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Peregrine Literary Series @ Stickmen Brewery
May 20 @ 3:00 pm

Local Authors Celebrate May Days with New Publications
On Sunday afternoon, May 20 at 3 pm, Kirsten Rian reads from Life Expectancy, along with Emmett Wheatfall, who reads from titles such as Clean as a Bone and Fragments.
Books available for purchase and signing.
Free and open to the public.
Donations of canned goods or cash welcomed to support a local food pantry.
Family-friendly, accessible venue with free parking:
Stickmen Brewery 40 N. State Street, Lake Oswego, OR 503-344-4449.

Free Community Reading and Book Release Party (SE) @ The Rosewood Initiative
May 23 @ 6:30 pm

Join us to celebrate the release of our new anthology (title forthcoming!), featuring the talented writers from our spring workshops in schools, assisted living facilities, affordable housing buildings and other agencies. Few Portland events include so many diverse voices!

The reading is free, ADA-accessible and everyone is welcome. Books will be available for purchase.

This reading is funded in part by generous support from: Work for Art, Oregon Cultural Trust, Regional Arts & Culture Council, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation and Oregon Arts Commission.

For more info, call 503.796.9224 or visit
Location: The Rosewood Initiative is located in the Village Square shopping center at SE 162nd Ave and SE Stark St (next to Su Casa Super Mercado) and is one block from the Max Blue Line. Ample free parking is available at the Village Square shopping center.

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Frank Hall @ Barrel & Keg
May 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The poems and short stories of Frank Eugene Hall explore connections between the inner landscapes of the human spirit and the outer landscapes of Nature. A descendant of Native Americans and Europeans, he takes a global historical view. Frank is a member of Portland Ars Poetica and Poetics Corvallis.

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!

International Welsh Poetry Competition – DEADLINE May 27, 2018 @ International Welsh Poetry Competition 2018
May 27 @ 2:00 am

The 12th International Welsh Poetry Competition 2018 is seeking talented poets from all over the world. Judge – Sally Spedding. Cash prizes and publication in a future anthology. All details, rules, entry etc. on our website:


Salem Poetry Project Featuring Kelley Morehouse @ Barrel & Keg
May 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Kelley Morehouse is an avid reader and enjoys studying the art of poetry and writing for the enjoyment of writing. She has volunteered for the Silverton Poetry Association over the last nineteen years and now recently, she is involved in digging up her ancestral roots and putting them into narrative form for her grandchildren. Entering semi-retirement has enticed Kelley into even more creative endeavors!

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!

Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest – DEADLINE 6/1/2018
Jun 1 @ 12:00 am

Dear State President/NFSPS State Society,

As sponsor and Director of the GRSF/Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest, for the past several years I have made it a point to contact all State Presidents for whom an email address is available through the NFSPS.

Our contest, based in Winona, MN, in cooperation with our well-known Great River Shakespeare Festival, has grown wonderfully across the United States, as well as internationally, and we have received quality sonnet submissions. I am a member of the Minnesota Society, and would be pleased if you are able to publicize the event among your members.

Submissions are now open for the 2018 Contest, with entries accepted until June 1.

All submission guidelines are available at

Ted Haaland

Our mailing address is:
Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest
PO Box 1111
Winona, Mn 55987

Milwaukie First Friday @ St. John the Evangelist Church
Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Milwaukie First Friday 
Poetry Reading and Open Mic.
Come and share poetry!

Friday, June 1

6:00 to7:30 the meeting room at St. John the Evangelist church, located at 2036 SE Jefferson St.

The Featured Readers will be some members of the Oregon Poetry Association: Tiel Ansari, Dale Champlin, Stella Jeng Guillory, Sherri Levine and Francis Opila. They will read from their own work or favorite poems for approximately 40 minutes.

An Open Mic session will follow for all who wish to read their own work, or some of their favorite poems. To get on the list to read ahead of time, please contact Tom Hogan at 503-819-8367 or

There will be a sign-up sheet at the event for those wishing to share. There will also be poetry books and light refreshments available.

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Poets of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties @ IKE Box
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Ventura and Santa Barbara counties in California are home to many fine poets, names not generally known in Oregon. This evening will be a quick tour through several poets of the area featuring two poets from there, Abigail Brandt and Marc Janssen.

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!

Portland: Painting Foucault’s: A Year at the Bookshop @ Mother Foucault's Bookshop
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us on Friday, June 8 at 7pm, for an artist reception celebrating the work of Mother Foucault’s painter-in-residence, Brooke Budy, who set up drop cloth, easel, and canvas at various spots in the shop over the course of the past year to create over forty painted views of the books, shelves, plants, and people that make up Mother Foucault’s.

In addition to the reception and exhibit, a cadre of local poets will read short works inspired by the paintings, the shop, or the shopkeeper himself:

Joanna Rose
Donna Prinzmetal
Andrea Hollander
Suzanne Sigafoos

Readers will also share the work of two additional poets who were at Mother Foucault’s and wrote about the paintings but who aren’t able to attend: Maggie Chula and Penelope Scambly Schott.

10-10-10: Celebrating 10 years of Write Around Portland at HOTLIPS Pizza @ HOTLIPS Pizza
Jun 10 all-day

For 10 years, HOTLIPS Pizza has provided the space for community writing workshops twice a month to support Write Around Portland’s mission to change lives through the power of writing. On June 10, we’re celebrating with 10 hours of writing!

You can register for 2, 4, 6, 8 or all 10 hours of writing sessions—the more you write, the more chances you have to win raffle prizes, eat pizza and support Write Around Portland!

Call us today to register at 503.796.9224 or register online below.

For more details, visit: