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Organizations team up for Otoño de Aventuras at Gresham Park; State seeks a new Poet Laureate

Local groups team up for Spanish-language park day

A festival is being held to connect local Spanish-speaking families with the nature around them.

Otoño de Aventuras will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at Nadaka Nature Park, 17615 N.E. Glisan St. The afternoon will have several businesses and associations providing offerings and activities.

- Hike it Baby will host Spanish-language guided hikes where families will stroll along a trail loop and learn tips and tricks on how to hike with young children and babies. There will also be gear available, activity sheets and workbooks in both English and Spanish.

- Teton Sports will donate outdoor backpacks to participants.

- NW Family Daycation will hand out nature guides, free items and share information through a free app that helps families locate nearby parks and green spaces.

n Wander Walks will have families help place new signage in the main park and along the Nadaka trail system.

- Access Recreation, a local nonprofit organization focused on accessible hiking and trails, will have a table set up with an activity for families.

There will be more events in the future connecting Latinx families with outdoor opportunities. Learn more at hikeitbaby.com

Oregon seeks new Poet Laureate

Nominations are open for the state's next poet laureate — a role that fosters the art of poetry, encourages literacy and learning, addresses central issues relating to humanities sand heritage, and reflects on public life in Oregon.

The Oregon Poet Laureate Program will be accepting nominations and applications for the two-year term through Jan. 10, 2022.

"A poet is a witness who imagines, and through these acts gives us permission to do the same," said Anis Mojgani, Oregon's outgoing poet laureate. "For the times we're in, we must be powerfully imaginative, so to have for Oregon a position to foster and rally this imagining is a beautiful importance and gift for our state."

Previous poet laureates have included Elizabeth Woody of Warm Springs, Kim Stafford of Portland, the late Peter Sears of Corvallis, and Lawson Inada of Medford. 

The poet laureate must give a minimum of 10 public readings/events per year across the state, while demonstrating the value and importance of poetry.

Nominees must be residents of Oregon and have lived in the state for at least 10 years. They must be publicly recognized as poets and well-regarded for excellence in their work; have a significant body of published or performed work; and agree to the conditions and the terms of the appointment.

Poets of all subgenres and styles will be considered, including prose, slam poetry and cowboy poetry.

Nominate a poet online at oregonpoetlaureate.org

The Poet Laureate program is a collaborative project of the state's five cultural partners, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Humanities, and the State Historic Preservation Office, with funding provided by the Oregon Cultural Trust.


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