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WITS Reading: Madison High School

Wed, Jan 27, 2021 from 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm PST

Writers in the Schools (WITS) has served public high school students with creative writing residencies in Portland, and more recently Gresham, since 1996. Published local writers collaborate with classroom teachers to lead an immersive semester-long workshop series designed to further class themes, curricula, and student interests.

Each residency culminates with a public reading, ordinarily held in a local café or bookstore. With distance learning, we look forward to hosting our reading on Zoom and invite you to join us in celebrating these students and their work.


This end-of-residency reading will feature students who worked with WITS writers Alex Behr, Damien Miles-Paulson, and Bruce Poinsette.


Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAudeuvqzwsHdU8y9B-SsKNHvBb2PamM132

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Alex Behr

Alex Behr has an MFA in creative writing from Portland State and has taught fiction at the college level. She has led fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction WITS residencies since 2014. She’s currently facilitating creative labs called “Eno/Ono” through Corporeal Writing. She’s the author of Planet Grim: Stories (7.13 Books), and her interviews, essays, short fiction, book reviews, and poetry have appeared in Salon, Tin House, The Rumpus, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Propeller, Gravity of the Thing, Oregon Humanities, Cleaver, and elsewhere. In various cities, she shared excerpts from her dire teen journals in the comedy show Mortified and was in rock bands for more than 20 years.
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Damien Miles-Paulson

Damien Miles-Paulson teaches slow dancing, writes and still dreams of an overseas basketball career. He is a founding member of the now disbanded experimental German noise band, Flu Shot.  His stories, poems and sounds can be found at The Whole Beast RagThe Washington Square ReviewtheNewerYork, Alice Blue ReviewMarco Polo Arts MagEveryday GeniusPast-TenAxolotland The Alarmist.  He now walks the world with an MFA in Creative Writing from UCR in hand.
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Bruce Poinsette

Bruce Poinsette is a writer and community organizer whose work is primarily based in the Portland Metro Area. A former reporter for the Skanner News Group, his work has also appeared in the TheOregonian, Street RootsAround the O, and We Out Here Magazine, as well as projects such as the Mercatus Collective and the Urban League of Portland’s State of Black Oregon 2015. In addition to his professional writing work, Poinsette also serves as the Media Action Team Leader for Respond to Racism LO, a grassroots anti-racism organization in his hometown of Lake Oswego, Oregon.
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