Oregon Poetry Association Fall 2019 Contest Winners

Poet’s Choice — Carl Adamshick, Judge

1st Place: “Tiny Blue Flowers” by Danielle Stricklin, Eugene, OR

2nd Place: “Original Face” by Michael Selker, Portland, OR

3rdPlace: “My Selfie Poem” by Cynthia Jacobi, Newport, OR

1st Honorable Mention: “Barbizon Nightgowns” by Sandra Rokoff-Lizut, McMinnville, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “Do Not Be Afraid” by Michael Hanner, Eugene, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “Death’s Usher” by Jessica Mehta, Hillsboro, OR

Members Only — Leah Stenson, Judge

1st Place: “You Never Can Replace a Dog You Love” by David Hedges,
West Linn, OR

2nd Place: “To the Moon after the Blood Red Moon” by Amy Baskin, Portland, OR

3rd Place: “Here a Small Rain” by Nancy Christopherson, Baker City, OR

1st Honorable Mention: “El Corazón del Invierno” by Michael Hanner, Eugene, OR        

2nd Honorable Mention: “Even If It Hurts” by Karen Keltz, Tillamook, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “What I Learn” by Lorna Rose, Wenatchee, WA

New Poets — Stephanie Adams-Santos, Judge

1st Place: “Mercy” by Quinn Miller, Portland, OR

2nd Place: “They Try to Remind Us” by James R. Merrill, Salem, OR

3rd Place: “The Bull” by Nadine Fiedler, Portland, OR

1st Honorable Mention: “Stage Four” by Jackie McManus, Lyle, WA

2nd Honorable Mention: “Someday” by Mary Theis, Talent, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “Unraveling” by Norm Baxter, Salem, OR

Traditional Form – Blank Verse — John Morrison, Judge

1st Place: “Gifted” by Diana Morley, Talent, OR

2nd Place: “The Prince: First Anniversary” by Carolyn Martin, Clackamas, OR

3rd Place: “Elegy for Hands” by Susan Morse, Salem, OR

1st Honorable Mention: “Full Moons” by Susanne Twight-Alexander, Eugene, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “The Dandelion’s Rant” by Paul Telles, Beaverton, OR

3rd Honorable Mention:1 “Finding My Song” by Barbara Blanks, Garland, TX

Theme – Our Common Life Toni Lumbrazo Luna, Judge    

1st Place: “The Porch in Summer” by Lynn Robertson, Pendleton, OR

2nd Place: “Abatement” by Suzy Harris, Portland, OR

3rd Place: “Debris” by Stephanie Striffler, Portland, OR

1st Honorable Mention: “The Neighbor Brings a Boat Home” by Colette Jonopulos, Denver, CO

2nd Honorable Mention: “Facing the Light” by Jana Carp, Salem, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “Earth: An Abecedarian Ode” by Alida Rol, Eugene, OR

OPA congratulates all who participated!

Winning poems will appear under “Poet’s Spotlight” beginning in December.

Oregon Poetry Association Spring 2019 Contest Winners

OPA congratulates all the winners below, and thanks them
and all the poets who entered for sharing their work.

Watch for individual poems to appear in Poet’s Spotlight over the coming weeks.

Poet’s Choice — John Sibley Williams, Judge

1st Place: “Maps” by Jennifer Dorner, Klamath Falls, OR

2nd Place: “passing” by Deborah Akers, Portland, OR

3rd Place: “Observing the Arsonist” by Colette Jonopulos, Denver, CO

1st Honorable Mention: “Awaiting the Child” by Carol Ellis, Forest Grove, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “I.” by Tamarah Rockwood, Bainbridge Island, WA

3rd Honorable Mention: “I Want to Speak Norwegian” by Linda Ferguson, Portland, OR

Members Only — José Angel Araguz, Judge

1st Place: “Lake Ridge Drive” by Jennifer Dorner, Klamath Falls, OR

2nd Place: “Birding” by Carol Lantz, Corvallis, OR

3rd Place: “Roadtrip, Interstate 65” by Sallie Ehrman, Ashland, OR

1st Honorable Mention: “Jill Reaches Maturity” by Ann Magill, Ashland, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “Once” by Sherri Levine, Portland, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “Killjoy” by Lucy Cotter, Portland, OR

New Poets — Stella Beratlis, Judge

1st Place: “Falling Stars” by Meli Broderick Eaton, Bend, OR

2nd Place: “The Bus Stop Has a Sense of Slow-Down” by Peter Schettkoe, Eugene, OR

3rd Place: “All eyes” by Linda Golaszewski, Portland, OR

1st Honorable Mention: “Freefall” by Lucy Cotter, Portland, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “Question for Mary Oliver” by Linda Budan, Newberg, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “Gefilte Fish” by Barry Vitcov, Ashland, OR

Traditional Form – Ghazal — Kathleen McClung, Judge

1st Place: “Slippage” by Eleanor Berry, Lyons, OR

2nd Place: “For a Distant Friend” by Delia Garigan, Hillsboro, OR

3rd Place: “Hiraeth from an Oregon beach to a lost island” by Amelia Díaz Ettinger, Summerville, OR

1st Honorable Mention: “Albert on a Bicycle: A Ghazal” by Robert Eastwood, San Ramon, CA

2nd Honorable Mention: “Be Still” by Nancy Knowles, La Grande, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “Late, November” by Zach Zeman, Sacramento, CA

Theme–Climate — Nancy Carol Moody, Judge                        

1st Place: “Loaded trunk falling down a flight of stairs like choir birds” by Shari Crane Fox,
Portland, OR

2nd Place: “Assemblage. The Anthropocene” by Michael G. Smith, Santa Fe, NM

3rd Place: “Impending Water Shortage: Facts & Incantations” by Khadija Anderson, Altadena, CA

1st Honorable Mention: “I Promise to Keep These Promises” by Jennifer Dorner, Klamath Falls, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “Anthem for the Anthropocene” by Alida Rol, Eugene, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “Ode to the Worst Air Quality in Two Decades” by Hillary Tully,
Eugene, OR

2018 Fall Contest, Theme – Harvest, 1st Place Winner

the mountain in the evening
by Brad Canfield

my grandfather had a black mountain and he picked asparagus in his garden just in front of the mountain he pulled each stalk from the dirt with his thick dirty fingers and dropped it gently into an old coffee can shunk. shunk. shunk. each stalk was a like piece of the evening because the sky grew darker as he picked and i think he looked like he was coming up out of the soil while he picked and i also think he looked like he was growing out of the soil and into a mountain

Judge’s comments
In three readings of this set of poems, my first choice never changed. The winner, “the mountain in the evening,” caught me with its simplicity, brevity, and a powerful transformative metaphor balanced on the word because. This in a five-line prose poem with the moody feel of Raymond Chandler.
—Michael Hanner

Brad Canfield lives in Philomath, at the foot Mary’s Peak, and has been writing poetry for 18 years. He recently spent two years living in southern Ethiopia with his wife, their two sons and the family dog, at the foot of Mount Demota. His experience in Africa deeply impacted his approach to poetry and has pushed him to write poems focused on the metaphysical aspects of living in Oregon as compared to living in Ethiopia.