OPA Congratulates the 2019 Cascadia Contest Winners!

OPA and contest co-chairs Tiel Aisha Ansari and Lisa Baldwin congratulate Oregon’s vibrant and talented community of young poets and their teachers.

Division I: Kindergarten through Second Grade

“Room 8” by Ayala Albrecht, Adams Elementary School, teacher Jacob Havner

“Grandma” by Henry Finot, Adams Elementary School, teacher Jacob Havner      

“The Bus Ride” by Hazel Hall, Buckman Elementary School, teacher Tor Rockness

“I Love Making Gingerbread Houses” by Lawson Harter, Adams Elementary School, teacher Jacob Havner

“The Beginning” by Rose Kerber, Adams Elementary School, teacher Jacob Havner

“My Cruise in Hawaii” by Elena May, Adams Elementary School, teacher Jacob Havner           

“Mavis” by Kiana Medlock, Battle Creek Elementary School, teacher Corey Kadaja           

“My Feelings” by Bear Mueller, Adams Elementary School, teacher Jacob Havner

“Listen” by Madleine Watt,  Adams Elementary School, teacher Jacob Havner      

“The Launch” by Roger Wood, Silvies River Charter School, teacher Mariah Kemp

Division II: Third through Fifth Grade

“Sorrowful Wind” by Micah Alvarez, Dayton Grade School, teacher Tonya Hill    

“Understanding” by Emerson Bay, Heritage School, teacher Glen Olsen                

“Late Light ” by Eliza Hardiman, Create Solutions Tutoring, teacher Sara-Lynne Simpson

“It Makes Me Be Me” by Fiona McGrath, Bolton Primary School, teacher Amy Sebastian           

“Horrible Birthday To You” by Morgan Powell, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Jim Juntunen        

“You belong with me… ” by Alina Villa, Dayton Grade School, teacher Tonya Hill                       

“My Chickens! My Chickens! ” by Levi Whitley, Keating Elementary School, teacher Amanda Wilde

“Cynthia’s ‘I wants’” by Rubina Wiedemer, Homeschool, teacher Matthew Wiedemer           

“Math ” by Wyatt Wirth, Keating Elementary School, teacher Amanda Wilde                    

“The Worst in Us ” by Nikhil Wuppalapati, Springville K-8 School, teacher Laura Doolittle         

Division III: Sixth through Eighth Grade

“Moon over the water” by Amy Amato, Roots Academy, teacher Jessica Cavanaugh           

“What Was Going Through Our Minds is a Mystery” by Naomi Donaldson, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Harriet Wingard              

“Almostness” by Saul Drucker, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Harriet Wingard

“Trees” by Cody Geer, Judson Middle School, teacher Karen Kinnett                     

“Alone” by WeiLai Nathan, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Harriet Wingard  

“MY CHILDHOOD POEM” by Wiliam Riebel, Judson Middle School, teacher Karen Kinnett

“Childhood Poem” by Katherine Rincon Rodriguez, Judson Middle School, teacher Karen Kinnett

“This Big, Dark, World” by Bella Robinson, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Harriet Wingard         

“On Freedon Hill” by Catherine Ruzicka, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Harriet Wingard         

“Gone” by Chris Ruzicka, Portland Jewish Academy, teacher Harriet Wingard

Division IV: Ninth through Twelfth Grade

“The River” by Zach Brown, Grants Pass High School—Gladiola Campus, teacher Jennifer Rood

“Dependency” by Samantha Conley, Grants Pass High School—Gladiola Campus, teacher Jennifer Rood

“Do Not Disturb” by Janice Gara, Woodburn Academy of Art, Science, and Technology, teacher Chloe Avila

“Show the Light” by Nelly Gridnar, Wellness, Business and Sport School, teacher Charles Sanderson

“What It used to be” by Yaz Howard, Grants Pass High School—Gladiola Campus, teacher Jennifer Rood

“I Understand” by Ricci Mendes, Grants Pass High School—Gladiola Campus, teacher Jennifer Rood

“Burned Pancakes” by Ellen Pearson, Southridge High School, teacher Susan Murai

“Numbing Needles” by Cassie Riley, Grants Pass High School—Gladiola Campus, teacher

“The Water Bear Sonnet” by Helena Soares, Silvies River Charter School, teachers Kim Crosby and Mariah Komp

“NIGHT” by Clea Thomas, St. Mary’s Academy, teacher Sara Salvi

Nominations Are Open for OPA’s Patricia Ruth Banta Award

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 May 31. The award will be given at the Fall Conference.

Questions? Contact: OPA Secretary Erik Muller via the OPA Secretary email contact form on the Contacts page.

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 http://oregonpoets.org/submit-a-member-book/ and fill out the information.

If you’d like to add “book reviewer” to your resume, check out http://oregonpoets.org/opa-book-reviews-guidelines-and-policies/. 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 http://oregonpoets.org/contacts/book-reviews/. 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.