Peach Blossom Poetry Series

Chinese gardens in China and Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland are filled with poetic inscriptions: as text, calligraphy, engravings and plaques. Inspired by the culture of literature in Chinese gardens, prolific poets share their work with garden visitors every Saturday in April at 3 p.m. Discover an additional poetry series, workshops and more during Poetry Month at Lan Su »

April 1 — Shin Yu Pai

April 8 — Cindy Williams Gutierrez

April 15 — Karen McPherson

April 22 — Daniel Skach-Mills

April 29 — John Brehm


Included with Lan Su membership or admission; no registration is required.


About the Presenters


Shin Yu Pai is the author of eight books of poetry. Her work has appeared in publications throughout the U.S., Japan, China, Taiwan, The United Kingdom, and Canada. She has been a featured presenter at national and international literary festivals including the Geraldine Dodge Poetry Festival and the Montreal Zen Poetry Festival. In 2010, she became a member of the Macondo Workshop for Writers. Her essays and nonfiction writing have appeared in Tricycle, YES! Magazine, The Rumpus, The Stranger, Medium, Thought Catalog, International Examiner, and ParentMap.

Shin Yu received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MA in Museology from the University of Washington. She is the head of the Seattle Obscura Society.


Poet-dramatist Cindy Williams Gutiérrez draws inspiration from the silent and silenced voices of history and herstory. The 2016 recipient of the inaugural Oregon Literary Fellowship for Writers of Color, Cindy was selected by Poets & Writers Magazine as a 2014 Notable Debut Poet. Her poetry collection, the small claim of bones (Bilingual Press), won second place in the 2015 International Latino Book Awards. She has performed her Aztec-inspired poems at the 2009 AWP Conference in Chicago and at Northwest colleges, museums, and libraries through Humanities Washington Inquiring Mind Series.


Karen McPherson is the author of the chapbook Sketching Elise (Finishing Line 2012) and the poetry collection Skein of Light (Airlie Press 2014). Her poems and translations (from the French) have appeared in numerous literary journals including Descant, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cider Press Review, Zoland, San Pedro River Review, and Potomac Review. Skein of Light was a 2015 Eric Hoffer Book Award finalist, receiving an honorable mention in the poetry category. Her poem “Provenance” won first place in the Oregon Poetry Association spring 2015 contest. Her poems have been nominated for Pushcart Awards (2015 and 2016) and for “Best of the Net” (2015) and she has been awarded residencies at Vermont Studio Center and Playa. She has also published two critical monographs and a book-length translation of poetic essays by Quebec poet Louise Warren.


Daniel Skach-Mills is an award-winning poet, author, and a former Trappist monk. His poems have been published in a variety of journals, magazines, and anthologies, including: The Christian Science Monitor; Sojourners; The Journal of Taoist Philosophy and Practice; and Sufi magazine. Daniel's first full-length collection, The Tao of Now, was listed as one of the "150 outstanding Oregon poetry books" for Oregon's sesquicentennial in 2009; and in 2012 The Hut Beneath the Pine: Tea Poems was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. His third book, In This Forest of Monks, ranked as a double finalist in both the Poetry and Spirituality categories of the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and was lauded as "a powerful work that touches, delights, and amazes" by the judge of the 21st Annual Writer's Digest Book Awards. His most recent work, Manzou, was selected as a 2015 Indie Book Awards finalist in Spirituality.

Daniel lives with his partner of twenty-three years in Portland, Oregon, and has been a docent for Lan Su Chinese Garden since 2005.


John Brehm’s most recent book is Help Is on the Way. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, The Sun, New Ohio Review, The Southern Review, and many other journals. He teaches for Literary Arts and Mountain Writers Series in Portland, Oregon and for The Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver. He is the editor of The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy, forthcoming from Wisdom Publications in June, 2017.


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