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Works of Leanne Grabel, Howard Johnson are focus of Peregrine Literary Series. All are welcome.

For The Review, Tidings

The Peregrine Literary Series resumes at 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Stickmen's Brew Pub, located at 40 N. State St., Lake Oswego.

Hosted by Joan Maiers, the event is family-friendly and will feature Leanne Grabel, reading her poems with acoustic back-up and Harold L. Johnson presenting selections from his latest publication "Article II. The Gallery."

Grabel is a writer, illustrator, performer and special education teacher (almost retired).

Currently she is teaching graphic flash memoir to adults in several arts centers and retirement communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. The flash in "flash memoir" refers to its brevity, and its "flash" of insight into the human experience.

Like a book-length memoir, a flash memoir engages readers at an emotional level so that they come away changed by a new level of understanding, however subtle, into what it means to be human.

In love with mixing genres, Grabel has written and produced numerous spoken word multi-media shows including "The Lighter Side of Chronic Depression" and "Anger: The Musical."

Johnson's "Article II. The Gallery" is a collection of poems, one for each U.S. President up to number 44.

Each poem creates a vivid picture of a president, illuminating both his (because so far they have all been male) historical record and the response from the African-American perspective.

Johnson says of the book: "The intent to create a culturally resonant statement drives each effort to make something. It starts, I think, with an awareness of mortality. It involves sound, language, in an effort to artistically present my particular experience of time where I am."

Johnson is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest and grew up in Yakima, Washington. He graduated with degrees in English and art from the University of Portland and Portland State and taught English and visual art in both high schools and colleges.

His work is featured in many journals and anthologies, including "New Poets of the American West." He has published a novel, "The Fort Showalter Blues," and "Citizenship," a book of poetry, as well as several chapbooks.

Admission and parking are free.

Both authors will have books available for purchase at the event.

Attendees are encouraged to bring canned food donations for the local food bank.


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