Thursday, November 7, 2013

TODAY! 2013 Nature of Words Festival Begins!

Posted By on Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM

It's finally here! Today, Bend becomes a literary hub with the kickoff of the Nature of Words annual festival!

The upcoming issue of the Source features our full coverage of the event, including previews, interviews and book reviews.

Here's our final sneak peak at the amazing authors that will be coming to town for readings, workshops and receptions at Nature of Words 2013.

Today we feature: Lawson Inada, who explores the intersection of music, culture and community in through his award winning poems.


Inada will speak on the ways ethnically diverse authors and poets bring their history and culture to the page in his Nature of Words lecture on Thursday, Nov. 7 at Central Oregon Community College’s Wille Hall from noon to 1 p.m., $25, as well as an author reading at Tower Theatre, Friday, Nov. 8, 7 pm, $30; and workshop at OSU-Cascade Campus, Cascades Hall, 9 -11 am, $45.
Buy tickets here!

In his poems on jazz legends such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, and Charlie “Bird” Parker, the theme of home is persistent. In “’Blue Monk’ (Linear),” he writes:

“Mr. Blue Monk,
bringing everything we do,
we see, we know,
into melodious focus
through the blue keys
of his blue piano;
therefore, in this blue region,
with this blue vision, in this blue
body of being
we all know as home,
everything throbs and pulses and glows
with the true, blue beauty of his song:
‘Blue Monk’!”

Below is a computer animated look at the World War II Japanese American Internment Camps based on Inada's poetry animated by Evan Carroll and Lawson's son, Miles Inada.

Legends From Camp from Miles Inada on Vimeo.

Read a full write up on Inada in this week's Source, on stands now, and online at

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