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Oct
17
Thu
2019
Writers Talk @ The Dalles Art Center
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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.

Nov
16
Sat
2019
Beyond Feelings and Fancy Words: Honing Your Poem-Writing Skills with Lynn Otto @ Hood River
Nov 16 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

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.

Nov
30
Sat
2019
Kosmos Quarterly open for submissions @ https://www.kosmosjournal.org/contribute-to-kosmos-quarterly/
Nov 30 all-day

Kosmos Quarterly is now open for submissions until November 30 for our Winter issue, “Possible Futures: Justice, Values, and Governance.” We are looking for poems that imagine that future. See full details and guidelines at https://www.kosmosjournal.org/contribute-to-kosmos-quarterly/

Jan
11
Sat
2020
Poetic Line Breaks & Punctuation: a generative workshop @ Cozy local home
Jan 11 all-day

Only 8 spots available!

To RSVP, email jswilliams1307@gmail.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.

Feb
1
Sat
2020
The Poetry Box Chapbook Prize 2020 (3rd Annual) @ The Poetry Box
Feb 1 – Feb 28 all-day

Annual Chapbook Contest for 2020, sponsored by The Poetry Box.
Open to writers residing in the United States.
Winners will receive the following:
1st Prize: $500 and $100 Duotrope Gift Certificate plus 20 copies of published chapbook and distribution of their winning title to all contest entrants.
2nd Prize: $150 plus 10 copies of their published chapbook.
3rd Prize: $100 plus 5 copies of their published chapbook.

Submission Period for Contest: Feb 1 – Feb 28, 2020
Contest Judge: Amy Miller
Winner Announced by: July, 2020
Publication/Release Date: Winter, 2020/21
ALL ENTRANTS receive free copy of winning chapbook.

Feb
8
Sat
2020
OPA Hood River Unit Poetry Critique Group @ Bette's Place
Feb 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

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 mcmanusjackie@gmail.com or Leah Stenson at leahstenson@comcast.net.

Mar
14
Sat
2020
OPA Hood River Critique Group @ Bette's Place
Mar 14 @ 11:00 am

The Hood River Unit of Oregon Poetry Association will host a poetry critique group at 11:00 AM on March 14 at Bette’s Place in Hood River: http://bettesplace.com/. All poets are welcome. Please bring about 8 copies of one or two poems you’d like to have critiqued. For further information, please contact Jackie McManus at mcmanusjackie@gmail.com or Leah Stenson at leahstenson@comcast.net.

Apr
3
Fri
2020
Sandy Library Poetry Slam @ Sandy Public Library
Apr 3 @ 6:00 pm

The Sandy Library Poetry Slam will be held on April 3rd, 2020 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Refreshments provided. Friends and family are encouraged to attend to support the poets. ONLY ONE POEM can be entered into the contest; there will be time to share additional poems later in the evening.

Please fill out the Entry Form at https://www.ci.sandy.or.us/library-programs by Tuesday, March 31st. If you don’t register, you can still participate but your name will not appear in the program.

Basic Rules:
• Poets and performers, ages 8 and up, are welcome to work in groups or individually.
• Poems must be appropriate for an all-ages audience.
• It is best if the poems are memorized, but not essential.
• Each presentation must be limited to 3 minutes.
• A panel of judges will choose the winners; contestants will be judged on creativity and presentation.
• Participants must write the poems they present.
• The contestant must be present to win.
The winner in each category will receive $25; the Grand Prize winner will receive $100 cash.

Apr
10
Fri
2020
Friends of the Columbia Gorge Spring Haiku Contest through April 15th
Apr 10 @ 1:30 am – Apr 15 @ 5:00 pm

In celebration of National Poetry Month and International Haiku Poetry Day on April 17, Friends of the Columbia Gorge is launching a Spring Gorge Haiku Challenge. While we all refrain from connecting to the Gorge physically, for the greater good, we can still stay connected virtually and celebrate the Gorge’s wonders from home by writing three simple but meaningful lines of verse.

More…

https://gorgefriends.org/newsroom/blog/2020-04-09/friends-announces-spring-gorge-haiku-challenge.html

May
10
Sun
2020
Montreal International Poetry Prize @ McGill University, Montreal, Canada
May 10 @ 2:30 pm – Jun 1 @ 1:11 am

The Montreal International Poetry Prize, initially founded with assistance from Leonard Cohen, awards $20,000 CAD to the writer of a single poem. Click here to learn more about the Montreal Prize and its new ways of thinking about the arts in a time of global crisis.

Deadline June 1st: submit online at the link above.