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Salem Poetry Project Featuring the Favorite Poem Project @ IKE Box
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The featured reader is you! This reading will be part of the Favorite Poem Project, started by Robert Pinsky, the former US poet laureate. Everyone is invited to bring your favorite poem and a story of why it is important to you. An open mic will follow.

Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. Our hosts, the Ike Box, feature a wide variety of beverages and snack options! The Ike Box is located at 229 Cottage St NE in Salem, at the intersection of Chemeketa and Cottage.

TEA & POETRY @ Sisters Farmers Market at Fir Street Park in Sisters, Oregon
Sep 22 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us for Tea & Poetry Day! Join a free poetry playshop with Krayna Castelbaum. Celebrate the senses with tea tastings & tea blendings thanks to Mountain Rose Herbs & Metolius Tea. Listen to the dulcet tones of Sisters Ukulele Group.

We’ll unveil the winners of our Food & Farm Haiku Contest, judged by Oregon State Poet Laureate Kim Stafford (see to enter). Kids: join Deschutes Public Library for a special poetry booth!

If you love poetry, bring some along to share and read aloud (keep it family-friendly, if you would). Sisters Farmers Market is open every Sunday through the end of September, 11 am to 2 pm, at Fir Street Park. Kids enjoy playing in the splash pad fountains!

Salem Poetry Project Featuring John Miller @ IKE Box
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

John Miller is founder of Portland Ars Poetica, an ongoing literary poetry workshop. His poetry has appeared in River Heron Review, catheXis northwest press, The Esthetic Apostle, in the 9Bridges anthology Over Land and Rising, and in Glass Facets of Poetry. John was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He has a degree in English from Amherst College.

Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. Our hosts, the Ike Box, feature a wide variety of beverages and snack options! The Ike Box is located at 229 Cottage St NE in Salem, at the intersection of Chemeketa and Cottage.

Poetry of Place: an intensive poetry workshop @ Home
Sep 28 all-day

To register or ask questions, email John at



Only 8 spots available!

In this intensive one-day workshop, we will discuss how natural and constructed landscapes affect our identities and shape our writing. We will focus on the places we know, have traveled to, or simply imagine, including both the mundane and the sublime of our surroundings, in search of ways to craft authentic, universal poems that speak directly to readers. This workshop will include studying diverse poems that successfully employ place as metaphors, investigating your own work, writing, and providing feedback.

This intimate workshop will include lessons, analysis of well-known poems, in-class activities and writing, in-depth peer and teacher critiques, and sharing drafts with the class.

Beverages and snacks will be available. Please bring your own lunch.

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

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Lois Rosen @ IKE Box
Oct 3 @ 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 takes place in Italy, Portland, and Mint, Oregon.

Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. Our hosts, the Ike Box, feature a wide variety of beverages and snack options! The Ike Box is located at 229 Cottage St NE in Salem, at the intersection of Chemeketa and Cottage.

Cascade/Community Open Mic @ Rose City Book Pub
Oct 8 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This is a new open mic intended to bring together writers at different stages in their process. 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:30 at the Rose City Book Pub.

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Norm Baxter @ Ike Box
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Norm Baxter has been a restaurant worker, janitor, printer, carpenter, educator, writer, and farmer. He believes in always doing the right thing, which gratifies some people and astonishes the rest. Frequently a victim of his own enthusiasm, he is delighted and amazed that his life has gone so well.

Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. Our hosts, the Ike Box, feature a wide variety of beverages and snack options! The Ike Box is located at 229 Cottage St NE in Salem, at the intersection of Chemeketa and Cottage.

Grants Pass, Something About Poetry 2019: Sharon Olds @ Josephine Community Library
Oct 12 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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.

Portland: Steeped in Words Poetry Series, Lan Su Chinese Garden, with Paulann Petersen @ Lan Su Chinese Garden
Oct 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Here’s an invitation to a poetry reading that’s also an invitation to spend time in an exquisite world tucked into our thrumming city.

On Saturday, October 12th,
I’ll give a reading from 2 to 3 pm
as part of the Steeped in Words Poetry Series
at the Lan Su Chinese Garden,
239 NW Everett Street, Portland 97209.

