• Oregon Poetry Association Spring 2019 Contest Winners

    OPA congratulates all the winners below, and thanks them
    and all the poets who entered for sharing their work.

    Watch for individual poems to appear in Poet’s Spotlight over the coming weeks.

    Poet’s Choice — John
    Sibley Williams, Judge

    1st Place: “Maps” by Jennifer Dorner, Klamath Falls, OR

    2nd Place: “passing” by Deborah Akers, Portland, OR

    3rd Place: “Observing the Arsonist” by Colette Jonopulos,
    Denver, CO

    1st Honorable Mention: “Awaiting the Child” by Carol
    Ellis, Forest Grove, OR

    2nd Honorable Mention: “I.” by Tamarah Rockwood,
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    3rd Honorable Mention: “I Want to Speak Norwegian” by Linda
    Ferguson, Portland, OR

    Only — José Angel Araguz, Judge

    1st Place: “Lake Ridge Drive” by Jennifer Dorner, ... Read all of this item.

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  • Posted: February 28, 2019

    Carolyn Martin Launches a New Collection

    Carolyn Martin is happy to announce the launch of her latest poetry collection, A Penchant for Masquerades (Unsolicited Press, 2019).

    Celebrate with her at

    The Milwaukie Poetry Series
    March 13, 2019
    6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    The Ledding Library Pond House
    2215 SE Harrison Street
    Milwaukie, OR

    From the universal to the personal, ...

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  • Litany for Wound and Bloom by Judith H. Montgomery, reviewed by Catherine McGuire

    Uttered Chaos Press, 2018, 80 pages, $19

    ISBN 978-0-9998334-1-4


    As I often do when I start a book of poetry, I opened Judith
    Montgomery’s Litany for Wound and Bloom
    at random and dove in. The poems are startling and beautiful, standing on their
    own even without the arc of the arrangement, though that had its own pleasing

    “Listen” drew me in first, repeating some lines like a refrain (if the moon had been tatter and fogif I lived in green valleys of wheat), making the unfolding story
    even more appalling, like a lullaby turned horror story.  

    In the three evenly-divided sections – (Womb), (Word), (Witness)
    – which concern motherhood – all the joy and ... Read all of this item.

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  • 2019 Spring Contest, Members Only: Honorable Mentions and Judge’s Comments

    May 25, 2019

    Honorable mentions:

    1st Honorable Mention: “Jill Reaches
    Maturity” by Ann Magill, Ashland, OR

    2nd Honorable Mention: “Once” by Sherri Levine, Portland, OR

    3rd Honorable Mention: “Killjoy” by Lucy
    Cotter, Portland, OR

    Judge’s comments

    One of the things I continue to admire about
    the Oregon poetry community is its range in personal narratives, technique, and
    style. In this year’s “Members Only” category, family narratives were shuffled
    in with lyrically challenging poems, haiku with prose poems, and so on. This
    bounty of styles speaks to the health and expansiveness of Oregon poetry. In my
    selections, I found myself narrowing down based on what brought me closer to
    the page, whether that be a personal lyric rendered in such a way as to paint a
    clear image of a love relationship, to poems whose recasting of ... Read all of this item.

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