Confluence Gallery in Twisp and Friends of the Winthrop Library are teaming up to present a series of readings in January and February, in conjunction with the Confluence exhibit that opens Saturday (Jan. 11) “The Color of Words.” All the events are free and take place at the gallery.
• On Jan. 17 at 7 p.m., the Fourth-Annual William Stafford Birthday Reading Featured readers include members of the Confluence Poets: Subhaga Crystal Bacon, Christine Kendall, Sam Owen, Greg Wright and host Cindy Williams Gutiérrez. Each will read one Stafford poem and a poem of their own inspired by the Stafford poem. Singer-songwriter Ken Bevis will perform one of Stafford’s Methow River poems set to music. Audience members will also be invited to share their favorite Stafford poem or a personal story about William Stafford. A reception featuring cake and other refreshments will follow the reading.
• On Jan. 23 at 6 p.m., authors Greg Wright and Peter Donahue will read from their works. Wright’s “West of the Gospel” is set against the backdrop of 1910 Big Burn fire. Donahue will read selections about art from his book “Miscellaneous Friends,” as well as from his novels.
• On Jan. 30 at 6 p.m., Poetry Out Loud students will recite selected works, and other spoken-word artists will perform.
• On Feb. 6 at 6 p.m., poets Sam Lucy and Cindy Williams Gutiérrez will read from their works.
• On Feb. 15 at 7 p.m., there will be a Wild Words Poetry Slam featuring talented regional poets.
• On Feb. 20 at 6 p.m., Julie Tate-Libby will read from her memoir “The Good Way: A Himalayan Journey.”
For information, call 997-2787.