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Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest Open for Submissions 2:41 am
Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest Open for Submissions
Jan 15 @ 2:41 am – Jun 1 @ 12:00 am
Dear Friend of the Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest, in partnership with the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, MN: Just a brief note—although I know some of you are already aware from internet or other sources—our Sonnet Contest for … Continue reading
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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Kai River Blevins 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Kai River Blevins @ Barrel & Keg
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Kai River Blevins is a genderqueer/femme poet and activist based in Salem, originally from New York. Their first chapbook, Gender/Queer Lessons, is forthcoming, and their work can be found at My Kid Is Gay and Voicemail Poems. Kai is also … Continue reading
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Write Around Portland “Prompt” Workshop! 6:30 pm
Write Around Portland “Prompt” Workshop! @ Powell's City of Books
Feb 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Write Around Portland offers a unique generative workshop called Prompt designed for writers and aspiring writers in the greater Portland area who want to participate in a Write Around workshop and support the communities we traditionally serve who might not … Continue reading
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Shut Up & Eat Poetry Open Mic
Shut Up & Eat Poetry Open Mic @ Shut Up & Eat
Feb 8 all-day
This a monthly open mic poetry reading. Sign-in starts at 6:30p and reading starts at 7p. Food and drink are available at the venue. We meet in their community room.Like this:Like Loading...
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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Larry Tyle 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Larry Tyle @ Barrel & Keg
Feb 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Larry Tyle was born in Portland Oregon, and attended grade and high school there. He Graduated from WOSC with degrees in psychology and fine arts. Retired as a marketing manager for NW Physicians Mutual. Attended workshops by William Stafford, Galway … Continue reading
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Studio Series Poetry Reading and Open Mic 7:00 pm
Studio Series Poetry Reading and Open Mic @ Stonehenge Studios
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm
The Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic will feature A. Molotkov and Tim on Feb. 12 at Stonehenge Studios, 3508 SW Corbett Avenue, Portland 97239 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, the Studio Series … Continue reading
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Write Around Portland “Prompt” Workshop! 6:30 pm
Write Around Portland “Prompt” Workshop! @ Powell's City of Books
Feb 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Write Around Portland offers a unique generative workshop called Prompt designed for writers and aspiring writers in the greater Portland area who want to participate in a Write Around workshop and support the communities we traditionally serve who might not … Continue reading
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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Abigail Brandt 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Abigail Brandt @ Barrel & Keg
Feb 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Abigail Brandt is a West Coast native. She has written poetry all her life, guided by occasional workshops and writers conferences, including Squaw Valley. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies and have won several awards. … Continue reading
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PORTLAND: “Cambodian Resiliency” Reception 4:00 pm
PORTLAND: “Cambodian Resiliency” Reception @ First Congregational UCC
Feb 18 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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Write Around Portland “Prompt” Workshop! 6:30 pm
Write Around Portland “Prompt” Workshop! @ Powell's City of Books
Feb 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Write Around Portland offers a unique generative workshop called Prompt designed for writers and aspiring writers in the greater Portland area who want to participate in a Write Around workshop and support the communities we traditionally serve who might not … Continue reading
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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Bob Gertzyn 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Bob Gertzyn @ Barrel & Keg
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Bob Gersztyn’s written word, interviews and photographs have been published in hundreds of periodicals, newspapers, books, record albums, ezines and websites over the past 3 decades. Bob specializes in music and religion, which inspires him to write free verse on … Continue reading
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LWRS: Jorah LaFleur, Carolyne Wright & Scott Landfield 4:30 pm
LWRS: Jorah LaFleur, Carolyne Wright & Scott Landfield @ River Road Annex
Feb 26 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
The Lane Writers Reading Series (LWRS) is pleased to feature Seattle poet Carolyne Wright along with Eugene favorites Jorah LaFleur and Scott Landfield for our Feb 2017 event. Refreshments will be available. We’ll also be fundraising in support of Tsunami … Continue reading
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Conversations With Writers 7:00 pm
Conversations With Writers @ Reedville Presbyterian Church
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm
How to Make Your Dialogue Sing (and Maybe Even Dance) Dialogue can drive conflict. It can indicate intimacy. It can tell a reader volumes about a character. Why not use this writers’ tool for all its worth? Former actor, director, … Continue reading
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Write Around Portland “Prompt” Workshop! 6:30 pm
Write Around Portland “Prompt” Workshop! @ Powell's City of Books
Feb 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Write Around Portland offers a unique generative workshop called Prompt designed for writers and aspiring writers in the greater Portland area who want to participate in a Write Around workshop and support the communities we traditionally serve who might not … Continue reading

