MOST RECENT OPA NEWS
- REMINDER: Fall Contest closes October 15th!
October 15th is the postmark and Submittable deadline for the fall contest. Get your entries in now! Joan Dobbie chairs: see categories and additional guidelines at Contests > Adult Contest and submit entries via Submittable or OPA, Contest Entries, P.O. Box 14582, Portland, OR 97293.Read all of this item.
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LATEST UNIT NEWS (EXCERPT)
- ROGUE VALLEY
The Down Towne Poets, a monthly reading held in Dan and Sarah Goyette’s Down Towne Coffee House, in Talent, was started in 2005 by Deborah Thornley, who moved to Tucson in 2007, leaving the program to be coordinated by Dave Harvey. Co-host Carol Brockfield and he have continued to ... Read all of this item.
- Michael Simon recently published
Michael Simon has had two poems published in East on Central: I Was Going To Write Heart-Stoppingly and Long Ago They Traveled Only At The Speed of Sound. Michael also has had one poem published this month in Fine Lines: Hike Miles To Taste It.Read all of this item.
LATEST BOOK REVIEW (EXCERPT)
- Nice and Loud by Lois Rosen, reviewed by Susan Clayton Goldner October 16, 2016
Nice and Loud by Lois Rosen
Tebot Bach, 2015, $16.00
Reviewed by Susan Clayton Goldner
Nice and Loud, a collection of beautifully crafted poetry by Lois Rosen, is authentic and yet tender. It is intimate, unselfconscious and introspective. Her story takes the reader into the world of a young Jewish girl growing up in a cramped, Yonkers apartment after World War II. In the poet’s own words:
Forever is how long our family will be stuck in that fourth-floor walkup.
Nice and Loud is inhabited by colorful and real characters. One of the most powerful is the writer’s father. He has cancer – a death sentence hovering over him, all the days of her childhood: . . .that bomb of my father’s possible relapse. Rosen paints her father in a way that balances the hard and the soft, and the reader finds him utterly endearing. ... Read all of this item.
MOST RECENT POET’S SPOTLIGHT
- Pat Banta: In Memoriam August 28, 2016
It’s our sad duty to announce that former OPA president, board member, and poet Pat Banta passed away in March of this year.
Patricia Banta was born on December 31, 1924 in Los Angeles, CA, the only child of Ernest G and Deloris (Éclair) Henry. She died March 25, 2016 in Roseburg.
She attended school at U.C.L.A where she received her teaching credential. She taught five and a half years in California before moving to Oregon in 1959. There she continued to teach until retiring in 1980.
Pat enjoyed poetry and her poems were widely published in numerous newspapers and literary magazines. She reviewed well known poets and their books for a variety of College Quarterlies.
OPA member Doreen Wiley writes:
REMEMBERING PATRICIA (GOW) BANTA
Pat Banta was active on the Oregon poetry scene in the mid-1960’s and 70’s when she and I worked on the OSPA board and served as presidents, as ... Read all of this item.