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.

Wanted: New Books for Review and Book Reviewers

A new year, new books, and new reviewers: a fertile combination to keep OPA members informed about the creative work their colleagues are doing.

If you’d like to add a book to the list book review list, go to and fill out the information.

If you’d like to add “book reviewer” to your resume, check out Familiarize yourself with the OPA guidelines and policies before committing to a review. For example, reviewers don’t have to be OPA members, but authors who would like their books reviewed do.

Also, read some of the reviews that have already been published. They’ll provide you with good models.

One caveat: While OPA respects all reviewers’ opinions, we realize that it’s a waste of time for readers to read a review of a book that they wouldn’t want to buy. We’ve had reviewers be very honest about the fact that they couldn’t in good conscience review a book they committed to because it was poorly written. We appreciate that honesty.

Once you’ve decided on a book, contact Carolyn Martin, Book Review Editor, at She’s keeping tabs on what books are still available for a review. She’ll also be happy to answer questions and help you through this very rewarding writing experience.

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.