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The Market Day Poetry Series once again brings 17 weeks of poetry to St. Johns! Series coordinator dan raphael recruits a new host each week--and eachhost recruits guest readers, for a different flavor of spoken word goodness each week. Today's host, Celina Wigle, is an Oregon native and graduate of Portland State University's English Literature program. Her mystic alter ego, the Celestial Concubine, has produced 3 chapbooks and a spoken word album. She is also the host and spoken word artist for the project Symbols&Cymbals, with an album coming out soon. In her free time she cares for new babies and families as a postpartum doula. Jaye Harris is a poet and anarcha-feminist living in Portland, Oregon. she has a chapbook out on Nightbomb Press called Titan Moon that is in its second printing. She is a member of Decolonize PDX and NWAPOC, and hosts a nomadic poetry reading series called Tiny Prophets In Their Houses" Kristin Roedell is a retired attorney living in the Pacific Northwest. Her work has appeared in over forty journals since 2009, including Switched on Gutenberg, Tacoma’s City Arts, Damselflypress, Voicecatcher Anthology, Ginosko, Soundings Review, Amoskeag, and Sierra Nevada Review. She is the author of two collections of poetry: Seeing in the Dark (Tomato Can Press, 2009) and Girls With Gardenias (Flutter Press, 2011). Her third chapbook is forthcoming from Legal Studies Forum. She has been nominated for DZANC’s Best of the Web and the Pushcart Prize. She is Senior Editor of Flutter Press and grant liaison for VoiceCatcher Anthology. Marty McConnell's work explores the intersection of gender, sexuality, religion, and history. McConnell’s poems both comment on and illuminate what it means to live in early 21st century America, a period marked by both an expanded concept of human interaction – the first Black President, gay marriage at the cusp of legalization, the explosion of communication through technology – and vehement, sometimes violent efforts by select populations to protect the status quo and even return the country to its segregated, repressive past. She received her MFA in creative writing/poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and competed in six National Poetry Slams with the NYC/louderARTS team. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies and she has appeared on both the second and fifth seasons of HBO's Def Poetry Jam. Learn more about her at http://www.martyoutloud.com
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Up the Capitol Steps is a personal and political memoir by Oregon’s first (and only) woman governor, one of only thirty-four women who have served as state chief executives in the history of the United States. Barbara Roberts offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of a woman’s life in politics and aims to “demystify” leadership by telling the story of her own unlikely rise to power. The mother of an autistic child before the advent of special education, Roberts began her life in public service as an advocate for the rights of children with disabilities. She documents her expanding political career from school board member to legislator to Secretary of State and finally, Governor. In this gripping and poignant memoir, hotly contested elections and tough policy decisions are interspersed with intimate details of personal ups and downs. Throughout, Roberts reveals the warmth and humor that show the “real” person behind the politician. Only the third published autobiography by an American woman head of state, Up the Capitol Steps is “a very significant contribution to Oregon history, the history of women in politics, and especially the history of women governors,” according to series editor Melody Rose. The book captures a period of our nation’s political history and a view of women’s expanding role in government that brings new understanding to the term, “social revolution.” Barbara Roberts was elected Governor of the State of Oregon in November of 1990, becoming not only the first woman governor of her state but also one of the first 10 female governors in the nation. During her four-year term (1991 to 1995), Governor Roberts was recognized as a strong advocate for environmental management, human rights and civil rights, and creative workforce development. She also became a nationally acknowledged leader in the field of government redesign and reinvention. Following her time as Governor of Oregon, Barbara Roberts held a position at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government for four years where she served as director of the state and local government executive programs. She was also a senior fellow at the Harvard Women and Public Policy Program. Barbara returned to Oregon in 1998 taking a position at Portland State University’s Hatfield School of Government. At the Hatfield School she served for five years as the Associate Director of Leadership until her retirement in early 2005. A descendant of Oregon Trail pioneers and a fourth generation Oregonian, Governor Roberts was married to the late State Senator Frank Roberts. She has two adult sons, two grandchildren ages 21 and 19, and 16 step-grandchildren ages 3 years to 30 years, including 10 Chinese-born grandchildren. All of her children and grandchildren live in the Portland area. Barbara now serves on the Metro Council, representing District 6, which includes portions of Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest Portland.