Month: December 2019

2019 Fall Contest Winner: Theme—Our Common Life, 1st Place

The Porch in Summer by Lynn Robertson In the deep of heat, sides of laid-out dogs rise shallow-quick, their tongues loll limp, dirt crust fringes their foaming drool. Wasps circle haze, as if they were a crumble of leaves with no whisk of wind to carry them away. Like an old man’s temper a film …

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2019 Fall Contest Winner: Theme—Our Common Life, 2nd Place

Abatement by Suzy Harris Against this hundred-year house, ladders rise up from one story to the next, and the paint is scraped away, bit by bit, exposing raw boards to the bright August sun. Men covered in white suits call back and forth like in a church, call and response. They build a chapel of …

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Yakima Valley Libraries now accepting self-published, independent, and small-press titles

Yakima Valley Libraries, in Washington State, is now accepting self-published, independent, and small-press titles for inclusion in our new Local & Regional Author Collection (LRAC). The driving idea behind this collection is to provide a special space and readership for our local and regional self-published and small press authors that often don’t meet our criteria …

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2019 Fall Contest Winner: Theme—Our Common Life, 3rd Place

Debris by Stephanie Striffler you and I pick our way through tsunami debris    claws of bare tree up-ended    tires   Harley Davidson  soccer ball         the task has fallen to us an ocean away   to fill bags with ragged styrofoam remnants   forever undegradable   oyster farm buoys stamped with undecipherable characters   carried from a disaster more than …

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2019 Fall Contest, Theme—Our Common Life: Honorable Mentions and Judge’s Comments

1st Honorable Mention: “The Neighbor Brings a Boat Home” by Colette Jonopulos, Denver, CO 2nd Honorable Mention: “Facing the Light” by Jana Carp, Salem, OR 3rd Honorable Mention: “Earth: An Abecedarian Ode” by Alida Rol, Eugene, OR Judge’s comments  Judging poetry is always weighty. We are tasked with selecting one poem over another and ranking …

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