Join us as we celebrate the release of new poetry collections from Penelope Scambly Schott (Bailing the River and Serpent Love: A Mother-Daughter Epic) and Julene Tripp Weaver (truth be bold: Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS). Both poets will read from their work and sign books.
Penelope Scambly Schott is the author of a novel and several books of poetry and was awarded four New Jersey arts fellowships before moving to Oregon, where her verse biography, A is for Anne, received an Oregon Book Award for Poetry. Several of Penelope’s books and individual poems have won other prizes. Penelope has enjoyed fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, and the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, NM. Penelope and her husband live in Portland, OR, where they host a series of poetry readings called The White Dog Salon. although she and the actual white dog have an alternate life in which they spend part of each week in the small, wheat-growing town of Dufur where she teaches an annual poetry workshop. From her house in Dufur, Penelope can see the east side of Mount Hood, the high school football scoreboard, and the Milky Way.
Julene Tripp Weaver is a psychotherapist in Seattle. She worked over 20 years in HIV Services and two of her books reflect this work: truth be bold—Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS (2017), and Case Walking: An AIDS Case Manager Wails Her Blues (2007), each published by Finishing Line Press. She is also the author of No Father Can Save Her (Plain View Press, 2011). Garrison Keillor featured a poem from her chapbook on The Writer’s Almanac, and published it in his anthology, Good Poems American Places. Her poems have appeared in Anti-Heroin Chic, Riverbabble, Cliterature, Crab Creek Review, and HIV Here & Now, among other places. She also writes creative nonfiction, and one of her pieces about the night Jimi Hendrix died is published in the anthology In The Words of Women International 2016 (Yellow Chair Press).