Pulitzer Prize winning poet Sharon Olds is the subject of study in this “Read—Write” workshop, the fifth in a six-part series of poetry seminars for 2019 created and facilitated by OPA past-President and Applegate Poet Lisa Baldwin.
This series brings award-winning Oregon writers to the center to read, followed by a discussion and open mic. Margaret Chula will offer a free haiku workshop from 6:00, followed by a reading.
Margaret Chula has published ten collections of poetry including, most recently, Shadow Man. Her haiku collection, Grinding my ink, received the Haiku Society of America Book Award. Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Regional Arts and Culture Council have supported her work as well as fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and Playa at Summer Lake. and She has been a featured speaker and workshop leader at writers’ conferences throughout the United States, as well as in Poland, Canada, Peru, and Japan. Maggie has also served as president of the Tanka Society of America and as Poet Laureate for Friends of Chamber Music. Living in Kyoto for twelve years, she now makes her home in Portland, Oregon, where she hikes, swims, and enjoys wildlife in her back yard.
When: November 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (bring a sack lunch, and dress for an optional walk in the countryside during lunch break)
Where: upper Hood River (Parkdale), Oregon, at the home of Leah Stenson off the Fruit Loop scenic drive
Why: Competent craftspeople can build great things because they know their tools and have lots of practice using them. The same holds true for poets. In this workshop, you’ll see some of these tools in action, and you’ll have opportunities to practice using them, expanding your poetic possibilities.
Who: People who like to write poems, ages 16 and up. Lynn Otto believes people should leave a writing workshop with a better understanding of their work and a new (or newly polished) tool in their writer’s toolkit. She holds an MFA in creative writing/poetry from Portland State University, was a 2015/16 resident associate at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina, and has given readings and workshops in the U.S., Canada, and France. Her work has been published in Iron Horse Literary Review, Raleigh Review, Sequestrum, Slipstream, and other journals. Her book Real Daughter won a Unicorn Press First Book Prize.
How: Register at opa.submittable.com. Cost is $45.
Only 8 spots available!
To RSVP, email email@example.com
In this intensive one-day workshop, we will discuss power and tension the right line breaks and punctuation can create in a poem. We will study diverse works that successfully employ commanding breaks to help drive the poem, as we all works that both subtly and boldly experiment with punctuation for varied effects. This intimate workshop will include lessons, analysis of well-known poems, in-class activities and writing, and sharing drafts with the class.
Beverages and snacks will be available.
Facebook event url: https://www.facebook.com/events/648520785556326/
John Sibley Williams is the author of As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize, 2019), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, University of Nebraska Press, 2019), Disinheritance, and Controlled Hallucinations. A nineteen-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous literary awards, including the Wabash Prize for Poetry, Philip Booth Award, and Laux/Millar Prize. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a poetry editor, writing coach, workshop leader, and literary agent. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rivier University and an MA in Book Publishing from Portland State University. Previous publishing credits include: The Yale Review, Midwest Quarterly, Southern Review, Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, Saranac Review, Atlanta Review, TriQuarterly, Third Coast, and various anthologies. Visit him at https://www.johnsibleywilliams.com.
The Hood River Unit of Oregon Poetry Association will host a poetry critique group at 11:00 AM on the second Saturday of every month, beginning February 8, at Bette’s Place in Hood River: http://bettesplace.com/. All poets are welcome. Please bring several copies of one or two poems you’d like to have critiqued. For further information, please contact Jackie McManus at firstname.lastname@example.org or Leah Stenson at email@example.com.