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Siegel to share poems at First Wednesday lecture

Lake Oswego City Planner Scot Siegel will be the guest speaker at Oswego Heritage Council’s First Wednesday lecture series June 1. The author of five books of poetry, he will read from “The Constellation of Extinct Stars and Other Poems” and “Thousands Flee California Wildflowers” at the event, which begins at 7 p.m. at Oswego Heritage House, 398 10th St., Lake Oswego.

Siegel has received awards and commendations from the Oregon Poetry Association, Nimrod International, Aesthetica (UK) and the Oregon State Library. His first book, “Some Weather,” made the list of Oregon’s Best 150 Books of Poetry, in honor of Oregon’s Sesquicentennial.

Siegel also chaired Lake Oswego’s Centennial Poetry Project and has served on the board of the Friends of William Stafford. The late U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine recognized Siegel’s long poem, “Pages Torn from a Schoolmarm’s Diary” as a finalist with honorable mention in Nimrod International’s 2012 Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize Competition.

Siegel’s poems are part of the permanent art installation along the Portland to Milwaukie Light Rail Orange Line. Siegel has served as an Artist-in-Residence with Playa at Summer Lake, and the Oregon State University College of Liberal Art’s Spring Creek Project.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.