Northwest Poets: Michael McGriff & Robert Hunter Jones

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Mark your calendars! Acclaimed NW poets Mike McGriff and Robert Hunter Jones will be giving a free, public reading of their poems on Friday, July 31 at 6:30 pm, at the North Bend Public Library. Poems by these poets often appear in highly-regarded literary publications from around the U.S. These poets have deep roots and connections to the south coast.

Mike McGriff was born and raised in Coos Bay. His poems often focus on blue collar workers of Oregon. McGriff’s books include Home Burial (Copper Canyon Press, 2012) and Dismantling the Hills (University of Pittsburgh Press 2008), which won the 2007 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. McGriff is a former Jones Lecturer at Stanford University and teaches at the University of Texas at Austin. His poems have appeared in Slate, Agni, Field, Poetry, and The Missouri Review.

Robert Hunter Jones is the author of The Clever Man’s Forest and grew up by the dunes near Lakeside, in a logging and longshoring family. While a student at Southwestern, he edited The Beacon and became a long distance runner, and worked summers as a member of the Hot Shots, an elite fire fighting crew. His poems have been published in Northwest Review, Fireweed, Alaska Quarterly Review and Poetry Northwest. He recently won the Gerald Cable Prize, which will publish a full collection of his poems.

Jones received his B.A. from Lewis & Clark College, and his M.A. in Creative Writing from Brown University. For over 15 years he’s taught upper level English at the American International School in Vienna, Austria, where he lives with his wife and children. He and his family return home to the south coast each year to spend summers in Lakeside.

This program is free and open to the public in the library’s meeting room.

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