MOST RECENT OPA NEWS
- Cascadia 2017 Student Poetry Contest Award Ceremony
OPA announces the
2017 STUDENT CONTEST AWARDS CEREMONY
April 29th, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Charles Jordan Community Center
9009 N Foss Ave.
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LATEST UNIT NEWS (EXCERPT)
- ROGUE VALLEY
The Down Towne Poets, a monthly reading held in Dan and Sarah Goyette’s Down Towne Coffee House, in Talent, was started in 2005 by Deborah Thornley, who moved to Tucson in 2007, leaving the program to be coordinated by Dave Harvey. Co-host Carol Brockfield and he have continued to ... Read all of this item.
- Durable Goods: Appreciations of Oregon Poets
The wonderful Erik Muller has written, and the wonderful Ce Rosenow (Mountains and River Press) has just published Durable Goods, Appreciations of Oregon Poets, a volume containing Erik’s essays about and poetry folios by six Oregon poets: Richard Dankleff, Barbara Drake, Kenneth O. Hanson, Clemens Starck, Lex Runciman, and Paulann ... Read all of this item.
LATEST BOOK REVIEW (EXCERPT)
- Here From Somewhere Else by Judith Arcana, reviewed by Tricia Knoll
Here From Somewhere Else by Judith Arcana
Left Fork Press, 2015, 26 pages, $10
Available at https://leftfork.org/books/
Reviewed by Tricia Knoll
Judith Arcana’s chapbook Here From Somewhere Else was a perfect choice for the Turtle Island Quarterly’s 2015 Editor’s Prize. The press focuses on deepening connections to the natural world. The eighteen poems in the collection take the reader from observations of nature in cityscapes (primarily Chicago and other Great Lake Towns where Arcana lived for more than 25 years) to the forests, trees, and birds of the Pacific Northwest.
Arcana begins the collection exploring how an urban mind can open up to the natural world. One route is the imagination. A short poem, “Dreaming the Indian Ocean,” describes a childhood dream of flying in her bed to where whales swim in green deep water. She uses close observation to describe the appearance of nature ... Read all of this item.
MOST RECENT POET’S SPOTLIGHT
- Pat Banta: In Memoriam August 28, 2016
It’s our sad duty to announce that former OPA president, board member, and poet Pat Banta passed away in March of this year.
Patricia Banta was born on December 31, 1924 in Los Angeles, CA, the only child of Ernest G and Deloris (Éclair) Henry. She died March 25, 2016 in Roseburg.
She attended school at U.C.L.A where she received her teaching credential. She taught five and a half years in California before moving to Oregon in 1959. There she continued to teach until retiring in 1980.
Pat enjoyed poetry and her poems were widely published in numerous newspapers and literary magazines. She reviewed well known poets and their books for a variety of College Quarterlies.
OPA member Doreen Wiley writes:
REMEMBERING PATRICIA (GOW) BANTA
Pat Banta was active on the Oregon poetry scene in the mid-1960’s and 70’s when she and I worked on the OSPA board and served as presidents, as ... Read all of this item.