Calendar

Select one or more Categories to view calendar items for Readings, Workshops, Conferences, Calls for Submission, Contests, and Volunteer Opportunities.

The Disclaimer: OPA does not guarantee the information in this calendar to be complete or accurate so be sure to check the organization's web site for submission details, and good luck!

To submit items, please click the "Post Your Event" button at the top of the calendar and enter the information about your event, call for submissions, contest, or volunteer opportunity. Please be sure to select the appropriate Category on the calendar input form. After filling in the "Post Your Event" form, click the "Submit Form" button at the bottom of the screen (if you're using a laptop or tablet, you may need to scroll down to see the "Submit Form" button).

If you have any questions about this calendar, please use the contact form to email the calendar coordinator.

[ai1ec view="monthly" cat_name="readings,workshops,conferences,calls-for-submissions,volunteer-opportunities"]
Aug
22
Sun
2021
2021 Sejong International Sijo Competition @ Sejong Cultural Society
Aug 22 – Sep 30 all-day

International Sijo Poetry Competition
No entry fee; Prizes $500, $250, $100
Submit online at https://bit.ly/2VPrr6i
See more information at https://bit.ly/3itFw1X

Sep
18
Sat
2021
Reading Diane di Prima’s LOBA, led by Lauren Mallett @ Soapstone, Inc. via Zoom
Sep 18 @ 10:00 am – Oct 9 @ 12:00 pm

Reading Diane di Prima’s LOBA, led by Lauren Mallett
Four Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. PST
September 18 through October 9 via Zoom
$50, scholarships available
Limited to 16 participants

In an interview with Jacket magazine, Diane di Prima said, “I wanted everything—very earnestly and totally—I wanted to have every experience I could have, I wanted everything that was possible to a person in a female body.… So my feeling was, ‘Well’—as I had many times had the feeling—‘Well, nobody’s done it quite this way before but fuck it, that’s what I’m doing, I’m going to risk it.’”

Di Prima (1934-2020) was a poet of the Beat movement and the author of more than 40 books. She was born in Brooklyn and grew up on the East Coast. As an adult she ventured out west and settled in California. Di Prima taught at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and Amiri Baraka was one of her closest collaborators.

Di Prima’s LOBA is the most ambitious of her writing projects. Adrienne Rich described LOBA as “An epic act of language, a great geography of the female imagination.” This four-part study group will focus primarily on LOBA’s form, content, and craft. We’ll discuss the risks di Prima takes, and what she achieves as a result. The facilitator, poet and long-time LOBA fangirl Lauren Mallett, will provide brief excerpts from di Prima’s Memoirs of a Beatnik and Recollections of My Life as a Woman to complement our discussion of LOBA. On our final Saturday together, we will also consider di Prima’s legacy in contemporary poetics.

Our required text is the expanded edition of LOBA by Diane di Prima (blue cover, Penguin Books, 1998). Interest in the divine feminine, second-wave feminism, and literary myth-making is far more important to our conversation than poetry experience or vocabulary.

Lauren Mallett (she/her/hers) is a poet, teacher, doula, and mushroom forager. She has lived and studied in Guanajuato and Xalapa, Mexico. Lauren taught dual-language immersion fifth grade in Richmond, California. She earned her MFA and was the Assistant Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Salamander, Passages North, Fugue, Tupelo Quarterly, and other journals. Lauren is a 2016, 2019, and 2020 Pushcart Prize nominee. She has taught for Purdue University, the Lafayette Writers’ Studio, and the Reynolds Young Writers Workshop. She lives on Oregon’s north coast, on the traditional homelands of the Clatsop people. www.laurenmallett.com

Oct
1
Fri
2021
LOWER COLUMBIA POETRY COMPETITION OPEN TO ALL CLATSOP, PACIFIC, TILLAMOOK & WAHKIAKUM COUNTY RESIDENTS @ Email Submission
Oct 1 all-day

The Writer’s Guild of Astoria, Oregon is seeking poetry entries from residents of Clatsop,
Pacific, Tillamook, and Wahkiakum Counties for a contest in connection with Jericho Brown’s visit to our community. Deadline for entries is October 1, 2021. Poets are invited to respond to the theme of “Tradition,” inspired by Jericho Brown’s The Tradition (Copper Canyon Press; 2019), winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Submit up to three poems as a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf attachment to [email protected] The Writer’s Guild Board of Directors will judge the entries in the competition categories of Middle School, High School, and College/Community. The following information should appear in the header of each entry: poet’s name, competition category, home address, email address, and phone number. Entries without all information will be disqualified.

Nov
5
Fri
2021
An Evening with Jericho Brown @ Liberty Theater
Nov 5 @ 7:00 pm

The Writer’s Guild of Astoria is thrilled to announce a conversation and reading with Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Jericho Brown, Friday November 5th, 7:00 p.m. at the Liberty Theater in downtown Astoria.

Doors open at 6 pm with a VIP wine and cheese reception before. Tickets available from $5-65, with free tickets available through several of our local community partners.

The Writer’s Guild is a literary nonprofit with 501 (c)(3) status, and all gifts are fully tax deductible. Our mission is to create a community of writers and strengthen the Astoria area and surrounding communities through the power of the written word.