The Oregon Poetry Collection
In 2007, the Oregon State Library and the Oregon Poetry Association joined together to develop the Oregon Poetry Collection. Publications in this special collection are written by Oregon poets, past and present, or deal substantially with Oregon subject matter. Its purpose is to provide a single, increasingly comprehensive collection of works by Oregon poets and to make these works accessible to all Oregonians.
Except for one grant-funded purchase, all the books in the Oregon Poetry Collection have been donated. Oregon poets, publishers and aficionados of Oregon poetry are encouraged to donate two copies of each title, one for circulation and one for permanent preservation, not presently included in the Collection. Please use this online catalog to find out what is in our collection!
Donations should be addressed to:
Oregon State Library
Attn: Oregon Poetry Collection
250 Winter St. NE
Salem, Oregon 97301-3950
Any Oregonian, with a current photo ID, may check out circulating items from the Oregon Poetry Collection by coming to the State Library’s Reference Room or asking their local library to request the item through interlibrary loan. Non-circulating items may be used at the State Library only, just ask the Reference Librarian at the desk to retrieve the item for you.
Oregon Cultural Trust: The Cultural Trust is a statewide cultural plan to raise significant new funds to invest in Oregon’s arts, humanities and heritage. Funds will be distributed to local communities to support their cultural priorities, through competitive grants for projects of regional and statewide significance, and through grants to Oregon’s statewide cultural agencies to support their ongoing efforts. http://www.culturaltrust.org
Oregon Poetic Voices: oregonpoeticvoices.org Recognizing the need for poetry in our lives, the Oregon Poetic Voices Project (OPV) has begun to create a comprehensive digital archive of poetry readings that will complement existing print collections of poetry across the state. This sound archive will be available online to Oregonians of all ages and geographic locations at libraries, in schools, at home, or visiting the State Library Poetry Room. Oregon Poetic Voices will draw from three major collections of recorded Oregon poetry: the two decades of sound archives of the Fishtrap Writers’ Gathering in Wallowa County, collected by Rich Wandschneider; the fifteen years of weekly interviews conducted by Barbara LaMorticella and Walt Curtis at KBOO radio; and the recorded archives at Sandra Williams’s long-running Mountain Writers project. Between them, these three archives contain recordings of almost every significant Oregon poet of the last quarter of the twentieth century, along with a good selection of recent innovators and creative spirits in the increasingly diverse world of Oregon poetry. We will also be soliciting from across the State recordings of Oregon Poets. We hope to be as inclusive as possible.
For more information on becoming a contributor to Oregon Poetic Voices please contact: Melissa Dalton, Poetry Fellow, Lewis & Clark College
0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd Portland, Oregon 97219. email: mdalton [at] lclark [dot] edu
National Federation of State Poetry Societies: As a member of OPA, you are automatically a member of NFSPS, the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. As a member, you may enter NFSPS’s annual contests (both single poems and full-length manuscripts) and attend the annual convention at a member rate. Click here to go to the NFSPS web site.
Poetry Society of America: This national organization produces a magazine, Crossroads, sponsors events in its home base of New York City and around the nation, and sponsors both contests and events. Click here to find out more about PSA.
New Pages: This venerable web site lists and reviews literary journals; its reviews provide incredible detail. They also list contest deadlines, calls for submission, information on creative writing programs, and much more. The journals are arranged alphabetically, and each has a link to that journal’s site.Click here to go to New Pages, a great place to find literary journals.
Duotrope’s Digest: Sign up for free (and feel free to make a donation) for this online directory of literary journals, zines, blogs, and magazines. Links are provided. Users can use the site to track submissions, acceptances, and rejections, which is a handy way to stay organized. This site is thorough and extremely helpful–click here to get started.
Pacific University MFA program: This low-residency graduate study program offers the opportunity to work toward an MFA in poetry, fiction, or non-fiction. http://www.pacificu.edu/as/mfa/links.cfm