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2017
Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest Open for Submissions
Jan 15 @ 2:41 am – Jun 1 @ 12:00 am

Dear Friend of the Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest, in partnership with the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, MN:

Just a brief note—although I know some of you are already aware from internet or other sources—our Sonnet Contest for 2017 is now receiving entries, with a deadline for sonnet submissions by June 1st.

Rules and Guidelines for the 2017 Contest have been updated, with COMPLETE CONTEST INFORMATION to be found at sonnetcontest.org. In brief, over $2,000 in prizes are offered, with a $5.00 entry fee for up to 3 sonnets.

Submissions should be made through our on-line process, with payment option by PayPal or check. If this process presents a hardship, please email entries@sonnetcontest.org for instructions for entering by mail.

To encourage participation, new this year there is no fee for entrants in the 17 and Under category. Last year’s contest was hugely successful and in 2017 we anticipate even greater participation!

We look forward to receiving your entries this year as well, and Good Fortune in your sonnet writing.

Ted Haaland, Director

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Write Around Portland “Prompt” Workshop! @ Powell's City of Books
Feb 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Write Around Portland offers a unique generative workshop called Prompt designed for writers and aspiring writers in the greater Portland area who want to participate in a Write Around workshop and support the communities we traditionally serve who might not otherwise have access to writing and community.

Based on the acclaimed Write Around Portland model, this dynamic 10-week workshop incorporates our favorite writing exercises designed to inspire the writing life, including freewriting; work with writing elements; strength-building feedback and early-draft revision. The workshop caps off with a community broadside.

Pre-registration is required and is limited to 14 adults per workshop. Session 1: 10 Tuesdays, Jan 24 – Mar 28, 6:30-8:30 PM. Cost: $300 – Payment plans available. Cost includes free parking, snacks and access to the “Bowels of Powell’s.” (Accessing the “bowels of Powell’s” requires climbing a flight of 12 stairs.)

Proceeds help fund Write Around Portland programs, including our free workshops in hospitals, treatment centers, schools, senior centers, prisons, low income housing buildings and homeless shelters.

NOTE: Spaces fill quickly! Call us (503.796.9224) if you have any questions and to discuss payment options. More information can also be found on our website, writearound.org/workshops

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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Bob Gertzyn @ Barrel & Keg
Feb 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Bob Gersztyn’s written word, interviews and photographs have been published in hundreds of periodicals, newspapers, books, record albums, ezines and websites over the past 3 decades. Bob specializes in music and religion, which inspires him to write free verse on a variety of topics like LSD, the draft, the Bible, the post office and taxi cabs.

Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. Our hosts, The Barrel & Keg, feature a wide variety of beverages and the food pod in the back has a rotating menu of options for dinner!

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LWRS: Jorah LaFleur, Carolyne Wright & Scott Landfield @ River Road Annex
Feb 26 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

The Lane Writers Reading Series (LWRS) is pleased to feature Seattle poet Carolyne Wright along with Eugene favorites Jorah LaFleur and Scott Landfield for our Feb 2017 event. Refreshments will be available. We’ll also be fundraising in support of Tsunami Books. Please join us and bring a friend or two!

