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  • Posted: September 27, 2018

    Tin Coyote Janice D. Rubin and Kate Gray read at Mother Foucault’s Oct 5th 6:00pm

    TIN COYOTE — Janice D. Rubin & Kate Gray
    October 5 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Mother Foucault’s Bookshop

    Join us on Friday, October 5 for a reading with Janice Rubin and Kate Gray in celebration of Tin Coyote, published by Blue Light Press in 2017. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop

    About Tin Coyote: A poignant journey traversing love, loss, memory and renewal, Tin Coyote is rooted in the inner landscape of the heart as well as the physical landscape of the poet’s beloved Oregon. The Oregon Coast, Warm Springs, Siuslaw River and Lake Paulina, among other iconic destinations at home and abroad, are vividly rendered backdrops to reflections and self-explorations. ‘Light reflects, refracts/creating space and possibility.’ Janice Rubin is a keen observer of self and environment.

    Janice D. Rubin is a counselor and educator. She received her M.S. from the University of Oregon and her B.A. in English Literature. Her poems have been published in CIRQUE: A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim, the Austin International Poetry Anthology, Tiger’s Eye Poetry Journal, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, The Quizzical ChairAnthology, It Demands a Wildness of Me (Uttered Chaos Press, 2018) and many other journals. She was nominated for the Pushcart Poetry Prize in 2008. She’s the author of Transcending Damnation Creek Trail & Other Poems(Flutter Press, 2010) and Tin Coyote (Blue Light Press, 2017).

    Kate Gray‘s passion stems from teaching, coaching writers, and volunteering as a writing facilitator with women inmates. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks, and one full-length collection, Another Sunset We Survive, which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her first novel, Carry the Sky stares at bullying without blinking. Now she is writing through Sylvia Plath in a novel-in-progress, narrating what led to The Bell Jar and Plath’s suicide attempt. Kate and her partner live in a purple house in Portland, Oregon with their two very patient dogs.

    Mother Foucault’s Bookshop
    523 S.E. Morrison St
    Portland, OR 97214

  • Posted: August 25, 2018

    Allan Peterson reading in Seattle

    Allan Peterson will read August 29th at Elliot Bay Books in Seattle together with poets from Washington State: Maria Mills, Katelyn Kenderish, Edward Derby and Daniel Cecil. 7-8:30

  • Posted: July 13, 2018

    Passing of Edward van Aelstyn, by Alan Contreras

    I note the passing of Edward van Aelstyn of Newport. I’m not sure that is mentioned anywhere else on OPA. He died May 23, 2018. He was the editor of Northwest Review at the UO when it was shut down over complaints about the content of poetry by Philip Whalen and others in 1964. He then started the famous Coyote’s Journal, which published Whalen, Gary Snyder and others.

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  • Posted: July 1, 2018

    The Bob Sterry School of Burglary

    On August 21st I will publish a collection of Poetry, Essays and Short Stories with the eponymous title ‘The Bob Sterry School of Burglary’. It will be my second publication if one counts a home-made chap book I put together in 2012 entitled ‘Wing Nut’. The new collection contains thirty-three poems, and thirteen essays or short stories depending on how you define these two mediums of expression. The styles and content range from comic satire to nostalgia to dark emotions. At present all the content is complete and the book is in the hands of my designer and copy editor. Some of the content has already appeared on my blog I will be running a crowd source program to offset the cost of publication using Kickstarter. Feel free to contact me for more information about the book.

  • Posted: June 21, 2018

    NFSPS Contest Results Posted

    The 2018 Encore from the National Federation of State Poetry Societies is available now at Amazon. Look for winning poems by OPA’s very own President, Lisa Baldwin!

    Winners also listed on NFSPS’ website.

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