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something you don’t want to miss

Two of my lovely poetry pals are reading in Portland! Joyce Ellen Davis and Dale Favier! Do come! I’ll try to video it, but am not sure my skills will capture their wonderful words as well as they should be.

The Next Event at Figures of Speech Reading Series: July 17th, 7pm

For July we celebrate Pindrop press with Dale Favier from Portland and Joyce Ellen Davis from Salt Lake City.  Come see these two fine poets, get some cookies, some word salad, promts and steal a line.  It’s like a picnic only better.

Joyce Ellen Davis is a mother of five, grandmother of eight. She is also a writer from Salt Lake City, Utah, where she resides with one husband, two dogs, and a lovebird. Her novel, Chrysalis, received a $5,000  publication grant and was nominated for the American Book Award. Her  poetry book, In Willy’s House, won her a USPS Laureate Award. She  co-authored a poetry textbook, On Extended Wings. She has had poems  published in such magazines as Slipstream, Ouroboros Review, Canopic  Jar, Utah Holiday, and Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.  Pepek the Assassin (and Telling Who Passed By) is her third book of poetry.   David Lee, Utah’s first Laureate Poet wrote: Joyce Ellen Davis is the  best new poet I’ve read in a year, push me and I’ll say three.  I love  Pepek the Assassin.  It is the finest book I’ve read, maybe since  Eleanor Wilner’s The Girl With Bees in Her Hair.”

Joyce graduated from the Pasadena Playhouse College of Theater Arts, and toured the U.S. and Canada with the American Repertory Players.  In 1964 she received a Fine Arts degree from the University of Utah, and later did graduate work at the University of Southern California.  For years she taught writing classes for the Granite School District Adult Education Program in Salt Lake City, worked full-time for the Salt Lake Library System (now retired), and has given poetry readings and workshops across the state.  She is currently working on a book of poetry to be called Grace.

Dale Favier is a Portlander who has taught poetry, chopped vegetables, and written software for a living. Currently he works half-time as a massage therapist, and half-time as the database guy for the Multnomah County Library Foundation. He is a Buddhist practicing in the Tibetan tradition. According to poet Dave Bonta, “Dale Favier is a new kind of American Buddhist poet, one less concerned with wisdom than compassion and desire, and as comfortable with the fables and paradoxes of the West as those of the East.” Opening the World, his first collection of poems, appeared last year from Pindrop Press.

The reading is at In Other Words, 14 NE Killingsworth Street in Portland, Oregon.


  1. sounds like a great event… hope you enjoy the readings. have a great night~

  2. and good luck to the readers, :)

  3. Oh, this looks wonderful!

  4. Thanks, you two. It will be terrific!!