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Poet Wendy Willis in Manzanita

Poetry festival offers workshop

Published on March 12, 2018 2:48PM

Wendy Willis

Manzanita Writers’ Series

Wendy Willis

Author Wendy Willis reads at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita.

Manzanita Writers’ Series

Author Wendy Willis reads at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita.

Manzanita PoetryFest 2018, to be held April 14, features workshops conducted by Wendy Willis from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. After a reading by Willis, an open mic for workshop participants follows at 7 p.m.

Willis’ “Blood Sisters of the Republic” was released by Press 53 in 2012. Her second book of poems, “A Long Late Pledge,” won the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize and was released by Bear Star Press in 2017. Willis has published poems and essays in a wide variety of journals, including New England Review, Oregon Humanities, Poetry Northwest, The Rumpus, Zócalo Public Square, and ZYZZYVA. She is a faculty member in poetry at the Attic Institute in Portland. She has her M.F.A. in poetry from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.

Willis splits her time between her roles as mother, poet, and advocate for democracy.

She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, the poet David Biespiel; his son Lucas; her two daughters, Ruby and Violet.

Registration opens March 1. Tuition is $125 until March 31, $150 thereafter. Register at

PoetryFest is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center, 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita. Further information is available at or contact Kathie Hightower,


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