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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 on Saturday, May 11 at 2 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.

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