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Salem Poetry Project Featuring “In a Station of the Metro” 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring “In a Station of the Metro” @ Barrel & Keg
Jan 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
On this special night we will discuss “In a Station of the Metro” by Ezra Pound. The poem is two lines long and filled with possibilities. This evening will be led by Steve Slemenda. Slemenda retired from a 25-year career … Continue reading
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Jim Merrill 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Jim Merrill @ Barrel & Keg
Jan 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jim Merrill marks his life by what he can remember: playing in the foothills of East Bay- S.F. area, 1950’s; drums in the garage early 60’s. Teenager going to San Francisco and Berkeley staring at hippies and record album covers; … Continue reading
Durable Goods reading, four poets and book’s author. 7:00 pm
Durable Goods reading, four poets and book’s author. @ The Book Bin
Jan 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Paulann Petersen, Clem Starck, Lex Runciman, and Barbara Drake will read in the context of Durable Goods: Appreciations of Oregon Poets by Erik Muller, who will lead a discussion following the reading.Like this:Like Loading...
William Stafford, A Light in Dark Times: Poems of Peace and Affirmation 2:30 pm
William Stafford, A Light in Dark Times: Poems of Peace and Affirmation @ Mt. Angel Abbey Bookstore and Coffee Shop
Jan 13 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
This year’s annual event will focus on William Stafford’s writings to sustain the spirit in a time of great challenges tot he human condition. The program will include poems, prose selections, and a short video. Open mic: the audience will … Continue reading
Ralph Salisbury Memorial Celebration 3:00 pm
Ralph Salisbury Memorial Celebration @ Gerlinger Alumni Lounge (Gerlinger Hall)
Jan 14 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Please join us in as we celebrate the life of Ralph Salisbury ? poet, writer, editor, professor emeritus, and beloved friend ? from 3:00-6:00 pm, Sunday, January 14, 2018, in the Gerlinger Alumni Lounge (Gerlinger Hall) on the University of … Continue reading
Reading with Frances Payne Adler, author of Making of a Matriot 7:00 pm
Reading with Frances Payne Adler, author of Making of a Matriot @ Broadway Books
Jan 16 @ 7:00 pm
In The Making of a Matriot, author Frances Payne Adler demonstrates—through poetry and prose—the need for a new conception of national defense through peaceful means, and provides a glimpse of the possibilities. Definition: Matriot, noun. 1. One who loves his … Continue reading
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Chris Cottrell 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Chris Cottrell @ Barrel & Keg
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Chris Cottrell dragged himself from the Pacific Ocean, where he was raised, and settled in Oregon, where he spends time thinking about octopus, painting small things, writing poems, and teaching. Find us in the back room. Featured reader begins at … Continue reading
Peregrine Literary Series 3:00 pm
Peregrine Literary Series @ Stickmen Brewery
Jan 21 @ 3:00 pm
CELEBRATE THE WRITTEN LEGACY OF WILLIAM STAFFORD Bring a favorite poem written by or about Wiliam Stafford to share during the open mike portion of the program. Featured readers include David Ruteizer and Joan Maiers. Hosted by Joan Maiers. Free … Continue reading
Prompt Writing Workshop by Write Around Portland 6:30 pm
Prompt Writing Workshop by Write Around Portland @ Powell’s City of Books
Jan 24 @ 6:30 pm – Mar 28 @ 8:30 pm
Start 2018 off with a resolution to write! Write Around Portland offers a unique generative workshop called Prompt designed for writers and aspiring writers in the greater Portland area who want to participate in a Write Around workshop and support … Continue reading
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Amalie Hill 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Amalie Hill @ Barrel & Keg
Jan 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Amalie Rush Hill has lived in or near Salem for 44 years. Now residing in rural Marion County with her multi-generational family, she finds her poetry, short stories and essays inspired by the surrounding natural beauty. Since finishing her four-book … Continue reading
DEADLINE Jan. 31, 2018: The Poeming Pigeon “In the News” Issue 12:00 am
DEADLINE Jan. 31, 2018: The Poeming Pigeon “In the News” Issue @ The Poetry Box
Jan 31 @ 12:00 am
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Conversations With Writers @ Reedville Presbyterian Church
Jun 26 @ 7:00 pm

Caroline Allen: The Art of Storytelling: What is your Personal Mythology?
How to excavate the pivotal stories of our lives to write memoir and novels.

