Reading set for Tuesday at Port Angeles wine bar

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — In an event titled “Not Your Usual Gray-Haired Ladies,” two well-traveled women will offer their reflections Tuesday.

Elizabeth Kelly and Laura Horrocks are the featured readers at the North Coast Writers gathering at Wine on the Waterfront, the venue upstairs in The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave.

This pair is “deceptively demure,” said North Coast Writers spokeswoman Mary-Alice Boulter.

Those who come will hear revelatory poetry, observations from far-flung travels and odes to the Olympic Peninsula, Boulter said.

The readings will start at 7 p.m., but listeners may come at 6:30 p.m. for beverages and appetizers.

Kelly, who moved to Port Angeles in 1999, has lived in San Diego, Saudi Arabia, Mobile, Ala., and Alta, Wyo., where she built a log home.

While in Wyoming, she landed a clerk-typist job in Antarctica and spent 10 months at McMurdo Station, where she rewrote her first novel, taught piano and sang in small choral groups.

Horrocks, a painter and a poet, discovered the Olympic Peninsula after her father received a $50 bonus, packed up his family and drove out here from Seattle.

It was 1940, Horrocks was 7, and she “fell in love with nature.”

She has since raised her own family on the Peninsula, where her beach and mountain hikes inspire watercolors, collages and poetry.

For more information, phone Boulter at 360-457-6410 or email

Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at

Last modified: May 05. 2013 6:17PM
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