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Prompt, a Community Writing Workshop at Powell’s Books (every Wed., skipping 11/22) 6:30 pm
Prompt, a Community Writing Workshop at Powell’s Books (every Wed., skipping 11/22) @ Powell's City of Books
Sep 27 @ 6:30 pm – Dec 6 @ 8:30 pm
10 Wednesdays, Sept 27 – Dec 6 (skip 11/22), 6:30-8:30 PM This fall, join Write Around Portland at Prompt, a unique generative workshop designed for writers and aspiring writers in the greater Portland area who want to participate in a … Continue reading
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
Oct 1 @ 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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ANNOUNCING: Chaparral Poetry Form Contest – Postmark Deadline Dec. 1, 2017 12:00 am
ANNOUNCING: Chaparral Poetry Form Contest – Postmark Deadline Dec. 1, 2017 @ Awards Presentation
Oct 2 @ 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 … Continue reading
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
Oct 2 @ 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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Arn Strasser Reading 7:00 pm
Arn Strasser Reading @ Broadway Books
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm
Reading by Arn Strasser from his just-published new collection, Incidental Longing.Like this:Like Loading...
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Lois Rosen 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Lois Rosen @ Barrel & Keg
Oct 5 @ 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 … Continue reading
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Jayanthi Raman’s Dance of the Hummingbirds featuring Paulann Petersen 7:00 pm
Jayanthi Raman’s Dance of the Hummingbirds featuring Paulann Petersen @ Winningstad Theater inside Antoinette Hatfield Hall
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jayanthi Raman’s Dance of the Hummingbirds Dance of the Hummingbirds is a musical dance project based on the seed concept of Portland choreographer Jayanthi Raman. The production reflects human being’s struggles and challenges faced in life and how one draws … Continue reading
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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Vere McCarty 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Vere McCarty @ Barrel & Keg
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Vere McCarty started songwriting as a teenager in the 60’s in the folk-song mode, and has continued off and on, branching out into other forms. He plays guitar and sings at home and occasionally goes out and sings, but the … Continue reading
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OPA Annual Conference 2017 6:00 pm
OPA Annual Conference 2017 @ University Place Hotel
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 15 @ 1:00 pm
We’ll meet at the University Place Hotel owned by Portland State University on the weekend of October 13-15. Emmett Wheatfall headlines as keynote speaker.  The 2017 conference will feature multiple tracks of workshops, presentations, open mics and more! Browse the … Continue reading
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PORTLAND: Anyone’s Domain: A Writing Workshop by Paulann Petersen 1:30 pm
PORTLAND: Anyone’s Domain: A Writing Workshop by Paulann Petersen @ Central Library
Oct 15 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Free, but registration required! Poetry is not the domain of just a few. It’s as natural and accessible as heartbeat and breath. Writing poetry requires nothing more than a love of words and a willingness to let your pen move … Continue reading
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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Paulann Peterson 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Paulann Peterson @ Barrel & Keg
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita, has six full-length books of poetry, most recently Understory, from Lost Horse Press. The Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds chose a poem from her book The Voluptuary as the lyric for a choral composition that’s … Continue reading
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Peregrine Literary Series 3:00 pm
Peregrine Literary Series @ Lake Oswego Public Library
Oct 22 @ 3:00 pm
Local authors Sandra Mason and Joseph A. Soldati read from their latest publications [The Lighthouse Ghost at Yaquina Bay and Sacrifices, respectively]. Books available for purchase and signing. Free and open to the public. Donations of canned goods welcomed for … Continue reading
Chana Bloch, The Moon Is Almost Full: Book launch featuring Paulann Petersen 4:00 pm
Chana Bloch, The Moon Is Almost Full: Book launch featuring Paulann Petersen @ Powell's on Hawthorne
Oct 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
The Moon Is Almost Full, a last book of poems by Chana Bloch (1940-2017) is now out into the world, making its way into the hands of grateful readers. And on October 22nd, at Powell’s on Hawthorne, I’ll be part … Continue reading
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Conversations With Writers 7:00 pm
Conversations With Writers @ Reedville Presbyterian Church
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm
Endi Bogue Hartigan: Her book, Pool [5 choruses] won the Omnidawn Open Poetry Book Prize and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her first book One Sun Storm won the Colorado Prize for Poetry and was also a … Continue reading
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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Colette Tennant 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Colette Tennant @ Barrel & Keg
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Colette Tennant’s first book of poetry, Commotion of Wings, was published by Main Street Rag in 2010 as an Editor’s Choice. Her poetry was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2014. Her second poetry book, Eden and After, was published … Continue reading
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Oregon Jewish Voices 7:30 pm
Oregon Jewish Voices @ Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education
Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm
Started in 1999, this annual event features readings by prominent Oregon Jewish poets and writers. The five writers taking part in the 2017 program—spanning a range of genres including fiction, essay, and poetry—will share selections from their work in the … Continue reading
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Prompt, a Community Writing Workshop at Powell’s Books (every Wed., skipping 11/22) @ Powell's City of Books
Sep 27 @ 6:30 pm – Dec 6 @ 8:30 pm

10 Wednesdays, Sept 27 – Dec 6 (skip 11/22), 6:30-8:30 PM

This fall, join Write Around Portland at Prompt, a unique generative workshop 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.

