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Sep
26
Thu
2019
Salem Poetry Project Featuring John Miller @ IKE Box
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

John Miller is founder of Portland Ars Poetica, an ongoing literary poetry workshop. His poetry has appeared in River Heron Review, catheXis northwest press, The Esthetic Apostle, in the 9Bridges anthology Over Land and Rising, and in Glass Facets of Poetry. John was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He has a degree in English from Amherst College.

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 Chemeketa and Cottage. http://www.ikebox.com/

Sep
28
Sat
2019
Poetry of Place: an intensive poetry workshop @ Home
Sep 28 all-day

To register or ask questions, email John at jswilliams1307@gmail.com

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 @ 10am-4pm

$150

Only 8 spots available!

In this intensive one-day 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 lessons, analysis of well-known poems, in-class activities and writing, in-depth peer and teacher critiques, and sharing drafts with the class.

Beverages and snacks will be available. Please bring your own lunch.

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 https://www.johnsibleywilliams.com.

Oct
3
Thu
2019
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Lois Rosen @ IKE Box
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Salem poet and fiction writer Lois Rosen has published two poetry books, Nice and Loud (Tebot Bach) and Pigeons (Traprock Books). A founder of Salem’s Peregrine Writers, she leads the Trillium Writers and Willamette University’s I.C.L. Writers. Lois’ current novel-in-progress takes place in Italy, Portland, and Mint, Oregon.

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 Chemeketa and Cottage. http://www.ikebox.com/

Oct
8
Tue
2019
Cascade/Community Open Mic @ Rose City Book Pub
Oct 8 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This is a new open mic intended to bring together writers at different stages in their process. 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:30 at the Rose City Book Pub.

Oct
10
Thu
2019
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Norm Baxter @ Ike Box
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Norm Baxter has been a restaurant worker, janitor, printer, carpenter, educator, writer, and farmer. He believes in always doing the right thing, which gratifies some people and astonishes the rest. Frequently a victim of his own enthusiasm, he is delighted and amazed that his life has gone so well.

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 Chemeketa and Cottage. http://www.ikebox.com/

Oct
12
Sat
2019
Grants Pass, Something About Poetry 2019: Sharon Olds @ Josephine Community Library
Oct 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Pulitzer Prize winning poet Sharon Olds is the subject of study in this “Read—Write” workshop, the fifth in a six-part series of poetry seminars for 2019 created and facilitated by OPA past-President and Applegate Poet Lisa Baldwin.

Oct
17
Thu
2019
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Colette Tennant @ Ike Box
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Colette Tennant just completed a book titled Religion in The Handmaid’s Tale: a Brief Guide, forthcoming in September 2019. Billy Collins recently awarded her poem 3rd place in the 2019 Fish Publishing Contest in Ireland. She has two books of poetry: Commotion of Wings (2010) and Eden and After (2015). Her poems have been published in many journals, including Prairie Schooner, Rattle, Southern Poetry Review, and others. She has been an English professor for 24 years, including teaching creative writing. She enjoys inspiring people to write poems.

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 Chemeketa and Cottage. http://www.ikebox.com/

Oct
24
Thu
2019
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Tom Hogan @ IKE Box
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tom Hogan’s new book, Giving Thanks: New and Selected Poems was published by Dancing Moon Press in 2018. He is the author of five chapbooks and The Promise of the Trail (also by Dancing Moon Press, 2014). He directs the Milwaukie Poetry Series, currently in its 13th Season and lives with his wife Jane in Milwaukie, Oregon.

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 Chemeketa and Cottage. http://www.ikebox.com/

Nov
2
Sat
2019
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).