Special guest!! Seattle poet CAROLYNE WRIGHT’S ground-breaking anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse Press, 2015), received ten Pushcart Prize nominations and is a finalist in the Foreword Review’s Book of the Year Awards. She has nine other poetry volumes, five books of poetry in translation, and a collection of essays. Wright lived in Chile and traveled in Brazil on a Fulbright Grant during the presidency of Salvador Allende; and spent four years on fellowships in India and Bangladesh, translating Bengali women poets. Since returning to her native Seattle in 2005, she has taught for the Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program, the Antioch U Los Angeles MFA Program, and for Richard Hugo House.

SCOTT LANDFIELD has been a worker/owner of Tsunami Books for 21 years. His parents each owned bookstores in the Midwest at times in their lives between newspaper work. Scott came to Oregon in 1978 to plant trees. Over a 20 year career he planted over 2 million trees, while taking the summers off to be with his daughter and write. At present he works too many hours at the bookstore to finish any of the books he has spent his adult life writing.

JORAH LAFLEUR is a writer/performer who enjoys wearing many different hats. She finds herself on stage as a spoken word poet, actor, emcee, workshop facilitator and ceremonial officiant. The common denominator is always — words via stage presence. In line with her own love of verbal performance arts, Jorah has a passion for encouraging expression in others, and a dedicated desire for there to be a forum for spoken word in her community. She’s been the maven of the Eugene Poetry Slam for the past 9 years. Hosting a live monthly event for almost a decade has given her the opportunity to witness hundreds of transformational poems, while honing her skills as a poetry ringmaster. Jorah loves courage, innuendo, and really dark chocolate. Her favorite color is zebra.

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LWRS, based in Eugene, OR, hosts a free* reading by local authors on the fourth Sunday of every month from September through May, from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

The series is organized and hosted by Joan Dobbie, Kelly Eastlund, Martha Gatchell, and Lily Price. Special thanks to the River Road Parks District for donating the space and helping with promotion!

More information: http://lanewritersreadingseries.blogspot.com/

*To help cover costs, we suggest a donation of $1 to $5.

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Conversations With Writers @ Reedville Presbyterian Church
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm

How to Make Your Dialogue Sing (and Maybe Even Dance)

Dialogue can drive conflict. It can indicate intimacy. It can tell a reader volumes about a character. Why not use this writers’ tool for all its worth?

Former actor, director, playwright, and screenwriter Cindy Brown studied dialogue for much of her theatre career. She used those lessons when writing her Agatha-Award nominated mystery novels, and will talk about them in an interactive session full of exercises and prompts. Attendees, please bring your notebooks and a pen/pencil. Extra credit if you bring along a favorite bit of dialogue – it can be from a book, TV show, movie, or real-life incident.

When asked which talent she’d most like to have, her response was:
“Typing! I am the world’s worst typist. I do it all day andn somehow nev e het any better.”

Conversations With Writers invites authors to read and tell us about their work and their writing methods. Not just a reading, but an event for audience members to interact and ask questions about word choices, styles, or the writer’s development of his / her art. It’s an informal atmosphere to help us all better understand the craft of writing. For more information, visit: cwwor.weebly.com

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Write Around Portland “Prompt” Workshop! @ Powell's City of Books
Feb 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Write Around Portland offers a unique generative workshop called Prompt designed for writers and aspiring writers in the greater Portland area who want to participate in a Write Around workshop and support the communities we traditionally serve who might not otherwise have access to writing and community.

Based on the acclaimed Write Around Portland model, this dynamic 10-week workshop incorporates our favorite writing exercises designed to inspire the writing life, including freewriting; work with writing elements; strength-building feedback and early-draft revision. The workshop caps off with a community broadside.

Pre-registration is required and is limited to 14 adults per workshop. Session 1: 10 Tuesdays, Jan 24 – Mar 28, 6:30-8:30 PM. Cost: $300 – Payment plans available. Cost includes free parking, snacks and access to the “Bowels of Powell’s.” (Accessing the “bowels of Powell’s” requires climbing a flight of 12 stairs.)

