Raymond Carver’s work to be presented in free talk today

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — In a free Raymond Carver Festival event today, acclaimed poet and Peninsula College Writer-in-Residence Lucia Perillo will give a free presentation in the college’s Little Theater.

Perillo will speak at 12:35 p.m. on one of the things that unifies Carver’s stories and poems: They hinge on finding a moment of clarity, an epiphany.

Perillo, who lives in Olympia, is the award-winning author of eight books, including the short-story collection Happiness Is a Chemical in the Brain and a book of essays, I’ve Heard the Vultures Singing.

She’s also the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship.

Perillo met Carver when she was a student at Syracuse University, where she also became acquainted with writer Tess Gallagher, Carver’s widow and a Port Angeles native.

Gallagher, who lives and writes in Port Angeles, has worked with Peninsula College to create the Raymond Carver Festival, a two-week series of events culminating in a traveling reading across Port Angeles on May 25.

Carver, who spent the last decade of his life here, would have been 75 on that day.

Most of the Carver festival’s readings, film screenings and other events are at Peninsula College, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd. For details, visit www.PenCol.edu.

Last modified: May 14. 2013 5:47PM
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