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SOU poetry festival to honor Lawson Inada

ASHLAND — Former Oregon Poet Laureate Lawson Fusao Inada will be honored with a poetry event in his name Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16, at Southern Oregon University. Inada is an emeritus professor at SOU where he began teaching in 1966.

"Collaboration: Lawson Inada & Friends Poetry Festival 2011" will feature poetry readings by Inada; Rick Barot of Warren Wilson College and Pacific Lutheran University, author of "The Darker Fall", winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry; Kirsten Rian, co-author of "Walking Bridges: Using Poetry as a Compass"; and Paul Merchant of Lewis and Clark College, author of "Some Business of Affinity", a collection of poems that was a finalist for the 2007 Oregon Book Awards. The festival will also include musical performances and discussions.

The opening reception Friday, April 15, at SOU's Schneider Museum of Art, is free and open to the public. On Saturday, April 16, there is a $15 registration fee for the poetry sessions, lunch and panel discussion. To register for the Saturday lunch and events and to see a detailed schedule of all festival events, visit http://poetry.sou.edu. You may also register in person at the Friday, April 15, reception.

The Oregon State University Extension Service is offering six classes for owners of woodland property beginning Friday, April 1, in Grants Pass and in Central Point.

"Woodland Stewardship: How to Get the Most Out of Your Forested Property" provides an overview of concepts and practices of forest stewardship for woodland properties from 5 to more than 50 acres. It is designed for owners who are just getting started with woodland management as well as more experienced owners who are looking for new ideas and approaches.

Classes are practical and field-based and will be conducted outside regardless of weather. Although not physically demanding, the classes will be taking short walks through the woods.

Grants Pass classes will be from 9 a.m. to noon every Friday morning starting April 1 and ending on May 6.

Central Point classes will be from 1:30-4:30 p.m. every Friday afternoon starting April 1 and ending on May 6.

Tuition for all six lessons (recommended) is $50 but individual classes are available for $10 each. For more information, call the Grants Pass branch, 541-476-6613, or the Central Point branch, 541-776-7371.

First- and second-place winners of the writer's Bloomie Award, Carol Jo Pettit and Ellen Davidson Levine, will share their experiences as writers at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in the Adams Room at the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford.

The two will share their perspectives about how writing groups can benefit the writing process from rough draft through publication. This free event will include practical advice, humorous stories, prizes and refreshments.