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April is national poetry month

Four Southern Oregon poets will read poems from the new anthology of Oregon poetry "Deer Drink the Moon," edited by Liz Nakazawa, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main St., Ashland.

Vince and Patty Wixon, of Ashland, Jonah Bornstein, also of Ashland, and Steve Dieffenbacher, of Talent, will read from their work.

Bornstein, who teaches at Southern Oregon University, also will read work by some of the other poets in the anthology which include William Stafford, Vern Rutsala, Kim Stafford, Judith Barrington and others.

"The editor's concept for the book was to represent poets from many parts of the state with poems located in and descriptive of the many geographies contained in Oregon," Bornstein says.

Poems in the books reflect Oregon bio-regions, including such familiar Southern Oregon themes as Howard Prairie and Bear Creek. Vince Wixon is a retired teacher whose poems have been published in magazines, journals, two anthologies and a 1993 chapbook. He has co-produced videos on poets William Stafford and Lawson Inada.

Patty Wixon has had poems published in many literary magazines and anthologies and co-edits the poetry column for "Jefferson Monthly." She directed the Oregon Writing Program and produced an audio collection of William Stafford's work covering 50 years.

Bornstein's poem "Night Blooming Men" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2000. He has won various prizes, including an Academy of American Poets prize, the inaugural Southern Oregon Prize for service to the writing community of the region, and an Oregon State Poetry Association prize.

Dieffenbacher's poems have appeared in such magazines as Fireweed, Manzanita Quarterly, The Pointed Circle and West Wind Review, as well as the book-length cycle of poems "A Path Through Stone" (1995) and "Voices of the Siskiyous" (2006). Dieffenbacher is a copy editor and columnist at the Mail Tribune.

Call 488-0029.