Jarold Ramsey: Words Marked by Place

Event Type: Adult Program
Age Group(s): Adult
Date: 10/17/2015
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 3:15 PM
 Throughout October we're exploring all things "Out West." Writer, academic and Central Oregon native Jarold Ramsey has the west in his blood. He'll take us on a fairly light-hearted excursion into the undiscovered topic of what might be loosely called the "Central Oregon Dialect"--folk sayings, odd words, catch phrases, etc., that really do seem to be expressive of life in Central Oregon, going back to homesteading days. Central Oregon is not very old historically and culturally, and of course has been populated lately by newcomers from all over, bringing their own verbal luggage to the local realities. But Ramsey notes that there does seem to be something like a "regional" dialect glimmering in this place we call home.

Jarold Ramsey grew up on a ranch near Madras, and in 2000 he and his wife Dorothy moved back to his hometown. In between, they raised their children in Rochester, New York, where he was a member of the English faculty at the University of Rochester. His poetry collections include "Love in an Earthquake," "Hand-Shadows" and "Where the Wind Comes to Play" (with Bill Baber). Among his prose books are "Coyote Was Going There," "Reading the Fire," and "New Era: Reflections on the Human and Natural History of Central Oregon."

Library: Downtown Bend Public Library
Location: Brooks Room
Contact: Tina Walker Davis
Contact Number: 541-312-1034
Presenter: Jarold Ramsey
Link: Books by Jarold Ramsey