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Salem Poetry Project Featuring “In a Station of the Metro” @ Barrel & Keg
Jan 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

On this special night we will discuss “In a Station of the Metro” by Ezra Pound. The poem is two lines long and filled with possibilities. This evening will be led by Steve Slemenda. Slemenda retired from a 25-year career teaching English at Chemeketa Community College; is a co-founder and active member of the Silverton Poetry Association for the past 18 years; is a member of the Mid-Valley Poetry Society; and has been reading and writing poetry since childhood and is currently preparing a manuscript for a first chapbook of poems.

Find us in the back room. Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. Our hosts, The Barrel & Keg, feature a wide variety of beverages and the food pod in the back has a rotating menu of options for dinner!

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Jim Merrill @ Barrel & Keg
Jan 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Jim Merrill marks his life by what he can remember: playing in the foothills of East Bay- S.F. area, 1950’s; drums in the garage early 60’s. Teenager going to San Francisco and Berkeley staring at hippies and record album covers; also acid light shows at the Avalon Ballroom: the Dead, Quicksilver, Airplane, Janis, Bowie later, the Who, Hendrix. 1970’s: Delve into Donne, Marvell, Wordsworth, Keats in college. 1980’s followed John Denver’s dream to a Rocky Mtn. high–skiing 5 years at 10,000 ft. Then to L.A for screenwriting; teaching in the ghetto, Hollywood, Santa Monica. 1990’s college teaching in Denver after MFA at Naropa in Boulder. Move to Oregon 1999 to teach then retire at Chemawa Indian School. He has been writing poetry since high school. His first book, “Blues Fall Down Like Rain” was published in 2016. Both available from author or Amazon.

Find us in the back room. Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. Our hosts, The Barrel & Keg, feature a wide variety of beverages and the food pod in the back has a rotating menu of options for dinner!

Durable Goods reading, four poets and book’s author. @ The Book Bin
Jan 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Paulann Petersen, Clem Starck, Lex Runciman, and Barbara Drake will read in the context of Durable Goods: Appreciations of Oregon Poets by Erik Muller, who will lead a discussion following the reading.

William Stafford, A Light in Dark Times: Poems of Peace and Affirmation @ Mt. Angel Abbey Bookstore and Coffee Shop
Jan 13 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

This year’s annual event will focus on William Stafford’s writings to sustain the spirit in a time of great challenges tot he human condition.

The program will include poems, prose selections, and a short video.

Open mic: the audience will be invited to read a favorite Stafford poem and comment on its personal significance.

Burnin’ Down the Barnes Open Mic @ Barnes & Noble Books
Jan 14 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Featured Readers & Open Mic

Ralph Salisbury Memorial Celebration @ Gerlinger Alumni Lounge (Gerlinger Hall)
Jan 14 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Please join us in as we celebrate the life of Ralph Salisbury ? poet, writer, editor, professor emeritus, and beloved friend ? from 3:00-6:00 pm, Sunday, January 14, 2018, in the Gerlinger Alumni Lounge (Gerlinger Hall) on the University of Oregon campus, 1468 University Street, Eugene.

Because this is a public event, please pass this invitation to anyone you know would be interested.

A map to the University of Oregon is here: Access to Gerlinger Alumni Lounge (Gerlinger Hall) is on the far east end of the building, facing University Street. Enter through the double doors on the semi-circle drive across from the sculpture park (alongside the Erb Memorial Union). Street parking on University St., between 18th and 13th, as well as on 15th Street. Metered parking is free on Sundays.

Accessible by elevator or stairs. Early arrival recommended.

Reading with Frances Payne Adler, author of Making of a Matriot @ Broadway Books
Jan 16 @ 7:00 pm

In The Making of a Matriot, author Frances Payne Adler demonstrates—through poetry and prose—the need for a new conception of national defense through peaceful means, and provides a glimpse of the possibilities.

Definition: Matriot, noun. 1. One who loves his or her country. 2. One who loves and protects the people of his or her country. 3. One who perceives national defense as health, education, and shelter for all the people in his or her country, and the world.

“If national defense is the issue, why not, as poet-activist Frances Payne Adler suggests, a ‘national defense’ budget that defends the people through affordable health, education, and shelter for everyone?”
—Adrienne Rich, in Arts of the Possible

“These poems touch and explore the core of human existence—the wars, the illnesses, but also the love, the courage, the defiance, of which her own writing is an example. Her definition of ‘matriot’ alone makes it worthwhile opening the book.”
—Howard Zinn, author, People’s History of the United States

Poet Frances Payne Adler is the author of five books: two poetry collections, Making of a Matriot and Raising The Tents, and three collaborative poetry-photography books and social action art exhibitions with photographer Kira Carrillo Corser, which have shown in galleries, universities, and state capitol buildings across the country, as well as in the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C. Adler, along with Diana Garcia and Debra Busman, co-edited Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing, winner of the 2009 ForeWord Book of the Year Award for Anthologies. Her current exhibition, Dare I Call You Cousin, is about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and is a collaboration with Israeli artists, photographer Michal Fattal and videographer Yossi Yacov. Adler has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Regional Award, a California State Senate Award for Artistic and Social Collaboration, and the New Millennium Obama Award. Adler, Professor Emerita and founder of the Creative Writing & Social Action Program at California State University Monterey Bay, lives in Portland, Oregon.

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Chris Cottrell @ Barrel & Keg
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Chris Cottrell dragged himself from the Pacific Ocean, where he was raised, and settled in Oregon, where he spends time thinking about octopus, painting small things, writing poems, and teaching.

Find us in the back room. Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. Our hosts, The Barrel & Keg, feature a wide variety of beverages and the food pod in the back has a rotating menu of options for dinner!

Peregrine Literary Series @ Stickmen Brewery
Jan 21 @ 3:00 pm

Bring a favorite poem written by or about Wiliam Stafford to share during the open mike
portion of the program. Featured readers include David Ruteizer and Joan Maiers.
Hosted by Joan Maiers.
Free and open to the public.
Donations of canned goods or cash collected for the local Food Bank.

Prompt Writing Workshop by Write Around Portland @ Powell’s City of Books
Jan 24 @ 6:30 pm

Start 2018 off with a resolution to write! Write Around Portland offers a unique generative workshop called Prompt designed for writers and aspiring writers in the greater Portland area who want to participate in a Write Around workshop and support the communities we traditionally serve who might not otherwise have access to writing and community.

Based on the acclaimed Write Around Portland model, this dynamic 10-week workshop incorporates our favorite writing exercises designed to inspire the writing life, including freewriting; work with writing elements; strength-building feedback and early-draft revision. The workshop caps off with a community broadside.

Pre-registration is required and is limited to 14 adults per workshop. Session 1: 10 Wednesdays, Jan 24 – Mar 28, 6:30-8:30 PM. Cost: $300 – Payment plans available. Cost includes free parking, snacks and access to the “Bowels of Powell’s.” (Accessing the “bowels of Powell’s” requires climbing a flight of 12 stairs.)

Proceeds help fund Write Around Portland programs, including our free workshops in hospitals, treatment centers, schools, senior centers, prisons, low income housing buildings and homeless shelters.

NOTE: Spaces fill quickly! Call us (503.796.9224) if you have any questions and to discuss payment options. More information (and registration) can also be found on our website,