Brugger, Magee to perform at Auburn's Poetry at The Station Bistro tonight

Dick Brugger - Reporter file photo
Dick Brugger
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Poetry at The Station Bistro presents the works of Dick Brugger, the first poet laureate for the city of Auburn, and Michael Magee on Monday, Jan. 7.

The program is from 7-9 p.m. at the Bistro, 110 Second St. SW, No. 125, one block south of West Main Street, on the east side of the Auburn Transit Center.

Coffee and conversation follow readings. It is an open mic opportunity. The public is invited.

About the poets
Dick Brugger

Brugger is a former Franciscan friar and Roman Catholic priest. For nearly 30 years he was the executive director of Auburn Youth Resources, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk youth and their families.

His poetry appears in the Auburn Reporter and in his book, "Do Something & Other Poems", was published in 2001. He has been published in the Poets West Literary Journal, Volume IV and other journals.

Brugger's poetry has been featured several times as part of the Uniquely Auburn art and poetry display. He is regular featured reader at various venues throughout the greater Puget Sound area, including WPA annual meetings, the Distinguished Writer's Series in Tacoma, Seattle Public Library Green Lake, Seattle Public Library Ballard, and Auburn Good Ol' Days.

Brugger's poetry has been featured on KSER Public Radio.

In the spring of 2003 he won the second prize in the WPA's Bart Baxter Performance poetry contest.

His poetry was animated in a You Tube video by his daughter Jessie, and engraved in concrete as part of the walking trail at Les Gove Park.

He is a founding member of the Plateau Area Writers Association (PAWA).

Brugger's poetry is witty, humorous and sometimes poignant. His poems are always accessible and speak to the best of the human condition.

Michael Magee

Magee is a lyric poet, playwright, free lance writer and reviewer of art, film and drama who is "grounded in earth and music by his Taurean nature."

His plays, "A Night In Reading Gaol With Oscar Wilde" and "Shank's Mare", have been produced in England and America. His poetry collections include "Cinders of My Better Angels" (Moon Path Press, 2011), a collection that illuminates ordinary lives and depicts how illness (three years of chemotherapy) makes us not less ourselves, but more so, "A Trip To Jerusalem" and "Ireland's Eye".

Magee's poems also appear in Tacoma in Images and Verse, a collaboration between photographer Peter Serko and other area poets celebrating Tacoma through images and poetry.

He won the Wellberry Poetry Prize and the 1998 Seattle Eisteddfod Poetry competition. He lived in England for two years, and worked with Billy Smart's Circus in London. He is a board member of PoetsWest, and vice president of the Puget Sound Poetry Connection.

With the echo of his grandfather's vaudeville patter and the sound of his mother's ragtime piano, Magee's poetry is succinct and intrepidly sincere.


LINKS: Presented by The Station Bistro:

Northwest Renaissance, and Auburn Striped Water Poets.

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