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4/16/2007 Oregon poet laureate to read at Linfield

McMINNVILLE - Lawson Inada, Oregon's poet laureate, will present a reading Sunday, April 29, at 2 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room at the Jereld R. Nicholson Library.

Inada is a third-generation Japanese American, born and raised in California. In May 1942 his family joined over 100,000 other Japanese Americans in camps where they were confined for the duration of World War II. His book, "Legends from Camp," reflects those experiences in a series of poems. He won the American Book Award in 1994 for "Legends from Camp" and was named Oregon State Poet of the Year in 1991. Other publications include "Drawing the Line," "In This Great Land of Freedom," "Just Into Nations" and "Before the War."

In 2004 he was one of only 185 chosen from a nationwide pool of 3,200 applicants to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a winner of the Governor's Arts Award, the Oregon Book Award and the Pushcart Prize for poetry.

Inada, professor emeritus of writing at Southern Oregon University, is a significant figure in Asian American poetry and literature. He was one of the co-editors of "Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian American Writers" and has participated in efforts to recover writing by early Japanese American authors. He has received a number of poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and his work has appeared in "The Best American Poetry." He has performed his poetry in concert with numerous musicians.

Three Linfield jazz musicians will accompany the reading including senior Casey Frantum on jazz brushes on a snare, junior Marty Bode on saxophone and freshman Kyle Helm on vibraphone.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Friends of Nicholson Library and the Linfield English Department. For more information, call Susan Barnes Whyte, college librarian, at 503-883-2517.