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, https://writearound.org/workshops/#prompt

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Peregrine Literary Series @ Lake Oswego Public Library
Oct 22 @ 3:00 pm

Local authors Sandra Mason and Joseph A. Soldati read from their latest publications [The Lighthouse Ghost at Yaquina Bay and Sacrifices, respectively].
Books available for purchase and signing.
Free and open to the public.
Donations of canned goods welcomed for the local Food Bank.
Hosted by OPA member, Joan Maiers

Chana Bloch, The Moon Is Almost Full: Book launch featuring Paulann Petersen @ Powell's on Hawthorne
Oct 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Moon Is Almost Full, a last book of poems by Chana Bloch (1940-2017) is now out into the world, making its way into the hands of grateful readers.

And on October 22nd, at Powell’s on Hawthorne, I’ll be part of a tribute to Chana Bloch’s wonderful book. Andrea Hollander will host this event, and she’s invited Willa Schneberg and me to join her in reading poems from Bloch’s moving collection.

The author of six books of poetry (her poems appeared in prestigious spots such as Poetry, The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly), Bloch was also a distinguished translator, co-translating much of Yehuda Amichai’s poetry into English.

Here’s one of the poems from The Moon Is Almost Full. Maybe you’re already familiar with China Bloch’s poetry, maybe not. But “Pentimento” will surely convince you to join us at Powell’s if you possibly can.

Pentimento

This paint takes a while to dry.

It’s your canvas, your brush, and you

can still make a change.

Why not a window over there, instead of

an unmade bed?

 

Now open the window

to a painter’s sky, rack of cloud and all.

You could loft yourself up and away

on a puff of regret.

 

You’ve painted one failure after another

out of the picture

though the traces remain, the story

behind the story.

Your hand knows only what it likes

and it tells you. But the infrared knows

how many wrong moves you took

to make a life.

Chana Bloch

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chana_Bloch

Please join me that afternoon to honor Chana Bloch and her fine, fine work.

Sunday, October 22nd, 4 pm

Powell’s on Hawthorne

3723 SE Hawthorne Boulevard

Portland, 97214

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Conversations With Writers @ Reedville Presbyterian Church
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm

Endi Bogue Hartigan: Her book, Pool [5 choruses] won the Omnidawn Open Poetry Book Prize and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her first book One Sun Storm won the Colorado Prize for Poetry and was also a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. In addition, she has published one chapbook, and her poems have appeared in numerous journals including VOLT, New American Writing, Denver Quarterly, and Ostrich Review.

Her theme will be: Listening: Silence, Language, and Noise
How is listening an act of writing? How can poets employ listening in the writing practice?

She will relate how her book– Pool [5 choruses]– came from both the realization she was writing amid a profusion of public noise, and her desire to challenge it. She will discuss how listening to language, silence, and noise can lead to poems that weave those three elements together. We will explore the practices of listening to sound, music, pauses, gaps, and breath, and utilize these in our writing.

NOTE: October’s meeting will not be on the last Monday, because of Halloween.

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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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Colette Tennant @ Barrel & Keg
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Colette Tennant’s first book of poetry, Commotion of Wings, was published by Main Street Rag in 2010 as an Editor’s Choice. Her poetry was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2014. Her second poetry book, Eden and After, was published by Tebot Bach July, 2015. She has had poems published in various journals, including Southern Poetry Review, Dos Passos Review, and the most recent Prairie Schooner. She lives in Salem, Oregon. This is her twenty-third year as an English Professor at Corban University where she teaches poetry writing, creative writing, and many literature classes.

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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Oregon Jewish Voices @ Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education
Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm

Started in 1999, this annual event features readings by prominent Oregon Jewish poets and writers. The five writers taking part in the 2017 program—spanning a range of genres including fiction, essay, and poetry—will share selections from their work in the Oregon Jewish Museum’s auditorium. This year’s featured writers are Shaindel Beers, Tracy Manaster, Claudia F. Savage, Willa Schneberg, and Jamie Yourdon. Oregon Jewish Voices is organized by Willa Schneberg.

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Milwaukie Poetry Series Open Mic Reading @ Ledding Library Pond House
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Celebrating Eleven Years of Enriching Milwaukie:

One Poem at a Time

          The Milwaukie Poetry Series is proud and grateful to open its eleventh year of bringing people together through poetry! Join us at our November 1st Open Mic reading and share your poems or those of other writers, or just sit back, listen, and enjoy. But DO join us!  Refreshments will be provided.

Milwaukie Poetry Series Open Mic Reading

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

7-8:30 PM

Ledding Library Pond House

2215 SE Harrison St

Milwaukie, OR 97222

Contact: Tom Hogan

Poetry Series Coordinator

503-819-8367

tomhogan2@comcast.net

To sign up to read ahead of time, email Daniel Hobbs, deebledd@hotmail.comor add your name to the sign-up sheet at the reading.

Please limit your reading to 5-7 minutes, to give everyone a chance to share. If time allows, we’ll go round the circle again.