Caroline Allen worked as a newsroom journalist in Tokyo and London and a travel writer throughout S.E. Asia for more than a decade. She is now an award-winning novelist – her first two novels, Earth and Air, won the Independent Publishers’ award. The novels are part of The Elemental Journey series: One protagonist comes of age over five books in a world rocked by climate change and increasing instability. Read more at . Caroline is also a book coach, helping clients all over the world write memoir, novels, short stories and screenplays. .

Her presentation will include interactive storytelling activities.

Conversations With Writers invites authors to read and tell us about their work and their writing methods. Not just a reading, but an event for audience members to interact and ask questions about word choices, styles, or the writer’s development of his / her art. It’s an informal atmosphere to help us all better understand the craft of writing. For more information, visit:

SPRINGFIELD: OPA Sponsors Oregon Conversation Project with Jason Graham @ Library Meeting Room at Springfield City Hall
Jun 28 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

“Creativity, Vulnerability and Art:” A Conversation Project event with poet and Rise Up International art ambassador Jason Graham (Mosley Wotta)

Does art build a better world? In the first adult summer reading event at Springfield Public Library, discuss what we risk when we lay ourselves open through music, painting, or any other art form. What might we give up and what might we gain when we set out to craft something beautiful or provocative or expressive that the world did not previously hold? Hosted by Springfield Public Library, this program is sponsored by Oregon Humanities and the Oregon Poetry Association and facilitated by Jason Graham, an Oregon-based artist and educator and the former slam poetry champion for the state of Oregon.

Jason Graham is a Chicago-born, Oregon-based artist and educator. He is a former slam poetry champion for the state of Oregon and is currently an art ambassador for Rise Up International in association with the US Department of State. He has been featured multiple times as a TEDx speaker and performer. His CV includes Sundance Film Festival, Fiji International Jazz & Blues Festival, Women’s Muse Conference, MAGIC trade show Las Vegas, Street Con Dubai, Valley Fiesta Australia, and Oregon Art Beat, and he has shared stages with the likes of Ice Cube, Ghostface Killah, Saul Williams, and Talib Kweli, among many others. Most recently he worked as a journalist in Nauru for Vice magazine.

2017 NFSPS Convention @ Fort Worth, TX
Jun 29 – Jul 2 all-day

Enjoy Poetry and Sunshine at the 2017 NFSPS Convention

The 2017 National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS) Convention will be held June 29 – July 2 in Fort Worth, Texas. Hosted by the Poetry Society of Texas at the historic Hilton Fort Worth, the Convention offers an opportunity to explore “The Art and Soul of Poetry” and enjoy nearby sites, shops, and restaurant. Conferees arriving Wednesday may opt to visit Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest honky-tonk or attend the open mic. Thursday options include a morning trip to the stockyards to see the longhorn cattle drive, peruse the shops, and enjoy lunch, and/or a visit to the Arts District in the afternoon. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be packed with programs, meetings, workshops, readings, and other activities. Speakers include Urania Fung, Anne McCrady, Pat Stodghill, Nathan Brown, Karla Morton, Beth and Mark Ayers, Scott Wiggerman, Diane Glancy, and Carmet Tafolla. For more information, see

Only 2017 NFSPS Convention attendees may enter the 2017 NFSPS Convention Contest, with cash prizes and a winners reading at the convention. The deadline is March 15. Contest details may be found on the second page of the convention flyer:

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Poetry Exchange Event @ Barrel & Keg
Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This day’s featured reader is YOU AND SOMEONE ELSE. Bring a poem to share, there will be an extra sign-up sheet. Before the reading begins everyone who signed up for the poetry exchange will hand their poem to someone else on the list. Your poem will be read by that other person, it will give you an excellent perspective one how others read your work. The regular infamous open mic will directly follow.

Find us in the back room. Featured reader/event 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!

Jun 30 @ 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm


In 1842 the first Oregon City Library opened. For 175 years, a library has been the hub of community life in Oregon City. For one hundred and seventy five years!

The newly expanded Oregon City Library is a testament to this long history: combining the modern with the historical, the new structure added to the classic Oregon City Carnegie Library gives the library 21,000 square feet of space to serve patrons.

Let’s celebrate this community icon and the role of public libraries in our lives!

On Sunday, July 30th, Cindy Williams Gutierrez and I will give a free writing workshop at the Oregon City Library. We’ll ask participants to generate new writing (poems or prose) about their experiences with libraries, with treasured books, with the magic process of reading.

