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August 23rd, Crossing the Blues Summer Festival in La Grande

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

Crossing the Blues Writing Events

Sponsored by the Blue Mountain Writers, La Grande, OR

August 23, 2008

Colleen Johnson Community Room, La Grande Public Library 10 AM – 4 PM

Location! Location! Location! We all have stories of place worth telling—of stirring events, of unique and beautiful landscapes, of conversations in passing outside a favorite downtown shop or eatery. Crossing the Blues writing events celebrate local stories.

Authors’ Fair 10 AM – 4 PM: Local authors will sell and sign their books, and writers’ groups, magazines, book publishers, and others providing resources to those interested in publishing will display their resources. Authors and others wishing to participate should contact David Memmott at

Union County Oral History Project 10 AM – noon: Kids and adults can participate in the local oral history project by telling or writing stories about living in the region and/or providing photographs to be scanned into the collection.

Writing Marathon noon – 2 PM: Writers of all ages are invited to wander downtown La Grande, stopping at festival seating or at local eateries to write and share writing. Interested participants will meet at the Community Room at noon, divide into small groups, and venture into the city. The first 25 participants will receive free T-shirts.

Open Mic 2 PM – 4 PM: Local writers are invited to join Union County Poetry Contest winners to read from their work. Come to read finished work, to share writing in progress, and/or to enjoy the readings.

For more information or to volunteer, please contact:

Nancy Knowles

Department of English/Writing

Eastern Oregon University

1 University Blvd.

La Grande, OR 97850

(541) 962-3795

Assistance Needed

The BMW discussed the following additions to the day. To make these happen, we need volunteers to work on them:

 Table at the Farmers’ Market advertising the Community Room events and perhaps presenting an activity like poetry on demand

 Poetry trees

 Free poetry

 A place to post poetry and other writing