Sponsored by: The generous support of the City of Milwaukie and the Ledding Library of Milwaukie.

The Milwaukie Poetry Series also features invited readings by published poets, workshops, and participation in other cultural events. For more information about MPS activities, contact Tom Hogan.

. . . A good poem

should smell of tea.

Or of raw earth and newly split firewood.

    (From “I Have Three Poems” by Olav Hauge)

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REMINDER: Chaparral Poetry Form Contest – Postmark Deadline Dec. 1, 2017 @ Awards Presentation
Nov 6 @ 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

Willawaw Journal Winter 2017 – Call for Submissions (Deadline 11/19/2017) @ Willawawjournal.com, an online journal of poetry and art
Nov 6 @ 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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2017 STEVENS POETRY MANUSCRIPT COMPETITION
Nov 15 all-day

2017 STEVENS POETRY MANUSCRIPT COMPETITION

Awarding $1000 + Publication + 50 Books

MANUSCRIPT GUIDELINES

 • Except for previous Stevens winners, open to all poets writing in English.

• The manuscript must be the original work by a single author.

• Include title page (title only), table of contents, and 48 to 70 pages of poetry, counting any section title pages but not counting front matter. The page count includes “Notes on Poems,” if any.

• Margins must be at least 1” on all sides.

• You may include previously published poems. The winner will be required to provide an acknowledgment page if the manuscript includes previously published poems. Do NOT include acknowledgments in your manuscript. Do not send blurbs.

• No author identification anywhere in manuscript; no biographical information that could disclose your identity; do not include your name as part of the name of the file you attach when submitting online.

• No illustrations.

• Number the pages in your manuscript, but do not embed headers or footers. Use simple numbering, nothing fancy

• Format with one poem, one column per page. Poems may be continued on a second page, but do not put two poems on the same page.

• Single space your manuscript. Use black print only (no colors). Use 12-point type in a conventional font such as Times New Roman. If you write in long lines or complex formats, be aware that the winning book will be published in a 6″ x 9″ format.

• Simultaneous and multiple submissions permitted. Notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

 

DEADLINE: Submissions will be accepted only between AUGUST 1 and midnight PT, NOVEMBER 15, 2017. The Submittable online system will be accessible only during this time, and hard-copy submissions must be postmarked during this period. No early or late submissions.

 

ENTRY FEE & PAYMENTS: The submission fee is $20 for NFSPS members, $25 for nonmembers. Members of state poetry societies affiliated with NFSPS are members. •

For online submissions, pay at Submittable.com with a credit card or PayPal.• For mailed paper submissions, place your check, made out to NFSPS, on top of the manuscript.

• Manuscripts which do not follow the rules may be disqualified, but fees will not be returned.

 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:

NOTE that rules for online submissions differ somewhat from those for hardcopies. Be sure you follow the correct set of rules, or your manuscript may be disqualified.

Online Submissions. We strongly encourage using the NFSPS link at Submittable, an online submissions manager, at nfsps.submittable.com/submit . Using Submittable saves you and us time and money.

• Note that there are two submission windows. If you are not a member of a state society listed on the bottom of the page at http://nfsps.com/links.htm, you must submit as a non-member. Be sure your state society dues are paid up before submitting.

• Simply submit the manuscript in a single document file from your computer into the designated area.

• Submit as a Word or rich text document.

• Give your file the same name as your manuscript (or a shorter version of it). Do not include your name, address, or any other information through which you might be identified in the document or file name.

• Do not submit an acknowledgements page. If your manuscript wins, you will be asked to submit it later.

• Do not include an information sheet as requested for hard-copies as part of your manuscript. Submittable will track the information needed separately, to protect the process of judging blindly.

• You will be notified that your manuscript has been received.

• The Submittable account is free, simple to set up, and instantly usable. If you currently have a Submittable account, you may use it to enter the competition. If you do not have an account, use the online sign-up. An increasing number of journals and other literary venues accept submission only through Submittable.

Mailed Submissions. If you are unable to make an online submission, mail your manuscript.

• Manuscript must be typewritten or computer generated.

• Enclose manuscript in a plain file folder and/or held by a manuscript clip; NO staples or binding.

• On the top of your manuscript, place a page with the title and your name, address, phone number, and email address, plus the name of the state poetry society where you are a member (if applicable). You will not be eligible for the reduced fee without society membership information.

• Do NOT send by certified or registered mail. Do NOT send disks.

• Manuscripts will NOT be returned. Entrants who enclose a business-size, self-addressed, stamped envelope, or provide an email address, will be notified of the results before April 30, 2018. • The winner will automatically be notified.

Mail submissions to: Wilda Morris, Chair

NFSPS Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition

499 Falcon Ridge Way

Bolingbrook IL 60440-2242

 

JUDGING: All manuscripts will be reviewed for compliance with guidelines and overall quality by the competition chair. Approximately 100 manuscripts will be sent, without identification or acknowledgments, to an independent judge, who will remain anonymous until the results are announced.

PUBLICATION: The winning manuscript will be published by the NFSPS Press, and the book will be available for sale at the NFSPS annual convention and elsewhere in June 2018.