Saturday Afternoons

Saturday Afternoons

Angela Allen,
Kathie Durbin,
Margie Lee,
and Barbara Surovell

About the Book

We are four Portland women of diverse backgrounds who were drawn together through our love of poetry and our respect for the magic of the written word. We became friends through newspapers, art, flowers, other friends, relatives, and just plain proximity.

We hope you enjoy the music of four different Portland voices.


The thought of pairing Saturday afternoons with a good book is a fine prospect. And this Saturday Afternoons is itself such a book, an anthology of four satisfyingly rich voices. In Angela Allen’s section, we find vividly crafted, engaging flights toward the exotic, poems that travel to France, to the Caribbean, to Puerto Rico. Kathie Durbin’s voice—although one of elegy and poignant tribute—is a tonic against grief. With a penchant for strong, arresting imagery, Margie Lee’s poems explore a country childhood, fallen trees, fishing from a train trestle, the sensuousness of an eggplant. Barbara Surovell is the history teacher who reads Szymborska, and whose poems echo the simple elegance and eloquence of that Polish poet’s work. This welcome collection bears witness to both the talents of these four poets and to the splendid benefits of the community they formed when they met each Saturday afternoon to support each other’s work.

Paulann Petersen

The poems in Saturday Afternoons read like secrets shared over cups of coffee, around a kitchen table. They are personal in detail, universal in experience.

B. T. Shaw

Upcoming Events

January 31, at 2 PM Margie will read from her new poetry book Seeing Myself along with Mary Pacios who will read from her new memoir at the Friendly House 1737 NW 26th Ave, Portland, OR  97201.  Also art work, prints and drawings by Pacios and Lee will be on exhibit at Friendly House until February 28.


Come visit the Creative Spirit Show of Fine Art and Craft  at the Westminster Presbyterian Church February 14-23.  Margie will have five paintings available.  The show is open M – F from 10 am to 5 pm.  The church is located at 1624 NE Hancock Street, Portland, OR  97212.  Reception on February 14, 7 pm.  Jazz and Auction!


A one woman show of Margie’s acrylic paintings from March 28 to April 25 will take place at the Pioneer Chapel Gallery at St. James Lutheran Church with a reception for the artist April 19 where Margie will talk about her new work at 6 p.m.