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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Jeff Stone 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Jeff Stone @ Barrel & Keg
Jul 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Who’s there or anywhere, I know I’m here. Young at heart and old school with my music at times, I embrace art wherever I find myself more then less. Poetry being one of my favorite canvases I write about abstract … Continue reading
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GRANTS PASS: OPA Sponsors Oregon Conversation Project with Jason Graham 4:30 pm
GRANTS PASS: OPA Sponsors Oregon Conversation Project with Jason Graham @ Josephine Community Library
Jul 7 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
“Creativity, Vulnerability and Art,” a Conversation Project Event with Jason Graham (Mosley Wotta)Like this:Like Loading...
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Studio Series Poetry Reading and Open Mic 7:00 pm
Studio Series Poetry Reading and Open Mic @ Stonehenge Studios
Jul 9 @ 7:00 pm
The Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic will feature Amy MacLennan and Catherine McGuire on July 9 at Stonehenge Studios, 3508 SW Corbett Avenue, Portland 97239 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, the Studio … Continue reading
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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Christopher Keaveney 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Christopher Keaveney @ Barrel & Keg
Jul 13 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Christopher T. Keaveney teaches Japanese language and East Asian culture at Linfield College. His poetry has appeared or in Columbia Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Stolen Island, Faultline, and elsewhere, and he is the author of … Continue reading
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Salem Poetry Project Featured Reader, Resistance Poetry With Marilyn Johnston and Penina Taesali 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project Featured Reader, Resistance Poetry With Marilyn Johnston and Penina Taesali @ Barrel & Keg
Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Protest poetry has deep roots in the United States. There is a rich tradition of poems about slavery, the Vietnam War, discrimination, and not surprisingly new works being created now in the Trump era. Local poets Penina Ava Taesali and … Continue reading
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Salem Poetry Project featuring Favorite Poem Project 7:00 pm
Salem Poetry Project featuring Favorite Poem Project @ Barrel & Keg
Jul 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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 … Continue reading
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The Last Friday Poetry Group, with John Sibley Williams 7:00 pm
The Last Friday Poetry Group, with John Sibley Williams @ The Book Bin
Jul 28 @ 7:00 pm
The Last Friday Poetry Group is a monthly reading series hosted by The Book Bin, Salem’s largest independent bookstore. It includes an open mic and one featured reader. This month’s featured reader is John Sibley Williams. John Sibley Williams is … Continue reading
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Conversations With Writers 7:00 pm
Conversations With Writers @ Reedville Presbyterian Church
Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm
David Oates: On Writing in a Dark Time: Getting Past the Rant Monday, July 31, 7:00 PM at Reedville Presbyterian Church community hall (2785 S.W. 209th Ave.) Since 1989, David Oates has published several books, including City Limits: Walking Portland’s … Continue reading

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Salem Poetry Project featuring Favorite Poem Project @ Barrel & Keg
Jul 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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.

Find us in the back room. Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. Our hosts, The Barrel & Keg, feature a wide variety of beverages and the food pod in the back has a rotating menu of options for dinner!

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The Last Friday Poetry Group, with John Sibley Williams @ The Book Bin
Jul 28 @ 7:00 pm

The Last Friday Poetry Group is a monthly reading series hosted by The Book Bin, Salem’s largest independent bookstore. It includes an open mic and one featured reader.
This month’s featured reader is John Sibley Williams.

John Sibley Williams is the author of nine poetry collections, most recently Disinheritance. He has been nominated seven times for a Pushcart Award, and has won various other awards including the Philip Booth Poetry Prize and the American Literary Review Poetry Contest. Currently John works as Marketing Director of Inkwater Press and as a freelance literary agent and publicist, representing poets and writers of fiction and nonfiction. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Conversations With Writers @ Reedville Presbyterian Church
Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm

David Oates: On Writing in a Dark Time: Getting Past the Rant
Monday, July 31, 7:00 PM at Reedville Presbyterian Church community hall (2785 S.W. 209th Ave.)

Since 1989, David Oates has published several books, including City Limits: Walking Portland’s Boundary, Earth Rising: Ecological Belief in an Age of Science, Paradise Wild: Reimagining American Nature, and Peace in Exile: Poems. His The Heron Place won the Swan Scythe Press Award for 2015. In addition, his work has been published in anthologies and numerous journals.

He will lead a discussion on Writing in a Dark Time. As he says, “We find ourselves at a moment of historical darkness, as forces of reaction and hatred take over our politics and national identity.” He asks how we will face the question of darkness together; how we can forge a creative bond; and most important, find our true, loving, creative voice under these conditions?

Not just a reading, but an event for audience members to interact and ask questions. For more information, visit: cwwor.weebly.com

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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Larry Anderson @ Barrel & Keg
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Larry Anderson was a college professor for 40 years. Upon retirement in 2002, he and his wife Christine (retired mental health professional) settled in Molalla to be close to family. Ten years ago he became interested in poetry and joined The Friends of William Stafford, The Molalla Writers Group and The Silverton Poetry Association. He has taken numerous workshops, has been tutored by Paulann Petersen and Cindy Stewart-Renier, published several papers in poetry related publications including an Anthology and his own Chapbook , Earthquakes. He has been very active in open mics including many in Silverton. Larry was a student of William Stafford in 1961-1962, and his favorite Stafford Poem is Lit Instructor, a copy of which he kept on his office desk for over 20 years.

