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The Poeming Pigeon: Open for Submissions (Theme = Pop Culture) @ The Poetry Box
Oct 15 – Dec 15 all-day

• The Pop Culture Issue scheduled for release in Fall 2020
• All Contributors receive a FREE copy of the print journal.
• Please note, we are not accepting reprints for this or future issues.
• Submission Period: Oct 15 – Dec 15, 2019 (via Submittable only)
• $3 to submit a group of 3 poems.

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Tom Hogan @ IKE Box
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tom Hogan’s new book, Giving Thanks: New and Selected Poems was published by Dancing Moon Press in 2018. He is the author of five chapbooks and The Promise of the Trail (also by Dancing Moon Press, 2014). He directs the Milwaukie Poetry Series, currently in its 13th Season and lives with his wife Jane in Milwaukie, 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 Chemeketa and Cottage.

Last Friday Poetry Series Featuring Susan Woods Morse @ Salem Book Bin @ Salem Book Bin
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Susan Morse moved to the Willamette Valley in 2016 and is currently a member of the Oregon Poetry Association, as well as Mid Valley Poetry Society. She also frequently participates in readings at the Salem Poetry Project. In the Hush is her first chapbook, but individual poems have appeared in various journals such as Cream City Review, The Mom Egg, The Aurorean, Sixfold, and most recently The Willawaw Journal.

Susan’s featured reading of poems from her chapbook In the Hush begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Salem Book Bin, 450 Court Street NE, Salem (503-361-1235) and will be followed by an Open Mic.

Head for the HIlls! @ Head for the Hills! Poetry Open Mic
Oct 30 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 31 @ 7:45 pm

Head for the Hills is an Open Mic Event. Wednesday, October 30. 6pm-7:45 pm. Read 3 poems or read for 5 minutes. Light refreshments. Sign up sheet available at 5:45. Late comers welcome.

THE QUEEN OF MOLOKA’I Book Signing in Eugene, OR @ McMenamins High Street Brewery & Cafe
Nov 2 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Honolulu writer Kirby Michael Wright will sign copies of THE QUEEN OF MOLOKA’I and discuss the process of creating passages of poetic verse for creative nonfiction. A recent review compared Wright to Pat Conroy (THE PRINCE OF TIDES) for family conflict and to Frank McCourt (ANGELA’S ASHES) for women overcoming great hardship. Wright won the 2018 Redwood Empire Mensa Award for Creative Nonfiction. His stories and stand-alone chapters have appeared in over two hundred literary journals and magazines worldwide. He studied under the tutelage of Frances Mayes (UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN) and Maxine Hong Kingston (THE WOMAN WARRIOR).

Salem Poetry Project Featuring C. Steven Blue @ IKE Box
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

C. Steven Blue is a Poet/Publisher/Producer/Performer, his poetry stands outside the normal conventions of modern poetry, at the crossroads of poetry and music; produces and hosts BURNIN’ DOWN THE BARNES, a monthly literary series at Eugene Barnes & Noble; has seven published books; has been published and interviewed widely in the literary world. More on his website:

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 Chemeketa and Cottage.

Cascade/Community Open Mic @ Rose City Book Pub
Nov 11 @ 7:30 pm

Open Mic bringing student writers together with community writers. Poetry, fiction and other genres. Sign ups begin at 7:00.

Portland: Michael Dickman and Paulann Petersen @ Portland State University, Smith 238
Nov 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Paulann writes:

Michael Dickman is a Portland poet, but we in Portland see far too little of him. And our chances to hear him read his work are rare.

Well, one of those rare chances is coming up on November 12th:

A poetry reading by Michael Dickman and me

Tuesday, November 12th, 2 pm

Portland State University, Smith 238

Michael will be reading from his newest full-length collection, Days & Days, published by Knopf, a book of—as Marie Howe has said—“spare, clear, untranslatable poems—spoken as if out of the original silence.”

I’ll be reading from my latest book, One Small Sun, from Salmon Poetry of Ireland, described by Booklist as “a veritable master class in the interweaving of metaphor and memory.”

A little more about Michael:

His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Field, and Tin House. He currently teaches at Princeton University, where he’s a Lecturer in Creative Writing. He was the subject (with his twin brother, the poet Matthew Dickman) of a New Yorker profile written by Rebecca Mead. He and Matthew had roles as the pre-cog twins in Steven Spielberg’s film “Minority Report.” (What other world-class poets do we know who’ve been in a Steven Spielberg movie?)

Please join us in downtown Portland to hear this native son and stellar poet!

Melanie Green, Maggie Chula & Carolyn Martin @ Annie Bloom’s @ Annie Bloom's Bookstore
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm

Annie Bloom’s welcomes these three wonderful local poets.

The poems in Melanie Green’s A Long, Wide Stretch of Calm (The Poetry Box) are an invitation to slow down, to rest deep into quiet and the contemplative. Melanie Green’s poetry explores the connection with the numinous—as well as speaking to the difficulty of living with a chronic illness.

In Shadow Man (The Poetry Box), Margaret Chula brings her father out of the shadows where he had been since 1957, the day her mother packed their five children—all under the age of ten—into the car and drove away. Over the years, Margaret comes to accept the differences between a mother who wants China cups with saucers and a father who’s content with a Budweiser. Through writing about these awkward, often heartbreaking, interactions with her estranged father, she discovers that there’s more than one truth and that each of us must find our own.

From the universal to the personal, the formal to the experimental, Carolyn Martin’s fourth poetry collection, A Penchant for Masquerades (Unsolicited Press), takes an unflinching look at the fluidity of truth, time, identity, history, death, and relationships. A lover of all things poetic, Martin has created an eclectic collection for readers who have a penchant for words and who are open to believing in everything and nothing.

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Jayme Sue @ IKE Box
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

At an early age Jamye discovered her creative side with the help of role models and teachers. Jamye states art is a way to communicate more succinctly and emotively with others. She was raised in Oregon; she now works and lives in the Willamette Valley.

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 Chemeketa and Cottage.