Opening Celebration in Yachats

I love finding poems in unexpected places. I get a giddy zing when I run across poetry on the bus, my phone, or in the bathroom. In fact, years ago, in an effort to get 'poetry to the people' I randomly chose names from the phone book and anonymously mailed out poems. (Sadly, I had to stop this practice when the anthrax scare created suspicion of unexpected mail).  

All of which explains my joy to share poetry in a most unexpected place: a massage studio.

The Gentle Dragon Massage & Healing Hideaway will mark their opening with a two-day celebration of music, speakers, demonstrations, prizes — and poetry.  I'm happy to be included in the festivities, and eager to get poetry out of the books and into the world. What fun! Please join me.

Gentle Dragon Grand Opening
in Yachats, Oregon
Peacefully nestled in the Greenhouse Marketplace, among the TouchstoneEarthworks and Wave art galleries.

• Saturday, May 22, 1 to 6pm
poetry (at 3:15pm)
- acupuncture
- music
- imagery
- herbalism
- storytelling

• Sunday, May 23, 11am - 4pm
- music
- acupuncture
- art
- prizes

For more information, contact Zeora at the Gentle Dragon Massage & Healing Hideway, 541.547.4721.



Go 'Off the Page' in Yachats 

A collection of Oregon writers will present Off the Page, an evening celebration of poetry and prose on Saturday, April 24 at 7pm in Yachats, on the central Oregon Coast. The event takes place at the Green Salmon Coffeehouse, located at Highway 101 and Second Street. Doors open and music starts at 6:30pm. The reading performance begins at 7pm. Admission is free and open to all ages.

Now in its fourth year, Off the Page is an encouraging celebration of creative expression.

Oregon writers — hailing from Yachats to Portland — will share their work.  Featured writers include: Fred Strauss, Rick Schultze, Drew Myron, Khloella Brateng and Dave Baldwin. In addition, Yachats singer/songwriter Richard Sharpless will perform.

About the Writers

Fred Strauss, of Tidewater, is a longtime volunteer for Seashore Family Literacy, where he serves as a founding member and mentor to teens in the Writers Group, and as co-leader of The Writing Club for middle school students. He also tutors adult readers. In addition, he is a member of Tuesday, a central Oregon coast writing group that meets weekly. His short stories and poems appear in many editions of their annual anthology. 

Drew Myron, of Yachats, is a poet, publicist, and the creator of Off the Page. Five years ago, she initiated a monthly writing group that drew together an assortment of individuals with various writing skills and experience. Buoyed by the belief that writing needs to crawl out of the journal and soar into the community, Off the Page became an annual event to showcase local writers and celebrate the power of creative expression. Drew operates a marketing communications company, and is an instructor and volunteer with Seashore Family Literacy. See

Khlo Brateng, of South Beach, is an actress, singer, musician and writer. She plays harp, sings with the Central Coast Chorale and works as a graphic designer. Her poetry, short stories and flash fiction appear in her chapbook Words Out Loud. See

Dave Baldwin, of Yachats, is a retired baseball player, geneticist, engineer, and artist.  His articles on the science of baseball have appeared in American Scientist and American Journal of Physics.  His baseball memoir, Snake Jazz was published in 2007.  Under the pen name DGB Featherkile, he has published poetry in numerous literary journals and in an e-book, Limbic Hurly-Burly: Poems of Humor and Paradox. See

In addition, young writers from Seashore Family Literacy's writing programs will take the stage to give voice to their words. 



Beyond Forgetting 

Please join us!

Contributors to Beyond Forgetting: Poetry & Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease will read their works on Friday, April 9th in Denver. 

This event is part of the annual AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) Conference and is free and open to the public 

Featured Writers:

Arlene Ang

Nina Corwin

Rachel Dacus

Carolyn Dahl

Lorene Delany-Ullman

Linda Annas Ferguson

Drew Myron

Jim Natal

Sean Nevin

Cate Wiley

Andrena Zawinski

Holly Hughes, editor


Read the New York Times review here


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