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Grants Pass: Tradition! Tradition! @ Josephine County Community Library, Grants Pass
Dec 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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

Poetry Workshop and Reading @ Sandy Public Library
Apr 4 @ 6:30 pm

Award-winning poet, John Sibley Williams​, offers a free poetry workshop followed by a poetry reading from his new books. A perfect chance to get a little help perfecting your poem for the Sandy Library Poetry Slam. Thursday, April 4th 6:30 pm

The Poeming Pigeon: Open for Submissions (Theme = The Cosmos) @ The Poetry Box®
Apr 15 – Jun 15 all-day

THE COSMOS ISSUE: (The Poeming Pigeon #9)

From the learning how to locate the Little Dipper to standing awe-struck under the Milky Way, humans have been asking: What’s out there in the great beyond? Could we survive on Mars? What is dark matter? Are wormholes the secret to time travel? Our curiosity is as vast as the universe itself. Send us your best stargazing poems exploring the great beyond, string theory and black holes. Make a case for Pluto–planet or not planet? This theme is yours to take to the outer limits.

• The Cosmos Issue scheduled for release in Winter 2019/20.
• All Contributors receive a FREE copy of the print journal.
• Please note, we are not accepting reprints for this or future issues.
• Submission Period: April 15 – June 15, 2019 (via Submittable only)
• $3 to submit a group of 3 poems.

I-Park Accepting Applications for 2019 Creative Writing Residencies – Autumn Sessions @ I-Park
May 20 all-day

I-Park is now accepting applications for its fully-funded four-week autumn residencies. This multi-disciplinary program is open to writers looking to enrich their practice in a collegial, retreat-like setting – in the company of artists working in visual arts, music composition/sound art, moving image and architecture/landscape design.

I-Park residencies are open to writers and playwrights in all genres, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, literary criticism and mixed media.

Located within a 450-acre nature preserve in rural East Haddam, Connecticut (U.S.), I-Park provides residents with private living quarters in a renovated 1840s farmhouse, a private studio, meals program, well equipped workshop and a modest library – as well as creative access to I-Park’s expansive grounds. Residencies are self-directed, undisturbed and non-judgmental. You decide what you’re working on and when.

Details and application forms are available at Applications are due May 20, 2019 and carry a $35 fee to help defray the cost of the selection panel. This year, I-Park will also be offering $500 travel grants to six international artists. For further information, contact or 860-873-2468.

Something About Poetry 3: Margaret Atwood @ Josephine Community LIbrary
Jun 8 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

In this Read-Write seminar, we will discuss Margaret Atwood’s poetry, with an focus on style analysis, and then write our own poems as prompted by our work with Atwood’s poems.

Writing Workshop with Richard Blanco @ Talent Public Library
Jul 13 – Jul 14 all-day

Chautauqua Poets & Writers and Southern Oregon University present this unique opportunity for adult writers to work with 2013 inaugural poet Richard Blanco in a small workshop setting over two days: Saturday-Sunday, July 13-14, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. Contact Kathi Bowen-Jones at to reserve your spot.

Art Center East-Writing Project @ Art Center East
Jul 17 @ 7:00 pm

Reading presentation by Nathan Lowe.
Nate Lowe is a writer, teacher, and college administrator. His work has appeared in such journals as Ascent, South Dakota Review, Blood Orange Review, Beecher’s Magazine, and The Chattahoochee Review. In addition, his creative essays have been long listed as “Notable of the Year” by the Best American Essays series and nominated for Pushcart Prizes. In 2016, Lowe earned Honorable Mention for the Kay W. Levin Short Nonfiction Award by the Council for Wisconsin Writers, which awarded him a writing residency at the Painted Forest in Valton, Wisconsin. He is currently (and slowly) at work on two books of essays, a chapbook tentatively titled The Animals We Make, which explores the pleasures and failures of early fatherhood, and a full-length collection that tries to make sense of his rural childhood through stories of pickup trucks and the men and women who drove them. After 15 years of teaching college creative writing, he was named the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Eastern Oregon University in 2017. Lowe holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Idaho and a B.A. in English from the University of Iowa. His wife Carrie and children, Odin and Mazy, feel like they have arrived home to the mountains and prairies of eastern Oregon, looking forward to a life spent exploring the rural and wild lands of the region.

Montgomery Reading and Free Workshop at The Dalles @ The Dalles Art Center
Jul 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

At 6:500, Judith Montgomery will offer a one-hour workshop focusing on the challenges of writing about family; at 7 pm she will read from and talk about her two new books, “Litany for Wound and Bloom,” and her prize-winning narrative medical chapbook,Mercy.

POETRY OF PLACE: A FOUR-CLASS GENERATIVE CRITIQUE WORKSHOP with John Sibley Williams @ Cozy home in Alameda/Beaumont neighborhood
Jul 31 – Aug 28 all-day


July 31, August 7, August 14, August 28

Cozy home in Alameda/Beaumont neighborhood
(address provided to confirmed students)

$200 for four-class workshop

Only 7 spots are available!

To register or ask questions, email John at

In this month-long 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 brief lessons as well as in-depth peer and teacher critiques, in-class writing, and prompt-based at-home writing to be shared with the class. Poems generated at home will be due to the teacher Sunday for distribution to students Monday morning. Students will be prepared to share thoughtful constructive critiques each class.

Beverages and snacks will be available.

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

Food & Farm Haiku Contest with judge Kim Stafford, Oregon State Poet Laureate @ Sisters Farmers Market & New Oregon Arts & Letters
Sep 3 – Sep 18 all-day

Hello, Oregon poets & fans of poetry! Our fine poet laureate, Kim Stafford, has agreed to judge a special little contest for Sisters Farmers Market’s TEA & POETRY day (September 22 in Sisters).

Write up a 5-7-5 style haiku about eating, drinking, farming, or cooking. Submit it in person at Paulina Springs Books or at Sisters Farmers Market by September 18. You can also submit via for a small fee. You’re welcome to send in up to 8 haiku for consideration.

All winners will be published in The Nugget Newspaper. Prizes include gift cards to Paulina Springs Books, Mountain Rose Herbs in Eugene (with a substantial online catalog), Jackson’s Corner restaurant in Bend, and Sisters area businesses including Bedouin clothing store and cafe, Seed to Table education farm, Suttle Tea teahouse, Mahonia Gardens farm, and Metolius Artisan Tea.

General info:
Submittable link: (thanks, Plazm magazine, for letting us use your submittable account & for being a sponsor of Sisters Farmers Market – we love the logo you designed for us!)

Thanks! All ages are welcome to participate. Kids, please note your age or grade for separate judging category.