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Apr
4
Thu
2019
Poetry Workshop and Reading @ Sandy Public Library
Apr 4 @ 6:30 pm

Award-winning poet, John Sibley Williams​, offers a free poetry workshop followed by a poetry reading from his new books. A perfect chance to get a little help perfecting your poem for the Sandy Library Poetry Slam. Thursday, April 4th 6:30 pm

Salem Poetry Project Featuring the Poetry of Virginia Corrie Cozart @ IKE Box
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Reading & book launch for Wavering Reflection, a posthumous collection of poetry by Virginia Corrie-Cozart. Virginia Corrie-Cozart (1932-2012), poet, artist, and musician, grew up near Bandon, moving to Salem in 1973. Here she taught music in the public schools and studied poetry with William Stafford and others. An active member of the Oregon Poetry Association, she often won awards in its contests. In 2003 Traprock Books published her poetry collection A Mutable Place.

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/

Apr
11
Thu
2019
Poetry Slam at the Sandy Library @ Sandy Public Library
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm

Portland poet Scott Poole returns this year to host the Sandy Library Poetry Slam. Although it is run as a contest, is a remarkably supportive and casual event. If you have ever thought about sharing a poem, this is a great place to give it a try. There will be three age categories with a $25 prize for the winner in each group and a $100 grand prize for the overall winner. All poems must be original. Deadline for registration is April 9 to have your name included in the program; walk-in registration also allowed.

Please contact Katie Murphy
kmurphy@ci.sandy.or.us
503-668-5537
for more information.

Salem Poetry Project Featuring the Poetry of John Edge @ IKE Box
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

John Edge wrote in the bay area haunted City Lights Books, and North Beach coffee houses. After dropping out of poetry for decades, in 2007 Edge MC’d a choral event at Chemeketa, read some of his poetry and rediscovered the joy of it. He said, in the forward to his first collection of poems, In My 60’s, this led to a rededication to his poetry, as did participation in a Stayton poetry group and “…felt like coming home.”

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/

Apr
14
Sun
2019
Peregrine Literary Series @ Stickman's Brew Pub
Apr 14 @ 3:00 pm

Celebrate National Poetry Month at this family-friendly venue with local authors
Penelope Scambly Schott and Dale Champlin. Enjoy selections from the pub menu.
Books available for purchase and autographing..
Canned goods or cash donations collected for the Oregon Food Bank.

Apr
15
Mon
2019
The Poeming Pigeon: Open for Submissions (Theme = The Cosmos) @ The Poetry Box®
Apr 15 – Jun 15 all-day

THE COSMOS ISSUE: (The Poeming Pigeon #9)

From the learning how to locate the Little Dipper to standing awe-struck under the Milky Way, humans have been asking: What’s out there in the great beyond? Could we survive on Mars? What is dark matter? Are wormholes the secret to time travel? Our curiosity is as vast as the universe itself. Send us your best stargazing poems exploring the great beyond, string theory and black holes. Make a case for Pluto–planet or not planet? This theme is yours to take to the outer limits.

• The Cosmos Issue scheduled for release in Winter 2019/20.
• All Contributors receive a FREE copy of the print journal.
• Please note, we are not accepting reprints for this or future issues.
• Submission Period: April 15 – June 15, 2019 (via Submittable only)
• $3 to submit a group of 3 poems.

Apr
18
Thu
2019
Salem Poetry Project Featuring the Poetry of Ben Hur Lampman @ IKE Box
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Ben Hur Lampman was named Oregon’s Poet Laureate in 1951; he held that post until his death in 1954 at age 67. Lampman was one of Oregon’s most popular writers in the first half of the twentieth century as a regular contributor to The Saturday Evening Post, Sunset, and many other popular magazines. Versatile, Lampman was known as a reporter, commentator, storyteller, naturalist, historian, and poet.

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/

Apr
24
Wed
2019
Art Center East presents Ryan Scariano at Grand Ronde Poetry Series @ Art Center East 1006 Penn Ave La Grande, OR 97850
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Ryan’s chapbook, Smithereens, was published by Imperfect Press. Some of his recent poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Rock & Sling; Phantom Drift; Basalt; DASH Literary Journal; and Bright Bones: Contemporary Montana Writing. He has an MFA from Eastern Washington University and works at Eastern Oregon University. [www.ryanscariano.com]

Apr
25
Thu
2019
Salem Poetry Project Featuring the Poetry of Kenneth O. Hanson @ IKE Box
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Kenneth O. Hanson (1922-2002), an Idaho native who became part of the Theodore Roethke circle at University of Washington, with other poets Carolyn Kizer, David Wagoner, Richard Hugo. Hanson was in Asian studies in Seattle and with the US Army. His collections were published by University of Washington, Wesleyan University Press, and Breitenbush. His translations of Han Yu appeared in Sunflower Splendor and Growing Old Alive. He was a long-time instructor of humanities at Reed College, Hanson became fascinated by Greece, its people and ancient philosophers. He retired to Athens and died there.

Hanson’s poems will be presented by Erik Muller, a poet for sixty years, most of them lived in Oregon. Muller has been engaged in local poetry as an editor, publisher, essayist and self-published poet. He has edited Fireweed: Poetry of Western Oregon and Traprock Books. Durable Goods: Appreciations of Oregon Poets (2017) as well as And Yet, Selected Poems 2011-2018 (2019) are from Mountains and Rivers Press. Erik is currently an OPA Board member.

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/

Apr
28
Sun
2019
Free Authors Presentation @ River Road Park Annex
Apr 28 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Poets Barbara Drake and Eleanor Berry and prose writer, Mike Copperman will share their work. Refreshments will be served and authors’ books will be available for purchase.