• OPA 2019 Conference Registration and Workshop Descriptions

    Join us for our fall conference and annual membership meeting September 14th and 15th!

    $105.00 Member – $125.00 Non-Member – $60.00 student

    Our conference theme, “Our Common Life,” is highlighted by this year’s keynote speaker, Penelope Scambly Schott, with her topic The Personal “I” in the Community of “We.” She says, “Skim through any contemporary poetry journal and you will find lots of poems written in first person singular. Some are persona poems but most are the poet’s own voice describing that poet’s own experience. How does the “I” poem relate to our shared world?”

    conference location is the Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial St., SE, Salem,
    OR. Free parking at the Convention Center
    parking garage across the street. 

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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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  • And if the Dead Do Dream by Anita Sullivan, reviewed by Gigi Cooper

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    Uttered Chaos, Laura LeHew

    ISBN# 978-0-9889366-6-9

    2016, 35 pp., $10.00


    In And if the Dead Do
    , Anita Sullivan draws the reader into her personal realm: her house,
    her walks in the woods, her family. She answers “Where Did You Grow Up?” and
    signs her “Dear Baobab” letter “Love, Anita.” Fully two-thirds of the poems in
    this collection are in first person. Even the handful of poems told in second
    person are an interior dialogue, as in “Critical Mass” where Sullivan writes,

    Upon an early January
    afternoon/resolve to leave this house/ / you’ve stayed in far too long

    And as much as she is trying to communicate with herself and
    her environment, Sullivan ... Read all of this item.

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  • 2019 Spring Contest Winner: 1st Place, Theme–Climate

    June 9, 2019

    Judge’s comments

    I ultimately awarded first place to “Loaded trunk falling down a flight of stairs like choir birds” for its unrelenting imagery and the author’s broad perspective on the theme.

    —Nancy Carol Moody

    Poet bio

    Shari Crane Fox comes from Cherokee, Lakota, Blackfoot and Irish roots. She holds advanced degrees from the University of Arizona, UCSD, and Stanford. She has received finalist and honorable mentions, most recently in the Oregon Poetry Association and Patricia Dobler contests. She believes raising three children solo to be her most significant achievement. She recently moved to Portland with a Pomeranian-Chihuahua rescue named Bernie, and to prove fairytales come true, married her high school ... Read all of this item.

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