Always Beginning: Ursula K. Le Guin’s poetry reveals a writer humbled by the craft.

Click here to read a wonderful essay about the late and much-missed Oregon poet, Ursula K. Le Guin, at the Poetry Foundation.

David Naimon writes “When I’m asked what it was like to collaborate with Le Guin, I often reply that she didn’t suffer fools.”

OPA Congratulates Fall 2018 Contest Winners!

Oregon Poetry Association

Fall 2018 Contest Winners


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



Poet’s Choice — Jennifer Richter, Judge

1st Place: “Dream: At the Beach” by Robin Rosen Chang, Westfield, NJ

2nd Place: “Colors of My Mother” by Janice Hoffman, Williamsburg, VA

3rd Place: “Corpse Walker” by David Sullivan, Santa Cruz, CA

1st Honorable Mention: “In Memory of Peter Sears” by Doug Stone, Albany, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “Walk on Big Stump Beach” by Kari Wergeland, Yachats, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “Adiabatic Flame” by Shari Crane, Portland, OR


Members Only — Anita Sullivan, Judge

1st Place: “Searching for the True Gesture #2” by Joshua Boettiger, Ashland, OR

2nd Place: “Yelapa Regret” by Lois Rosen, Salem, OR

3rd Place: “Picking Peaches” by Judson Hyatt, McMinnville, OR

1st Honorable Mention: “Rowing Machine” by Judith Barrington, Portland, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “Renault Shocked” by Charlie Southerland, Viola, AR

3rd Honorable Mention: “Tips” by John McPherson, Portland, OR


New Poets — Colette Tennant, Judge

1st Place: “soddo ethiopia 1” by Brad Canfield, Philomath, OR

2nd Place: “Canned Fruit in the Crawl Space” by Diana Morley, Talent, OR

3rd Place: “One Light” by Krayna Castelbaum, Bend, OR

1st Honorable Mention: “Visit to Seattle” by Lucy Cotter, Portland, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “Response to Tess Gallagher’s poem ‘He Would Have, in Moon Crossing Bridge’” by Bren Carver, Newport, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “Coming Home” by Emily Antonia Fox García, Vancouver, WA


Traditional Form–Rondeau — Angela Decker, Judge

1st Place: “In Flanders’ Yard” by Dan Kaufman, Central Point, OR

2nd Place: “Affannato” by Mikaela Curry, Pikeville, KY

3rd Place: “Still Burning” by Charlotte Abernathy, Ashland, OR

1st Honorable Mention: “Against Neighborhood Noise” by Cecelia Hagen, Eugene, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “The Turning Year” by Linda Barnes, Medford, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “Rondeau for the Millennial Whoop” by Jen Karetnick, Miami Shores, FL


Theme–Harvest — Michael Hanner, Judge                               

1st Place: “the mountain in the evening” by Brad Canfield, Philomath, OR

2nd Place: “Payday” by Joshua Boettiger, Ashland, OR

3rd Place: “Living Room, Circa 1965” by Colette Jonopulos, Denver, CO

1st Honorable Mention: “The Sugar Cane at Harvest Bears Witness” by Nancy Flynn, Portland, OR

2nd Honorable Mention: “A Little Thanksgiving” by Leah Stenson, Portland, OR

3rd Honorable Mention: “Fruit Preserves in Glass Jars” by Nancy Christopherson, Baker City, OR

2018 Conference Augments Oregon Poetry Collection

At the OPA conference in Eugene the last weekend of September, OPA collected books for the Oregon Poetry Collection. Erik Muller writes: “The basket for donations to the OPC is heavy, indeed. Seventeen authors, twenty-three titles, forty-six books, and two 2016 Verseweavers.”

For information about the Oregon Poetry Collection, and how to donate books to it, see “Oregon Poetry Collection” under RESOURCES

These are the books about to arrive in the collection:

Verseweavers, Number 21, 2016.  Two copies.

Dawn Anderson. Seeing the Beauty in Everyday Things. Two copies.

Dawn Anderson. Stamp Collection.  Two copies.

Jose Angel Araguz.  Reasons (Not) To Dance.  Two copies.

Jose Angel Araguz.  The Wall.  Two copies.

Jose Angel Araguz.  Everything We Think We Hear.  Two copies.

Jose Angel Araguz.  Until We Are Level Again.  Two copies.

Joan Dobbie.  Woodstock Baby.  Two copies.

Kelly Eastland.  Illuminated Planet.  One copy.

Trina Gaynon.  The Alphabet of Romance.  Two copies.

Sherri Levine.  In These Voices.  Two copies.

Rosemary Douglas Lombard.  Turtles All the Way.  Two copies.

Robert McDowell.  Quiet Money.  One copy.

Carter McKenzie.  Stem of Us.  Two copies.

James R. Merrill.  The Lust of Experience.  One copy.

James R. Merrill.  Blues Fall Down Like Rain.  One copy.

Judith H. Montgomery.  Litany for Wound and Bloom.  Two copies.

Erik Muller.  Daymarks.  Two copies.

Lois Rosen.  Nice and Loud.  Two copies.

Penelope Scambly Schott.  House of the Cardamom Seed.  Two copies.

Linda Varsell Smith.  Lacunae.  Two copies.

Linda Varsell Smith.  Mirabilia.  Two copies.

Linda Varsell Smith.  Spiral Hands.  Two copies.

Jo Van Arkel.  Give Me a Hat To Wear.  Two copies.

Lina Fippin White.  Becoming the Crone.  Two copies.