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Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest Open for Submissions 12:00 am
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 … Continue reading
Salem Poetry Project Featuring David Hargreaves 7:00 pm
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 … Continue reading
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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Phil McCorkle 7:00 pm
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 … Continue reading
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Studio Series Poetry Reading and Open Mic 7:00 pm
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 … Continue reading
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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Tim Pfau 7:00 pm
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 … Continue reading
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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Dawn Diaz Willis 7:00 pm
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 … Continue reading
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Conversations With Writers 7:00 pm
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 … Continue reading
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SPRINGFIELD: OPA Sponsors Oregon Conversation Project with Jason Graham 4:30 pm
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 … Continue reading
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2017 NFSPS Convention
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 … Continue reading
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Poetry Exchange Event 7:00 pm
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 … Continue reading
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OREGON CITY: THE LIBRARIES LIGHTING OUR LIVES 1:00 pm
OREGON CITY: THE LIBRARIES LIGHTING OUR LIVES @ Oregon City Library
Jun 30 @ 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
CELEBRATE AN ICONIC OREGON LIBRARY 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 … Continue reading

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Call for Poems: Step Into Poetry (Deadline May 5, 2017) @ City of Eugene
May 5 @ 12:00 am

Wordcrafters seeks short writing from local writers, reflecting on life in Eugene–-past, present, or future! All writers are welcome–published, unpublished, professional, amateur, any age. Selected poetry will be featured in the new generation of Step Into Poetry, a series exhibited in the stairwells of downtown Eugene parking garages.

Submitted poems must celebrate or reflect on life in the Eugene area, and must be no longer than 150 words and/or 20 lines. For more information, visit wordcraftersineugene.org/stepinto

Deadline: May 5, 2017

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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Martin Doerfler @ Barrel & Keg
May 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Martin Doerfler: Native Oregonian and a tad too smug about it. Born in Silverton, grew up (?) in Alfalfa on the desert east of Bend. Retired radio guy. Should be retired motorcycle racer. Inspired by the Beats. In awe of Bob Dylan. Writes a monthly poem about old cars, old men or both for the Northwest Vintage Car and Motorcycle Museum newsletter. Will read poems about young women, old whiskey or both.

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!

The Barrel & Keg is located at 1190 Broadway Street N.E. Salem, near the intersection of Market and Broadway.
http://www.barrelandkeg.com/

We will have the area in back reserved. Just park in back or across the street and walk through the front door.

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Big Wave Poetry Fest @ Florence Events Center
May 12 all-day

Spoken Word Poetry Contest. Cash prizes: 1st-$500, 2nd- $250, Best in category: Humor ($100), Nature ($100), Personal Reflections ($100), and Social Commentary ($100)
$15 entry fee. Limit- 30 poets. Sign up at www.fraaoregon.org under Big Wave Poetry Fest.

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Studio Series Poetry Reading and Open Mic @ Stonehenge Studios
May 14 @ 7:00 pm

The Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic will feature Kristin Berger and Kristin Roedell on May 14 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.
Kristin Berger is the author of the poetry collection How Light Reaches Us (Aldrich Press, 2016), and a poetry chapbook, For the Willing (Finishing Line Press, 2008), and co-edited VoiceCatcher 6: Portland/Vancouver Area Women Writers and Artists (2011). Her long prose-poem, Changing Woman & Changing Man: A High Desert Myth, was a finalist for the 2016 Newfound Prose Prize. Kristin is the recipient of writer residencies from Playa at Summer Lake, Oregon, and from OSU’s Spring Creek Project. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she hosts a reading series at the Lents Farmer’s Market.
Kristin Roedell graduated from Whitman College (B.A. English 1984) and the University of Washington Law School (J.D. 1987). She practiced law in Washington for over a decade, and is now retired. Her poetry has appeared in over sixty journals and anthologies, including The Journal of the American Medical Association, Switched on Gutenberg, Ginosko, CHEST, and Crab Creek Review. She is the author of Girls with Gardenias (2012, Flutter Press) and Downriver (2015 Aldrich Press), She has been twice nominated for Best of the Web and once for the Pushcart Prize. She was the 2013 winner of NISA’s 11th Annual Brainstorm Poetry Contest and a finalist in the 2013 Crab Creek Review Poetry Contest. Her full length manuscript Down River was a finalist in the Quercus Review Press poetry prize. She lives in Winlock, Washington with her husband and daughter.

