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Prompt, a Community Writing Workshop at Powell’s Books (every Wed., skipping 11/22) 6:30 pm
Prompt, a Community Writing Workshop at Powell’s Books (every Wed., skipping 11/22) @ Powell's City of Books
Sep 27 @ 6:30 pm – Dec 6 @ 8:30 pm
10 Wednesdays, Sept 27 – Dec 6 (skip 11/22), 6:30-8:30 PM This fall, join Write Around Portland at Prompt, a unique generative workshop designed for writers and aspiring writers in the greater Portland area who want to participate in a … Continue reading
Multnomah Arts Center Poetry Post: Call to Writers (Deadline Oct 1, 2017) 12:00 am
Multnomah Arts Center Poetry Post: Call to Writers (Deadline Oct 1, 2017) @ Multnomah Arts Center
Oct 1 @ 12:00 am
Multnomah Arts Center, a program of Portland Parks & Recreation, seeks work from our community that gives pause and invites beauty. A panel of writers will choose pieces to feature in the poetry post for up to a month. Selected … Continue reading
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ANNOUNCING: Chaparral Poetry Form Contest – Postmark Deadline Dec. 1, 2017 12:00 am
ANNOUNCING: Chaparral Poetry Form Contest – Postmark Deadline Dec. 1, 2017 @ Awards Presentation
Oct 2 @ 12:00 am
8th Annual Chaparral Poetry Forum Contest sponsored by Redrock Writers and Dixie Poets, chapters of the Utah State Poetry Society. Entries must be postmarked by December 1, 2017. Submit your original poems to: CHAPARRAL POETRY FORUM Contest Chair: Marie Tollstrup … Continue reading
Willawaw Journal Winter 2017 – Call for Submissions (Deadline 11/19/2017) 12:00 am
Willawaw Journal Winter 2017 – Call for Submissions (Deadline 11/19/2017) @ Willawawjournal.com, an online journal of poetry and art
Oct 2 @ 12:00 am
Willawaw Journal’s second issue is inspired by a prompt from Lawson Fusao Inada and will feature work that is a hybrid of poetry and art in addition to regular submission. check our our submissions page for more information. Deadline Nov. … Continue reading
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Arn Strasser Reading 7:00 pm
Arn Strasser Reading @ Broadway Books
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm
Reading by Arn Strasser from his just-published new collection, Incidental Longing.Like this:Like Loading...
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Lois Rosen 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Lois Rosen @ Barrel & Keg
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Salem poet and fiction writer Lois Rosen has published two poetry books, Nice and Loud (Tebot Bach) and Pigeons (Traprock Books). A founder of Salem’s Peregrine Writers, she leads the Trillium Writers and Willamette University’s I.C.L. Writers. Lois’ current novel-in-progress … Continue reading
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Jayanthi Raman’s Dance of the Hummingbirds featuring Paulann Petersen 7:00 pm
Jayanthi Raman’s Dance of the Hummingbirds featuring Paulann Petersen @ Winningstad Theater inside Antoinette Hatfield Hall
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jayanthi Raman’s Dance of the Hummingbirds Dance of the Hummingbirds is a musical dance project based on the seed concept of Portland choreographer Jayanthi Raman. The production reflects human being’s struggles and challenges faced in life and how one draws … Continue reading
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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Vere McCarty 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Vere McCarty @ Barrel & Keg
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Vere McCarty started songwriting as a teenager in the 60’s in the folk-song mode, and has continued off and on, branching out into other forms. He plays guitar and sings at home and occasionally goes out and sings, but the … Continue reading
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OPA Annual Conference 2017 6:00 pm
OPA Annual Conference 2017 @ University Place Hotel
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 15 @ 1:00 pm
We’ll meet at the University Place Hotel owned by Portland State University on the weekend of October 13-15. Emmett Wheatfall headlines as keynote speaker.  The 2017 conference will feature multiple tracks of workshops, presentations, open mics and more! Browse the … Continue reading
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great weather for MEDIA Submission Call 12:00 pm
great weather for MEDIA Submission Call @ great weather for MEDIA
Oct 15 @ 12:00 pm
great weather for MEDIA seeks poetry and genre-busting work for our annual print anthology. Our focus is on the fearless, the unpredictable, and experimental. Deadline: January 15 2018.Like this:Like Loading...
PORTLAND: Anyone’s Domain: A Writing Workshop by Paulann Petersen 1:30 pm
PORTLAND: Anyone’s Domain: A Writing Workshop by Paulann Petersen @ Central Library
Oct 15 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Free, but registration required! Poetry is not the domain of just a few. It’s as natural and accessible as heartbeat and breath. Writing poetry requires nothing more than a love of words and a willingness to let your pen move … Continue reading
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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Paulann Peterson 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Paulann Peterson @ Barrel & Keg
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita, has six full-length books of poetry, most recently Understory, from Lost Horse Press. The Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds chose a poem from her book The Voluptuary as the lyric for a choral composition that’s … Continue reading
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Peregrine Literary Series 3:00 pm
Peregrine Literary Series @ Lake Oswego Public Library
Oct 22 @ 3:00 pm
Local authors Sandra Mason and Joseph A. Soldati read from their latest publications [The Lighthouse Ghost at Yaquina Bay and Sacrifices, respectively]. Books available for purchase and signing. Free and open to the public. Donations of canned goods welcomed for … Continue reading
Chana Bloch, The Moon Is Almost Full: Book launch featuring Paulann Petersen 4:00 pm
Chana Bloch, The Moon Is Almost Full: Book launch featuring Paulann Petersen @ Powell's on Hawthorne
Oct 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
The Moon Is Almost Full, a last book of poems by Chana Bloch (1940-2017) is now out into the world, making its way into the hands of grateful readers. And on October 22nd, at Powell’s on Hawthorne, I’ll be part … Continue reading
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Conversations With Writers 7:00 pm
Conversations With Writers @ Reedville Presbyterian Church
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm
Endi Bogue Hartigan: Her book, Pool [5 choruses] won the Omnidawn Open Poetry Book Prize and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her first book One Sun Storm won the Colorado Prize for Poetry and was also a … Continue reading
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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Colette Tennant 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Colette Tennant @ Barrel & Keg
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Colette Tennant’s first book of poetry, Commotion of Wings, was published by Main Street Rag in 2010 as an Editor’s Choice. Her poetry was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2014. Her second poetry book, Eden and After, was published … Continue reading
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Oregon Jewish Voices 7:30 pm
Oregon Jewish Voices @ Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education
Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm
Started in 1999, this annual event features readings by prominent Oregon Jewish poets and writers. The five writers taking part in the 2017 program—spanning a range of genres including fiction, essay, and poetry—will share selections from their work in the … Continue reading
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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Lois Rosen @ Barrel & Keg
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Salem poet and fiction writer Lois Rosen has published two poetry books, Nice and Loud (Tebot Bach) and Pigeons (Traprock Books). A founder of Salem’s Peregrine Writers, she leads the Trillium Writers and Willamette University’s I.C.L. Writers. Lois’ current novel-in-progress takes place in Italy, Portland, and Mint, Oregon.

