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Willawaw Journal Winter 2017 – Call for Submissions (Deadline 11/19/2017) 12:00 am
Willawaw Journal Winter 2017 – Call for Submissions (Deadline 11/19/2017) @ Willawawjournal.com, an online journal of poetry and art
Aug 3 @ 12:00 am
Willawaw Journal’s second issue is inspired by a prompt from Lawson Fusao Inada and will feature work that is a hybrid of poetry and art in addition to regular submission. check our our submissions page for more information. Deadline Nov. … Continue reading
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Larry Anderson 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Larry Anderson @ Barrel & Keg
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Larry Anderson was a college professor for 40 years. Upon retirement in 2002, he and his wife Christine (retired mental health professional) settled in Molalla to be close to family. Ten years ago he became interested in poetry and joined … Continue reading
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Willawaw Journal Winter 2017 – Call for Submissions (Deadline 11/19/2017) 12:00 am
Willawaw Journal Winter 2017 – Call for Submissions (Deadline 11/19/2017) @ Willawawjournal.com, an online journal of poetry and art
Aug 7 @ 12:00 am
Willawaw Journal’s second issue is inspired by a prompt from Lawson Fusao Inada and will feature work that is a hybrid of poetry and art in addition to regular submission. check our our submissions page for more information. Deadline Nov. … Continue reading
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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Conception Samano 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Conception Samano @ Barrel & Keg
Aug 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Concepción Sámano is a Mexican female poet who was born in Jaral del Progreso, Guanajuato, Central Mexico. She graduated from the University of Guanajuato with a degree in Philosophy, and has been working as Cultural Promoter. Concepcion has published two … 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
Aug 13 @ 7:00 pm
The Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic will feature Tiffany Burba, Christopher Luna and Toni Partington on August 13 at Stonehenge Studios, 3508 SW Corbett Avenue, Portland 97239 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, … Continue reading
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Salem Poetry Project Featuring John Van Dreal 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring John Van Dreal @ Barrel & Keg
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
A third generation Van Dreal artist, John began creative endeavors such as painting and writing at age 7. He earned his formal education in fine art and educational psychology, maintaining careers in both fields while writing in his spare time. … Continue reading
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Multnomah Arts Center Poetry Post: Call to Writers (Deadline Oct 1, 2017) 12:00 am
Multnomah Arts Center Poetry Post: Call to Writers (Deadline Oct 1, 2017) @ Multnomah Arts Center
Aug 23 @ 12:00 am
Multnomah Arts Center, a program of Portland Parks & Recreation, seeks work from our community that gives pause and invites beauty. A panel of writers will choose pieces to feature in the poetry post for up to a month. Selected … Continue reading
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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Alvaro Rodriguez 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Alvaro Rodriguez @ Barrel & Keg
Aug 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Alvaro Rodriguez is from Colombia. He graduated from The University of Akron with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in May 2016. He is the author or co-author of 6 scientific manuscripts in the field of corrosion and electrochemistry. He loves … Continue reading
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Conversations With Writers 7:00 pm
Conversations With Writers @ Reedville Presbyterian Church
Aug 28 @ 7:00 pm
Taylor Stannard Libel in Fiction: Why It’s Important & How to Avoid It Taylor Stannard holds a Master’s Degree and has taught Creative Writing. Her short fiction has been published in several literary journals, and her The Stonepile Possum Queen, … Continue reading
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Super-Conscious Language (from WordMagic: An Enchanted Literary Entertainment) 7:00 pm
Super-Conscious Language (from WordMagic: An Enchanted Literary Entertainment) @ New Thought Center for Spiritual Living
Aug 30 @ 7:00 pm
Calling All Word Lovers: Distinguished English Linguist Laurel Airica turns the English language insight-out and backwords to reveal the Secret Spells it casts upon consciousness and the innate human wisdom it reflects back to us Ultimately Laurel shows, in verse … Continue reading
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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Richard Blanche 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Richard Blanche @ Barrel & Keg
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Richard Lester Blanche is a local singer-songwriter, actor and poet. Having moved to Salem in 1969 he is a Graduate of Western Oregon University, Richard has been writing poetry and song lyrics since the age of 15. He is currently … Continue reading

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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Richard Blanche @ Barrel & Keg
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Richard Lester Blanche is a local singer-songwriter, actor and poet. Having moved to Salem in 1969 he is a Graduate of Western Oregon University, Richard has been writing poetry and song lyrics since the age of 15. He is currently an active member of the local bands Potatoe Famine (yes with an e) and Coot and Codger.

