MOST RECENT OPA NEWS
- Spring 2017 Contest Info
OPA’s spring 2017 adult contest will open for submissions February 1st. Deadline is March 1st. Details under CONTESTS > Adult Contest.
Questions to Joan Dobbie at CONTACTS > Adult Contest Chair.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.
- Allan Peterson publications
Allan Peterson’s “Other Than They Seem,” winner of the Snowbound Chapbook Prize from Tupelo Press, was published Nov. 1, 2016. Available from Tupelo, Amazon and your local independent bookstore
Peterson’s work is also included in “The Poem is You, 60 Contemporary American Poets and how to Read Them” by Stephen Burt (Harvard ... Read all of this item.
LATEST BOOK REVIEW (EXCERPT)
- Books Needing Review and Past Reviews December 21, 2016
Books Needing Reviewers
Judith Arcana – Soon to be a Major Motion Picture
Deborah Akers – partly fallen
Eleanor Berry – No Constant Hues
Adam Brown – Musings of a Madman
Nancy Christopherson – The Leaf
T.L. Cooper – Vulnerability in Silhouette
Nancy Flynn – Great Hunger
John Haislip – Seal Rock
Quinton Hallett – Mrs. Schrödinger’s Breast
Laura LeHew – Becoming
Jan David Madsen – Everything is Shining
Carolyn Martin – The Way a Woman Knows
Shirley Plummer – The Task of Falling Rain
Jennifer Richter – No Acute Distress
Arn Strasser – Before Dreaming
Anita Sullivan – And if the Dead Do Dream
Pepper Trail – Cascade-Siskiyou: Poems (finalist for ... 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.