MOST RECENT OPA NEWS
- Elizabeth Woody joins Oregon Poetry Collection Grand Re-opening
Oregon’s poet laureate, Elizabeth Woody, joins us for the grand re-opening of the Oregon Poetry Collection: Saturday September 30th, 2:00 PM at the Knight Library.
Come celebrate Oregon’s poetry, contemporary, historical, and everlasting. Speakers will include our very own David Hedges, the University ... 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.
- “Removing the Dishes” by Nancy Christopherson
Nancy Christopherson’s poem “Removing the Dishes” has been published in XANADU 2016 (LIPC). Print issue, $15. Available now. Send check or money order to: Long Island Poetry Collective, P.O. Box 773, Huntington, NY 11743 or email request to: email@example.comRead all of this item.
LATEST BOOK REVIEW (EXCERPT)
- A Question of Mortality by Susan Clayton Goldner, reviewed by Lois Rosen August 21, 2016
a question of mortality by Susan Clayton Goldner
Wellstone Press 2014 $15.00
Reviewed by Lois Rosen
I first had the joy of meeting Susan Clayton-Goldner at a novel-writing workshop led by Marjorie Reynolds in Portland, Oregon years ago. Susan shone as an astute critic and author of family-centered mystery novels. She’s published three: Finding a Way Back, Just Another Heartbeat, and Murder at Cape Foulweather. Since childhood, Susan has devoted herself to honing her craft. Besides being an award-winning novelist and popular blogger, she’s an accomplished poet whose work has appeared in literary journals for decades. This year, finally, her heartfelt poems have been gathered into her first poetry collection, a question of mortality, published by Wellstone Press.
Breaking from convention, all the words in the title on the cover begin with lowercase letters. Perhaps Goldner chose this to symbolize mortality humbling us. ... 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.