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  • Posted: October 27, 2019

    Oregon Poet Wins Award – Is set to Judge International Contest

    Oregon Poet Adam Levon Brown has won the 2019 Blue Nib Chapbook Award. Out of nearly 450 entries, his chapbook, “Incidents” placed first. As well as the award, Brown was allotted 500 Euros as his prize.

    In the same week, Brown was named the judge of the 2019 Into the Void Magazine Poetry Prize Contest. The contest opens on November 1st internationally.

  • Posted: February 28, 2019

    Carolyn Martin Launches a New Collection

    Carolyn Martin is happy to announce the launch of her latest poetry collection, A Penchant for Masquerades (Unsolicited Press, 2019).

    Celebrate with her at

    The Milwaukie Poetry Series
    March 13, 2019
    6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    The Ledding Library Pond House
    2215 SE Harrison Street
    Milwaukie, OR

    From the universal to the personal, the formal to the experimental, this collection takes an unflinching look at the fluidity of truth, time, identity, history, death, and relationships.

  • Posted: February 2, 2019

    Klonopin Meets Sisyphus – New Chapbook by Adam Levon Brown

    The Oregon Poet, Adam Levon Brown, is having a chapbook of poems being published by Weasel Press (Texas) titled, “Klonopin Meets Sisyphus”

    You can stay up to date with the book by visiting

    “Adam Levon Brown’s new book Klonopin Meets Sisyphus is an amazing display of true vulnerability. Brown, who I consider to be the fastest growing poet, talent-wise, in the entire literary world, speaks of various struggles throughout his life.

    The title perfectly encapsulates what Brown does in this book–a feat often attempted but rarely pulled off with such acumen. From lost first loves to confronting the fact that he has been too humble toward other people in his life, this book scrutinizes both the aspects of mental illness (Klonopin) and the fact that Brown feels he is eternally trying to reach an inner peace only to have to start all over again (Sisyphus).

    This is a stage to page book for the ages. The book’s main theme may be vulnerability but there are occasional redemptive moments such as in the poem “Cigarettes and Anxiety” in which Brown utters “I will beat these addictions and conquer these fears.”

    Overall, I think this is Brown’s best book yet, as he peels back the layers of viscera and reveals his heart to the world. Brown is a poet I’ve been watching since his very first book and I cannot wait to see what he has in store for us next.”

    – Heath Brougher
    2018 Poet of the Year – Taj Mahal Review
    Head Poetry Editor
    Into the Void Magazine

  • Posted: January 28, 2019

    IN THE HUSH by Susan Woods Morse

    PRESS RELEASE: Susan Morse’s first chapbook, In the Hush, will be published by Finishing Line Press and is available May 2019. The author currently lives in the Willamette Valley, having recently moved from Maine. The poems in this chapbook explore family relationships and the toll that Alzheimer’s exacts on families, as described below:

    By way of the vivid image, the exact reverberating detail, and considerable courage, Susan Morse takes us down through the layers until we reach bedrock. She is the middle generation. Children grow up and leave. Elderly mother descends into dementia. Every stage of life is wrestled into poetry. Describing her own youth: “I railed against my tether, belligerent / like a surprised heifer under the ax.” When she gets a letter from a friend who has witnessed the beheading of a chicken: “I envision my mother; / her cotton wool head on a block. / I think what if sometimes a little death / is better than incoherence / or soundproofed green walls?”

    —Shirley Glubka, author of The Bright Logic of Wilma Schuh

    Susan Morse’s new collection, In the Hush, unfolds as a journey through relationships, nature, and time, with a sensibility to the harsh edges of the human condition. The persona woven through these poems doesn’t mince words. Titles such as “You Don’t Need to Keep Talking at Me, I Already Know You’re Going” combine with images of Alice in Wonderland’s “glass coffin of summer heat”. Morse’s nuanced, ever-changing landscape is compelling. The reader has no choice but to enter into “the consuming interests of the heart” and to grab hold of these deep mysteries rendered with clear-sighted acumen.

    —Judith Skillman, author, Came Home to Winter

    To purchase copies, contact or Leah Maines, Editor, Finishing Line Press, P.O. Box 1626, Georgetown, KY 40324

    Author contact:

    IN THE HUSH by Susan Woods Morse

  • Posted: January 21, 2019


    Wall Street in poetry?? Yes. If you’re interested in the soul of Wall Street (be that as it may), then this chapbook is worth your read. Revised in 2018. Can be purchased via Amazon, using the exact title in Amazon’s search bar.

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