Third Tuesday Author: David Hedges
Join us on Tuesday, April 20 at 7pm for a virtual presentation with Oregon City poet David Hedges (registration details below). A 1954 graduate of Lake Oswego High School, Hedges will read from his two most recent books, Prospects of Life After Birth: Memoir in Poetry and Prose, published in 2019, in which he tells stories of growing up in Northeast Portland and Lake Grove in the 1940s and '50s, and his first novel, The Changer, which is fresh off the press.
Poet X.J. Kennedy wrote of Prospects, "David Hedges has given us a major work of literature —an account of his early life, in vivid, masterfully crafted verse." The novel, based loosely on Northwest Native American mythology, deals with, in the words of the protagonist, "The end of this world, the beginning of the next."
His poems have appeared in Poetry, Poet Lore, Measure, The Christian Science Monitor, Light Quarterly, and many others. He is the author of Petty Frogs on the Potomac, satire in rhymed verse, and six chapbooks, most recently, A Funny Thing Happened on My Way to a Geology Degree (2011).
A literary activist, he founded the Oregon Student Poetry Contest, now in its 23rd year, and co-founded the Oregon Poetry Collection at the University of Oregon's Knight Library. He served on the Oregon Poetry Association board for 24 years, six as president, and on the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission since 1988.
At the 2003 Oregon Book Awards, he received the Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for outstanding contributions to the state's literary life. At the 2004 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, he won the Chronicle Award—the only poet so honored. His framed poem was added to the city's permanent art collection, and is on display in the library.
In 2005 he received a Clackamas County Cultural Coalition award for “exemplary contributions to our local arts, heritage and humanities.” His poem, "Drifting the Tualatin River," was one of 12 featured in the 2020 Clackamas County Poets and Artists Calendar produced by the Clackamas County Arts Alliance.
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Photo caption: David Hedges and Walt Curtis at the annual Stonehenge War Memorial Poetry Reading, an event they co-founded in 1999. Curtis produced the painting on the front cover of The Changer.