• Oregon Poetry Collection moves to University of Oregon

    The Oregon Poetry Collection is scheduled to move to the University of Oregon library December 17th.

    This represents the culmination of a year and more of hard work on the part of OPA members, Oregon State Library staff, and University of Oregon staff. We had hoped to make the move by the end of this calendar year, and we are on track!

    Watch for more OPC news as the collection settles in. We expect it to be open for donations early in the New Year.

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  • Mid-Valley Poetry Society Stafford Centennial Art Exhibit in Salem Nov. 5-22 The poetry of Oregon’s beloved former Poet Laureate, William Stafford (1914-1993), has not only influenced many other poets in the Northwest and far beyond, but it has also inspired numerous visual artists. As part of the continuing celebration of Stafford’s centennial year, an exhibit ...

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    Colburn, Don: My chapbook of poems, "Tomorrow Too: The Brenda Monologues," will be performed on stage this month at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis (Oct. 26) and the Wildish Theatre in Springfield (Oct. 24-25). Three actors directed by Leigh Matthews Bock will present the monologues, which tell the true story of Brenda Arrieta Killian, who faced cancer while pregnant. The performances honor those, such as Brenda and her family, affected by breast cancer.

    (Posted October 18, 2014, 6:12 pm.)

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  • Anuk-Ité: Double-Face Woman by Dorothy Black Crow, reviewed by Carter McKenzie Review by Carter McKenzie  Anuk-Ité: Double-Face Woman, Poems  By Dorothy Black Crow Turnstone Publishing (Corvallis, Oregon) ISBN: 9781479338580 2012, 39 pp., $9.90 (on Amazon) dorothyblackcrow.com The poems in Anuk-Ité: Double-Face Woman by Dorothy Black Crow demonstrate the skill and wisdom of balance; through deft understatement they achieve the resonance of cumulative effect: they are weavings of one who knows how to reach into potent mystery “steady not pierced / by the black barb.” (“Double-Face Woman”) Manifested through the physical and spiritual worlds, and informed by Lakota history and legend, these poems honor and explore the possibilities of familial interconnection even as they expose betrayals of a people. With the exception of one well-placed villanelle, the poems are narratives. They all bear witness in memorable ways both to a Lakota history of suffering and to the authority of survival and renewal. In the light of carefully crafted language, silence becomes fiercely active: omissions become revelations. In “Marriage Proposal at Branding ...

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  • Ruth Harrison: An Appreciation At the Fall 2013 OPA Conference in Forest Grove, Ruth F. Harrison was honored with a lifetime membership. In tribute to her, “Ruth Harrison: An Appreciation” was presented by Eleanor Berry, OPA President Emerita.   Over the past dozen or so years in which I have been active in O(S)PA, it has been my privilege to get to know many fine poets and capable workers on behalf of Oregon poets and poetry. One who has seemed to me—and to many others—an extraordinarily luminous presence is Ruth Harrison. To the best of my recollection, it was at one of the first OSPA conferences I attended that I met Ruth. I remember that she was standing by me in the lunch line, and that we fell into conversation. I remember being drawn to her quiet intelligence and warmth. All the subsequent occasions I’ve spent time with Ruth or her poetry have reinforced that first impression. When ...

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