Find us in the back room. 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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Willawaw Journal Winter 2017 – Call for Submissions (Deadline 11/19/2017) @ Willawawjournal.com, an online journal of poetry and art
Sep 4 @ 12:00 am

Willawaw Journal’s second issue is inspired by a prompt from Lawson Fusao Inada and will feature work that is a hybrid of poetry and art in addition to regular submission. check our our submissions page for more information. Deadline Nov. 19th. http://willawawjournal.com/call-for-submissions/

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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Ann Staley @ Barrel & Keg
Sep 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Ann Staley has taught writing in rural libraries, at Hillcrest, for Women who Log small plots of trees, at the Island Institute in Sitka AK, and at the Oregon Correctional Facility in Wilsonville. She believes that everyone has a thousand stories following them around, and that if you just get a pen in your hand and a welcoming environment, you will want to get them down and share them with others. She has just published her third collection of poems, Afternoon Sky, Harney County, and will read from this 100 page collection of recent work. Ann has been nominated twice for Oregon Poet Laureate and twice for an Oregon Book Award. She teaches writing classes at Chemeketa CC, Adult Ed. and through the Portland Arts Community at Menucha.

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!
The Barrel & Keg is located at 1190 Broadway Street N.E. Salem, near the intersection of Market and Broadway.
http://www.barrelandkeg.com/
We will have the area in back reserved. Just park in back or across the street and walk through the front door.

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The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy @ Powell's on Hawthorne
Sep 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

On Sunday, September 10th, at 4 pm, at Powell’s on Hawthorne, John Brehm has invited Andrea Hollander and Paulann Petersen to help him introduce his marvelous anthology, The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy.

This book is causing a bit of a stir in our literary community, and for good reason. John has shaped the collection beautifully, beginning it with his eloquent introduction, and ending it with a compelling essay on mindful reading.

Here’s a description of the book with a comment from Ellen Bass:
The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy offers a wide-ranging collection of 129 ancient and modern poems unlike any other anthology on bookshelves today. It uniquely places Buddhist poets like Han Shan, Tu Fu, Saigyo, Ryokan, Basho, Issa, and others alongside modern Western poets one would not expect to find in such a collection—poets like Wallace Stevens, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, Philip Larkin, Frank O’Hara, Denise Levertov, Yusef Komunyakaa, Billy Collins, and many more. What these poems have in common, no matter whether they are explicitly Buddhist, is that all reflect the essential truths the Buddha articulated 2,500 years ago.
“In his clear and elegant introduction, John Brehm writes that he hopes these poems will come to be spiritual friends—and that seems to me a wonderful way to meet them… Each time you read one of these poems, a path opens to seeing more precisely, feeling more deeply.”—Ellen Bass
Please join us that afternoon to hear us read some the anthology’s poems.
Sunday, September 10th
beginning at 4 pm
Powell’s on Hawthorne
Studio Series Poetry Reading and Open Mic @ Stonehenge Studios
Sep 10 @ 7:00 pm

The Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic will feature Judith Arcana and M on September 10 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 is held monthly on second Sundays. For additional information, please contact Leah Stenson at leahstenson@comcast.net.

Born and raised in the Great Lakes region, Judith Arcana has lived in Oregon since 1995. She writes poems, stories, essays and books, publishing online and on paper. Her work has been fostered by residencies and supported by grants, so she’s permanently grateful. Judith’s new poetry collection, Announcements from the Planetarium, came out in April from Oregon’s Flowstone Press. The poems examine memory, consider the nature of wisdom, and reflect on the experience of aging into new consciousness. Judith hosts a poetry show on KBOO community radio and online. For more information and links to her work, visit www.juditharcana.com.
M has served as a Poetry Editor for Stirring: A Literary Collection for 19 years. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals, was selected as a finalist for two consecutive years for the Rattle $5000 Annual Poetry Prize, and is anthologized in The Widows’ Handbook (Kent State University Press, 2014). Her chapbook, To That Mythic Country Called Closure, was released by Concrete Wolf Press in 2013.

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Milwaukie Poetry Series Eleventh Season: A reading by Carlos Reyes @ Ledding Library of Milwaukie Pond House
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This will take place on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 7 PM in the Pond House at 2215 SE Harrison in Milwaukie adjacent to the Ledding Library.

Poet and translator Carlos Reyes lives in Portland, Oregon. He is a traveler and
conscientious observer of the natural world and what is happening to it. Whether he journeys to Alaska, Ecuador, France, India, Ireland. Panama, or Spain, those travels and observations inform his poetry.

His awards and honors include: Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship for Poetry, Fellow Island Institute (Sitka, Alaska, 2011) Heinrich Boll Fellow (Achill Island, Ireland,2008) and Fellow at Yaddo (1982). A Suitcase Full of Crows (1995) was a Bluestem Prize winner, finalist for Oregon Book Awards. At the Edge of the Western Wave (2004) (under various titles ) 3 time Finalist National Poetry Series (1993, 1995, 2002). He has been poet in residence at many places, among them Acadia National Park (2013), Devils Tower National Monument (2013), Joshua Tree National Park (2009) as well as Camac Centre d’Arte (France, 2015). Fundación Valparaíso (Spain, 1999, 2012).

