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Local author reads poetry, prose in Welches

Author of 'The Portland Bridge Book' featured at Wy'east Book Shoppe
by: contributed photo Sharon Wood Wortman of Brightwood, author of “The Portland Bridge Book,” is seen on a Fremont Bridge ladder 375 feet above the Willamette River. Wortman will read stories and poems Friday, Feb. 24, in Welches

Brightwood writer Sharon Wood Wortman will share stories and poems from a current work in progress when she speaks Friday evening at the Wy'east Book Shoppe and Art Gallery in Welches, according to its owner, Sandy Palmer.

Her current work is titled 'Does It Have to Be Said? Does It Have to Be Said By Me? Does It Have to Be Said By Me Now? - A Memoir.'

Although best known as the author of 'The Portland Bridge Book,' first published in 1984, Wortman also is a poet and performer of the spoken word.

Her one-woman show, The Bridge Lady, was partly funded through a Regional Arts and Culture Council grant and was co-produced by the Northwest Classical Theatre Company in 2009.

She also was a featured performer for The Moth Radio Hour, on stage at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in 2011. Wortman's poems have been widely published, Palmer said.

A grandmother of 11, Wortman also is working on the first book for elementary students about the nearby Willamette River bridges.

At Friday's reading, Palmer also welcomes other volunteer readers.

The prose and poetry reading begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Wy'east Book Shoppe and Art Gallery, 67195 Highway 26, in the Arrah Wanna Center in Welches near Milepost 40 and the Rendezvous Grill.

For more information, call 503-622-1623 or visit the website at wyeastonline.com.