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Mark Your Calendars: Event for my New Book of Poetry

Heather Douglas to Read from New Book

Poetry Collection Created During Residency at AVA’s North Coast Writer’s Retreat



ASTORIA (Press Release November 22, 2016) – Local writer and illustrator Heather Douglas will read from her new book of poems, Creosote and Rain, on Saturday, December 10, at the Blue Scorcher Bakery, located at 14th and Duane Streets in Astoria. The readings will coincide with the Second Saturday Art Walk and are (loosely) scheduled to occur at 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm. The readings will be accompanied by a display of illustrations created by Douglas that represent the ways in which writing has shaped her life.  Blue Scorcher fare such as artisan pizza, assorted savories and sweets and a variety of drinks will be available for purchase during the evening. Copies of Creosote and Rain will be available for purchase at the event, as well.


Creosote and Rain is an often funny and sometimes painfully honest book, in which Douglas explores everything from her childhood growing up in Astoria to body image, friendship, love and feminism. A deft touch, keen eye and dry wit serve to both deepen and leaven the collection. The poems were written over the last few months during Douglas’s fall 2016 residency with Astoria Visual Arts’ North Coast Writer’s Retreat.


The North Coast Writer’s Retreat writer-in-residence program (“AVA W-i-R”) offers local and visiting writers a unique opportunity to launch new endeavors, revise works in progress, or conclude longstanding projects. The program seeks to provide writers with writing time and space in an idyllic setting at the base of 11th Street, featuring panoramic views of downtown Astoria and the Columbia River. For more information on the program, visit:

Astoria Visual Arts (AVA) was founded in 1989 as a non-profit membership organization to enhance, strengthen and promote the arts in the Greater Astoria Area.


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