The Poetry Box LIVE – September Edition!
Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023 @ 4:00 PM (Pacific)
[3pm (Alaskan) / 5pm (Mountain) / 6pm (Central) / 7pm (Eastern)]
- Grace Richards (Oregon) – author of Break-Up Hair & Other Poems
- Susan Woods Morse (Oregon) – author of Quilting the Loose Edges
- Claudia Saleeby Savage (Oregon) – author of metal used for beauty alone
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About the Featured Poets
Grace Richards worked as a technical writer in the early computer industry, as an assistant in the TV and film industry in Los Angeles, and later taught ESL at the college level in Southern California and at the University of Oregon. During the last few most dramatic years, she has found her poetic voice. Her work has been published in Willawaw, Writing in a Woman’s Voice, Herstry blog, and in the anthologies Poems on Poems and Poets and Conestoga Zen. Her first chapbook, Mid-Century Modern and Other Poems, was published in September 2019. She enjoys being part of the creative community in Eugene, Oregon, awestruck by the surrounding beauty of the trees, the ever-shifting clouds amid bright blue sky, and gentle April showers at times turning to snowfall.
You can order Grace’s new chapbook HERE
Susan Woods Morse has a Masters degree in Literacy Education. She taught ELA at the middle school level for many years before retiring in 2016. Born in California, she transplanted to the backwoods of Maine for thirty years, before finally moving to the Willamette Valley in Oregon to be closer to her family. There, Susan served on the board of the Oregon Poetry Association and had her first chapbook, In the Hush, published by Finishing Line Press in 2019.
Her work has appeared in various journals such as Cream City Review, The Mom Egg, Sixfold, Cirque, Willawaw Journal, Aji Magazine, VoiceCatcher, Verseweavers, Wood Cat Review, and The Poeming Pigeon. Her poem,”Of Plates and Poets, A Somewhat Ars Poetica” was an NFSPS 1st place winner of the New York Poetry Forum Award in 2021. Susan is a member of the Mid Valley Poetry Society and often reads her work during Salem Poetry Project and Head for the Hills events. She enjoys gardening, camping, and just “being out there” in nature.
You can order Susan’s new book HERE
Claudia Saleeby Savage‘s writing explores diaspora and dichotomy and has been featured in print, on stage, and in galleries throughout the country. She’s a poet, essayist, and author of Bruising Continents, The Last One Eaten, and the collaboration The Hour of Anjali. Her work lives on the page, but more often with her performance duo Thick In The Throat Honey (2019 semi-finalists for a Creative Capital award on the Syrian refugee crisis). She’s received support from PJCE, RACC, The Black Earth Institute, Jentel, Ucross, the Global Education Center, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Her poetics are influenced by rabid reading, dancing, Alice Coltrane, and long walks in drippy forests. She works in the field of renewable energy and lives with her husband and daughter in Portland.
You can order Claudia’s new book HERE