Refugia… A little new book of poems!

I’m proud to announce that my newest collection of poems, Refugia, has been published by Persian Pony Press of Portland, Oregon!

(With the supple and fantastic calligraphy cover art of Patrick Barber at BlackLetterHeart!)

It is a rare thing to run across a collection of poems that lands in exquisite equipoise between that which is said and that which is silent.  The spaces between sing, whisper, weep. They declaim love for the imperfect and the impermanent.  To experience Kristin Berger’s Refugia is to skip stones across a frozen river, is to lay one’s ear against the groaning ice.

―Wendy Willis, author of A Long Late Pledge

More about REFUGIA, and to purchase your signed copy, please click here.

And for the Book Release Party, and other readings, please click here.

Hope to share some poetry with you, one fine day soon!

~Kristin

Echolocation – poems, available now!

ECHOLOCATION, poems

Out now from Cirque Press, August 2018!

“Take Flight” by Sarah Klein

“If we have forgotten that poetry is a call sent out into the world to rediscover and name our hearts, minds, and bodies, Kristin Berger’s beautiful new book of poems reminds us of poetry’s good and necessary work.” 

~ Annie Lighthart, author of Lantern and Iron String

$20, includes signed copy, broadside and shipping – email contact@kristinberger.me for payment and mailing info.

Booksellers, contact Cirque Press – cirquejournal@gmail.com

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Please join me for the book launch!

Aug. 25, 2018, 7-9pm

Taborspace

5441 SE Belmont St

Portland, OR 97215

with Cirque Journal contributors

Judith Barrington, Tara Campbell, Diane Corson, Jeff Fearnside, Paul Haeder, Bruce Parker, Paulann Peterson, Janice D Rubin, Scot Siegel, Carey Taylor, Ingrid Wendt, Nancy Woods

More info and RSVP through Facebook

Poets from Portland & Beyond at the Market!

Announcing our 2018 Season – 12 Poets from Portland & Beyond!

We are so excited to bring you three mornings of poetry this summer, at the Lents International Farmers Market in SE Portland – Sundays at 9:30-10:15, July 1, Aug 5 and Sept 9.

July 1

Ann Tweedy

Endi Bogue Hartigan

Dave Jareki

Marc Olmsted

Ann Tweedy

Aug. 5 (Lents Street Fair!)

Judith Arcana

Tim Boisvert

Darlene Págan

Tim Whitsel

Sept. 9

Amanda Hollander

Stephen Fowler

Tom Richards

Carey Taylor

The Lents International Farmers Market Poetry Series began with a chance meeting in the forests of Oregon’s Coast Range. Meredith Stewart and I connected immediately over a communal fire and Peruvian stew – both Lents residents, poets, women who biked (!), who had a love for our little rugged, urban neighborhood. We wanted to have a venue for emerging poets in Outer Southeast Portland, a place that is often overlooked for its past history of crime and poverty, but an area that is rich in culture and down-to-earth-people. So we took poetry to the Lents International Market, where we knew many diverse paths would cross.

Since 2012, (every year except for 2015), we have featured over 30 emerging and established poets share their work amidst the hustle and unpredictable bustle of a Sunday morning farmer’s market. The result has been poignant harvests of words and new friends. 

You can connect with us on Facebook, where we feature a poem a week from one of our readers, and share local poetry & art news from the community. 

See you at the market!

Kristin & Meredith

 

Another Read Through Poetry Reading, June 28

I’ll be reading this summer, June 28 at Another Read Through (one of Portland’s indie bookstore gems), at 7pm, with Seattle-poet Ann Tweedy and Scot Siegel. 

Please join us and support your poets, and the booksellers that support them!

Another Read Through

3932 N Mississippi Ave

Portland, OR 97227

 

Santa Ana River Review, a home for two new poems

So pleased to have new work published in Santa Ana River Review! “Echolocation” (title poem of a manuscript-in-progress), and “Physics of Fire.” Much gratitude to Kathleen Taylor, Poetry Editor, and the editors & readers at UC Riverside, and the good company.

New poems in Mockingheart Review

Thank you, Clare L. Martin, editor of Mockingheart Review, for including 2 new poems in the current issue. A nice way to start off 2018, in good company!

New work in Plum Tree Tavern

Very nice to end the year with 2 new poems out this month in Plum Tree Tavern –  “Turning Off the News in the Sonoran Desert,” posted today, and “Mary Oliver Leaves the Back Door Open.”  Thank you, Russell Streur, for creating a home for these on his blog.

Peace and light to you in 2018, friends.