The Red Rood bakery and wine bar will host authors Tim Applegate and Kate Gray this Friday, March 15, in the first session of the West Edge Reading Series.

The new series is facilitated by award-winning poet and author Chris Ransick, who served as Denver Poet Laureate from 2006 to 2010.

“The West Edge Reading Series is primarily about connecting audiences on the central coast with authors and poets who engage their minds and also their ears,” he said.”These quarterly readings will often feature poem-for-poem exchanges between the authors as well as short, hosted interviews with time for audience members to ask questions about craft, creative work, and the ideas behind the literature itself.”

Tim Applegate was born in Georgia, raised in Indiana and has spent the past 22 years on two acres in the foothills of the coastal range of western Oregon. In 2015, he retired from the commercial contracting business to write full-time and his poetry, essays and short fiction have appeared in The Florida Review, The South Dakota Review, Lake Effect and The Briar Cliff Review, among many others. He is the author of the poetry collections “At the End of Day,” “Drydock” and “Blueprints,” as well as the mystery novels “Fever Tree” and “Flamingo Lane.” Applegate is married and has two daughters. He grows wine grapes on his acreage and enjoys hiking and traveling.

Kate Gray is a writer whose passion stems from teaching, coaching writers and volunteering as a writing facilitator with women inmates. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks and one full-length collection, “Another Sunset We Survive,” which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her first novel, “Carry the Sky,” stares at bullying without blinking. She is currently writing through Sylvia Plath in a novel-in-progress, narrating what led to “The Bell Jar” and her suicide attempt. Her next collection, “For Every Girl: New & Selected Poems,” will be published by Widow & Orphan Press this month. Gray and her partner live in Portland.

The first session of the West Edge Reading Series will run from 5:30 to 7 pm at the Red Roof, 7040 Gleneden Beach Loop, offering readings, conversation and the chance to grab a coffee or glass of wine.

Admission is free, with donations accepted.

For more information, contact Chris Ransick at

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