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Reading in Hillsboro features poet, essayist

Every month, Conversations With Writers invites writers to read and tell audiences about their work and their writing methods.

It’s neither an open-mic nor reading event — there are already an abundance of those in the greater Portland area. The writers presenting at CWW events read their work, and audience members can ask questions about particular pieces, word choices, styles or the writer’s development of the shared work.

This month’s meeting — Monday, May 23, at 7 p.m. — will feature Marilyn Stablein, an award-winning poet, essayist, artist and author of 13 books. “Splitting Hard Ground” won the New Mexico Book Award. Her other works include “Climate of Extremes: Landscape and Imagination,” eco-essays set in the northwest, and “Sleeping in Caves: A Sixties Himalayan Memoir” about a six-year residency in the Himalayas.

She’ll share insights on how to record personal experience in written narratives as well as visual ones (books as art objects) using techniques taught in her workshop “The Joy of Memoir: Your Legacy, Your Way.” In addition, Stablein will share her personal explorations through travels, her dreams, her life and her writing.

The CWW meeting will take place at the Hillsboro Main Library, 2850 Brookwood Parkway, and is free and open to the public.