramatic dark green six-pointed stars interspersed with tumbling blocks to create an optical illusion 72 x 90 inches.

The second quilt is a queen size “Lone Star” quilt measuring 86 inches by 90 inches in which a single multicolored star dominates the top of the blanket surrounded by a double border apron.

Both quilts would make great wall displays. The person whose name is drawn first will have the choice between the two quilts. The person whose name is drawn second will win the remaining quilt.

The library board hopes that by December the drawing can take place in person at a library event. If the presence of Covid makes it dangerous, perhaps the draw can take place via Facebook Live.

If a writers’ reading celebration on Facebook Live resulted in local poets, essayists and storytellers receiving 1,300 views, the library could also expect a successful fundraiser through Facebook.

Ticket prices for the Quilt Drawing have never seen inflation, at least not in my nine-year memory of that drawing. I remember this because I took advantage of my spouse eight years ago by buying several tickets on a whim and winning. A beautiful patch pattern quilt always keeps me warm as winter creeps into spring.

Previously, a ticket offered a chance to win a quilt. In 2022, one ticket offers the chance to win one of two quilts. What a story!

Tickets for this year’s Quilt Drawing remain one for $1, six for $5, and one hundred and twenty tickets for a cool C-note. Potential winning tickets are available at the library until the time of the 2022 draw in December.

Speaking of inflation-fighting opportunities at the library, let me mention that I was at the library last Friday and noted many opportunities to discover excellent books for sale at absurdly low prices. low. The used book room is fully stocked and used books have overflowed into a number of nooks in the library.

Looking at the used book bargains offers a wonderful way to spend a quick browsing tour of the library on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday between noon and 4 p.m.

Members of Cannon Beach Reads will meet via Zoom on Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. to discuss “The Lincoln Highway” by best-selling novelist Amor Towles. Wanda Meyer-Price will lead the discussion.

New members are always welcome. If you would like to join this discussion or become a regular Cannon Beach Reads participant, email Joe Bernt at [email protected] It will add you to the group’s mailing list and send you the information needed to join the Zoom session.


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