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Dec
20
Thu
2018
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Holiday Poems @ IKE Box
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

You are the featured reader! Bring your favorite poem about Christmas, Hanukah, Thanksgiving…Festivus and maybe a little story about it. The infamous open mike will follow.

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.
http://www.ikebox.com/

Dec
22
Sat
2018
Grants Pass: Tradition! Tradition! @ Josephine County Community Library, Grants Pass
Dec 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Fourth in a series of workshops led by Lisa Baldwin and H. Ni Aodagain, members of OPA and of Applegate Poets.

Dec
30
Sun
2018
Free Poets’ Presentation @ River Road Park Annex
Dec 30 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Poets Rachel Swafford, Kristin Berger, Kristin Berger and Carl Swart will share their work. Poets’ books will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served.

Jan
3
Thu
2019
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Speaking Peace Poets @ IKE Box
Jan 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The first Thursday of 2019 will feature poets from the chapbook “Speaking Peace: Poems for Salem from the Salem Peace Mosaic.” Copies of the chapbook and that Save the Salem Peace Mosaic t-shirts, tote bags, etc. will be sold at the reading to benefit SSPM.

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. http://www.ikebox.com/

Jan
10
Thu
2019
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Diane Corson @ IKE Box
Jan 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Inspired by the PNW as a transplant, Diane Corson’s poetry slants towards surrealism and the spirit of nature. She is a board member for the Oregon Poetry Association and a co-curator for Free Range Poetry. Diane has three chapbooks and her poetry has been in several publications.

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. http://www.ikebox.com/

Jan
17
Thu
2019
Salem Poetry Project Featuring V. Falcón Vázquez @ IKE Box
Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

V. Falcón Vázquez was born in León, Guanajuato, México. She emigrated to the United States at the age of seven. She started writing short stories at the age of twelve and discovered the love for poetry two years later. In her artistic work, Falcón Vázquez, has worked in community plays such as Solo, Una Voz (One Voice) and The Vagina Monologues in Spanish. She participates in various art projects involving radio, television, music and art installations in the Mid-Willamette Valley and Portland area. She has published her first poetry book in Spanish titled “Trazos de mí”(Traces of Me).

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. http://www.ikebox.com/

Jan
24
Thu
2019
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Hudson Schweirkert @ IKE Box
Jan 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Hudson Schweikert has lived in a number of places but most of his life has been rural. Schweikert went from the backwoods of the deep south to sitting on a houseboat with Alan Watts. It’s been a great life but most of it was spent in field and forest. Schweikert has been a farmer most of his life. He doesn’t think of himself as a poet and doesn’t understand the rules of poetry. He just scribbles down some things about his life as they occur to him, Schweikert has always loved words.

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. http://www.ikebox.com/

Jan
31
Thu
2019
Salem Poetry Project Featuring John Van Dreal @ IKE Box
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 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. John has been a resident of Salem for 27 years where he lives with his wife, dog and one cats. In addition to his work as a poet and artist, he is a published author in the topic of youth violence and threat assessment and currently works for Salem-Keizer School District as the Director of Safety and Risk Management Services.

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. http://www.ikebox.com/

Feb
7
Thu
2019
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Ann Staley @ IKE Box
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Ann Staley has published three collections of poems: Primary Sources, 2011, Instructions For The Wishing Light, 2013 through Booktrope Press, Seattle, Washington and Afternoon Sky, Harney Desert, 8th Street Press. She has been nominated twice for Oregon Poet Laureate and once for an Oregon Book Award. She named herself the Poet Laureate of 8th Street a few years ago. Ann will be reading from a new chapbook, Age of Bronze (30+ poems and an essay) to be published in December. She hopes to have them available at her December Reading in Salem. Her favorite definition of writing: “Writing is thinking made visible.”

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. http://www.ikebox.com/

Feb
10
Sun
2019
Poetry Reading @ Deschutes Public Library
Feb 10 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Downtown Bend: Writers Reading – Janice Rubin and Jack Lorts
Sunday, February 10, 2019
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Location
Downtown Bend Library
Brooks Room
Description
Poets Janice Rubin and Jack Lorts read original poems.

Poets Janice Rubin and Jack Lorts read original poems.
About “Tin Coyote”: A poignant journey traversing love, loss, memory and renewal, Tin Coyote is rooted in the inner landscape of the heart as well as the physical landscape of the poet’s beloved Oregon. The Oregon Coast, Warm Springs, Siuslaw River and Lake Paulina, among other iconic destinations at home and abroad, are vividly rendered backdrops to reflections and self-explorations. ‘Light reflects, refracts/creating space and possibility.’ Janice Rubin is a keen observer of self and environment.

Janice D. Rubin is a counselor and educator. She received her M.S. from the University of Oregon and her B.A. in English Literature. Her poems have been published in CIRQUE: A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim, the Austin International Poetry Anthology, Red River Review,Tiger’s Eye Poetry Journal, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, The Quizzical ChairAnthology, It Demands a Wildness of Me (Uttered Chaos Press, 2018) and many other journals. She was nominated for the Pushcart Poetry Prize in 2008. She’s the author of Transcending Damnation Creek Trail & Other Poems(Flutter Press, 2010) and Tin Coyote (Blue Light Press, 2017).

Jack Lorts, an ex-patriot from Suburbia, fled southern California some forty years ago to settle in rural Oregon. He has taught in small communities ever since, retiring in 2004 as superintendent of schools in Fossil, Oregon (population: 500). His poems have appeared widely, if infrequently, since the late 1950s in such places as Arizona Quarterly, English Journal, Kansas Quarterly, Oregon English, Oregon East, Fishtrap Anthology, Arsenic Lobster, Quantum Tao, etc. He has two chapbooks out from Pudding House: The Daughter Poems & Others (2008) and The Meeting-Place of Words (2010). In 2011, Finishing Line Press published his Dear Gilbert Sorrentino and Other Poems.

He has also assembled several “serial poems,” thematically inner-connected poems by several different poets, including The Great Oregon Serial Poem (Talent House, 2001) and The Other Side of the Hill: A Trek Through Eastern Oregon by Poet (Ice River, 2003).

Active in Democratic state politics, he has chaired the DPO’s Rural Caucus, been a candidate for the Oregon House of Representatives, attended the 2008 Democratic National Convention as a delegate, and is currently Mayor of Fossil, where he lives with Celia, his wife of fifty years.