ASTORIA – In celebration of National Poetry Month, a handful of regional writers will perform several of their poems at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the Astoria Library. Admission is free.

Following a theme of “Variations of Voice,” the readers will interweave their pieces to make a medley of poems written and spoken in each individual’s unique style. The six performers are published poets who read regularly at Ric’s Poetry Mic — held on first Tuesdays at WineKraft in Astoria — and by invitation at special events.

The poets: from Washington, John Ciminello (“Magnolias, Mockingbirds, and Sweet Potato Pies,” Falling Water Press) and Robert Michael Pyle (“Evolution of the Genus Iris” and “Chinook & Chanterelle,” Lost Horse Press); from Astoria, Lucca Ettienne (“The Beautiful Bones of Hope”), Jim Dott (“A Glossary of Memory,” Blind Slough Press); Mary Lou McAuley (“The Other Door” and “Nine Hundred Moon Journey,” The Other Door Press); and Florence Sage (“Nevertheless: Poems from the Gray Area,” Hipfish Publications).

The reading also will include a poem by Karin Temple (“Chalice of Tears, Peregrina,” Radiolarian Press).

The library is at 450 10th St. For information about library programs and services, contact 503-325-7323 or visit

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