SEASIDE - Seaside Theater will begin a monthly series of poetry readings Wednesday, Aug. 18, featuring Astoria poet Donna Wright. The event will begin with a signup for a poetry open mic at 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be available during the break between the open mic and the featured poet's reading. The ongoing poetry readings will be held the third Wednesday of each month and will be hosted by Susan Firghil Park. Upcoming readings in September and October will feature Portland poets Karen Braucher and Laura Weeks, and North Coast poet Florence Sage.

Wright is associate editor of Oregon English Journal, a publication of the Oregon Council of Teachers of English, and has taught at area high schools and as adjunct faculty at Clatsop Community College. Her writing has been published by Oregon English Journal, Rain, and other Northwest literary magazines.

The Seaside Theater, a nonprofit corporation, is managed by John Salerno and Qian Yang. It is located on the Necanicum River between the First and 12th Street bridges, at 816 N. Holladay Drive. The Web site is For information, call Salerno at (503) 738-5052 or e-mail, or contact Park at

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