Local Poets: Gerry Foote, Mike Langtry, and Dianne Stepp
Annie Bloom's welcomes Portland poets Gerry Foote, Mike Langtry, and Dianne Stepp to read from their latest works.
Gerry Foote will read from her new chapbook, Mouth Toward Sky, published by Finishing Line Press in 2018. Gerry is the creator of the Peace Leaves letter-pressed series of gift poems. Her poems have appeared in The English Journal; Fireweed; The Reed Exile; The Oregonian; Voicecatcher; and the anthologies Peace, Peace to the Far, and to the Near; Portland Lights; and Inquiry: The Immigrant Experience. Yearning for justice in an imperfect world, Gerry’s poems traverse the borderland between the personal and the political.
Mike Langtry’s poems come from family, from things close to the ground, animals, mountain sides. Mike is an Oregon native who taught middle school Language Arts and Science in Portland for 20 years. His poems have been published in Windfall: A Poetry of Place, and Desert Ramblings, journal of the Oregon Natural Desert Association.
Dianne Stepp will read from her second chapbook, Sweet Mercies, published by Finishing Line Press in 2017. Dianne's poems have been published in the High Desert Journal, The Oregonian, The Clackamas Literary Review, and other journals and anthologies. Beginning with tale and image, Dianne's poems thread the realities of grief, loneliness, gratitude and joy.