Member News Digest

We love hearing about, passing on news about, and reading about our OPA members having poems published in literary journals, in zines, on web sites, and as a consequence of winning a contest. Please let us know where we can find your most recent publications, and use this page as a guide to the publications where OPA member’s poems appear!

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  • Posted: February 28, 2015

    Shawn Aveningo

    February 28, 2015, 2:20 pm
    Shawn Aveningo
    Member news item: Thank you to Emmanuel Sigauke for featuring five of my poems in the Munyori Literary Journal, last month. You can visit the direct link below to read “Born Where Men Go To Die”, “Shape-Shifting”, “Last Call”, “Citizen’s Mistress” and “And the Question Is…”. Please feel free to comment or share.

  • Posted: January 26, 2015


    January 26, 2015, 6:31 pm
    I wanted to let you know that one of my poems is featured today, January 17, at the Rattle website. It was selected as the Artist’s Choice Winner in Rattle’s recent Ekphrasis Challenge #2. Entrants were asked to write a poem in response to a photograph by James Bernal. In addition to the poem and photograph, you will find commentary there by the photographer, as well as an audio track that will allow you to listen to me performing the poem (click on the arrow in the gray box above my name). You’ll find Rattle here:

    If you come to this letter late, you can still find and read the poem. Rattle features a new poem daily, so you can just scroll back to January 17 by clicking on “older poems” at the bottom of the page, or by entering “Clean White Sheets” or “Ekphrasis Challenge #2” into the search box at the top of the screen.

    It is raining here this morning in Portland. It also rained on the day I married my late husband in Tahiti, who is the subject of the poem. However, unlike here in the U.S. where people hope and pray it doesn’t rain on their wedding, the Tahitians consider rain on that day to be a symbol of good luck. As for me, the rain today is a sign that I’m still being watched over and that my work is appreciated.

  • Posted: January 19, 2015

    Carolyn Martin

    January 19, 2015, 9:44 pm
    Carolyn Martin
    The Poetry Box is pleased to announce the publication of Carolyn Martin’s second collection, The Way a Woman Knows. Read what other poets are saying about it at

  • Posted: December 28, 2014

    Gail Denham

    December 28, 2014, 12:33 pm
    Gail Denham
    Nov/Dec news: 3rd prize, Florida cont.; 1st prize, Illinois cont.; 2nd prize Mississippi cont. (& H.M.s); Thin Air prize; poem in Mocassin; poem in two Okla. on-line newsletters; Festival using a poem; Highland Park (IL) prize on-line; 3rd prize, Massachusetts cont.

  • Posted: October 18, 2014

    Don Colburn

    October 18, 2014, 6:12 pm
    Colburn, Don
    My chapbook of poems, “Tomorrow Too: The Brenda Monologues,” will be performed on stage this month at the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis (Oct. 26) and the Wildish Theatre in Springfield (Oct. 24-25). Three actors directed by Leigh Matthews Bock will present the monologues, which tell the true story of Brenda Arrieta Killian, who faced cancer while pregnant. The performances honor those, such as Brenda and her family, affected by breast cancer.

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