Conference Update

The deadline to get the block rate at Valley River Inn, September 30th – October 1st, is tomorrow. Call Valley River Inn, 541-743-1000. Best time to call is between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM– if you call at other times, you may get sent to their off-site call center, which apparently does not have up-to-date availability.

Join us the afternoon of September 30th at the University of Oregon’s Knight Library for the re-opening of the Oregon Poetry Collection, and join us the evening of September 30th at Valley River Inn. Oregon’s poet laureate Liz Woody starts off our open mic.

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2016 Conference Update: Schedule and Special Events

The schedule of events for OPA’s 2016 conference is below. Please note that we have two off-site events:

Friday September 30th, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, at the University of Oregon’s Knight Library, the Oregon Poetry Collection reopens. Join OPA presidents emeriti, local poet Tim Whitsel, and University of Oregon faculty members to celebrate poetry in Oregon, past, present and future. Bring books to donate: OPA is especially interested in recently published books and chapbooks! (If you can’t make it to this event, bring books to the conference; there will be a donation box.)

Saturday October 1st, 7:00 PM until they kick us out, at Tsunami Books: Open mic. Come support a landmark of Oregon’s literary landscape. Tsunami Books’ current location is slated for demolition next summer: come show support and help encourage them to find a new home.

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Reminder: Early bird registration deadline is September 15th. Member registration is $65.00 if postmarked the 15th or earlier; non-member and late registration, $75.00. Walk-ins are welcome during the conference.

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Hotel registration: Valley River Inn, 541-743-1000

Special Note: OPA is recruiting new board members; we have three seats to fill. If you are interested in public service, promoting poetry, gaining experience working for non-profits, or expanding your professional contacts in poetry or other literary endeavors, board service could be for you. Find more details at WHO WE ARE > Executive Board.