Holly Roland wins Civic Saturday Poetry Contest, to read her poem Sat July 7 at Taborspace

Congratulations to Holly Roland. Selected by Attic Institute Associate Fellow Wendy Willis, Holly will reading at Portland's first Civic Saturday on July 8. 

Holly Roland is a poet and creative arts therapist who believes in the transformative power of words. She has been published in The Norton Pocket Book of Writing by Students, received The Kratz Fellowship from Goucher College to write bilingual poetry in the Galapagos Islands, and previously served as the Volunteer Student Services Coordinator at The Attic Institute. She studied at Hollins University's MFA program in 2012, and her work is often narrative in nature, echoing Appalachian voices. Her new blogging project, Travel Tonic, aims to feature community-minded travel essays, stories, and of course, poems.

The July 7 Independence Day picnic and Civic Saturday is a gathering of friends and strangers for a shared purpose. This is an opportunity to connect with the community, neighbors, and friends, plus there will be poems and songs along with a civic sermon from poet, essayist, lawyer, and Portlander Wendy Willis! Bring a lawn chair or blanket!

Civic Saturday is a civic analogue to church: a gathering of friends and strangers in a common place to nurture a spirit of shared purpose. But it’s not about church religion or synagogue or mosque religion. It’s about American civic duty—the creed of liberty, equality, and self-government that truly unites us.  It is free and open to all.

"Civic Saturday exists so that together we can remember that no condition in our country was created yesterday, and no citizen of this country will live forever. Civic Saturday exists so that we can teach each other how not just to tell the truth about our history but also reckon with it." -Eric Liu, founder of Citizen University

Civic Saturday 
Date: Saturday, July 7th
Time: 11am-1pm
Location: Taborspace lawn | 5441 SE Belmont St
Price: FREE! Please register in advance.

This is the first Civic Saturday in Portland. Civic Saturday is a project from Citizen University, in partnership with Oregon HumanitiesHealthy DemocracyKitchen Table DemocracyDeliberative Democracy Consortium, and the Attic Institute.