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1/7/2006 Barrington to read poetry at Linfield

McMINNVILLE – Award-winning Portland poet Judith Barrington will present a reading on Monday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College.

Barrington is the author of three poetry collections, a prizewinning memoir and a text on writing literary memoir. She will read from her most recent book, "Horses and the Human Soul," her third collection of poems and a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. She has two previous volumes of poetry: "Trying to Be an Honest Woman," selected by the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission for "Literary Oregon – 100 books: 1800-2000"; and "History and Geography," a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and for the Lambda Literary Award.

Barrington leads many poetry, creative writing and memoir-writing workshops throughout Oregon and the United States. Her bestselling book for writers and writing teachers, "Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art," is used widely in university writing classes, independent workshops and by individuals. Her work has also been included in numerous anthologies and literary journals.

Barrington’s many awards include the Andres Berger Award for Creative Nonfiction, the Dulwich Festival International Poetry Contest, the Stewart H. Holbrook Award for outstanding contributions to Oregon’s literary life and the Freedom of Expression Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon. She is the founder of Flight of the Mind Writing Workshops and one of the founders of Soapstone, a writing retreat for women.

Barrington was born in Brighton, England, and has lived in Oregon since 1976.

The reading is sponsored by Friends of Nicholson Library and the Linfield English Department. For more information, call 503-883-2517.