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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: 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.

  • Posted: January 21, 2019

    Don Colburn wins national contest for chapbook due out in March

    Main Street Rag Publishing Company will publish my book “Mortality with Pronoun Shifts,” which won the 2018 Cathy Smith Bowers Poetry Chapbook Prize. Cathy Smith Bowers, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina, was the final judge. “I loved this book from the get-go,” she said of the winning manuscript. “The title itself is a brilliant juxtaposition of opposites: the archetypal, biblical, emotion-laden word mortality paired with such a sterile, academic phrase as pronoun shifts. Throughout the book, this stark tension of opposites never flags. Who wants to read an entire book of poems about death? I’ll take one any day—if it is written by this author.”

    The book is due out in March and can be ordered at a discount in advance from the Main Street Rag Online Bookstore:

    Here’s a direct link to my MSR author’s page, with comments on the book and sample poems:

    MORTALITY with Pronoun Shifts / Don Colburn

    Don Colburn wins national contest for chapbook due out in March

  • Posted: January 9, 2019

    Book Release Event for ‘The Bob Sterry School of Burglary’

    I invite all OPA members to celebrate poetry along with the publication of my book on January 29th at Artichoke Music (2007 SE Powell Blvd. Portland). Starting at 7 PM it will be a unique mixture of words spoken and sung. I have invited musicians and a few poets to join me. Tickets are FREE but please confirm via Brown Paper Tickets at this link.

    Book Release Event for 'The Bob Sterry School of Burglary'

  • Posted: January 6, 2019

    New Poetry Show on KBOO FM

    Did you know Portland’s community radio station, KBOO FM, has poetry every Monday night?

    Poetry starts at 10 PM. If you don’t feel like staying up that late, or if you can’t get KBOO in your area, you can listen to the shows on KBOO’s website. Each show has its own page where you can find the broadcasts:

    First Monday: Wider Window Poetry hosted by Tiel Ansari: New!

    Second and Third Monday: Talking Earth, various hosts

    Fourth Monday: Poetry and Everything hosted by Judith Arcana

    Tune in and join us!

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