CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon poets Geri Doran and Maxine Scates will read from their recent collections on Friday, April 20, at Oregon State University, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union's La Raza Room (208).

The reading is free and open to the public; a book signing follows.

Doran will read from her second collection of poems, "Sanderlings" (Tupelo Press, 2011), which has recently been named a finalist for the 2012 Oregon Book Award in Poetry. Doran will be joined at the reading by Scates who will read from her recent book, "Undone" (New Issues, 2011), a poetry collection called "nuanced, mysterious, intimate" by Dorianne Laux.

Doran is the author of "Resin," selected by Henri Cole for the Academy of American Poets' Walt Whitman Award. She has received the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and Portland's Literary Arts.

Scates is the author of three books of poetry including "Toluca Street" and "Black Loam." Her poems have been published widely in such journals as "AGNI," "Ploughshares," and "The Virginia Quarterly Review" and she has received the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, the Oregon Book Award for Poetry, the Lyre Prize, and a Pushcart Prize.

The Literary Northwest Series is sponsored by the OSU Beaver Store and the proposed School of Writing, Literature and Film at OSU, and celebrates regional literary achievement.

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Rebecca Olson, 541-737-1648