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Authors to read at libraries

— Distinguished Oregon writers Ralph Salisbury and Ingrid Wendt will present readings in Hood River and The Dalles June 18 and 19.

Both events start at 7 p.m. The authors will be at the Hood River Public Library, 502 W. State St., Tuesday, June 18, and at The Dalles-Wasco County Library, 722 Court St., Wednesday, June 19.

Salisbury is a well-known writer and poet who has 15 books to his credit and, at age 87, has a long life of stories to tell.

“So Far, So Good,” his memoir, a new book published by the University of Nebraska, details much about his early life as a part-Native American child in Iowa as well as his adult life. Salisbury joined the University of Oregon faculty in 1960, where he is now professor emeritus.

A resident of Eugene, Salisbury has been married to author Ingrid Wendt for 44 years.

Wendt is the author of several poetry books, educational guides and has won several national awards for poetry. She has taught literature and poetry writing for more than 30 years at colleges and universities in the U.S. and Europe.

Honors include the Oregon Book Award, the 2004 Editions Prize from WordTech Editions, the 2003 Yellowglen Award from Word Press, the Carolyn Kizer Award, several Pushcart nominations, an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship, and the D.H. Lawrence Award and her poems have been featured on NPR by Garrison Keillor of “The Writer’s Almanac.”

The appearances by Salisbury and Wendt are sponsored by the Hood River and Wasco County library districts and Libraries of Eastern Oregon (LEO) as part of a regional tour.

For further information, contact the libraries or LEO at 541-263-0130 or leolibraries@gmail.com.

Each program will begin at 7 p.m. and persons of all ages are invited.

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