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MAC Poetry Post: Call to Writers @ Multnomah Arts Center
Aug 7 – Oct 1 all-day

A panel of writers will choose ten to twelve pieces of poetry or prose to be featured in Multnomah Arts Center’s poetry post throughout 2019! With the writer’s permission, selected pieces will also be shared on MAC’s Facebook page. Kim Stafford called MAC’s poetry pole “just exactly what it is, the most beautiful poetry post in Portland,” built and designed by five local artists, with nearly 200 poems distributed to the
public each month.

• Email up to two typed works, no longer than one page each (Word or PDF format) to:
• Include short bio and phone number in your email.
• Poetry with English translation welcome.
• Content should be appropriate for all ages.
• Submissions must be received by 10/1/2018. Writers will be notified of decisions by

Call for Sports Poetry (The Poeming Pigeon) @ The Poetry Box
Aug 15 – Sep 30 all-day


On Your Mark, Get Set, GO! Submit your poems for our 8th issue of The Poeming Pigeon. The theme, this time around, is SPORTS. Share your love of the game. Share stories from a fan’s perspective. Relive your glory days. Share how sports have shaped you as person. Dive into controversy surrounding our favorite athletes. We invite you to interpret and expand upon the theme however you like.

The Sports Issue scheduled for release in Spring 2019.

Submission Period: Aug 15 – Sep 30, 2018

Springfield Poetry Series @ Emerald Art Center
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Roy Seitz, Scot Siegel, and Annie Lighthart

Springfield Poetry Series @ Emerald Art Center
Oct 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A poetry reading featuring Scot Siegel, Annie Lighthart, and Roy R. Seitz.

Salem Poetry Project Featuring John Dooley @ Ike Box
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

John Dooley is a retired poetry slammer (three years on the Portland Nationals team), and former columnist and features writer. He has nine spoken-word albums to his credit, and 40-some small press publications. John’s albums Oral Foibles, and Oral Foibles II – The Jackening are on Amazon, Billboard Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, and iTunes. He is a two-time winner of Comedy Central’s @Midnight #HashtagWars, and lives near an owl, in Jennings Lodge, Oregon.

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 Chemawa and Cottage.

Mother Foucault’s Bookshop @ Mother Foucault's Bookshop
Oct 5 all-day

Janice Rubin will read from her new book of poems “Tin Coyote”

Poetry Reading, Kate Gray and Janice D. Rubin @ Mother Foucault's Bookshop
Oct 5 all-day

Kate Gray and Janice D. Rubin Poetry Reading

First Friday Poetry Reading and Open Mic – Tribute to Peter Sears @ St. John the Evangelist
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Milwaukie Poetry Series of the Ledding Library of Milwaukie and St. John the Evangelist are delighted to continue this season of First Friday poetry readings for 2018 on Friday, October 5. It’s going to be another great summer of reading and sharing poetry!

         The reading will be part of the October 5 First Friday festivities, and will take place from 6:00 to 7:30 the meeting room at St. John the Evangelist church, located at 2036 SE Jefferson St.

        The reading will be a tribute to the Seventh Oregon Poet Laureate, Peter Sears. (1937-2017).  “I write poems because I need art in order to seek full expression,” he said in a 2010 interview with  

the Oregonian.  Featured Readers will be Robin Cody, Dave Jarecki, John Morrison, Paulann Petersen, Ann Staley and Colette Tennant. They will share memories and read from Peter’s work for approximately 40 minutes.

         Peter Sears was a graduate of Yale and the Iowa Writers Workshop and came to Oregon in 1974 to teach at Reed College and served in teaching and administrative roles at Bard College and Pacific University. His work has appeared in various national and literary magazines and newspapers. He is the author of four full-length poetry collections:Tour (1987), The Brink (1999),Green Diver (2009) and Small Talk: New and Selected Poems ( 2014), a number of poetry chapbooks, and books on teaching writing, including Secret Writing, and I‘m Gonna Bake Me a Rainbow Poem.

          He was a founding director of the Oregon Literary Coalition and cofounder of Cloudbank Books. He served as Oregon Poet Laureate from 2014 to 2016, making more than sixty public appearances in communities all over Oregon. During his tenure, he focused on what he called “expanding voices,” often sharing the stage with poets working in languages other than English.

          An Open Mic session will follow for all who wish to read from Peter’s work or share a memory or story in his honor. To get on the list to read ahead of time, please contact Tom Hogan at 503-819-8367 or  For information about the Milwaukie Poetry Series readings or other events, also contact Tom  at (503) 819-8367 or email him at There will be a sign-up sheet at the event for those wishing to share. Peter’s books will be available and light refreshments will be served. Please join us for a wonderful evening.

Salem Poetry Project Featuring R. S. Stewart @ IKE Box
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

R. S. Stewart is a long-time Writing Consultant volunteer at Chemeketa Community College. His commentaries on poets, playwrights, poetry, and language as well as his flash fiction pieces occur frequently in Salem Weekly. Three of his plays have received staged readings; his poems have been published in many journals, both in Europe and the U S., among them Canary; 2 Bridges Review; Poetry Salzburg Review; The Journal; PIF Magazine; Serving House Journal; Ink, Sweat, & Tears; Brittle Star; BlazeVOX; Willawaw Journal; indicia;; and The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review.

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 Chemawa and Cottage.

Poetry of Place, Taught by John Sibley Williams @ Fort George Taproom
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 10am – 1pm
Fort George Taproom, 1483 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103

The Writer’s Guild Astoriawill be hosting a hands-on workshop titled Poetry of Place, taught by award-winning Portland poet John Sibley Williams.

Poetry of place focuses on the landscapes we know, have traveled to, or imagine. Our identities are tied to place and reflected in our writing. We will focus on both the mundane and the sublime of our surroundings and how that effects and informs our inner lives.

In this workshop we will:
-study poems by other writers to see how they write about place
-generate poems from prompts focusing on how place shapes and influences our worldview
-discuss the poems we write as a group, focusing on authenticity, universality, and the musicality of language

This class is for all levels of writers.

John Sibley Williams is the author of As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize, 2019), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, 2019), Disinheritance, and Controlled Hallucinations. An eleven-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous awards, including the Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Phyllis Smart-Young Prize, The 46er Prize, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize, Confrontation Poetry Prize, and Laux/Millar Prize. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a literary agent. Previous publishing credits include: The Yale Review, Midwest QuarterlySycamore ReviewPrairie SchoonerThe Massachusetts ReviewPoet LoreSaranac ReviewAtlanta ReviewTriQuarterlyColumbia Poetry ReviewMid-American ReviewPoetry Northwest, Third Coast, and various anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.