MOST RECENT OPA NEWS
Join us for our fall conference and annual membership meeting September 14th and 15th!
Registration Early Bird Postmark Deadline August 12th. Download and print the registration form below.
$85.00 Member – $105.00 Non-Member – $60.00 student
After August 12th – $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
Uttered Chaos, Laura LeHew
2016, 35 pp., $10.00
In And if the Dead Do
Dream, 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.
MOST RECENT POET’S SPOTLIGHT
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
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.