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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Efrain Diaz Horna @ Barrel & Keg
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Efrain Diaz-Horna, a Peruvian by birth, has been writing poetry, painting and drawing since his childhood days. His poetry has been published in Expreso, The Oregonian, The Hispanic News, The National Catholic Reporter, and several newsletters. He is the author of the following poetry books The Many Faces of Love (1983), Aire, agua y cenizas (2011), Cuatro poemas (2011), The Anvil of God (2011), and the Life of Oceans (2014). Efrain has been a member of the Oregon Council for the Humanities, The Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Oregon United Nations Association, the Silverton Poetry Association, the Oregon Poetry Association, the Instituto de Cultura Oregoniana, and has chaired the Oregon Hispanic Commission.

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!

The Barrel & Keg is located at 1190 Broadway Street N.E. Salem, near the intersection of Market and Broadway.
http://www.barrelandkeg.com/

We will have the area in back reserved. Just park in back or across the street and walk through the front door.

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Call for Poems: Current Political Situation @ Bob Hill Publishing
May 20 all-day

We are calling for Oregon poets to submit their work to Bob Hill
Publishing, Inc. for be considered for inclusion in a collection of poetry.
All profits after publisher’s expenses are met, will be donated to benefit
the work of the ACLU.
The subject will be your reaction to the current political climate, bigotry,
climate change or other recent events that impact people in general, and
Oregonians in particular.
Please keep your poem under three pages. Please be careful about your
language, as we prefer that you not use x-rated words. While we honor
your right of free speech, be aware that any profanity used must be
necessary to the message of the poem. Otherwise, we will look for your
passion and concern. Number the pages and put your name on every
page. Poems must be typed, single-spaced is fine. One poem per page,
one column per page. Use a 12-point font New Times Roman or
Helvetica, no fancy fonts, please.
This will be a print volume available at independent bookstores in OR. If
your poem is included in the volume, you will receive a complimentary
copy of the book.
Your poem will considered on its merits by a team of judges, chosen by
the publisher.
We look forward to receiving your poetry. All work will be considered.
Deadline: May 20, 2017
Send your poems to
Bob Hill Publishing, Inc.
pathwaysbh@gmail.com

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Peregrine Literary Series @ Lake Oswego Library
May 21 @ 3:00 pm

Poetry and Pulp Non-fiction:
John Sibley Williams reads from his latest volume, Disinheritance.
Robert Bresky presents his book about local paper mills.
Books available for purchase and signing.

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Conversations With Writers @ Reedville Presbyterian Church
May 22 @ 7:00 pm

Tim Whitsel, who lives near Springfield, Oregon, is a man of many interests – passionate about western rivers, gardening, jazz, bicycling, wine, and words. For six years he directed Windfall, a monthly reading series at the Eugene Public Library. He won first prize at the 2013 Northwest Poets’ Concord. In 2014, he was honored with an artist’s residency at PLAYA. Tim’s first collection, We Say Ourselves, was published in 2012. Tim has worked as a landscaper, commercial clam-digger, microfilm technician, furniture and appliance salesman, ESL teacher, repo-man, bill collector, equity trader, and stay-at-home dad.

Wish Meal, published last year by Arlie Press, charts one man’s evolution from El Dorado pilgrim and prodigal son to a stay-at-home father, moving from his Indiana boyhood to the family he makes in the Pacific Northwest. He journeys between the burden of an heirloom faith and the transcendence of Oregon rivers and skies. The WISH of belonging becomes Whitsel’s grist, his MEAL, subject to blemish and ferment.

Tim has chosen for his theme: “Nobody ever likes my poems the first time through.”

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

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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Franca Hernandez @ Barrel & Keg
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Franca Hernandez is a photographer, non-fiction, fiction writer, and poet. As a freelance journalism writer, she published articles in Northwest Senior and Boomer News, Oregon Coast magazine, Women’s Journal, Cascades Horseman, Active Northwest, Capital Press, Statesman-Journal, one piece on-line at Medicinal Food News. She completed her first novel set in 10th Century Venice and the Silk Road.

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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Clackamas Literary Review 20th Anniversary Issue Launch @ End of the Oregon Trail Museum
May 30 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Clackamas Literary Review 20th Anniversary Issue Launch

End of the Oregon Trail Museum

beginning at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30)

1726 Washington Street

Oregon City, OR

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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.