RICHLAND — Poet Pamela Steele will read from her new book, “Paper Bird,” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 11, at WSU Tri-Cities.

The poetry reading is part of the Spring 2008 Liberal Arts Season of Events. It is in the WSU Tri-Cities East Building Auditorium, 2710 University Drive, Richland. Admission is free and open to the public.

Steele also will share some new poems she has written about living on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Pendleton, Ore.
 
Steele earned her master’s degree in fine arts in 2004 from Spalding University of Louisville, Kentucky. Her awards include the 2004 Kentucky Writers Coalition’s Jim Wayne Miller Poetry Prize for her poem “The Boarders.” She is co-founder of The InKY Reading Series in Kentucky, plus is a past president and 1997 Fellow of Fishtrap, a Northeast Oregon arts organization promoting “Writing and the West.”

In addition to writing poetry, Steele is a reading specialist at Highland Hills Elementary in Hermiston and a GED examiner at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton.

“Paper Bird” is Steele’s first full-length book of poetry. For more information on the recently released book, visit www.wordcraftoforegon.com/#paper_bird.