Call for Proposals for the Fall 2019 OPA Conference

September 14 and 15, 2019
Salem Convention Center, Salem, OR  
Submissions accepted between May 1 and June 1, 2019

Please submit a 1- to 2-page proposal that includes the following:
-Title of presentation
-Presenter name(s)
-Short bio(s) of 50 words or less, and additionally, your qualifications to present/teach the session described.
-List any A/V needs and what equipment you would supply.
-Explain what you would do in your session related to one of the categories below. Please include enough details or examples to explain your session proposal.

-Proposal Session Categories:
-Workshop related to writing poetry: craft, generative exercises, publication ideas, entering contests, different styles of poetry, etc.
-Panel: include different viewpoints on a topic, theme, form
-Presentation: slide show, multimedia, history, etc.
-Other: Please describe in detail

All workshops, panels, etc. are scheduled for one hour. Please keep them focused.
Note: Some sessions will be presented twice since there will be three sessions running at the same time and then repeated the next time slot.

Submit via email attachment (PDF format preferred), doc formats also accepted, or if unable, just copy and paste into the email body. Send to Shirley Marc, Conference Coordinator at

with subject line “OPA 2019 Conference Proposal.”

Presenters will be notified of acceptance by June 16, 2019, via email.

Presenters receive free conference registration and Saturday lunch.

OPA 2019 Fall Conference – Salem. Save the Date!

The annual OPA membership meeting and Fall conference is scheduled for September 14-15, 2019. This year’s venue is the Salem Convention Center, with easy access from north and south, east and west. Please put the dates on your calendar and join us for another really good conference. Our early bird registration deadline will be August 12 this year. Calls for conference session proposals will go out beginning March 15.

OPA 2018 Conference – Registration Opens

Calling all Poets: Register now for the 2018 Oregon Poetry Association Conference!

September 29-30, 2018
Valley River Inn, Eugene, OR

Update: Final Conference Schedule (click on “Read all of this item” below to view schedule)

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Saturday 9 a.m. keynote opens the conference
Kim Stafford, Oregon Poet Laureate: “The Flavor of Unity”

Poetry Workshops, Book Room
Buffet lunch and OPA annual membership meeting
Readings by OPA contest winners and Open Mic
Early Risers Coffee and Poetry Art Walk

Special Event on September 28th at 4 p.m.
The award ceremony for the first undergraduate poetry contest sponsored by the University of Oregon Knight Library/Special Collections and Oregon Poetry Association will take place on Friday, September 28, 2018 in the Browsing Room at the Knight Library from 4 to 6 PM. Refreshments will be served. The event is open to the public.

The two undergraduate winners, Sarah Hovet and Joshua Plack, will be reading, as well as four other poets selected by the Oregon Poetry Association and the University of Oregon. Those poets are Andrew Gonzalez, Amy Miller, Amanda Cox and Tia North.

1501 Kincaid St. Eugene, OR: University of Oregon campus

Early Bird Registration: $85 for members before August 28th
$105 for non-members or for members after August 28th
$60 for students (college or high school) any time

For overnight accommodations, contact the Valley River Inn at 1-(800) 543-8266 or (541) 743-1000 before August 28th to get the group rate: $119.00 (plus taxes and/or fees) for a deluxe single or double (includes breakfast). Additional people may be added to a room for $20.00 each. Advance deposit (or credit card guarantee) required. Be sure to mention the Oregon Poetry Association for group rate above. Parking is free.

Download the registration form:

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Download a conference flier and share it with your friends:

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