Proceeds help fund Write Around Portland programs, including our free workshops in hospitals, treatment centers, schools, senior centers, prisons, low income housing buildings and homeless shelters.

NOTE: Spaces fill quickly! Call us (503.796.9224) if you have any questions and to discuss payment options. More information can also be found on our website, writearound.org/workshops

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Arts Residency at PLAYA @ PLAYA
Mar 1 all-day

Residency for Writers, Artists, Scientists, Performing Artists and more at PLAYA
Artist and scientist residency opportunities Deadline: March 1, 2017

PLAYA, in south central Oregon, is a retreat for creative individuals who are committed and passionate about their work and who will benefit from time spent in a remote location. PLAYA offers seclusion and quiet in a natural environment and the opportunity for interaction, if desired, with a cohort of residents and the local rural community. A residency provides the time and space to create substantive work or to research and reflect upon one’s creative or scientific processes.
PLAYA’s residencies are open to artists, scientists, naturalists, and individuals engaged in forms of creative research. PLAYA welcomes a range of applicants–from emerging to professionals with an established history of accomplishment.
Residencies are awarded for 2, 4 or 8 weeks and include housing, work or studio space, and twice weekly group dinners at NO CHARGE.
There is a $35 application fee for individuals ($70 for collaborative teams) to cover administrative costs.
For more information visit our website at www.playasummerlake.org

Playa at Summer Lake Writing Residency Application Deadline @ Playa at Summer Lake
Mar 1 all-day

2 and 4 week residencies for writers and artists in the beauty of the Oregon Outback

Application information: http://www.playasummerlake.org/apply.html

Glass: Facets of Poetry contest @ Contest held by Glass: Facets of Poetry
Mar 1 @ 12:00 am

Enter the first annual Glass: Facets of Poetry contest!

CONTEST DEADLINE: March 1, 2017

Glass is an eclectic, artistically designed publication that includes fifteen to twenty poems per issue. Our goal is to promote the art of quality poetry; we seek to publish traditional poems, giving voice to the poets of today who write with yesterday’s eloquence.

The theme for this year’s contest is Contrasts of Springtime. The entry fee is $10. Every contestant will receive a copy of the April 2017 issue of Glass. The winning poem will be published in the April 2017 issue, and the poet will receive a prize of $50.

Please visit our website at www.glassfacetsofpoetry.com for submission guidelines and more information.

Write Around Portland “Prompt” Spring Writer’s Workshop @ Powell's City of Books
Mar 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Never experienced writing in community? Sign up for Prompt, a 10-week writer’s workshop hosted by Write Around Portland at Powell’s City of Books 1005 W. Burnside, Portland. Session 2: 10 Wednesdays, March 1– May 3, 6:30-8:30 PM. $300 registration fee. Limited space available; spaces fill quickly! Call us (503.796.9224) if you have any questions and to discuss payment options.

Write Around Portland offers a unique generative workshop called Prompt designed for writers and aspiring writers in the greater Portland area who want to participate in a Write Around workshop and support the communities we traditionally serve who might not otherwise have access to writing and community.

Based on the acclaimed Write Around Portland model, this dynamic 10-week workshop incorporates our favorite writing exercises designed to inspire the writing life, including freewriting; work with writing elements; strength-building feedback and early-draft revision. The workshop caps off with a community broadside.

Pre-registration is required and is limited to 14 adults per workshop Session 2: 10 Wednesdays, March 1– May 3, 6:30-8:30 PM. Cost: $300 – Payment plans available. Cost includes free parking, snacks and access to the “Bowels of Powell’s.” (Accessing the “bowels of Powell’s” requires climbing a flight of 12 stairs.)

Proceeds help fund Write Around Portland programs, including our free workshops in hospitals, treatment centers, schools, senior centers, prisons, low income housing buildings and homeless shelters.