OPA Offers Free Performance Poetry Workshop with Oregon’s own Alex Dang! Prizewinning slam poet Alex Dang! will present a Zoom workshop on performance poetry for OPA on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m. Open to all poets, it will cover how to get started with slam and other varieties of spoken word poetry, how to move from …
The war in Ukraine is on everyone’s mind these days. As poets, many of us feel the need to say something about this in the best way we can. OPA will host a Ukraine-themed open mic on Sunday, March 27, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to read for five minutes or less. Register to receive the Zoom link.
Gary Lark has long been a favorite poet of mine, starting over 20 years ago when I heard him at a reading. Lark read one of his poems “Fishing” and another by Clemens Starck. I thought it generous of him to spend some of his time celebrating another poet’s work. Lark’s poetry also has this kind and accepting spirit, a heart-softening quality that embraces the humanity of even those who err.