His poetry books include: Pomegranate, Sister of the Heart (2012), The Book of Shadows; New and Selected Poems (2009), At the Edge of the Western Wave (2004), A Suitcase Full of Crows (1995}, Nightmarks (1990), The Shingle Weaver’s Journal (1980). Guilt in our Pockets, Poems from South India 2017), Along the Flaggy Shore (2018). Prose: The Keys to the Cottage, Stories from the West of Ireland (2015).Translations include: Poemas de amor y locura / Poems of Love and Madness (2013).

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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Laura LeHew @ Barrel & Keg
Sep 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Widely published Laura LeHew’s collections include: Becoming (Another New Calligraphy), Willingly Would I Burn, (MoonPath Press), It’s Always Night, It Always Rains, (Winterhawk Press) and Beauty (Tiger’s Eye Press). Laura received her MFA from CCA. She owns and edits Uttered Chaos. Laura always thought she’d be an astronaut.

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!
The Barrel & Keg is located at 1190 Broadway Street N.E. Salem, near the intersection of Market and Broadway.
http://www.barrelandkeg.com/
We will have the area in back reserved. Just park in back or across the street and walk through the front door.

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Peregrine Literary Series @ Lake Oswego Public Library
Sep 17 @ 3:00 pm

Student writers and author-artist, Marilyn Stablein, present their work featured in the Honoring Our Rivers 2017 anthology.

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ANNOUNCING: Chaparral Poetry Form Contest – Postmark Deadline Dec. 1, 2017 @ Awards Presentation
Sep 20 @ 12:00 am

8th Annual Chaparral Poetry Forum Contest sponsored by Redrock Writers and Dixie Poets, chapters of the Utah State Poetry Society.

Entries must be postmarked by December 1, 2017.

Submit your original poems to:
CHAPARRAL POETRY FORUM
Contest Chair: Marie Tollstrup
2280 South Bloomington Drive Unit6
St. George, UT 84790-6803

ENTRY CATEGORIES
√Unlimited Entries Welcome: Postmarked Sept. 1, 2017, through Dec. 1, 2017
• CHOLLA Division: any subject, any form, 42 lines or fewer
First prize $200, Second Prize $100, Third Prize $50
• CHAQUETA Division: Southwest theme—nature, people, history, etc, any form 42 lines or fewer
First Prize $100, Second Prize $100, Third Prize $25
• CHAPAREJOS Division: Rhymed and metered poem, any subject, 42 lines or fewer
First Prize $100, Second Prize $50, Third Prize $25
• CHIMERA Division: Imaginative or absurd/humorous, any form, 42 lines or fewer
First Prize $100, Second Prize $50, Third Prize $25

GUIDELINES

√Each poem must
1. Be original, UNPUBLISHED, 42 lines or fewer
2. Be entered in only one of the four categories
3. Have line lengths to fit chapbook pages (4 inches across or shorter in length)
4. Be machine-printed neatly on white 8 ½ x 11 paper without art
5. Be in 12-point font in standard face such as Times New Roman
6. Be in GOOD TASTE (Student and Adult poems are published together)
7. Have won no more than $10 in any contest

√SEND TWO UNFOLDED COPIES OF EACH POEM, Division title at top left of each poem
a. First Copy is only Division Title and no ID
b. Second Copy has ID at the top right corner (name, address, phone, and email)
c. INCLUDE: entry fees: $3 per poem (e.g., 6 poems for $18.00)

√CHECK (no cash) payable to Redrock Writers. MAIL unfolded poems and check in on 9 x 12-in. or larger envelop to – Marie Tollstrup, 2280 South Bloomington Hills Drive, Unit 6, St. George, UT 84790-6803

CHAPARRAL AWARDS ARE GIVEN OUT ON MARCH 2, 2018, AT 8-9 P.M.
AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER, 245 N 200 W, ST. GEORGE, UTAH

Multnomah Arts Center Poetry Post: Call to Writers (Deadline Oct 1, 2017) @ Multnomah Arts Center
Sep 20 @ 12:00 am

Multnomah Arts Center, a program of Portland Parks & Recreation, seeks work from our community that gives pause and invites beauty. A panel of writers will choose pieces to feature in the poetry post for up to a month. Selected work may also be shared on MAC’s website and Facebook page if permitted by the writer.

MAC’s poetry post has been lauded by Kim Stafford as “just exactly what it is, the most beautiful poetry post in Portland,” and was built and designed by five local artists. The post receives a lot of love, with nearly 200 poems taken each month.

EQUITY STATEMENT

We recognize, understand, and encourage celebration of the differences that surround us. Diversity and equity are vital to Portland Parks & Recreation’s ideals and values.

GUIDELINES

• Send up to two typed works. (Word attachments preferred.)

• Each piece should be no longer than one single-spaced page.

• Non-English poetry with translation welcome.

• Content should be appropriate for people of all ages.

• Also include a short author bio, email address, and phone number in a document separate from your writing. (Jurors will not be provided identifying information.)

• Email your work or queries to Sarah.Brenner@portlandoregon.gov.

• Writers will be notified of submission decisions by December 1st.

Submissions must be received by October 1st, 2017, for consideration by our panel.