April 2021

MVPS Poetry in Performance Event

Healing Fractures A Mid-Valley Poetry Society Poetry in Performance Event 2-4 p.m., Sunday, April 25, via Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85235663282?pwd=NERyWU45M0t1RGFMWDVnVUhuWmMxdz09 Featuring Painter & Writer Cynthia Herron & Singer-Songwriter Kristen Grainger Free ● Open Mic between Sets by Featured Presenters This Poetry in Performance event will be a program of art, music, and poetry for “Healing Fractures.” Painter …

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OPA Board Minutes, April 6, 2021

Minutes of the Oregon Poetry Association (OPA) Board Meeting of April 6, 2021 The meeting was scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm via Zoom. Present: Jennifer Rood (President, Historian), Sue Fagalde Lick (Vice-President), Dan Liberthson (Secretary), Rana Tahir (Treasurer), Dave Mehler (Membership Co-chair), Dale Champlin (Newsletter and Verseweavers Editor), Lorna Rose Hahn (Membership Co-Chair, Outreach …

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OPA reviews Grim Honey, by Jessica Barksdale, reviewed by Alicia Hoffman

Like the horrific tragedy of 9/11, everyone will remember where they were when Covid19 shut down the globe. In early March 2020, days before nation-wide school closures, I was standing in a room full of maskless high schoolers, reviewing for the upcoming AP Language exams. We were studying the rhetorical concept of exigence, the idea that writers often come up against a situation that demands action or remedy. It is this impulse, this urgency, that often calls us to act, that prompts utterance, that begs us to better understand our place in the world’s vast and complicated chess game.

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