Yes, the heart of Portland’s Old Town contains one of Portland’s true gems: Lan Su, our own Chinese Garden. Beautiful at any time of the year, Lan Su is especially lovely in early fall. So……..I’m urging you to spend an October Saturday afternoon in this serene and inspiring place, an afternoon given over to the Garden’s charms and poetry.

Why poetry? Well, for the Chinese, a garden without poetry is not a complete garden. A true Chinese garden contains five elements: rocks, architecture, water, plants, and poetry. The Lan Su Garden is indeed a true garden. It’s filled with poetry: above and along the sides of entryways, on stones, on panels, and on pillars inside rooms. Each Lan Su building has its poetic name. What better place to host a poetry reading?

I’d be delighted and honored if you were there for my reading. The reading is free with admission to the Garden, and—of course—free to Lan Su members.

That day, please come to Lan Su well before the reading and stay there afterward. Spend a leisurely afternoon. In addition to my reading, Lan Su will offer traditional Chinese music and Chinese calligraphy that day.

Hoping to see you in Poetry’s Garden on October 12th,


Indigenous People’s Day ~ Honoring Women’s Voices @ Old Liberty Theater
Oct 14 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Indigenous People’s Day ~ Honoring Women’s Voices
Native Nations poets Laura Da’, Ruby Hansen Murray, Leah Altman, Alise Sanchez and a youth poet
October 14, 2019 from 4pm to 6pm
Old Liberty Theater, 115 N Main Avenue, Ridgefield, WA 98642

The public is invited to join us at the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield, Washington to celebrate our First Nations People through poetry, prose and music. As a community we will gather to honor the Indigenous People on whose traditional and ancestral land we sit and in acknowledgment that many Indigenous Nations of the Columbia River have connections to this place and their descendants live on. Our honored guests will include Tanna Engdahl, Spiritual Leader of the Cowlitz Tribe. She will offer a blessing for the gathering, which will honor Indigenous Women.

Native Nations women poets Laura Da’, Ruby Hansen Murray, Leah Altman, Alise Sanchez and a youth poet will read their work. Traveling Day Society, an inter-tribal and multi-cultural blend of musicians utilizing the voices of the Drum and the Native American Flute will join community members to drum at the event. This celebration is free and open to the public of all ages.

A poet and a public-school teacher, Laura Da’ studied creative writing at the University of Washington and the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is the author of the collections Instruments of the True Measure (University of Arizona Press, 2018), winner of the 2019 Washington Book Award and Tributaries (University of Arizona Press, 2015), winner of the 2016 American Book Award as well as the chapbook The Tecumseh Motel. Her work has appeared in the anthologies New Poets of Native Nations (Graywolf Press, 2018) and Effigies II (Salt Publishing, 2014). A member of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe, she received a Native American Arts and Cultures Fellowship in Literature. Da’ has also been a Made at Hugo House fellow and a Jack Straw fellow. She lives near Seattle, Washington, with her family.

Ruby Hansen Murray is a citizen of the Osage Nation, who lives downriver on Puget Island. She’s an award-winning columnist for the Osage News, and has offered writing workshops at the Port Townsend Writers Conference, Mt. Edgecumbe Boarding School in Sitka, Alaska and the American Indian Center in Chicago. She writes about the idiosyncrasies of Osage family life and confronts stereotypes that render Natives invisible. Her work appears in Exquisite Vessel: Shapes of Native Nonfiction by Elissa Washuta & Terese Warburton (2019), and World Literature Today, CutBank and The Rumpus. She received an MFA from The Institute of American Indian Arts.

Leah Altman (Oglala Lakota/Persian) is a Native writer and poet from the Portland area. She has been writing and performing poetry since she was 8 years old. Leah was most recently published in an anthology of local Portland writers entitled Where the Roses Grow Best, and she has performed most recently on KBOO with local Native writers Trevino Brings Plenty and Eva Joy. Leah has two daughters, and her poetry addresses family, love, identity, and her experience as a Native American adoptee and second-generation immigrant. She currently works at the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation and is a board member of Advancing Gender Equity in the Arts.

Alise Sanchez is a member of the Little Shell Band of Ojibwe, raised on the cold, clear nights of western Montana, and transplanted to the Pacific NW to flourish. She is a community-centered social services provider, currently serving as the director of the Multnomah County Domestic and Sexual Violence Coordination Office. She makes her home in queer and indigenous community, is a proud parent to two children, and is finally starting to self-identify as a writer.