Tom Hogan’s new book, Giving Thanks: New and Selected Poems was published by Dancing Moon Press in 2018. He is the author of five chapbooks and The Promise of the Trail (also by Dancing Moon Press, 2014). He directs the Milwaukie Poetry Series, currently in its 13th Season and lives with his wife Jane in Milwaukie, 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. http://www.ikebox.com/
Susan Morse moved to the Willamette Valley in 2016 and is currently a member of the Oregon Poetry Association, as well as Mid Valley Poetry Society. She also frequently participates in readings at the Salem Poetry Project. In the Hush is her first chapbook, but individual poems have appeared in various journals such as Cream City Review, The Mom Egg, The Aurorean, Sixfold, and most recently The Willawaw Journal.
Susan’s featured reading of poems from her chapbook In the Hush begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Salem Book Bin, 450 Court Street NE, Salem (503-361-1235) and will be followed by an Open Mic.
Head for the Hills is an Open Mic Event. Wednesday, October 30. 6pm-7:45 pm. Read 3 poems or read for 5 minutes. Light refreshments. Sign up sheet available at 5:45. Late comers welcome.
Honolulu writer Kirby Michael Wright will sign copies of THE QUEEN OF MOLOKA’I and discuss the process of creating passages of poetic verse for creative nonfiction. A recent review compared Wright to Pat Conroy (THE PRINCE OF TIDES) for family conflict and to Frank McCourt (ANGELA’S ASHES) for women overcoming great hardship. Wright won the 2018 Redwood Empire Mensa Award for Creative Nonfiction. His stories and stand-alone chapters have appeared in over two hundred literary journals and magazines worldwide. He studied under the tutelage of Frances Mayes (UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN) and Maxine Hong Kingston (THE WOMAN WARRIOR).
Open Mic bringing student writers together with community writers. Poetry, fiction and other genres. Sign ups begin at 7:00.
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.