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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
Milwaukie Poetry Series Open Mic Reading 7:00 pm
Milwaukie Poetry Series Open Mic Reading @ Ledding Library Pond House
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Celebrating Eleven Years of Enriching Milwaukie: One Poem at a Time           The Milwaukie Poetry Series is proud and grateful to open its eleventh year of bringing people together through poetry! Join us at our November 1st Open Mic reading and share your poems … Continue reading
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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Arturo Sarmiento 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Arturo Sarmiento @ Barrel & Keg
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Arturo Sarmiento was born in Mexico City. In college he majored in humanities at the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana. Sarmiento was recognized by the Mexican Young Poets Contest sponsored by Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. He has also … Continue reading
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REMINDER: Chaparral Poetry Form Contest – Postmark Deadline Dec. 1, 2017 12:00 am
REMINDER: Chaparral Poetry Form Contest – Postmark Deadline Dec. 1, 2017 @ Awards Presentation
Nov 6 @ 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
Nov 6 @ 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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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Jean Dick 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Jean Dick @ Barrel & Keg
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jean Dick’s work has been featured in several small poetry collections. In June of 2017, she published her first poetry book, entitled “Of Sea and Sky”. Jean, along with several others, promotes the Corvallis Poetics group and has been the … Continue reading
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great weather for MEDIA Reading
great weather for MEDIA Reading @ Another Read Through
Nov 10 all-day
Celebrate the publication of great weather for MEDIA’s latest poetry and prose anthology, “The Other Side of Violet.” This is a terrific opportunity to meet friendly indie press editors looking for new voices. Featuring contributors and special guests Sossity Chiricuzio, … Continue reading
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2017 STEVENS POETRY MANUSCRIPT COMPETITION
2017 STEVENS POETRY MANUSCRIPT COMPETITION
Nov 15 all-day
2017 STEVENS POETRY MANUSCRIPT COMPETITION Awarding $1000 + Publication + 50 Books MANUSCRIPT GUIDELINES  • Except for previous Stevens winners, open to all poets writing in English. • The manuscript must be the original work by a single author. • … Continue reading
Poetry Reading at Pegasus Gallery, Corvallis 6:30 pm
Poetry Reading at Pegasus Gallery, Corvallis @ Pegasus Gallery
Nov 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Five festive poets will read from the anthology, The Absence of Something Specified, as well as from additional work. This includes Laura LeHew, Rachel Barton, Merridawn Duckler, Judith Edelstein, and Keli Osborn. Come mingle, enjoy the art, and listen to … Continue reading
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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Jon Boisvert 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Jon Boisvert @ Barrel & Keg
Nov 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jon Boisvert was born in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, and now lives in Oregon. He studied poetry at Oregon State University and the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland. You can sometimes see new writing and art at www.jonboisvert.com. BORN is his … Continue reading
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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
Nov 19 @ 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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Conversations With Writers 7:00 pm
Conversations With Writers @ Reedville Presbyterian Church
Nov 27 @ 7:00 pm
We live in a world of restaurants, stores, and long-distance travel…and yet, we ignore the power of place, and how it shapes us. This has become a psychological and, increasingly, physical peril. In life and in writing, we need to … Continue reading
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James Wright: A Life in Poetry 7:00 pm
James Wright: A Life in Poetry @ Mother Foucault's
Nov 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
James Wright: A Life in Poetry, the much-anticipated biography by Jonathan Blunk will be released by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux this week. Blunk will be at Mother Foucault’s, 523 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214, on Tuesday, November 28th @ 7pm to read … Continue reading
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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Sarah Katreen Hoggatt 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Sarah Katreen Hoggatt @ Barrel & Keg
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sarah Katreen Hoggatt is the author of several books and numerous articles. She is a writer, spiritual director, speaker, and book designer with a passion for exploring the deeper rhythms of life. Sarah lives in Salem, Oregon where she loves … Continue reading

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The Last Friday Poetry Group, with John Sibley Williams @ The Book Bin
Jul 28 @ 7:00 pm

The Last Friday Poetry Group is a monthly reading series hosted by The Book Bin, Salem’s largest independent bookstore. It includes an open mic and one featured reader.
This month’s featured reader is John Sibley Williams.

John Sibley Williams is the author of nine poetry collections, most recently Disinheritance. He has been nominated seven times for a Pushcart Award, and has won various other awards including the Philip Booth Poetry Prize and the American Literary Review Poetry Contest. Currently John works as Marketing Director of Inkwater Press and as a freelance literary agent and publicist, representing poets and writers of fiction and nonfiction. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Conversations With Writers @ Reedville Presbyterian Church
Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm

David Oates: On Writing in a Dark Time: Getting Past the Rant
Monday, July 31, 7:00 PM at Reedville Presbyterian Church community hall (2785 S.W. 209th Ave.)

Since 1989, David Oates has published several books, including City Limits: Walking Portland’s Boundary, Earth Rising: Ecological Belief in an Age of Science, Paradise Wild: Reimagining American Nature, and Peace in Exile: Poems. His The Heron Place won the Swan Scythe Press Award for 2015. In addition, his work has been published in anthologies and numerous journals.

He will lead a discussion on Writing in a Dark Time. As he says, “We find ourselves at a moment of historical darkness, as forces of reaction and hatred take over our politics and national identity.” He asks how we will face the question of darkness together; how we can forge a creative bond; and most important, find our true, loving, creative voice under these conditions?

