Chinese gardens in China and Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland are filled with poetic inscriptions: as text, calligraphy, engravings and plaques. Inspired by the culture of literature in Chinese gardens, prolific poets share their work with garden visitors every Saturday in April at 3 p.m.
Margaret (Maggie) Chula lived in Kyoto, Japan for twelve years where she taught English and creative writing at Doshisha Women’s College. She also studied the traditional arts of woodblock printing and flower arrangement. Writing haiku, tanka, and haibun for more than thirty years, she travels internationally to promote these forms through presentations and workshops. She has published seven books, most recently a tanka collection, Just This. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Kyoto Journal, Poet Lore, Americas Review, Windfall, Sufi journal, Cloudbank, and Briarcliff Review, as well as in haiku journals around the world. Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Regional Arts Culture Council have supported her writing as well as fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and Playa. From 2011-2016, she served as president of the Tanka Society of America. Join poet Margaret Chula as she reads from her new book, "Daffodils at Twilight," a collection of poems.
Charles Goodrich is the author of three volumes of poems, A Scripture of Crows, Going to Seed: Dispatches from the Garden, and Insects of South Corvallis, and a collection of essays about nature, parenting, and building his own house, The Practice of Home. He also co-edited the volume In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helens, and the anthology, Forest Under Story: Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest. His poems and essays have appeared in Orion, The Sun, and among many other publications, and his poems have been read a dozen times on "The Writer's Almanac." To support his writing habit, Charles worked for twenty-five years as a professional gardener. He recently retired as director for the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word at Oregon State University, and is hard at work on a novel, Beer Farm.
Rick Jolly has been living in Portland since the early nineties where he became involved in the local poetry community. Rick has done hundreds of readings around Portland, including appearances on KBOO's Talking Earth radio show, as a featured reader for Show & Tell Gallery's series at Three Friends Coffeehouse, and also as a frequent reader of children's picture books for Powell's Storytime series on Saturday mornings. Rick has been practicing yoga & meditation for twenty-five years and teaches contemplative writing classes.
Tricia Knoll is a Portland poet who retired from communications work with the City of Portland in 2007. Since then she's been writing poetry pretty much full time. When she takes breaks, she writes one haiku every day and tends to a garden that has Platinum Backyard Habitat Certification. She volunteers at the Washington Park Rose Garden and is an Oregon State University Master Gardener. Her own garden has zones ... the native plants and woods down to a creek in back, a rose garden, and raised beds for organic vegetables and berries. She has received 7 nominations for Pushcart Prizes. Her work is widely available in journals and anthologies. Her collected poems include Urban Wild, Ocean's Laughter, Broadfork Farm and coming in 2018 How I Learned to Be White. She will read poems from her first three collections and from her contribution to Flora's Forum, an on-line gardening blog.
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Lan Su Chinese Garden
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