• 2017 Student Contest Winners

    The Oregon Poetry Association congratulates the winners in the nineteenth annual K-12 student poetry contest.

    Division I: Kindergarten through Second Grade

    Antonio del Solar, “Starfall”, Beverly Cleary School, Portland, teacher Tricia Barry
    Bradan Lasse, “My House”, Beverly Cleary School, Portland, teacher Tricia Barry
    Eleanor Black, “Poetry”, Beverly Cleary School, Portland, teacher Tricia ... Read all of this item.

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    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.

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  • Allan Peterson publications

    Allan Peterson’s “Other Than They Seem,” winner of the Snowbound Chapbook Prize from Tupelo Press, was published Nov. 1, 2016. Available from Tupelo, Amazon and your local independent bookstore

    Peterson’s work is also included in “The Poem is You, 60 Contemporary American Poets and how to Read Them” by Stephen Burt (Harvard ... Read all of this item.

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  • Books Needing Review and Past Reviews December 21, 2016

    For information on submitting a book review see the OPA book review guidelines and policies.
    Contact the book review editor.

    Books Needing Reviewers

    Judith Arcana – Soon to be a Major Motion Picture
    Deborah Akers – partly fallen
    Eleanor Berry – No Constant Hues
    Adam Brown – Musings of a Madman
    Nancy Christopherson – The Leaf
    T.L. Cooper – Vulnerability in Silhouette
    Nancy Flynn – Great Hunger
    John Haislip – Seal Rock
    Quinton Hallett – Mrs. Schrödinger’s Breast
    Laura LeHew – Becoming
    Jan David Madsen – Everything is Shining
    Carolyn Martin – The Way a Woman Knows
    Shirley Plummer – The Task of Falling Rain
    Jennifer Richter – No Acute Distress
    Arn Strasser – Before Dreaming
    Anita Sullivan – And if the Dead Do Dream
    Pepper Trail – Cascade-Siskiyou: Poems (finalist for ... Read all of this item.

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  • 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.

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