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  • CASCADIA 2020: Open for Submissions Now

    Call for Submissions!

    The Oregon Poetry
    Association sponsors
    CASCADIA 2020:
    Oregon’s annual K-12 student poetry contest.  Open for submissions
    October 15 through December 31, 2019.

    Cascadia, the Oregon Student Poetry Contest, serves to nurture poetic talent of young Oregonians by providing an opportunity for their poems to be widely shared, published, and celebrated.

    Ten unranked winners in each of four age categories receive $10
    cash prizes. All forty winning poems will be published in Cascadia: The Oregon Student Poetry
    Contest Anthology. Each winner will receive a certificate and a copy of the
    anthology at the award ceremony in April.

    The ten winning poems in both the middle and high school
    divisions are eligible and may be sent to the annual Manningham Trust Student
    Contest sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NSFPS).
    This ... Read all of this item.

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MEMBER NEWS

  • 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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LATEST BOOK REVIEW (EXCERPT)

  • 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

    www.utteredchaos.org

    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.

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MOST RECENT POET’S SPOTLIGHT

  • 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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