Do you know of an individual or group who deserves recognition for their contributions to the culture of poetry in Oregon? Consider nominating them for OPA’s Patricia Ruth Banta Award, which honors an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to Oregon poetry and to OPA’s mission.  Download the nomination form below: print, complete, and mail to:

Oregon Poetry Association
PO Box 14582 Portland OR 97293

OPA seeks to build and sustain a diverse community of Oregon poets, provide Oregon poets opportunities to exchange ideas and learn from one another, further the appreciation of poetry throughout the state, and raise public awareness of Oregon poets.  Nominees may have contributed in any of these ways. Nominations are due by July 31. The award will be announced in the fall. 

Questions? Contact: OPA Vice-President Jennifer Rood via the Vice-President e-mail contact form on the Contacts page.

Oregon Poetry Association Poetry Contest Spring 2020 Winners

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

                                      Contest Chair: Stella Jeng Guillory

Poet’s Choice — Lynn Otto, Judge

1st Place: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Barbara Blanks, Garland, TX

2nd Place: “Arachnidæa: Line Drawings” by Stephen Pollock, Mebane, NC

3rd Place: “Mind Gloss” by David Hedges, West Lynn, OR

Honorable Mentions

1st Honorable Mention: “Missing” by Suzanne Sigafoos, Portland, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “Women’s Day at the Sauna” by Michelle Williams, Portland, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “Facing Backward on the Train” by Dan Kaufman, Central Point, OR

Members Only — Andrea Hollander, Judge

1st Place: “Cradling Dad” by Cathy Cain, Lake Oswego, OR

2nd Place: “Framing” by Don Kunz, Bend, OR

3rd Place: “Dawn Donuts” by Dan Kaufman, Central Point, OR

Honorable Mentions

1st Honorable Mention: “South Africa: A Refugee from Lithuania Reflects on Her New Life”  by Vivienne Popperl, Portland, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “Cold Comfort” by Carol Boutard, Gaston, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “The House of Winter in Summer” by James R Merrill, Keizer, OR

New Poets — Penelope Scambly Schott

1st Place: “Go Round Mary” by Evelyn Gardner, Portland, OR

2nd Place: “Rain” by Jim Johnson, Portland, OR

3rd Place: “Dog bodhisattvas” by Mary Ann Petersen, Eugene, OR

Honorable Mentions

1st Honorable Mention: “She Smiles” by Christian Shute, Cheyenne, WY

2nd Honorable Mention: “It’s Mostly Complaining” by Phillip Wilson, Beaverton, OR;

3rd Honorable Mention: “Seven Encounters with Rainbow” by Tuula Rebhahn, Ashland, OR

Traditional Form- Triolet–— Marc Janssen, Judge

1st Place: “When your Man’s a Drunk” by Joan Dobbie, Eugene, OR

2nd Place: “O World” by David Hedges, West Lynn, OR

3rd Place: “ Mates” by Nita Countryman, Brush Prairie, WA

Honorable Mentions

1st Honorable Mention: “Pale Ring” by Charles Castle, Eugene, OR;

2nd Honorable Mention: “Here and Gone” by Jim Johnson, Portland, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “Leaf Ballet” by Emory D. Jones; Inka, MS

Theme – Anticipation– Judge: John Brehm:

1st Place: “IN ATHENS WITH MARGUERITE” by Connie Soper, Portland, OR

2nd Place: “Beethoven Never Saw an Ocean” by Colette Tennant, Salem, OR

3rd Place: “The Way” by Donna Prinzmetal, Portland, OR

Honorable Mentions

1st Honorable Mention:  “Anticipation Spells” by Linda Ferguson, Portland, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “The Pleasures of Whorehouse Meadow” by David Hedges

3rd Honorable Mention: “The Things We Do to Generate Hope” by Michelle Williams, Portland, OR

Under 30 –Judge: David Biespiel:

1st: “Tuesdays But Also Sometimes Never” by Brady Pearson, Portland, OR;

2nd: “She Seems Like a Nice Girl with a Mean Streak” by Eva Parish, New York. NY;

3rd: “keeping up with the kardashians” by Sophie App-Singer, Bend, OR

Honorable Mentions

“Hourglass & Obol” by Alex Hart, Portland, OR

“untitled” by Lexis Sixel, Eugene, OR

“Oaklen’s Ode” by Anastasia Blanchet, Saugerties, NY

Friends of the Gorge Spring Haiku Challenge – through April 15th

In celebration of National Poetry Month and International Haiku Poetry Day on April 17,  Friends of the Columbia Gorge is launching a Spring Gorge Haiku Challenge. While we all refrain from connecting to the Gorge physically, for the greater good, we can still stay connected virtually and celebrate the Gorge’s wonders from home by writing three simple but meaningful lines of verse. 

For details visit Friends of the Gorge