After the afternoon workshop, we’ll have a light dinner together, and then give a program that will feature participants reading from what they created in the workshop. The public will be invited to the reading.

a generative workshop
given by Paulann Petersen and Cindy Williams Gutierrez
Oregon City Library, 606 John Adams Street, Oregon City 97045

1 to 5 pm: Workshop
5 to 6:30 pm: Dinner together
6:30 pm: Reading (open to the public)

Each workshop participant is asked to
1) bring a sack dinner (the library has a large refrigerator to hold these during the afternoon),
2) bring a notebook or journal, preferably a large one (not diary size), because participants will write copiously, and that’s not easy with a small journal or notebook, and
3) encourage family and friends to attend the 6:30 reading.

Please register for the workshop by calling the library at 503-657-8269 ext. 1017.

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Jeff Stone @ Barrel & Keg
Jul 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Who’s there or anywhere, I know I’m here.
Young at heart and old school with my music at times, I embrace art wherever I find myself more then less. Poetry being one of my favorite canvases I write about abstract love or just rhyme to pass the time.

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!

GRANTS PASS: OPA Sponsors Oregon Conversation Project with Jason Graham @ Josephine Community Library
Jul 7 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

“Creativity, Vulnerability and Art,” a Conversation Project Event with Jason Graham (Mosley Wotta)

PORTLAND: Durable Goods, Appreciations of Oregon Poets @ Powell's on Hawthorne
Jul 9 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The wonderful Erik Muller has written, and the wonderful Ce Rosenow (Mountains and River Press) has published Durable Goods, Appreciations of Oregon Poets, a volume containing Erik’s essays about and poetry folios by six Oregon poets: Richard Dankleff, Barbara Drake, Kenneth O. Hanson, Clemens Starck, Lex Runciman, and Paulann Petersen.



On Sunday, July 9th, starting at 4 pm, Powell’s on Hawthorne will host a Portland launch for this collection. Eric will talk a bit about the book, and introduce Barbara, Clem, Lex, and Paulann. We’ll each give short readings from the poems Erik included in the Durable Goods portfolios.


Please join us at Powell’s to celebrate Erik’s remarkable accomplishment. Durable Goods is the only contemporary book of its kind dedicated solely to Oregon poets!


Portland launch for

Durable Goods, Appreciations of Oregon Poets

presented by its author, Erik Muller

with readings by four of the featured poets

Barbara Drake

Clemens Starck

Lex Runciman

Paulann Petersen


beginning at 4 pm

Powell’s on Hawthorne

3723 SE Hawthorne

Portland 97214

Studio Series Poetry Reading and Open Mic @ Stonehenge Studios
Jul 9 @ 7:00 pm

The Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic will feature Amy MacLennan and Catherine McGuire on July 9 at Stonehenge Studios, 3508 SW Corbett Avenue, Portland 97239 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, the Studio Series is held monthly on second Sundays. For additional information, please contact Leah Stenson at
Amy MacLennan’s work has been published in Cimarron Review, Cloudbank, Folio, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Linebreak, Naugatuck River Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Pearl Magazine, Pirene’s Fountain, Poet’s Market, River Styx, South Dakota Review, Spillway, The Oregonian, The Pedestal Magazine, Windfall, and Wisconsin Review. She is the Managing Editor of The Cortland Review and a poetry editor for Bone Bouquet. She has published two chapbooks: Weathering (Uttered Chaos Press, 2012), and The Fragile Day (Spire Press, 2011). She has been featured on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor and on Verse Daily. Her first full-length collection, The Body, A Tree, was published by MoonPath Press in 2016, and was a runner-up for the Poetry Society of Virginia Book Award.

Catherine McGuire is a writer and artist with a deep concern for our planet’s future. She has three decades of published poetry, four poetry chapbooks and a full-length poetry book, Elegy for the 21st Century (FutureCycle Press). A deindustrial science fiction novel Lifeline was just released by Founders House Publishing. Find her at

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Christopher Keaveney @ Barrel & Keg
Jul 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Christopher T. Keaveney teaches Japanese language and East Asian culture at Linfield College. His poetry has appeared or in Columbia Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Stolen Island, Faultline, and elsewhere, and he is the author of the collection Your Eureka not Mined (Broadstone Books, 2017).

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!