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Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest – DEADLINE 6/1/2018
Jun 1 @ 12:00 am

Dear State President/NFSPS State Society,

As sponsor and Director of the GRSF/Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest, for the past several years I have made it a point to contact all State Presidents for whom an email address is available through the NFSPS.

Our contest, based in Winona, MN, in cooperation with our well-known Great River Shakespeare Festival, has grown wonderfully across the United States, as well as internationally, and we have received quality sonnet submissions. I am a member of the Minnesota Society, and would be pleased if you are able to publicize the event among your members.

Submissions are now open for the 2018 Contest, with entries accepted until June 1.

All submission guidelines are available at

Ted Haaland

Our mailing address is:
Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest
PO Box 1111
Winona, Mn 55987

Milwaukie First Friday @ St. John the Evangelist Church
Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Milwaukie First Friday 
Poetry Reading and Open Mic.
Come and share poetry!

Friday, June 1

6:00 to7:30 the meeting room at St. John the Evangelist church, located at 2036 SE Jefferson St.

The Featured Readers will be some members of the Oregon Poetry Association: Tiel Ansari, Dale Champlin, Stella Jeng Guillory, Sherri Levine and Francis Opila. They will read from their own work or favorite poems for approximately 40 minutes.

An Open Mic session will follow for all who wish to read their own work, or some of their favorite poems. To get on the list to read ahead of time, please contact Tom Hogan at 503-819-8367 or

There will be a sign-up sheet at the event for those wishing to share. There will also be poetry books and light refreshments available.

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Poets of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties @ IKE Box
Jun 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Ventura and Santa Barbara counties in California are home to many fine poets, names not generally known in Oregon. This evening will be a quick tour through several poets of the area featuring two poets from there, Abigail Brandt and Marc Janssen.

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!

Portland: Painting Foucault’s: A Year at the Bookshop @ Mother Foucault's Bookshop
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us on Friday, June 8 at 7pm, for an artist reception celebrating the work of Mother Foucault’s painter-in-residence, Brooke Budy, who set up drop cloth, easel, and canvas at various spots in the shop over the course of the past year to create over forty painted views of the books, shelves, plants, and people that make up Mother Foucault’s.

In addition to the reception and exhibit, a cadre of local poets will read short works inspired by the paintings, the shop, or the shopkeeper himself:

Joanna Rose
Donna Prinzmetal
Andrea Hollander
Suzanne Sigafoos

Readers will also share the work of two additional poets who were at Mother Foucault’s and wrote about the paintings but who aren’t able to attend: Maggie Chula and Penelope Scambly Schott.

10-10-10: Celebrating 10 years of Write Around Portland at HOTLIPS Pizza @ HOTLIPS Pizza
Jun 10 all-day

For 10 years, HOTLIPS Pizza has provided the space for community writing workshops twice a month to support Write Around Portland’s mission to change lives through the power of writing. On June 10, we’re celebrating with 10 hours of writing!

You can register for 2, 4, 6, 8 or all 10 hours of writing sessions—the more you write, the more chances you have to win raffle prizes, eat pizza and support Write Around Portland!

Call us today to register at 503.796.9224 or register online below.

For more details, visit:

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Amanda Hiland @ IKE Box
Jun 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Amanda Hiland grew up hiking through the forests of the Pacific Northwest. She is very fond of rain, colored pens, and chai tea. She teaches Special Education by day and is a major astronomy enthusiast at night. Much of her writing stems from the complexity of understanding the universe through dual lenses of scientific observation and emotional connection.

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!

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Elizabeth Pakravan @ IKE Box
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Elizabeth Pakravan has an extensive multicultural background. She is currently working at Linn Benton Community College as an Employment Outreach and Business Advisor, also as a TV Host in CVEL PUNTO. At age of 13 Pakravan won a national award in poetry. Aside from writing poems, what she enjoys the most is reciting them.

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!

Grants Pass: Working it Out @ Josephine County Community Library, Grants Pass
Jun 23 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Second in a series of workshops led by Lisa Baldwin and H. Ni Aodagain, members of OPA and of Applegate Poets.

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Ariel @ IKE Box
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Salem’s own red-head, Ariel, will be sharing her “Bits of Cyn” collection; whimsical and sensual erotica that will get you feeling the summer heat. You’ll never think about plums, buttons & coffee the same again … and you’ll blush when you do! Ariel, a Pacific Northwest poet, typically writes Plathian free-verse about the Pacific Northwest, being human, and politics with insightful wit. Her recent publishing credits include “Moments Before Midnight” & “On The Platform, Waiting” anthologies. Active in Willamette Valley, she often collaborates on poetry/art projects. Get to know her at

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!

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Doug Stone @ IKE Box
Jul 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Doug Stone lives in Albany, Oregon. He has been a social worker, policy analyst, and consultant on public policy issues. His chapbook, In the Season of Distress and Clarity (Finishing Line Press) came out in 2017. He won the Oregon Poetry Association’s Fall, 2016 Poet’s Choice Award for his poem Things You Know But Cannot Explain. .His poems have been published in numerous journals and in the anthology, A Ritual To Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford.

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 Chemawa and Cottage.