Find us in the back room. Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. Our hosts, The Barrel & Keg, feature a wide variety of beverages and the food pod in the back has a rotating menu of options for dinner!

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Jayanthi Raman’s Dance of the Hummingbirds featuring Paulann Petersen @ Winningstad Theater inside Antoinette Hatfield Hall
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Jayanthi Raman’s Dance of the Hummingbirds

Dance of the Hummingbirds is a musical dance project based on the seed concept of Portland choreographer Jayanthi Raman. The production reflects human being’s struggles and challenges faced in life and how one draws upon inner strength to overcome them. The project brings together the arts in one cohesive performance, addressing the complexities of a global artistic environment, presenting a contemporary dialogue of poetry, images, music, and dance.

The production features newly commissioned poetry of Oregon poet laureate Paulann Petersen, new music score; images of painting; choreographed by Jayanthi Raman with team of live orchestra of musicians and local Indian dancers. Medley of musical instruments and musical styles, creative artwork as visual embellishment and Indian folk and classical dance genres showcase the choreography as a contemporary multi-disciplined artistic conversation.

The project builds upon the central concept of every artist’s experiences of struggling with challenges in a new world and creating opportunities for themselves and those around them. The project brings together the arts in one cohesive performance, addressing the complexities of a global artistic environment, presenting a contemporary dialogue of poetry, images, music, and dance. The production is a true depiction of creative collaboration bringing performing, literary and fine artists together on same platform. Live orchestra of exceptional musicians, poetry read by Paulann Petersen, visual artist Shashank Rao and a team of professional 8-10 dancers lead by danseuse Jayanthi Raman.

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Concept & dance choreography: Jayanthi Raman
Featuring 8-10 senior professional dancers from Jayanthi Raman Dance Company led by Jayanthi Raman and Live orchestra of musicians: vocalist, bamboo flute, mridangam and bass guitar
Original poetry by Oregon poet laureate Paulann Petersen
Original paintings by visual artist Shashank Rao

Funded in part by grant from James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.

Do not miss this performance- one evening only!

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Studio Series Poetry Reading and Open Mic @ Stonehenge Studios
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm

The Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic will feature Tricia Knoll and Amanda Turner at Stonehenge Studios, 3508 SW Corbett Avenue, Portland 97239 on October 8 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, the Studio Series is usually held monthly on second Sundays. For additional information, please contact Leah Stenson at leahstenson@comcast.net.
Tricia Knoll is an Oregon poet whose work leans toward eco-poetry and social justice. She has three collections in print. Urban Wild looks at human interactions with wildlife in urban habitat. Ocean’s Laughter collects poems written over 25 years of owning a vacation rental in Manzanita, Oregon and chronicles environmental change over time. Her newest book Broadfork Farm praises a small organic farm in Trout Lake, Washington where she farm-sits. See www.triciaknoll.com

Amanda Turner is the recipient of a 2015 Poetry Society of America National Chapbook Fellowship for Of Nectar, selected and introduced by A. Van Jordan. Her poems have appeared in Calyx, The Western Humanities Review, The Sycamore Review, COLUMBIA: A Journal of Literature and Art, Fourteen Hills, and other publications. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, she has taught poetry writing and composition & rhetoric at Santa Clara University and has been an assistant poetry editor for Poetry Northwest. She lives in Portland, OR with her husband and their seven-year-old daughter.

