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Oct
15
Tue
2019
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.

Oct
30
Wed
2019
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.

Nov
2
Sat
2019
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).

Nov
7
Thu
2019
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: www.wordsongs.com.

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. http://www.ikebox.com/

Nov
11
Mon
2019
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.

Nov
12
Tue
2019
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!

Nov
14
Thu
2019
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. http://www.ikebox.com/

Nov
16
Sat
2019
Beyond Feelings and Fancy Words: Honing Your Poem-Writing Skills with Lynn Otto @ Hood River
Nov 16 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

When: November 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (bring a sack lunch, and dress for an optional walk in the countryside during lunch break)

Where: upper Hood River (Parkdale), Oregon, at the home of Leah Stenson off the Fruit Loop scenic drive

Why: Competent craftspeople can build great things because they know their tools and have lots of practice using them. The same holds true for poets. In this workshop, you’ll see some of these tools in action, and you’ll have opportunities to practice using them, expanding your poetic possibilities.

Who: People who like to write poems, ages 16 and up. Lynn Otto believes people should leave a writing workshop with a better understanding of their work and a new (or newly polished) tool in their writer’s toolkit. She holds an MFA in creative writing/poetry from Portland State University, was a 2015/16 resident associate at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina, and has given readings and workshops in the U.S., Canada, and France. Her work has been published in Iron Horse Literary Review, Raleigh Review, Sequestrum, Slipstream, and other journals. Her book Real Daughter won a Unicorn Press First Book Prize.

How: Register at opa.submittable.com. Cost is $45.

Nov
21
Thu
2019
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Author Diane Forsberg, poet Steve Slemenda, and digital artist Joel Zak present Never Solitary-Forward @ IKE Box
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Author Diane Forsberg, poet Steve Slemenda, and digital artist Joel Zak present Never Solitary-Forward, a collection of prayers, poems and images. The publication is the third of a series that joins texts with images in a thought provoking and appealing blend of complimentary expressions. The book’s content will be projected as Forsberg, Slemenda and Zak present their contributions and discuss the rich process through which the book was realized.

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. http://www.ikebox.com/