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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.

Apr
19
Thu
2018
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Instituto de Cultura Oregoniana @ Barrel & Keg
Apr 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The mission of the Instituto de Cultura Oregoniana (ICO) is to promote the Spanish-speaking culture in the state of Oregon, as well as multilingualism as a source of common prosperity. We define Oregonianos, the people of Oregon who speak Spanish, by the use of the common language and not by our physical appearance. Spanish speakers in Oregon are a factor that generates wealth, and ensure historical preservation through linguistic and cultural inclusion. We believe that speaking more than one language is a reason for celebration, and share the Oregonian identity with all who wants to assume it. It’s an honor for ICO to present at the Salem Poetry Project the first generation of Poetas Oregonianos.

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
22
Sun
2018
Garden Poems at Gaiety Hollow @ Gaiety Hollow
Apr 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

A Poetry in Performance event of The Mid-Valley Poetry Society. Hosted by Lord & Schryver Conservancy at Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver’s historic garden and home. Admission Free. Open Garden. Donations appreciated. Light refreshments.

Garden Poems at Gaiety Hollow @ Gaiety Hollow
Apr 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Ten area poets–Ada Molinoff, Ariel, Carol Hottle, Colette Tennant, Cynthia Herron, Dina Triest, Eleanor Berry, Franca Hernandez, Jade Rosina McCutcheon, and Marilyn Johnston–read poems of gardens in the restored home of landscape architects Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver. During intermission the garden will be open for exploring.