Last night, Oregon Book Awards finalists David Biespiel, Donna Henderson, Henry Hughes, Jennifer Richter and Zachary Schomburg joined Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient Crystal Williams at the Ace Hotel for Lineage: Oregon Poets Reflect on American Poetry Since 1950. The poets shared their thoughts on the lineage of American poetry, and their own influences. The poets discussed the poetry of Lucille Clifton, James Dickey, Wallace Stevens, James Tate, Williams Carlos Williams and other National Book Award authors, and shared their own work as well.

Literary Arts partnered with the National Book Foundation to produce this event, part of the National Book Foundation’s retrospective of the past 61 years of American poetry. Lineage was supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, with local support from the friends of William Stafford and Ed & Sue Einowski.

More photos from the event can be found in our album on our Facebook page

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