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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Phil McCorkle @ IKE Box
Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Phil McCorkle pairs his poems with photos he has taken. Photos will be projected on a screen during the reading.
Phil has been a writer much of his life. Most recently published in a regular Statesman Journal column which ran for two years, he has also written and edited more than a dozen newsletters, written freelance articles for Flyfishing Magazine, and worked for a year as the assistant outdoor sportswriter for the Statesman. Working at various nonprofit organizations, he has frequently written grants and appeal letters during his 30-year fundraising career. He began writing poetry as a creative outlet, and began pairing them with his photos. His poems and pictures frequently focus on the outdoors and nature and the lessons there that cast light on life. He lives in Salem with his wife, Kathi, and dog, Mick.

Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. Our hosts, the Ike Box, feature a wide variety of beverages and snack options! The Ike Box is located at 229 Cottage St NE in Salem, at the intersection of Chemawa and Cottage.

Writing Through It: A Celebration and Reading @ Multnomah County Central Library
Jul 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Celebrate a year of Writing Through It and listen to poetry and prose by the writers who have attended the program. Writing Through It provides a space for creative expression for people experiencing houselessness or anyone who has experienced rough times.

Writing Through It is made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation.

POETRY OF PLACE: A FOUR-CLASS GENERATIVE CRITIQUE WORKSHOP with John Sibley Williams @ Cozy home in Alameda/Beaumont neighborhood
Jul 31 – Aug 28 all-day


July 31, August 7, August 14, August 28

Cozy home in Alameda/Beaumont neighborhood
(address provided to confirmed students)

$200 for four-class workshop

Only 7 spots are available!

To register or ask questions, email John at

In this month-long workshop, we will discuss how natural and constructed landscapes affect our identities and shape our writing. We will focus on the places we know, have traveled to, or simply imagine, including both the mundane and the sublime of our surroundings, in search of ways to craft authentic, universal poems that speak directly to readers. This workshop will include studying diverse poems that successfully employ place as metaphors, investigating your own work, writing, and providing feedback.

This intimate workshop will include brief lessons as well as in-depth peer and teacher critiques, in-class writing, and prompt-based at-home writing to be shared with the class. Poems generated at home will be due to the teacher Sunday for distribution to students Monday morning. Students will be prepared to share thoughtful constructive critiques each class.

Beverages and snacks will be available.

John Sibley Williams is the author of As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize, 2019), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, University of Nebraska Press, 2019), Disinheritance, and Controlled Hallucinations. A nineteen-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous literary awards, including the Wabash Prize for Poetry, Philip Booth Award, and Laux/Millar Prize. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a poetry editor, writing coach, workshop leader, and literary agent. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rivier University and an MA in Book Publishing from Portland State University. Previous publishing credits include: The Yale Review, Midwest Quarterly, Southern Review, Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, Saranac Review, Atlanta Review, TriQuarterly, Third Coast, and various anthologies. Visit him at

THE QUEEN OF MOLOKA’I Book Signing in Eugene, OR @ McMenamins High Street Brewery & Cafe
Nov 2 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Honolulu writer Kirby Michael Wright will sign copies of THE QUEEN OF MOLOKA’I and discuss the process of creating passages of poetic verse for creative nonfiction. A recent review compared Wright to Pat Conroy (THE PRINCE OF TIDES) for family conflict and to Frank McCourt (ANGELA’S ASHES) for women overcoming great hardship. Wright won the 2018 Redwood Empire Mensa Award for Creative Nonfiction. His stories and stand-alone chapters have appeared in over two hundred literary journals and magazines worldwide. He studied under the tutelage of Frances Mayes (UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN) and Maxine Hong Kingston (THE WOMAN WARRIOR).