Manzanita PoetryFest 2018, to be held April 14, features workshops conducted by Wendy Willis from 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. After a reading by Willis, an open mic for workshop participants follows at 7 p.m.

Willis’ “Blood Sisters of the Republic” was released by Press 53 in 2012. Her second book of poems, “A Long Late Pledge,” won the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize and was released by Bear Star Press in 2017. Willis has published poems and essays in the New England Review, Oregon Humanities, Poetry Northwest, The Rumpus, Zócalo Public Square and ZYZZYVA. She is a faculty member in poetry at the Attic Institute in Portland. She has her M.F.A. in poetry from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.

Willis splits her time between her roles as mother, poet and advocate for democracy.

She lives in Portland with her husband, the poet David Biespiel, his son Lucas and her two daughters, Ruby and Violet.

Registration opens March 1. Register at

PoetryFest is a program of the Hoffman Center for the Arts and will be held at the Hoffman Center, 594 Laneda Avenue, Manzanita. Further information is available at or contact Kathie Hightower,


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