Paulann Petersen, Portlander and Oregon Poet Laureate, is one of our state's most inspiring literacy advocates. We'd like offer up our heartfelt Thanks for a wildly successful Tavern Books fundraiser that she graciously hosted in her home last night. Over the past two years, Paulann has helped us develop and sustain our Poetry State program (follow this link to learn more about PS)--in fact, Paulann is THE reason Poetry State exists.
Her role as our state poet is not one she takes lightly--she's on the road year round traveling to Oregon's far-flung towns, giving community workshops, hosting events, mentoring writers, and serving as an example for those of us working in the arts. On top of that, Paulann is a member of our Board of Directors. And...she continues to write and publish great books. We can't thank her enough for her efforts.
Thanks, Paulann, for all you do. Like so many, we've run out of adjectives to describe your commitment to the arts.
For those looking to support Poetry State or Tavern Books, do be in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org)! We'd be delighted to have you join us in our efforts to bring books of exceptional poetry to Oregon's public libraries, Tribal libraries, and alternative book-lending programs.