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Jul
13
Sat
2019
Writing Workshop with Richard Blanco @ Talent Public Library
Jul 13 – Jul 14 all-day

Chautauqua Poets & Writers and Southern Oregon University present this unique opportunity for adult writers to work with 2013 inaugural poet Richard Blanco in a small workshop setting over two days: Saturday-Sunday, July 13-14, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. Contact Kathi Bowen-Jones at kbowenjones@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

Jul
15
Mon
2019
Poetry Reading with Richard Blanco @ Mountain Avenue Theater (Ashland High School campus)
Jul 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear 2013 Inaugural poet Richard Blanco read his work and discuss his ideas and perspectives! 7-9 p.m.

Jul
17
Wed
2019
Art Center East-Writing Project @ Art Center East
Jul 17 @ 7:00 pm

Reading presentation by Nathan Lowe.
Nate Lowe is a writer, teacher, and college administrator. His work has appeared in such journals as Ascent, South Dakota Review, Blood Orange Review, Beecher’s Magazine, and The Chattahoochee Review. In addition, his creative essays have been long listed as “Notable of the Year” by the Best American Essays series and nominated for Pushcart Prizes. In 2016, Lowe earned Honorable Mention for the Kay W. Levin Short Nonfiction Award by the Council for Wisconsin Writers, which awarded him a writing residency at the Painted Forest in Valton, Wisconsin. He is currently (and slowly) at work on two books of essays, a chapbook tentatively titled The Animals We Make, which explores the pleasures and failures of early fatherhood, and a full-length collection that tries to make sense of his rural childhood through stories of pickup trucks and the men and women who drove them. After 15 years of teaching college creative writing, he was named the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Eastern Oregon University in 2017. Lowe holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Idaho and a B.A. in English from the University of Iowa. His wife Carrie and children, Odin and Mazy, feel like they have arrived home to the mountains and prairies of eastern Oregon, looking forward to a life spent exploring the rural and wild lands of the region.

Jul
18
Thu
2019
Montgomery Reading and Free Workshop at The Dalles @ The Dalles Art Center
Jul 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

At 6:500, Judith Montgomery will offer a one-hour workshop focusing on the challenges of writing about family; at 7 pm she will read from and talk about her two new books, “Litany for Wound and Bloom,” and her prize-winning narrative medical chapbook,Mercy.

Salem Poetry Project Featuring ryan boyland @ IKE Box
Jul 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Ryan Boyland is a writer based out of Omaha, Nebraska. His work addresses issues of identity, love, and death. And stars. Because they’re cool. His goal through performance is to touch minds and hearts around the world, and considers it a victory every time he is able to do so.

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/

Jul
19
Fri
2019
Bigfoot Regional Poetry Slam – Day Events @ Multnomah County Central Library
Jul 19 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Poetry Slam is a two day Poetry festival and competition. At Multnomah Country Central Library, we are having affinity mics so that marginalized people in our community are given a platform to speak to their experiences.

Jul
20
Sat
2019
Bigfoot Regional Poetry Slam – Day Events @ Multnomah County Central Library
Jul 20 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Poetry Slam is a two day Poetry festival and competition. At Multnomah County Central, we are having affinity mics so that marginalized people in our community are given a platform to speak to their experiences.

Jul
25
Thu
2019
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Phil McCorkle @ IKE Box
Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Phil McCorkle pairs his poems with photos he has taken. Photos will be projected on a screen during the reading.
Phil has been a writer much of his life. Most recently published in a regular Statesman Journal column which ran for two years, he has also written and edited more than a dozen newsletters, written freelance articles for Flyfishing Magazine, and worked for a year as the assistant outdoor sportswriter for the Statesman. Working at various nonprofit organizations, he has frequently written grants and appeal letters during his 30-year fundraising career. He began writing poetry as a creative outlet, and began pairing them with his photos. His poems and pictures frequently focus on the outdoors and nature and the lessons there that cast light on life. He lives in Salem with his wife, Kathi, and dog, Mick.

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/

Jul
30
Tue
2019
Writing Through It: A Celebration and Reading @ Multnomah County Central Library
Jul 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Celebrate a year of Writing Through It and listen to poetry and prose by the writers who have attended the program. Writing Through It provides a space for creative expression for people experiencing houselessness or anyone who has experienced rough times.

Writing Through It is made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation.

Jul
31
Wed
2019
POETRY OF PLACE: A FOUR-CLASS GENERATIVE CRITIQUE WORKSHOP with John Sibley Williams @ Cozy home in Alameda/Beaumont neighborhood
Jul 31 – Aug 28 all-day

POETRY OF PLACE: A FOUR-CLASS GENERATIVE CRITIQUE WORKSHOP with John Sibley Williams

TIMING:
WEDNESDAYS AT 6:45-9PM
July 31, August 7, August 14, August 28

LOCATION:
Cozy home in Alameda/Beaumont neighborhood
(address provided to confirmed students)

PRICE:
$200 for four-class workshop

ATTENDEES:
Only 7 spots are available!

To register or ask questions, email John at jswilliams1307@gmail.com

In this month-long workshop, we will discuss how natural and constructed landscapes affect our identities and shape our writing. We will focus on the places we know, have traveled to, or simply imagine, including both the mundane and the sublime of our surroundings, in search of ways to craft authentic, universal poems that speak directly to readers. This workshop will include studying diverse poems that successfully employ place as metaphors, investigating your own work, writing, and providing feedback.

This intimate workshop will include brief lessons as well as in-depth peer and teacher critiques, in-class writing, and prompt-based at-home writing to be shared with the class. Poems generated at home will be due to the teacher Sunday for distribution to students Monday morning. Students will be prepared to share thoughtful constructive critiques each class.

Beverages and snacks will be available.

John Sibley Williams is the author of As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize, 2019), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, University of Nebraska Press, 2019), Disinheritance, and Controlled Hallucinations. A nineteen-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous literary awards, including the Wabash Prize for Poetry, Philip Booth Award, and Laux/Millar Prize. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a poetry editor, writing coach, workshop leader, and literary agent. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rivier University and an MA in Book Publishing from Portland State University. Previous publishing credits include: The Yale Review, Midwest Quarterly, Southern Review, Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, Saranac Review, Atlanta Review, TriQuarterly, Third Coast, and various anthologies. Visit him at https://www.johnsibleywilliams.com.