Free poetry reading launches Pride week

May 24, 2022

Columbia Gorge Community College Creative Writing Club is sponsoring a free poetry reading with authors Christina Vega and Lydia Valentine on Monday, June 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Lecture Hall, Building 2, The Dalles Campus. This event will kick off a week of Pride activities at CGCC.

Christina Vega is a Queer Chicana poet from New Mexico. Vega publishes Blue Cactus Press and authored a poetry collection, Still Clutching Maps. Vega believes we have the power to reshape our communities with principles of emergent strategy, transformative justice, and collective laboring of love. Vega believes revolution starts at home.

Lydia Valentine is a poet, playwright, editor, educator, director and dramatist whose works amplify the voices of the stifled, ignored and marginalized. Valentine is the 2021-23 City of Tacoma poet laureate and author of Brief Black Candles.

The Creative Writing Club hosts this event with the support of CGCC Associated Student Government (ASG) and Equity through United Action League (EQUAL). Free books will be given while supplies last. Additional books will be available for sale. Both poets will meet readers and sign books after the event. A Zoom link is available by contacting organizers at otolith.journal@gmail.com.