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The Poeming Pigeon: Open for Submissions (Theme = Pop Culture) @ The Poetry Box
Oct 15 – Dec 15 all-day

• The Pop Culture Issue scheduled for release in Fall 2020
• All Contributors receive a FREE copy of the print journal.
• Please note, we are not accepting reprints for this or future issues.
• Submission Period: Oct 15 – Dec 15, 2019 (via Submittable only)
• $3 to submit a group of 3 poems.

Beyond Feelings and Fancy Words: Honing Your Poem-Writing Skills with Lynn Otto @ Hood River
Nov 16 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

When: November 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (bring a sack lunch, and dress for an optional walk in the countryside during lunch break)

Where: upper Hood River (Parkdale), Oregon, at the home of Leah Stenson off the Fruit Loop scenic drive

Why: Competent craftspeople can build great things because they know their tools and have lots of practice using them. The same holds true for poets. In this workshop, you’ll see some of these tools in action, and you’ll have opportunities to practice using them, expanding your poetic possibilities.

Who: People who like to write poems, ages 16 and up. Lynn Otto believes people should leave a writing workshop with a better understanding of their work and a new (or newly polished) tool in their writer’s toolkit. She holds an MFA in creative writing/poetry from Portland State University, was a 2015/16 resident associate at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina, and has given readings and workshops in the U.S., Canada, and France. Her work has been published in Iron Horse Literary Review, Raleigh Review, Sequestrum, Slipstream, and other journals. Her book Real Daughter won a Unicorn Press First Book Prize.

How: Register at Cost is $45.

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Author Diane Forsberg, poet Steve Slemenda, and digital artist Joel Zak present Never Solitary-Forward @ IKE Box
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Author Diane Forsberg, poet Steve Slemenda, and digital artist Joel Zak present Never Solitary-Forward, a collection of prayers, poems and images. The publication is the third of a series that joins texts with images in a thought provoking and appealing blend of complimentary expressions. The book’s content will be projected as Forsberg, Slemenda and Zak present their contributions and discuss the rich process through which the book was realized.

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.

Erica Goss and Joan Dobbie share their stone poetry @ Mother Foucault's Bookstore
Nov 23 all-day

Erica Goss and Joan Dobbie, sharing stone inspirations, will be introducing their new books, “Stone/Empty Chair” (Erica) and “The Language of Stone” (Joan) from 7pm-9pm on Saturday, November 23rd 2019

Free Poetry and Music @ River Road Annex
Nov 24 all-day

Charles Goodrich and Clem Stark will share their poetry. Composer, pianist, Scott Bartlett will share his original compositions. Books and cds will be available for purchase.

Kosmos Quarterly open for submissions @
Nov 30 all-day

Kosmos Quarterly is now open for submissions until November 30 for our Winter issue, “Possible Futures: Justice, Values, and Governance.” We are looking for poems that imagine that future. See full details and guidelines at

Book Launch: What She Was Wearing – Shawn Aveningo Sanders @ Annie Bloom's Books
Jan 8 @ 7:00 pm

Annie Bloom’s welcomes Portland poet Shawn Aveningo Sanders to read from What She Was Wearing.

How long can you keep a dark secret before you become completely unraveled? In What She Was Wearing, Sanders uses poetry, prose, and letters to tell her #MeToo story—one that has taken over 30 years to reveal.
Inspired by the countless number of women who are bravely opening up to share their truth, she adds her voice to the fight against the oppressive, misogynic times we live in. It’s time to stop blaming the victim and to stop asking what she was wearing! For Shawn, writing through the pain and sharing these poems has proven to be cathartic and even epiphanic at times. It is her hope this work can help women of all ages face and cope with their own traumas, while letting them know they can indeed heal and go on to enjoy loving, trusting relationships.

Poetic Line Breaks & Punctuation: a generative workshop @ Cozy local home
Jan 11 all-day

Only 8 spots available!

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In this intensive one-day workshop, we will discuss power and tension the right line breaks and punctuation can create in a poem. We will study diverse works that successfully employ commanding breaks to help drive the poem, as we all works that both subtly and boldly experiment with punctuation for varied effects. This intimate workshop will include lessons, analysis of well-known poems, in-class activities and writing, and sharing drafts with the class.

Beverages and snacks will be available.

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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