Poetry Reading: Penelope Scambly Schott and Kirsten Rian

Annie Bloom's welcomes local poets Penelope Scambly Schott and Kirsten Rian to read from their latest collections.

Penelope Scambly Schott's House of the Cardamom Seed is a journey from the soil and roots of memory to a late flowering of wisdom, facing personal and public spaces in the world.

"What I admire about Penelope Scambly Schott's poems--and especially so in House of the Cardamom Seed--is the honest human voice, the direct eye that pays such close attention in craft to the details that mark our living. These poems ask, through specific memory and close observation, just what are we doing here? The language is clear and accessible and knows the inquisitive music of the mind. Schott gives us small answers with large meaning and a great appreciation for life."-Christopher Buckley, author of Star Journal: Selected Poems

In Life Expectancy, Kirsten Rian looks far back to her Scandinavian roots to explore what remains, cultural and genetic ties as tethers to something bigger than the literal visceral skewing of life expectancy statistics relative to her own health and her family. Rian's son was born with medical issues, cuing a decade and a half journey of doctors, tests, fights with insurance, surgeries, and scans. When her children were 10 and 12 their father suddenly and inexplicably passed away at age 44. While driving home from the beach after scattering his ashes, and thinking about when they had married on that very beach years before, she absent-mindedly felt the side of her head and noticed a lump that turned out to be a tumor. Past-present-future. Beginning-middle-end. What remains.

Event date: 
Monday, May 21, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
7834 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219
House of the Cardamom Seed Cover Image
ISBN: 9781625492708
Availability: Special Order - Usually 1-5 Days
Published: Cherry Grove Collections - March 21st, 2018

Life Expectancy (Redbat Books Pacific Northwest Writers) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781946970978
Availability: Special Order - Usually 1-5 Days
Published: Redbat Books - April 3rd, 2018