Tsunami Books Third Saturdays Literary Readings



Ingrid Wendt is the author of four full-length books of poems, one chapbook, and two anthologies, including From Here We Speak: An Anthology of Oregon Poetry (Oregon State University Press, 1993). Her teaching guide Starting With Little Things: A Guide to Poetry Writing in the Classroom is in its 6th printing. Ingrid’s poems have appeared in HarperCollins' No More Masks! An Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Women Poets. Winner of the Carolyn Kizer Award and the D. H. Lawrence Fellowship, Ingrid has been a three-time Fulbright professor to Germany, a guest lecturer at teacher-training institutes throughout the United States and at several international universities, a poet-in-the-schools, and on the faculty of the MFA program of Antioch University Los Angeles. She and her husband of 40 years, writer Ralph Salisbury, divide their time between Eugene and Seal Rock, Oregon. A pianist by training, she also sings second alto with the Oregon Coast Chorale (when in residence at Seal Rock), and with the Eugene-based Motet Singers, a woman's a cappella ensemble of 10. You may find her on the web at
Listen and order CDs at http://www.singers.com/choral/motetsingers.html. CD's and books will be on sale after the reading.

Born of a Cherokee story-teller, singer father and a story-telling Irish American mother, Eugene poet Ralph Salisbury grew up hunting and trapping, for meat and pelts, and working on an Iowa family farm, which had no electricity or running water but was reachable by a dirt road. When he visited his father's mother, the only road was a footpath along a creek. Of his book, Rainbows of Stone, Maxine Kumin wrote: "This is a poet dedicated to keeping his heritage alive. His book deserves a broad audience." Ralph’s 9th book of poems is Blind Pumper at the Well (Salt Publishing, 2008). Light from a Bullet Hole, Poems New and Selected, has just appeared from Silverfish Press, April 2009. His books of short fiction include One Indian and Two Chiefs and The Last Rattlesnake Throw. His newest book of short fiction, The Indian Who Bombed Berlin and Other Stories, is from Michigan St. Univ. Press. His magazine publications include Poetry Northwest, New Yorker and Poetry. His awards include a Rockefeller Foundation Residency at the Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, Italy; the Chapelbrook Award; the Northwest Poetry Award; four Fulbright professorships, to Germany and Norway; and an Amparts (USIS)lectureship in India. He and his wife of 40 years, poet Ingrid Wendt, divide their time between Eugene and Seal Rock, Oregon.