CORVALLIS, Ore. – Northwest poets Clemens Starck and John Daniel will read from their collections on Friday, Jan.18, at 7:30 p.m., in the rotunda of the Valley Library on the Oregon State University campus, with a book signing to follow.
Daniel’s newest poetry collection “Of Earth: New and Selected Poems,” was published in Sept. 2012 by Lost Horse Press. He is the author of two previous poetry collections, “Common Ground” and “All Things Touched by Wind,” and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University in the 1980s.
Daniel’s collection of personal essays, “The Far Corner: Northwestern Views on Land, Life, and Literature,” won the 2011 Oregon Book Award in Creative Nonfiction. Kyoko Mori, professor of English at George Mason University, said of the book, “They inform us about the natural history of rivers and forests, the literary history of the Northwest, and the personal history of a writer, hiker, naturalist, son, teacher, student, husband, and citizen.”
Starck has worked mostly as a carpenter and construction foreman on the West Coast. His first book of poems, “Journeyman’s Wages,” received the 1996 Oregon Book Award as well as the William Stafford Memorial Poetry Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. A new book of poems, “Rembrandt, Chainsaw,” was published in the fall of 2011. He lives in the country outside of Dallas, Ore.
The readings are free and open to the public. The Literary Northwest Series is sponsored by the OSU Beaver Store and the OSU School of Writing, Literature, and Film, and celebrates regional literary achievement.