Conference Dates: October 13th, 14th, 15th

    Emmett Wheatfall headlines as keynote speaker.

    Workshops, readings, open mic and more!

    Conference Location: University Place Hotel, Portland

    310 SW Lincoln Street
    Portland, OR 97201

    Reserve your room before September 13th and mention the Oregon Poetry Association to get the group rate: $84.00 per night plus 15.3% tax and $15.00 per night parking fee. Call 1-(503)221-0140 or 1-(866)845-4647 before September 13th.

    Conference Fee:

    $65.00 MEMBERS Early Bird (postmark deadline September 10th)

    $75.00 non-members or after deadline (walk-ins at conference time welcome)

    Download the registration form:

    Download the schedule: (NB: Schedule subject to last-minute changes. OPA makes every effort to plan in advance, but life happens to our presenters as well as to other people.)


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  • No Acute Distress by Jennifer Richter, reviewed by Tiah Lindner Raphael

    No Acute Distress by Jennifer Richter

    Southern Illinois University Press
    ISBN-13 #978-0809334827
    2016, 67 pp, $15.95
    Author website: www.jenniferrichterpoet.com

    Reviewed by Tiah Lindner Raphael

    From Disease to Ease: Transforming Pain into Resilience

    Jennifer Richter’s second full-length collection, No Acute Distress, was published in 2016 by Southern Illinois University Press as part of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, Editor’s Selection. Following her first collection, Threshold, which won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry, Open Competition, No Acute Distress centers around family, un/health, chronic disease, and the way in which these forces shape identity. The collection follows a single speaker in an arc of transformation, looking for the universal through the lens of intensely personal – and physical – experiences.

    Structurally, the book is divided into sections  – “Family History,” “Admission,” “Examination,” “Complications,” “Release” – mirroring the inpatient intake and treatment process. Medical terminology is explored in all ... Read all of this item.

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  • 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.

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