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Mar
22
Thu
2018
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Carol Hottle @ Barrel & Keg
Mar 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Carol Hottle is a writer, editor, educator, and dancer and has lived in the Northwest for over 20 years. She teaches writing (including poetry) in colleges and universities and community settings. Her poetry has been published in Sing! Heavenly Muse, Farm and Ranch Living, and Highland County Journal. Her dance writing has appeared in Arterial.

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!

Mar
27
Tue
2018
Portland: Bill Siverly’s new book of poems: Nightfall, from Windfall Press @ Broadway Books
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Bill Siverly’s new book of poems: Nightfall, from Windfall Press

Release reading: Tuesday, March 27, 7:00 p.m. at Broadway Books

Bill Siverly’s new book, Nightfall is his sixth book of poetry.  Two thirds of Nightfall includes poems set in the Pacific Northwest, some from Idaho, where Bill grew up, and some from Oregon, where he presently lives. The remaining third consists of poems set in the German city of Görlitz and its environs, which extend into Poland.  In the spring and summer of 2016, Bill and Jutta Donath lived three months in Görlitz, the city where Jutta spent her early childhood. Bill’s poems reflect the complex history and present reality of life in that easternmost city in Germany.  The poems follow themes of personal aging reflecting decline in the American Empire and climate change. Yet, in the midst of such sober themes, the poems find hope in the poet’s garden, engaging with family, and learning to dwell on the earth.  Join Bill at Broadway Books for a serious and entertaining evening of Nightfall.

Broadway Books
1714 N.E. Broadway
Portland, Or 97232

Mar
28
Wed
2018
Portland: Poetry of Presence @ Broadway Books
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A WELCOME ANTIDOTE

Paulann Petersen writes:

Poetry of Presence is a new international anthology of mindfulness poems that includes work by three Portland poets: Annie Lighthart, Mary Gray, and me. Lucky us!

On Wednesday, March 28th, at 7 pm at Broadway Books, the three of us will give a reading from the anthology. Each of us will read her poem in Poetry of Presence, and a selection of other favorites from its pages.

I promise you an evening that will be a welcome antidote to the anger, dismay and despondency all too prevalent in our lives right now.

Mary Gray, Annie Lighthart, and Paulann Petersen

reading from Poetry of Presence, an Anthology of Mindfulness Poems

Wednesday, March 28th, beginning at 7 pm

Broadway Books

1714 NE Broadway, Portland 97232

Here’s some information about the book:

Including poems by renowned poets from many walks of life ( Yehuda Amichai, Margaret Atwood, Ellen Bass, Wendell Berry, Robert Bly, Billy Collins, Mahmoud Darwish, Tich Nhat Hanh, Joy Harjo, Miroslav Holub, Marie Howe, Erica Jong, Kabir, Ted Kooser, Howard Nemerov, Kathleen Norris, Mary Oliver, Rainer Maria Rilke, Rumi, May Sarton, William Stafford, Alice Walker, and many more) this refreshing collection is an antidote to the hurried, stressful lives so many of us lead.

“After reading just a poem or two in Poetry of Presence, I started quieting down, breathing easier. The poems had already begun to do their work. What a gift! This will be a book I will return to again and again to find the peaceful presence I need to face the day.”

—Megan Scribner, co-author of Teaching with Heart: Poetry that Speaks to the Courage to Teach

“Especially in times of challenge, I turn to poetry in my life, and in my work. Poetry expresses the ineffable…In my mindfulness teaching, poetry is always present and I look forward to using the poems in this beautiful collection on a regular basis.”

—Rabbi Jill Berkson Zimmerman, founder of the Jewish Mindfulness Network

Grace Cavalieri lists Poetry of Presence as the “Best Book of Mindfulness Poems” in her monthly poetry review column in Washington Independent Review. The book is featured on their November, 2017 Exemplars list.

Mar
29
Thu
2018
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Penina Taesali @ Barrel & Keg
Mar 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Writer, poet, educator, and cultural arts activist Penina Ava Taesali is the author of Sourcing Siapo, University of Hawaii, Ala Press 2016. Sourcing Siapo is a full-length book of poetry that courageously uncovers lost family stories. For nine years, Ms. Taesali worked as artistic director for the Oakland Asian Cultural Center (OACC), where she founded the Asian Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership, Talking Roots Art Collective, a youth arts education organization. During her time at OACC, Taesali also cofounded the Pacific Islander Kie Association, the first and only Pacific Island nonprofit in Oakland, which serves 70 families yearly. She was the cohost for Ohana Open Mike at Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland in the mid- to late-1990s and has been a featured poet for the KPFA FM Best Spoken Word Millennium Series. Ms. Taesali earned an MFA in writing from Mills College in 2012. Currently Ms. Taesali lives and writes in Salem, Oregon. Taesali latest work, a chapbook, Summons: Love Letters for the People will debut for the Salem Poetry Project on Thursday, March 29, 2018.

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!

Apr
3
Tue
2018
Springfield Poetry Reading Series @ Emerald Art Center
Apr 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This spring reading featuring Ana-Maurine Lara, John Martin, and Ellen Waterston, is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Lane Literary Guild and the Oregon Poetry Association.

Apr
5
Thu
2018
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Stinky Bagels Poetry Club @ Barrel & Keg
Apr 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Stinky Bagels Poetry Club is an anarchist society- or so the poets of Corban University would like to believe. The longest-running poetry club in our region, Stinky Bagels has existed for 23 years as a haven for the eccentric and the imaginative. Today’s students speak with an eclectic mix of voices, ushering a new generation of poetry into Salem’s literary community.

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!

Apr
7
Sat
2018
Ce Rosenow & Harriot West Poetry Reading & Open Mic @ Springfield Public Library
Apr 7 all-day

Oregon Poets Ce Rosenow & Harriot West will read from their work followed by an open mic. The community is invited to participate.

Apr
8
Sun
2018
Burnin’ Down the Barnes – McDowell & Marc @ Barnes & Nolble Bookstore
Apr 8 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This month’s featured authors are Joy McDowell & Shirley Marc, both on the board of the Oregon Poetry Association. (An open mic follows with 5 minutes per reader, more if time allows.) Please join us.

Apr
12
Thu
2018
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Moments Before Midnight Poets @ Barrel & Keg
Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Bob Hill Publishing, LLC is pleased to present Moments Before Midnight. This anthology contains the work of twenty-six Oregon poets responding to political and global climate changes. Several poets will read their poems after an introduction by Amalie Hill, one of the poets and an editor of the book. All net proceeds will be donated to the ACLU.

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!

Apr
15
Sun
2018
Spiritual Friends: The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy @ Multnomah County Central Library
Apr 15 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

In celebration of National Poetry Month, three Portland poets — John Brehm, Andrea Hollander and Paulann Petersen — will give a reading from The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy, edited by Brehm, and published by Wisdom Press.

The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy offers a wide-ranging collection of 129 ancient and modern poems unlike any other anthology on bookshelves today. It uniquely places Buddhist poets like Han Shan, Tu Fu, Saigyo, Ryokan, Basho, Issa and others alongside modern Western poets one would not expect to find in such a collection — poets like Wallace Stevens, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, Philip Larkin, Frank O’Hara, Denise Levertov, Yusef Komunyakaa, Billy Collins and more. What these poems have in common, no matter whether they are explicitly Buddhist, is that all reflect the essential truths the Buddha articulated 2,500 years ago.