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Bits & Pieces: White Bird's season

Dance presenter White Bird has announced its 17th season, and it’ll feature newly commissioned works by Alonzo King and Danielle Agami, three dance companies from the United Kingdom and the Portland return after 30 years of Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Subscriptions start as low as $104 (www.whitebird.org/subscribe), while single-event sale dates will be August and November.

The 2014-15 season:

White Bird Dance Series

Diavolo (California), Oct. 9-11 Newmark Theatre; Michael Clark Company (Great Britain), Oct. 16-18, Newmark; Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (The Netherlands), Feb. 11, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall; Alonzo King LINES Ballet (California), Feb. 26-28, 2015, Newmark; Dance Theatre of Harlem (New York), April 21-22, Schnitz.

White Bird Uncaged

Yossi Berg and Oded Graf (Israel), Dec. 11-13, Lincoln Hall/PSU; Russel Maliphant Company (Great Britain), Jan. 22-24, Lincoln Hall/PSU; New Israeli Voices in Dance: Hillel Kogan and Danielle Agami (Israel, U.S.), March 19-21, Lincoln Hall/PSU; Urban Bush Women (New York), April 9-11, Newmark.

White Bird Exclusives

Les 7 Doigts de le Main, Sequence 8 (Canada), March 5-7 Newmark; Dorrance Dance (New York), April 29, Schnitz.

‘The Bully Project

Oregon Children’s Theatre has announced winners for its second-annual anti-bullying playwriting contest, and they’ll be featured at “The Bully Project” staged readings 5 p.m. May 11 at Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway (pay-what-you-will, octc.org).

Middle school students (sixth- to eighth-graders) from Oregon and Washington wrote original, 10-minute plays about bullying, with six finalists selected, each mentored by Matthew B. Zrebski and Debbie Lamedman of Playwrights West.

Three finalists have been chosen for cash prize awards: Chloe Rust, “Bullies Anonymous,” eighth grade, Lakeridge Junior High, Lake Oswego; Hannah Bachman, “Like Father, Like Son,” eighth grade, Beaumont Middle School; Lizzie O’Mahony, “Stuck in the Middle: A Field Guide,” sixth grade, St. Clare School. Honorable mentions: Mariana Penaloza-Vu, “Takes Just One Person,” 8th grade, Vestal Elementary;

Kendall Uslan, “In a Sea of Fog with No Flashlight,” seventh grade, MITCH Charter, Tualatin; Pablo Reese, “Voice,” sixth grade, Beach School.

Says Stan Foote, OCT artistic director: “We love this project because it gives kids a voice about issues that are real and immediate to them. Plus, it offers young writers a chance to work with professionals to hone their craft.”

“The Bully Project” will be available free on OCT’s website (www.octc.org) for teachers to use in their classrooms.

Portland-schooled poet

Peter Sears, the newly appointed Poet Laureate of Oregon, attended Reed College as a writer-in-residence upon his arrival in the state in 1974.

In succeeding years, he served as community services coordinator for Oregon Arts Commission and founded and served as director of the Oregon Literary Coalition. He also taught in the Master’s of Fine Arts program at Pacific University.

The Yale graduate and former U.S. Army intelligence linguist resides in Corvallis. He is the author of three full-length collections of poetry — “Tour” (1987), “The Brink” (1999), “Green Diver” (2009) — as well as two supplementary textbooks. He has a fourth collection, “Small Talk: The New and Selected Poems,” coming out via Lynx House Press this year.

“I would like to broaden the range of the Poet Laureate’s role to include the voices of diverse communities,” he says.

He succeeds Paulann Petersen, who held the post since 2010.