The Nature of Words opens Thursday

The Nature of Words literary festival gets underway with two events Thursday in Bend.

First, at noon,Lawson Inada, a former Oregon poet laureate and professor emeritus of writing at Southern Oregon University, lectures on “Appreciating Diversity: A Literary Buffet.”

The event will take place at noon at Central Oregon Community College’s Wille Hall, Campus Center, at 2600 N.W. College Way, Bend. Admission is $25, but it’s free for students with a valid ID.

Then, at 7 p.m. guest author Karen Finneyfrock will host the Rising Star Creative Writing Competition Awards Ceremony, a free event at Hitchcock Auditorium, also on the COCC campus.

Contact: www.thenatureofwords .org or 541-647-2233.