Not just a reading, but an event for audience members to interact and ask questions. For more information, visit: cwwor.weebly.com

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Willawaw Journal Winter 2017 – Call for Submissions (Deadline 11/19/2017) @ Willawawjournal.com, an online journal of poetry and art
Aug 3 @ 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. 19th. http://willawawjournal.com/call-for-submissions/

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Larry Anderson @ Barrel & Keg
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Larry Anderson was a college professor for 40 years. Upon retirement in 2002, he and his wife Christine (retired mental health professional) settled in Molalla to be close to family. Ten years ago he became interested in poetry and joined The Friends of William Stafford, The Molalla Writers Group and The Silverton Poetry Association. He has taken numerous workshops, has been tutored by Paulann Petersen and Cindy Stewart-Renier, published several papers in poetry related publications including an Anthology and his own Chapbook , Earthquakes. He has been very active in open mics including many in Silverton. Larry was a student of William Stafford in 1961-1962, and his favorite Stafford Poem is Lit Instructor, a copy of which he kept on his office desk for over 20 years.

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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Willawaw Journal Winter 2017 – Call for Submissions (Deadline 11/19/2017) @ Willawawjournal.com, an online journal of poetry and art
Aug 7 @ 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. 19th. http://willawawjournal.com/call-for-submissions/

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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Conception Samano @ Barrel & Keg
Aug 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Concepción Sámano is a Mexican female poet who was born in Jaral del Progreso, Guanajuato, Central Mexico. She graduated from the University of Guanajuato with a degree in Philosophy, and has been working as Cultural Promoter. Concepcion has published two collections of her poetry: Los Dias de Luz Amarilla (The Days of Yellow Light) and El Cuerpo que me Lleva (The body that is bringing me). She collaborates with different magazines publishing articles and poems.

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
Aug 13 @ 7:00 pm

The Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic will feature Tiffany Burba, Christopher Luna and Toni Partington on August 13 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.
Tiffany Burba is a poet and photographer living in Vancouver Washington. Her journey to poetry came during a painful relationship when she used her words to help heal her from heartbreak. As a writer Tiffany has been published in Ghost Town Anthology, vol. 2 (Printed Matter Vancouver, 2014), Poeming Pigeon’s “Doobie or Not Doobie” and “Poems about Music.” Tiffany just released her first full length book of poetry Meet Me Where I Left You (Printed Matter Vancouver).

Christopher Luna has served as poet laureate of Clark County, WA since 2013. He is the first person in Clark County to have held that position. He is the founder of Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, which he hosts with his wife, Toni Partington. Christopher and Toni founded Printed Matter Vancouver, a small press which also provides manuscript review, editing, and writing coaching services. Upcoming publications include Not My President, The Other Side of Violet, and Ghost Town, USA, a full-length revised and expanded edition of his 2008 chapbook of poems and observations about Vancouver, WA.

Toni Partington is a poet, editor, publisher and visual artist living in Vancouver, WA. Her career has included social work, college teaching and administration, grant writing, life and career coaching, and nonprofit consulting. These experiences have produced the fodder for most of her writing. She is the author of two books of poetry: Jesus Is A Gas and Wind Wing. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals including VoiceCatcher (editions 3 and 4), OutwardLink.net, and Perceptions. She was co-editor for the final print edition of VoiceCatcher in 2012 and the co-founder of Printed Matter Vancouver, an editing service and small press that publishes the poetry of Pacific Northwest writers. She co-hosts the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, established in 2004, with Christopher Luna. Ton has been writing poetry since she was ten years old, and she’s still in love with it!

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Salem Poetry Project Featuring John Van Dreal @ Barrel & Keg
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

A third generation Van Dreal artist, John began creative endeavors such as painting and writing at age 7. He earned his formal education in fine art and educational psychology, maintaining careers in both fields while writing in his spare time. John has been a resident of Salem for 25 years where he lives with his wife, dog and two cats. In addition to his work as a poet and artist, he is a published author in the topic of youth violence and threat assessment and currently works for Salem-Keizer School District as ‘Director of Safety and Risk Management Services.’

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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Multnomah Arts Center Poetry Post: Call to Writers (Deadline Oct 1, 2017) @ Multnomah Arts Center
Aug 23 @ 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 work may also be shared on MAC’s website and Facebook page if permitted by the writer.

MAC’s poetry post has been lauded by Kim Stafford as “just exactly what it is, the most beautiful poetry post in Portland,” and was built and designed by five local artists. The post receives a lot of love, with nearly 200 poems taken each month.

EQUITY STATEMENT

We recognize, understand, and encourage celebration of the differences that surround us. Diversity and equity are vital to Portland Parks & Recreation’s ideals and values.

GUIDELINES

• Send up to two typed works. (Word attachments preferred.)

• Each piece should be no longer than one single-spaced page.

• Non-English poetry with translation welcome.

• Content should be appropriate for people of all ages.

• Also include a short author bio, email address, and phone number in a document separate from your writing. (Jurors will not be provided identifying information.)

• Email your work or queries to Sarah.Brenner@portlandoregon.gov.

• Writers will be notified of submission decisions by December 1st.

Submissions must be received by October 1st, 2017, for consideration by our panel.

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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Alvaro Rodriguez @ Barrel & Keg
Aug 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Alvaro Rodriguez is from Colombia. He graduated from The University of Akron with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in May 2016. He is the author or co-author of 6 scientific manuscripts in the field of corrosion and electrochemistry. He loves reading about science, music, poetry, politics, and surrealism. He has a great appreciation for art, languages, and the expression of everyone’s perspective seen from the lens of a camera. His poems talk about his experiences and inspiration comes from everyday objects or situations.

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!