Writers Event On Central Oregon Coast Features Poets
(Newport, Oregon) – The latest installment of the Nye Beach Writers’ Series happens on January 15 and will feature two scribes, both of them poets. (Above: Nye Beach at night)
Claudia Handler was one of six poets chosen by Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center and the Los Angeles Poetry Festival to participate in the Poets/ALOUD Series in 2006. Some of her new work has been included in the anthology A Poets Haggadah: Passover Through the Eyes of Poets which was edited by Rick Lupert, creator of the Poetry Super Highway. Handler's poems have also appeared in various printed literary journals, and online. She is also the author of the full-length poetry collection, Going Under, published in 2007.
Handler showed up on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Live Wire Radio” in April 2007 for a special anniversary who, and was later featured in their Favorite Moments of 2007 Show, which aired February 2008. She has also appeared on The Moe Green Poetry Hour, and Breathe.
She is the co-director of Valley Contemporary Poets in the San Fernando Valley, an organization dedicated to bringing poetry to that area as well as greater Los Angeles. Originally from New York, Handler came to California in 2002, where she is a professional counselor.
From Los Angeles also comes poet Laurel Ann Bogen, working as a performance artist and teacher as well. She has penned ten books, including various poetry collections, such as: Washing a Language, Fission, The Last Girl in the Land of the Butterflies, The Burning, Do Iguanas Dance Under the Moonlight? and Rag Tag We Kiss. Her fiction work has included The Great Orange Leonard Scandal, and The Projects.
From 1996 to 2002, Bogen served as literary curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, coordinating the Writers In Focus poetry series. She is a founding member of the critically acclaimed poetry-performance ensemble, Nearly Fatal Women, which has performed in the Knitting Factory in New York, Cornell University, Beyond Baroque/Literary Arts Center, and the Cast Theater in Hollywood.
In 2008, she won the Outstanding Instructor of the Year award from UCLA Extension in Creative Writing, and Los Angeles Weekly has named her Best Female Poet/Performer in their Best of L.A. issue. She has also received awards from the Academy of American Poets and the Pacificus Foundation. Bogen’s work has appeared in numerous literary reviews and anthologies as well as at Zuzu's Petals, Zero City, Spoken War, and The Open Ended It. Check out the scoop on her excellent books at the Unlikely Stories bookstore.
There is an open mic session after the intermission. Audience members can read their original work for up to five minutes. These slots are available to the first ten writers to sign up, and no pre-registration is required.The show begins at 7 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Newport Visual Arts Center, at 777 NW Beach Drive (across from the Nye Beach Turnaround). General admission is $5 at the door, students always admitted free. Light refreshments will be available.
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