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Art Center East-Writing Project @ Art Center East
Jul 17 @ 7:00 pm

Reading presentation by Nathan Lowe.
Nate Lowe is a writer, teacher, and college administrator. His work has appeared in such journals as Ascent, South Dakota Review, Blood Orange Review, Beecher’s Magazine, and The Chattahoochee Review. In addition, his creative essays have been long listed as “Notable of the Year” by the Best American Essays series and nominated for Pushcart Prizes. In 2016, Lowe earned Honorable Mention for the Kay W. Levin Short Nonfiction Award by the Council for Wisconsin Writers, which awarded him a writing residency at the Painted Forest in Valton, Wisconsin. He is currently (and slowly) at work on two books of essays, a chapbook tentatively titled The Animals We Make, which explores the pleasures and failures of early fatherhood, and a full-length collection that tries to make sense of his rural childhood through stories of pickup trucks and the men and women who drove them. After 15 years of teaching college creative writing, he was named the Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Eastern Oregon University in 2017. Lowe holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Idaho and a B.A. in English from the University of Iowa. His wife Carrie and children, Odin and Mazy, feel like they have arrived home to the mountains and prairies of eastern Oregon, looking forward to a life spent exploring the rural and wild lands of the region.

Montgomery Reading and Free Workshop at The Dalles @ The Dalles Art Center
Jul 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

At 6:500, Judith Montgomery will offer a one-hour workshop focusing on the challenges of writing about family; at 7 pm she will read from and talk about her two new books, “Litany for Wound and Bloom,” and her prize-winning narrative medical chapbook,Mercy.

Salem Poetry Project Featuring ryan boyland @ IKE Box
Jul 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Ryan Boyland is a writer based out of Omaha, Nebraska. His work addresses issues of identity, love, and death. And stars. Because they’re cool. His goal through performance is to touch minds and hearts around the world, and considers it a victory every time he is able to do so.

Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. Our hosts, the Ike Box, feature a wide variety of beverages and snack options! The Ike Box is located at 229 Cottage St NE in Salem, at the intersection of Chemawa and Cottage.

Bigfoot Regional Poetry Slam – Day Events @ Multnomah County Central Library
Jul 19 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Poetry Slam is a two day Poetry festival and competition. At Multnomah Country Central Library, we are having affinity mics so that marginalized people in our community are given a platform to speak to their experiences.

Bigfoot Regional Poetry Slam – Day Events @ Multnomah County Central Library
Jul 20 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Poetry Slam is a two day Poetry festival and competition. At Multnomah County Central, we are having affinity mics so that marginalized people in our community are given a platform to speak to their experiences.

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Phil McCorkle @ IKE Box
Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Phil McCorkle pairs his poems with photos he has taken. Photos will be projected on a screen during the reading.
Phil has been a writer much of his life. Most recently published in a regular Statesman Journal column which ran for two years, he has also written and edited more than a dozen newsletters, written freelance articles for Flyfishing Magazine, and worked for a year as the assistant outdoor sportswriter for the Statesman. Working at various nonprofit organizations, he has frequently written grants and appeal letters during his 30-year fundraising career. He began writing poetry as a creative outlet, and began pairing them with his photos. His poems and pictures frequently focus on the outdoors and nature and the lessons there that cast light on life. He lives in Salem with his wife, Kathi, and dog, Mick.

Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. Our hosts, the Ike Box, feature a wide variety of beverages and snack options! The Ike Box is located at 229 Cottage St NE in Salem, at the intersection of Chemawa and Cottage.

Writing Through It: A Celebration and Reading @ Multnomah County Central Library
Jul 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Celebrate a year of Writing Through It and listen to poetry and prose by the writers who have attended the program. Writing Through It provides a space for creative expression for people experiencing houselessness or anyone who has experienced rough times.

Writing Through It is made possible by gifts to The Library Foundation.

POETRY OF PLACE: A FOUR-CLASS GENERATIVE CRITIQUE WORKSHOP with John Sibley Williams @ Cozy home in Alameda/Beaumont neighborhood
Jul 31 – Aug 28 all-day


July 31, August 7, August 14, August 28

Cozy home in Alameda/Beaumont neighborhood
(address provided to confirmed students)

$200 for four-class workshop

Only 7 spots are available!

To register or ask questions, email John at

In this month-long workshop, we will discuss how natural and constructed landscapes affect our identities and shape our writing. We will focus on the places we know, have traveled to, or simply imagine, including both the mundane and the sublime of our surroundings, in search of ways to craft authentic, universal poems that speak directly to readers. This workshop will include studying diverse poems that successfully employ place as metaphors, investigating your own work, writing, and providing feedback.

This intimate workshop will include brief lessons as well as in-depth peer and teacher critiques, in-class writing, and prompt-based at-home writing to be shared with the class. Poems generated at home will be due to the teacher Sunday for distribution to students Monday morning. Students will be prepared to share thoughtful constructive critiques each class.

Beverages and snacks will be available.

John Sibley Williams is the author of As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize, 2019), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, University of Nebraska Press, 2019), Disinheritance, and Controlled Hallucinations. A nineteen-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous literary awards, including the Wabash Prize for Poetry, Philip Booth Award, and Laux/Millar Prize. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a poetry editor, writing coach, workshop leader, and literary agent. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Rivier University and an MA in Book Publishing from Portland State University. Previous publishing credits include: The Yale Review, Midwest Quarterly, Southern Review, Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, Saranac Review, Atlanta Review, TriQuarterly, Third Coast, and various anthologies. Visit him at

Food & Farm Haiku Contest with judge Kim Stafford, Oregon State Poet Laureate @ Sisters Farmers Market & New Oregon Arts & Letters
Sep 3 – Sep 18 all-day

Hello, Oregon poets & fans of poetry! Our fine poet laureate, Kim Stafford, has agreed to judge a special little contest for Sisters Farmers Market’s TEA & POETRY day (September 22 in Sisters).

