Month: December 2017

Premiere of opera with music and libretto by Christopher M. Wicks

“Love Is Strong As Death,” a concise opera with music and libretto by Silvertonian Christopher M. Wicks, will be premiered at 2 PM on February 3, 2018 at the Mount Angel Abbey Library Auditorium at One Abbey Drive, St. Benedict, Ore. A repeat performance will take place on February 10, also at 2 PM. The …

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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 …

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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 …

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2107 Fall Contest New Poets: Honorable Mentions and Judge’s Comments

Honorable mentions: 1st Honorable Mention: “Memorial Day” by Joanna Rose, Portland, OR 2nd Honorable Mention: “Fostering a Better World” by Jennifer Rood, Grants Pass, OR 3rd Honorable Mention: “After Midnight” by Stephanie Striffler, Portland, OR     Judge’s comments I thought a lot about meaning as I read these poems. I thought about how language …

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2017 Fall Contest Winner: 3rd Place, New Poets

I Went to School Today   Salvador Dali was instructing, painfully, the concept of relativity. “Everything is relative to something else… this chair is relative to that corner. And the corner is relative to the clock on the wall as well as the room down that hall.” Einstein was sweeping up after the children’s lunch …

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Oregon poet George Venn in running for Pulitzer Prize

George Venn’s new book, Lichen Songs (Kelsay Books), is in the running for a 2018 Pulitzer Prize. Winners and finalists will be announced in April 2018. Watch this space for more! George Venn was formerly Writer in Residence at Eastern Oregon University. He has served on the editorial boards of the Oregon Historical Quarterly, Oregon …

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