Paulann Petersen and Annie Lighthart, Poetry of Presence


We will be joined this evening by two wonderful local poets, reading from a recently released anthology in which their work appears. Paulann Petersen and Annie Lighthart will read from Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems, published by Grayson Books and edited by Phyllis Cole-Dai and Ruby R. Wilson. The book is a collection of more than 150 mindfulness poems, mostly by contemporary or recent poets, both acclaimed and lesser known. Mindfulness poems invite us to bring our whole self to whatever moment we're in and truly live it. They encourage us to be more present, more attentive and compassionate, in the living of our days. They grant us a taste of being good enough, just as we are, in this world, just as it is.

Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita, has six full-length books of poetry, most recently Understory from Lost Horse Press in 2013. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Poetry, The New Republic, Prairie Schooner, Willow Springs, Calyx, and the online Poetry Daily. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and the recipient of the 2006 Holbrook Award from Oregon Literary Arts. In 2013 she received Willamette Writers’ Distinguished Northwest Writer Award.

Annie Lighthart is a poet and teacher who started writing poetry after her first visit to an Oregon old-growth forest. She earned an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has taught at Boston College, with Portland's Mountain Writers and Soapstone, as a poet in the schools, through Road Scholar/Elderhostel programs, and with community groups of all ages.  So far her youngest student has been six and her oldest eighty-nine. Iron String, Annie's first book of poetry, was published by Airlie Press in 2013.  Her second book of poetry, Lantern, won the 2017 Wells College Press Chapbook Award and was published in 2017 as a letter-press printed, hand-sewn and numbered edition of 150 copies.





Event date: 
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems Cover Image
By Phyllis Cole-Dai (Editor), Ruby R. Wilson (Editor)
ISBN: 9780998258836
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grayson Books - August 29th, 2017

Understory Cover Image
ISBN: 9780988316621
Availability: Special Order
Published: Lost Horse Press - July 15th, 2013

Iron String Cover Image
ISBN: 9780982106679
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Airlie Press - October 1st, 2013


Paulann Petersen and Annie Lighthart, Poetry of Presence