• Call for Proposals for the Fall 2019 OPA Conference

    September 14 and 15, 2019
    Salem Convention Center, Salem, OR  
    Submissions accepted between May 1 and June 1, 2019

    Please submit a 1- to 2-page proposal that includes the following:
    -Title of presentation
    -Presenter name(s)
    -Short bio(s) of 50 words or less, and additionally, your qualifications to present/teach the session described.
    -List any A/V needs and what equipment you would supply.
    what you would do in your session related to one of the categories
    below. Please include enough details or examples to explain your session

    -Proposal Session Categories:
    related to writing poetry: craft, generative exercises, publication
    ideas, entering contests, different styles of poetry, etc.
    -Panel: include different viewpoints on a topic, theme, form
    -Presentation: slide show, multimedia, history, etc.
    -Other: Please describe in detail

    All workshops, panels, etc. are scheduled for one ... Read all of this item.

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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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  • The Moon’s Soul Shimmering on the Water by Doug Stone , reviewed by Erik Muller

    Self-published book, 2018,
    53 pages, $12.00

    ISBN 978-1724418180

    Available on Amazon and
    Barnes and Noble

    To write 21st century
    poems in the manner of 20th century English translations of Chinese
    poems by Ezra Pound or Gary Snyder may seem an affectation  ­– I use this word knowing that I, too, write
    this way. In Doug Stone’s second collection,  however, the manner becomes a means to realize
    poems on important themes and to create a distinctly imagined world.

    Here are many props of
    Chinese originals: lots of moon, a cup not a glass of wine, a hut, a well,
    fishermen, an old woman packing firewood, a small fire burning to ash. Central
    is the white-haired old poet, accurate to Doug Stone of Albany.

    The ... Read all of this item.

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  • 2018 Fall Contest, Theme – Harvest, 1st Place Winner

    November 20, 2018

    the mountain in the evening
    by Brad Canfield

    my grandfather had a black mountain and he picked asparagus in his garden just in front of the mountain he pulled each stalk from the dirt with his thick dirty fingers and dropped it gently into an old coffee can shunk. shunk. shunk. each stalk was a like piece of the evening because the sky grew darker as he picked and i think he looked like he was coming up out of the soil while he picked and i also think he looked like he was growing out of the soil and into a mountain

    Judge’s comments
    In three readings of this set of poems, my first choice never changed. The winner, “the mountain in the evening,” caught me with its simplicity, brevity, and a powerful transformative metaphor balanced on the word because. This in a five-line prose poem with the moody feel of ... Read all of this item.

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