• Fall 2019 Poetry Contest Deadline: September 1, 2019

    Limit: one entry per category.
    1) Poet’s Choice: Limit 80 lines, any subject, any form. Judge: Carl Adamshick.
    2) Members Only: Limit 20 lines, any subject, any form. Entrant must be a current OPA member. Judge: Leah Stenson.
    3) New Poets: Limit 30 lines, any subject, any form. A new poet is someone with no more than two poems published in online or print journals. Self-published work is not considered published in this context. Judge: Stephanie Adams-Santos.
    4) Traditional Form—Blank Verse: Limit 40 lines, blank verse form (unrhyming iambic pentameter), any subject. 
Judge: John Morrison.
    5) Theme—Our Common Life: Limit 40 lines, any form, on the subject of “our common life.” 
Judge: Toni Lumbrazo Luna.

    Spaces between stanzas do not count as lines.

    Poet’s Choice: 1st $100; 2nd $50; 3rd $30; 3 Honorable Mentions.
    All other categories: 1st $50; 2nd $30; 3rd $20; 3 Honorable Mentions.
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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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