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: December 7, 2017

    God of the Beetle by veRONIca Jackson

    veRONIca Jackson’s poem God of the Beetle won 3rd place in the Humorous category of the Fall 2017 Ina Coolbrith Circle, (California) poetry contest in November. Other poems published in November issue of Brevities A Mini-Mag of Minimalist Poems, editor Joyce Odam, 2432 48th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95822-3809, where short poems contributions are welcome. Poem Sunflower was published in Modesto, Ca. Fall, 2017 issue of Song of the San Joaquin quarterly.

  • Posted: December 5, 2017

    Poetry and Medicine article by Lois Leveen

    OPA members may be interested in “Finding Purpose: Honing the Practice of Making Meaning in Medicine,” an article about using poetry to facilitate discussions among physicians, among “interprofessional health care teams,” and between healthcare practitioners and patients. It’s just been published by The Permanente Journal (Permanente is a medical journal akin to JAMA or the New England Journal of Medicine, so this article appears alongside ones about cutting edge research in medicine.) Here’s the abstract:

    Despite decades of advances in diagnosing and treating a broad range of illnesses, many changes in our health care system impede true caregiving, leaving patients and practitioners dissatisfied and creating an emotional burden for practitioners that contributes to the staggering rates of physician burnout. Given this dissatisfaction and disconnection, practitioners and patients alike can benefit from structured opportunities to explore the expectations, assumptions, and emotions that shape our understanding of health and illness, and thus our experiences within the health care system. This article demonstrates how group discussions of poetry—something that might seem irrelevant to medical practice or physical wellness—can foster communication, connection, and collective reflection for physicians, interprofessional health care teams, and groups that include practitioners, patients, and families, allowing participants to once again find meaning in medicine.

    You can download the PDF here: It’s free, and written in an accessible style, and I am hoping it will do good work in the world, so please share it widely.

  • Posted: November 22, 2017

    Blue Interval (introduction by Alan Contreras)

    Blue Interval: Poems of Crater Lake National Park, first published in 1935 by UO faculty member Gerry Moll, has been released in a new edition by special arrangement with his daughter Carolyn Moll, with an introduction by OPA member Alan Contreras. Some additional material not in the 1935 edition has been added. Proceeds from sales go to support the Ernest G. Moll Faculty Research Professorship in Literary Studies at the University of Oregon.

    Blue Interval (introduction by Alan Contreras)

  • Posted: September 12, 2017

    Just Published: Arn Strasser “Incidental Longing” and READING

    On Thursday, Oct. 5th at 7pm at BROADWAY BOOKS I will be reading from my just published new collection, INCIDENTAL LONGING (Budding Branch Books). The books is available at Broadway Books, Powell’s City of Books, Cannon Beach Bookstore, Garden Fever and other independent outlets.

    Hope you can make it!

    Just Published: Arn Strasser "Incidental Longing" and READING

  • Posted: September 8, 2017

    Joan Maiers

    The latest Green Living Journal published another of my poems, Affinity, about the Lake Oswego Public Library.

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