A&E briefs – May 31, 2023

The OG comes to the Elks’ stage

Enjoy music from The OG at the Sequim Elks Lodge, 143 Port Williams, from 6-8:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 11.

Admission is $10 for Elks members, $12 for guests.

Learn more about The OG at tinyurl.com/SEQog.

Dance recitals set at SHS auditorium

The Dance Center by Erica Edwards hosts the Just Dance 2023 Dance Recital at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, and 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, at the Sequim High School auditorium, 533 N. Sequim Ave.

Tickets are $12-$15. Get tickets online at etix.com (search “Sequim”).

For more about The Dance Center, visit eedancecenter.com or call 360-670-4600.

Authors Derry, Earling to read in PA, PT

Join Peninsula College in celebrating new works from authors Debra Magpie Earling and Alice Derry at a reading Wednesday, June 7, in Port Townsend, and on Thursday, June 8, at Peninsula College’s Studium Generale presentation.

The June 7 event, free and open to the public, is at 7 p.m. in the Pope Marine Building, 250 Madison St. It was made possible through partnership with Imprint Bookstore, Peninsula College Port Townsend, Studium Generale, and The Foothills Writers Series.

The June 8 presentation is in the Little Theater on the main Peninsula College campus, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles. This free, public presentation will also be available via Zoom at pencol-edu.zoom.us/j/83024542567 (meeting ID 830 2454 2567).

Earling is the author of the novels “The Lost Journals of Sacajewa” and “Perma Red.” She received a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the American Book Award. She retired from the University of Montana where she taught for 29 years in both Creative Writing and the Native American Studies Department.

Earling was named professor emeritus in 2021. She is currently working on a novel series about witches. She is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation. She is Bitterroot Salish.

Derry is the author of six volumes of poetry and a translation of poems by Rainer Rilke. Her most recent book is “Asking,” a meditation on grief, from MoonPath Press. Derry taught for 30 years at Peninsula College where she curated the Foothills Poetry Series.

She is active in working with local tribal members who are writing poetry and has taught a number of community-based poetry workshops, including at the Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. She is the author of a two-volume series of essays on native plants of the Pacific Northwest, in collaboration with scientist and artist Fred Sharpe. Raymond Carver chose her first poetry manuscript, Stages of Twilight, for the King County (Seattle) Arts Prize. Strangers to their Courage was a finalist for the Washington Book Award. She lives and works on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.

Contact Dr. Kate Reavey for more information at kreavey@hotmail.com.