Write up a 5-7-5 style haiku about eating, drinking, farming, or cooking. Submit it in person at Paulina Springs Books or at Sisters Farmers Market by September 18. You can also submit via for a small fee. You’re welcome to send in up to 8 haiku for consideration.

All winners will be published in The Nugget Newspaper. Prizes include gift cards to Paulina Springs Books, Mountain Rose Herbs in Eugene (with a substantial online catalog), Jackson’s Corner restaurant in Bend, and Sisters area businesses including Bedouin clothing store and cafe, Seed to Table education farm, Suttle Tea teahouse, Mahonia Gardens farm, and Metolius Artisan Tea.

General info:
Submittable link: (thanks, Plazm magazine, for letting us use your submittable account & for being a sponsor of Sisters Farmers Market – we love the logo you designed for us!)

Thanks! All ages are welcome to participate. Kids, please note your age or grade for separate judging category.

Salem Poetry Festival @ Salem OR
Sep 8 – Sep 13 all-day


Join us for the second annual Salem Poetry Festival featuring six events from Sunday September 8 through Friday September 13.

Eleanor Berry and Jean Dick Book Launch
7:00 pm, Sunday, September 8
Chemeketa Community College; 4000 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, OR 97305, Building 6 Auditorium

Jean is unveiling her 4th book of poetry! “There Once Was… A Musical Book” blends together Jean’s favorite activities: Teaching Music, Writing, and Coloring. 26 delightful couplets accompany 26 musical illustrations. Designed to be accessible to a multitude of music lovers!

Eleanor Berry presents her new book, Only so Far. She has lived with her husband in rural western Oregon since 1994. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and has taught writing and literature at Willamette University, Marquette University, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and other colleges. She is a past president of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies and of the Oregon Poetry Association. Her poetry and essays on poetry have been widely published in journals and anthologies. Her poems have also been gathered in two full-length collections, Green November (Traprock Books, 2007) and No Constant Hues (Turnstone Books of Oregon, 2015)

Generating Vivid Personal Writing Workshop with Jim Merrill
7:00 pm, Monday, September 9
Baxter Hill Community Hall, 1780 Baxter Rd SE, Salem, OR 97306

Jim Merrill has taught writing at a Homeless Shelter, Chemawa Indian School and at university level; he has published several volumes of poetry and a Teacher’s Guide to Creative Writing titled, “You’re a Genius All the Time”. The evening will include: identifying your power topics, free association skills and writing vivid sense memories.

Troubadour and Poets Open Mic
8:00 pm, Tuesday, September 10
The Space Concert Club. 1128 Edgewater St NW, West Salem, OR 97304

Brina Lorentz-Wright proudly hosts our incubator troubadour and poetry open mic at The Space! This curated signup event is for artists and performers of all ages. Celebrate each other’s creative and expressive endeavors every 2nd and 4th Tuesday! This event will be live streamed.

Oregon Poetry in Spanish Contest Winners
7:00 pm, Wednesday, September 11
Salem Library- Loucks Auditorium, 585 Liberty St SE, Salem, OR 97301

The Instituto de Cultura Oregoniana (ICO), promotes the Oregon’s Spanish-speaking culture and multilingualism, will present the works of the winners of the Second Contest of Oregonian Poetry in Spanish (II Concurso de Poesía Oregoniana). Some poems presented will include «Retablo de las maravillas», by Jesús Sepúlveda of Eugene (First price), «Agridulce (Morning After)», by Svetlana Karpe of Portland (Second prize) and «Velo», by Lidia Schiedler of Salem (Third prize). A brief intro to “Oregoniano” poetry will be provided by the President of ICO and poet Efrain Díaz Horna.

Poetry and Art with Carol Hottle, Mike Schuler and Dayna Collins
7:00, Thursday, September 12
IKE Box, 299 Cottage St NE, Salem, OR 97301

This evening will present two wonderful poets, Carol Hottle and Mike Shuler. During the reading local artist Dayna Collins will respond using her skills as a visual artist.

Mike Shuler is a Willamette Valley resident who writes about living on a rapidly changing Earth. His concerns and observations about environment, history, and civility find voice in his poetry. He has published locally and regionally, edited his college literary magazine (Northwest Passage, Oregon College of Education, 1975), and is a North Carolina poetry award winner. He has published a chapbook, “Words on Wind,” and plans to publish a full-length volume of poetry in the near future.

Carol Hottle is a writer, editor, educator, and dancer and has lived in the Northwest for over 20 years. She teaches writing (including poetry) in colleges and universities and community settings. Her poetry has been published in Sing! Heavenly Muse, Farm and Ranch Living, and Highland County Journal. Her dance writing has appeared in Arterial.

Dayna Collins is an energetic and enthusiastic abstract painter. She loves experimenting with texture, layers, and color, likening her paintings to going on an archaeological dig. Her work can be found in two northwest galleries and she is featured in several books.

The Book Bin Presents Gary Lark
Friday, September 13
Book Bin, 450 Court St NE, Salem, OR 97301

A lifelong Oregonian, Gary Lark has been a carpenter, janitor, hospital aide, salesman, storyteller, fly fisherman and librarian. His work includes River of Solace, Editor’s Choice Chapbook Award, Turtle Island Quarterly, In the House of Memory, Without a Map, Getting By, Holland Prize. His work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Catamaran, Poet Lore, and ZYZZYVA. Ordinary Gravity was recently published by Airlie Press. He and his wife Dorothy live in the Rogue Valley.