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Hear poetry of hopes, fears of pioneer love, marriage

Peregrine Literary series continues Sunday

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - On Sunday, Jana Harris will read from her book, You Havent Asked About My Wedding or What I Wore.

The Peregrine Literary Series will present poet Jana Harris reading from her latest book, “You Haven’t Asked About My Wedding or What I Wore,” at 7 p.m. Sunday at Holy Names Heritage Center, 17425 Holy Names Drive in Lake Oswego. Harris will describe her writing process and autograph copies of the book.

For 30 years, Harris researched the diaries and letters of North American pioneer women. While the names and experiences of the authors varied, Harris found one narrative often connected them: Their most powerful memories were of courtships and weddings. They dreamed of having a fine wedding while they spent their lives hauling water and scrubbing floors and hoping for admirers.

Harris uses her compelling poetry to resurrect a forgotten history. She captures the hope, anxiety, anger and despair of these women through a variety of characters and poetry strategies, while archival photographs give faces to the names and details to the settings. Harris’ meticulous research and stirring words give these pioneer women a renewed voice that proves the timelessness of the hopes and fears of love and marriage.

This free event is hosted by Joan Maiers. Light refreshments will be served.

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