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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Vere McCarty @ Barrel & Keg
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Vere McCarty started songwriting as a teenager in the 60’s in the folk-song mode, and has continued off and on, branching out into other forms. He plays guitar and sings at home and occasionally goes out and sings, but the creation of a song is what Vere loves the best.

Find us in the back room. Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. Our hosts, The Barrel & Keg, feature a wide variety of beverages and the food pod in the back has a rotating menu of options for dinner!

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OPA Annual Conference 2017 @ University Place Hotel
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 15 @ 1:00 pm
We’ll meet at the University Place Hotel owned by Portland State University on the weekend of October 13-15.
Emmett Wheatfall headlines as keynote speaker.  The 2017 conference will feature multiple tracks of workshops, presentations, open mics and more! Browse the book room and bring books of your own to sell.
Call the hotel at 1-(503)221-0140 or 1-(866)845-4647 before September 12th to get the group rate: $84.00 for a deluxe single or double. That’s an unbeatable rate for Portland lodging! Advance deposit (or credit card guarantee) required. Be sure to mention the Oregon Poetry Association.
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great weather for MEDIA Submission Call @ great weather for MEDIA
Oct 15 @ 12:00 pm

great weather for MEDIA seeks poetry and genre-busting work for our annual print anthology. Our focus is on the fearless, the unpredictable, and experimental. Deadline: January 15 2018.

PORTLAND: Anyone’s Domain: A Writing Workshop by Paulann Petersen @ Central Library
Oct 15 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Free, but registration required!

Poetry is not the domain of just a few. It’s as natural and accessible as heartbeat and breath. Writing poetry requires nothing more than a love of words and a willingness to let your pen move across a page, following language wherever it takes you.

Join Paulann Petersen in a workshop devoted to generating new poems. Using innovative springboards that include notable poems, we’ll make an exhilarating plunge into language.

US Bank Room

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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Paulann Peterson @ Barrel & Keg
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita, has six full-length books of poetry, most recently Understory, from Lost Horse Press. The Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds chose a poem from her book The Voluptuary as the lyric for a choral composition that’s now part of the repertoire of the Choir at Trinity College Cambridge.

Find us in the back room. Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. Our hosts, The Barrel & Keg, feature a wide variety of beverages and the food pod in the back has a rotating menu of options for dinner!

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Peregrine Literary Series @ Lake Oswego Public Library
Oct 22 @ 3:00 pm

Local authors Sandra Mason and Joseph A. Soldati read from their latest publications [The Lighthouse Ghost at Yaquina Bay and Sacrifices, respectively].
Books available for purchase and signing.
Free and open to the public.
Donations of canned goods welcomed for the local Food Bank.
Hosted by OPA member, Joan Maiers

Chana Bloch, The Moon Is Almost Full: Book launch featuring Paulann Petersen @ Powell's on Hawthorne
Oct 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The Moon Is Almost Full, a last book of poems by Chana Bloch (1940-2017) is now out into the world, making its way into the hands of grateful readers.

And on October 22nd, at Powell’s on Hawthorne, I’ll be part of a tribute to Chana Bloch’s wonderful book. Andrea Hollander will host this event, and she’s invited Willa Schneberg and me to join her in reading poems from Bloch’s moving collection.

The author of six books of poetry (her poems appeared in prestigious spots such as Poetry, The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly), Bloch was also a distinguished translator, co-translating much of Yehuda Amichai’s poetry into English.

Here’s one of the poems from The Moon Is Almost Full. Maybe you’re already familiar with China Bloch’s poetry, maybe not. But “Pentimento” will surely convince you to join us at Powell’s if you possibly can.

Pentimento

This paint takes a while to dry.

It’s your canvas, your brush, and you

can still make a change.

Why not a window over there, instead of

an unmade bed?

 

Now open the window

to a painter’s sky, rack of cloud and all.

You could loft yourself up and away

on a puff of regret.

 

You’ve painted one failure after another

out of the picture

though the traces remain, the story

behind the story.

Your hand knows only what it likes

and it tells you. But the infrared knows

how many wrong moves you took

to make a life.

Chana Bloch

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chana_Bloch

Please join me that afternoon to honor Chana Bloch and her fine, fine work.

Sunday, October 22nd, 4 pm

Powell’s on Hawthorne

3723 SE Hawthorne Boulevard

Portland, 97214