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Two Days Until the 2013 Nature of Words Festival! 

Tomorrow, Bend becomes a literary hub with the kickoff of the Nature of Words annual festival on Thursday, November 7!

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

Everyday this week we'll give you a sneak peak at our coverage of the amazing authors that will be coming to town for readings, workshops and receptions at Nature of Words 2013.


Today: Seattle young adult author and slam poet, Karen Finneyfrock. Her first novel, "The Sweet Revenge of Cecelia Door," was released earlier this year, but Finneyfrock is best known for her spoken word poetry. Read a review of Finneyfrock's book of collected poems "Ceremony for the Choking Ghost" by Paul Constant of the Seattle Stranger here.

Karen Finneyfrock with present at Rising Star Creative Writing Competition Awards Ceremony, Central Oregon Community College, Hitchcock Auditorium, Thursday, Nov. 7, 7 pm, free. She also will offer a workshop on poetic forms in fiction and will flash read at an author reception at Tower Theatre, Friday, Nov. 8, 7 pm, $30; and workshop at OSU-Cascade Campus, Cascades Hall, Saturday, Nov. 9, 1-3 pm, $45.
Buy tickets here!

In a recent interview with The Source, Finneyfrock discussed the Pacific Northwest, valuable friendships and what it means to be a successful poet.

SW: How do you define a successful poet?
KF: For poetry there’s no outward markers of success. It’s how close the poet gets to feeling like they have captured their genuine voice and experience in the poem. For poets, the feeling that they have captured something authentic is the mark of success.

Here is a video of her performing her poem "14."

For Finneyfrock's full interview pick up a copy of the Source , on stands today! Or check online at for our continued coverage of the 2013 Nature of Words festival.

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