Founder of The Northwest Writing Institute becomes ninth to hold position Governor Kate Brown has named poet and essayist Kim Stafford, the founding director of The Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, to a two-year appointment as Poet Laureate of Oregon. Stafford will be Oregon’s ninth Poet Laureate since 1921. He succeeds Elizabeth…

Two finalists also recognized for proposed desert literature projects Patrick Mondaca is the 2018 winner of the fourth annual Waterston Desert Writing Prize. His submission, Adjustment Disorder, was chosen by the judges for its quality of writing, unique perspective and meaningful contribution to the body of desert literature. Mondaca will be honored at a reception…

(Photo courtesy of Ukes for Youth) The 2nd annual Ukes for Youth Showcase will be held on May 17 from 6-8pm at Westside Village Magnet School (1101 NW 12th). This FREE fun event includes play-a-longs, performances, and a FREE student Raffle! Prizes include tickets to Uke U-7 on Saturday, June 30th, and two Islander Ukuleles,…

Central Oregon’s Sixth Annual Newberry Event Music & Arts Festival/Charity Fundraiser to Defeat Multiple Sclerosis is an outdoor ticketed three day festival well-known as a great time for a good cause. The festival will take place July 27, 28 and 29 this summer. Over 20 bands on two rotating stages, with amazing live music variety…

Sunriver Music Festival’s season, Leonard Bernstein at 100 – A Celebration, kicks off August 10 at the Tower Theatre with a spectacular solo performance by American Pianist Association Winner Drew Petersen performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Festival Orchestra. “Our audiences have loved seeing young up and coming pianists,” states Festival Executive Director Pam…

Sisters Folk Festival (SFF) is thrilled to announce An Evening with Keith Greeninger and Dayan Kai performing together Friday, May 25, at The Belfry in downtown Sisters. These two powerful artists and longtime friends combine award-winning songwriting, stunning vocal harmonies, and effortless musical collaboration to create a truly authentic and organic performance every time they…