Find us in the back room. Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. Our hosts, The Barrel & Keg, feature a wide variety of beverages and the food pod in the back has a rotating menu of options for dinner!

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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Conception Samano @ Barrel & Keg
Aug 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Concepción Sámano is a Mexican female poet who was born in Jaral del Progreso, Guanajuato, Central Mexico. She graduated from the University of Guanajuato with a degree in Philosophy, and has been working as Cultural Promoter. Concepcion has published two collections of her poetry: Los Dias de Luz Amarilla (The Days of Yellow Light) and El Cuerpo que me Lleva (The body that is bringing me). She collaborates with different magazines publishing articles and poems.

Find us in the back room. Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. Our hosts, The Barrel & Keg, feature a wide variety of beverages and the food pod in the back has a rotating menu of options for dinner!

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Studio Series Poetry Reading and Open Mic @ Stonehenge Studios
Aug 13 @ 7:00 pm

The Studio Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic will feature Tiffany Burba, Christopher Luna and Toni Partington on August 13 at Stonehenge Studios, 3508 SW Corbett Avenue, Portland 97239 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, the Studio Series is held monthly on second Sundays. For additional information, please contact Leah Stenson at leahstenson@comcast.net.
Tiffany Burba is a poet and photographer living in Vancouver Washington. Her journey to poetry came during a painful relationship when she used her words to help heal her from heartbreak. As a writer Tiffany has been published in Ghost Town Anthology, vol. 2 (Printed Matter Vancouver, 2014), Poeming Pigeon’s “Doobie or Not Doobie” and “Poems about Music.” Tiffany just released her first full length book of poetry Meet Me Where I Left You (Printed Matter Vancouver).

Christopher Luna has served as poet laureate of Clark County, WA since 2013. He is the first person in Clark County to have held that position. He is the founder of Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, which he hosts with his wife, Toni Partington. Christopher and Toni founded Printed Matter Vancouver, a small press which also provides manuscript review, editing, and writing coaching services. Upcoming publications include Not My President, The Other Side of Violet, and Ghost Town, USA, a full-length revised and expanded edition of his 2008 chapbook of poems and observations about Vancouver, WA.

Toni Partington is a poet, editor, publisher and visual artist living in Vancouver, WA. Her career has included social work, college teaching and administration, grant writing, life and career coaching, and nonprofit consulting. These experiences have produced the fodder for most of her writing. She is the author of two books of poetry: Jesus Is A Gas and Wind Wing. Her poetry has been published in numerous journals including VoiceCatcher (editions 3 and 4), OutwardLink.net, and Perceptions. She was co-editor for the final print edition of VoiceCatcher in 2012 and the co-founder of Printed Matter Vancouver, an editing service and small press that publishes the poetry of Pacific Northwest writers. She co-hosts the Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, established in 2004, with Christopher Luna. Ton has been writing poetry since she was ten years old, and she’s still in love with it!

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Salem Poetry Project Featuring John Van Dreal @ Barrel & Keg
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

A third generation Van Dreal artist, John began creative endeavors such as painting and writing at age 7. He earned his formal education in fine art and educational psychology, maintaining careers in both fields while writing in his spare time. John has been a resident of Salem for 25 years where he lives with his wife, dog and two cats. In addition to his work as a poet and artist, he is a published author in the topic of youth violence and threat assessment and currently works for Salem-Keizer School District as ‘Director of Safety and Risk Management Services.’

Find us in the back room. Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. Our hosts, The Barrel & Keg, feature a wide variety of beverages and the food pod in the back has a rotating menu of options for dinner!

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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Alvaro Rodriguez @ Barrel & Keg
Aug 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Alvaro Rodriguez is from Colombia. He graduated from The University of Akron with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in May 2016. He is the author or co-author of 6 scientific manuscripts in the field of corrosion and electrochemistry. He loves reading about science, music, poetry, politics, and surrealism. He has a great appreciation for art, languages, and the expression of everyone’s perspective seen from the lens of a camera. His poems talk about his experiences and inspiration comes from everyday objects or situations.

Find us in the back room. Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. Our hosts, The Barrel & Keg, feature a wide variety of beverages and the food pod in the back has a rotating menu of options for dinner!

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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Richard Blanche @ Barrel & Keg
Aug 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Richard Lester Blanche is a local singer-songwriter, actor and poet. Having moved to Salem in 1969 he is a Graduate of Western Oregon University, Richard has been writing poetry and song lyrics since the age of 15. He is currently an active member of the local bands Potatoe Famine (yes with an e) and Coot and Codger.

Find us in the back room. Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. Our hosts, The Barrel & Keg, feature a wide variety of beverages and the food pod in the back has a rotating menu of options for dinner!