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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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Call for poems — Beer, Wine, & Spirits Anthology (Deadline May 31, 2017) @ World Enough Writers Beer, Wine, & Spirits Anthology
May 31 all-day

Beer, Wine, & Spirits Poetry Anthology edited by James Bertolino to be published by World Enough Writers. See website for details. http://worldenoughwriters.com/BeerWineAndSpirits.htm (Deadline May 31, 2017)

Willawaw Journal Call for Submissions–Deadline May 31, 2017 @ Willawawjournal.com, an online journal of poetry and art
May 31 @ 12:00 am

We launch our first issue at the end of June with a poem prompt from Peter Sears (on the site) to inspire you and with a focus on poets and artists under twenty and over seventy. However, all submissions are welcome! Please go to the site for more details.

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Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest Open for Submissions
Jun 1 @ 12:00 am

Dear Friend of the Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest, in partnership with the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, MN:

Just a brief note—although I know some of you are already aware from internet or other sources—our Sonnet Contest for 2017 is now receiving entries, with a deadline for sonnet submissions by June 1st.

Rules and Guidelines for the 2017 Contest have been updated, with COMPLETE CONTEST INFORMATION to be found at sonnetcontest.org. In brief, over $2,000 in prizes are offered, with a $5.00 entry fee for up to 3 sonnets.

Submissions should be made through our on-line process, with payment option by PayPal or check. If this process presents a hardship, please email entries@sonnetcontest.org for instructions for entering by mail.

To encourage participation, new this year there is no fee for entrants in the 17 and Under category. Last year’s contest was hugely successful and in 2017 we anticipate even greater participation!

We look forward to receiving your entries this year as well, and Good Fortune in your sonnet writing.

Ted Haaland, Director

Salem Poetry Project Featuring David Hargreaves @ Barrel & Keg
Jun 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

David Hargreaves is a poet/linguist whose work appears in a range of publications including Hubbub, Passages North, Poets/Artists, Modern Poetry Quarterly Review, Pacifica Literary Review, Newah Vijñana, and The Art of Angling. His translation, The Blossoms of Sixty-Four Sunsets, poems by Nepal Bhasa poet, Durga Lal Shrestha, appeared in 2014.

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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MILWAUKIE: First Friday Reading and Open Mic @ St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Milwaukie Poetry Series First Friday Featured Readers:

OPA members including Tiel Ansari, David Hedges, A. Molotkov, Jennifer Dorner

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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Phil McCorkle @ Barrel & Keg
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Phil McCorkle has been a writer much of his life. Most recently published in a Statesman Journal column over the course of two years, he has also written and edited more than a dozen newsletters related to his work, written freelance articles for Flyfishing Magazine, and worked for a year as the assistant outdoor sportswriter for the Statesman. As a fundraiser for nonprofit organizations, he has frequently written grants and appeal letters during his 30-year career. Only recently, as a creative outlet, has he begun writing poetry. His poems frequently focus on the outdoors and nature and the lessons there that can cast light on aspects of life and current events. He lives in Salem with his wife, Kathi, and dog, Mick.

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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Studio Series Poetry Reading and Open Mic @ Stonehenge Studios
Jun 11 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic will feature Judy Rowe Michaels and Elizabeth Woody on June 11 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 leahstenson@comcast.net.
Dr. Judy Rowe Michaels, a poet for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and for over twenty years poet-in-residence at Princeton Day School, has published three poetry collections—The Forest of Wild Hands (University Press of Florida), Reviewing the Skull (WordTech Editions), and the chapbook Ghost Notes (Finishing Line Press)—and three books on teaching creative writing, most recently Catching Tigers in Red Weather (National Council of Teachers of English Press). She gives presentations and workshops in poetry around the country. A MacDowell Colony Fellow, Michaels has also held two poetry fellowships from the State Arts Council of New Jersey, received two Pushcart Prize nominations, and in 2015 won the New Jersey Poets Prize. She is a founding member of the poetry critique and performance group, Cool Women. A six-time cancer survivor, she gives talks on ovarian cancer for Survivors Teaching Students, a program in over one hundred medical schools throughout the country. She lives on a ridge in the Sourland Mountains of New Jersey and spends three months at her family cabin in Maine.

Elizabeth Woody is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon, of Yakama Nation descent, and is “born for” the Tódích’íinii (Bitter Water clan) of the Navajo Nation. Her paternal grandfather’s clan is Mą’ii deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass – Jemez clan). She received the American Book Award in 1990, and the William Stafford Memorial Award for Poetry and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards in 1995. Elizabeth has published three books of poetry. She also writes short fiction, essays, and is a visual artist.

She earned a Master of Public Administration degree through the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government’s Executive Leadership Institute of Portland State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from The Evergreen State College and studied Creative Writing and Two-Dimensional Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She has taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts and at Portland State University. Elizabeth is alumna of the first Kellogg Foundation’s Fellowship through AIO’s Ambassadors program. She leads writing workshops, lectures and has served on multidisciplinary art fellowship jury panels for several foundations and arts organizations nationally. Elizabeth Woody is presently on the Board of Directors of Soapstone: Celebrating Women Writers, and Willamette University Advisory Council for Native Programs located in Salem, Oregon.

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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Tim Pfau @ Barrel & Keg
Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Tim Pfau is a retired EMT, Auditor and Union Organizer who now watches grandchildren and tells stories in Salem, Oregon. A former Board Member of the Oregon Poetry Association, his poems have appeared in journals, newspapers, anthologies, radio and mixed-media shows. “Salem” means “peace” and sometimes, it is so.

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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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Dawn Diaz Willis @ Barrel & Keg
Jun 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Dawn Diez Willis holds an MFA from U of O. Her work has appeared in Iowa Review, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. Her collaborative visual art & poetry book with artist Ann Kresge is forthcoming. Dawn’s book, Still Life with Judas & Lightning, was a 2015 finalist for the Oregon Book Award.

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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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 www.carolineallen.com . Caroline is also a book coach, helping clients all over the world write memoir, novels, short stories and screenplays. www.artofstorytellingonline.com .

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: cwwor.weebly.com