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Feb
1
Sat
2020
The Poetry Box Chapbook Prize 2020 (3rd Annual) @ The Poetry Box
Feb 1 – Feb 28 all-day

Annual Chapbook Contest for 2020, sponsored by The Poetry Box.
Open to writers residing in the United States.
Winners will receive the following:
1st Prize: $500 and $100 Duotrope Gift Certificate plus 20 copies of published chapbook and distribution of their winning title to all contest entrants.
2nd Prize: $150 plus 10 copies of their published chapbook.
3rd Prize: $100 plus 5 copies of their published chapbook.

Submission Period for Contest: Feb 1 – Feb 28, 2020
Contest Judge: Amy Miller
Winner Announced by: July, 2020
Publication/Release Date: Winter, 2020/21
ALL ENTRANTS receive free copy of winning chapbook.

Feb
23
Sun
2020
Silverton Poetry Festival Presents Feast of Poets @ Mt. Angel Abbey Library Auditorium
Feb 23 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

20th Annual Silverton Poetry Festival Presents Readings from Abbey Abbot Fr. Jeremy Driscoll, Floyd Skloot, and Marilyn Johnston. This special commemorative event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Arvo Aalto Abbey Library coinciding with the Silverton Poetry Festival 20th Anniversary event at the Abbey. A feast of food and drink follows the readings.

Feb
27
Thu
2020
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Corban University Poets @ Ike Box
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Poets from Corban University will be reading their work from the Fusion Art Show which features student poems, paintings, and photographs. The art show will be displayed in Corban’s Psalm Center Gallery from late January through February. The poets, painters, and photographers will give a reading Thursday, February 13th, at 7 pm in the Psalm Center on Corban’s campus. Community members are very welcome. It is free and open to the public.

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 Chemeketa and Cottage. http://www.ikebox.com/

Mar
5
Thu
2020
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Paul Suter @ Ike Box
Mar 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Paul Suter’s roots are in the San Francisco Bay Area. He earned an MA in English at UC Berkeley, 1970, and completed a Fellowship preparing community college English instructors at the University of Nebraska, 1971. He taught composition, American literature and environmental literature at Chemeketa CC. Today he copy-edits Oregon PeaceWorks, enjoys the arts, values political activism, and composes poems. His poem, “Invitations,” will appear in the spring 2020 edition of Willawaw Journal. In 2018, “Cathedral” was published in Moments Before Midnight, and in 2019, “The Mountains Do Not Hoard Their Visions” was published in Terra Incognita. He lives in Salem, where he is a member of the Trillium and Peregrines writing groups.

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 Chemeketa and Cottage. http://www.ikebox.com/

Mar
12
Thu
2020
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Armin Tolentino @ Ike Box
Mar 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Armin Tolentino is the author of the poetry collection We Meant to Bring It Home Alive (Alternating Current Press 2019). He earned an MFA at Rutgers University-Newark and his poetry has appeared in numerous journals including Common Knowledge, Arsenic Lobster, Hyphen Magazine, and The Raven Chronicles. He is a phenomenal clapper, a passable ukulele player, and a bumbling, but enthusiastic, fisherman. More info at www.armintolentino.com.

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 Chemeketa and Cottage. http://www.ikebox.com/

Mar
14
Sat
2020
OPA Hood River Critique Group @ Bette's Place
Mar 14 @ 11:00 am

The Hood River Unit of Oregon Poetry Association will host a poetry critique group at 11:00 AM on March 14 at Bette’s Place in Hood River: http://bettesplace.com/. All poets are welcome. Please bring about 8 copies of one or two poems you’d like to have critiqued. For further information, please contact Jackie McManus at mcmanusjackie@gmail.com or Leah Stenson at leahstenson@comcast.net.

Mar
19
Thu
2020
Salem Poetry Project Featuring German Rizo @ Ike Box
Mar 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

German Rizo, poet and Mexican narrator. He has published: Songs of the soul and life (2014), Under the shadow of the heart (2016), Attract me with you (2017), participated in the anthology: Opposite equilibria, tribute to Federico García Lorca (2015). He has two other books of poetry entitled: The words burn and Footprints burn after the rain.

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 Chemeketa and Cottage. http://www.ikebox.com/

Mar
25
Wed
2020
Margaret Chula & Shawn Aveningo Sanders @ Broadway Books @ Broadway Books
Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm

A poignant portrayal of love and forgiveness—
In Shadow Man, Margaret Chula brings her father out of the shadows where he had been since 1957, the day her mother packed their five children—all under the age of ten—into the car and drove away. Over the years, Margaret comes to accept the differences between a mother who wants China cups with saucers and a father who’s content with a Budweiser. Through writing about these awkward, often heartbreaking, interactions with her estranged father, she discovers that there’s more than one truth and that each of us must find our own.

The #metoo story that took over 30 years to reveal—
Inspired by the countless number of women who are bravely opening up to share their truth, Shawn adds her voice to the fight against the oppressive, misogynic times we live in. It’s time to stop blaming the victim and to stop asking what she was wearing! For Shawn, writing through the pain and sharing these poems has proven to be cathartic and even epiphanic at times. It is her hope this work can help women of all ages face and cope with their own traumas, while letting them know they can indeed heal and go on to enjoy loving, trusting relationships.

About the Readers:

Margaret Chula has been writing, teaching, and publishing poetry for over forty years. Her recent books include: Shadow Man, Daffodils at Twilight, and One Leaf Detaches. Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Regional Arts and Culture Council have supported her work, as well as fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and Playa at Summer Lake. Maggie has been a featured speaker and workshop leader at conferences throughout the United States, as well as in Poland, Canada, Peru, and Japan. She has also served as president of the Tanka Society of America and as Poet Laureate for Friends of Chamber Music. Living in Kyoto for twelve years, she now makes her home in Portland, Oregon, where she hikes, swims, and creates flower arrangements for every room of the house.

Shawn Aveningo Sanders grew up in Missouri and after a bit of globetrotting finally landed in Portland, Oregon, where she miraculously overcame her fear of birds upon meeting two baby juncos in her backyard. Shawn’s work has appeared worldwide in over 140 literary journals and anthologies, including Calyx, Amsterdam Quarterly, American Journal of Poetry, and Poets Reading the News. Her most recent chapbook, What She is Wearing, was released in 2019. She’s a Pushcart nominee, Best of the Net nominee and managing editor for The Poeming Pigeon. She was voted Best Female Poet-Performer in Sacramento News & Review (2009) and was winner of the first poetry slam in Placerville, California (2012). Shawn is a proud mother of three amazing adults, and she shares the creative life with her husband.

Apr
3
Fri
2020
Sandy Library Poetry Slam @ Sandy Public Library
Apr 3 @ 6:00 pm

The Sandy Library Poetry Slam will be held on April 3rd, 2020 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Refreshments provided. Friends and family are encouraged to attend to support the poets. ONLY ONE POEM can be entered into the contest; there will be time to share additional poems later in the evening.

Please fill out the Entry Form at https://www.ci.sandy.or.us/library-programs by Tuesday, March 31st. If you don’t register, you can still participate but your name will not appear in the program.

Basic Rules:
• Poets and performers, ages 8 and up, are welcome to work in groups or individually.
• Poems must be appropriate for an all-ages audience.
• It is best if the poems are memorized, but not essential.
• Each presentation must be limited to 3 minutes.
• A panel of judges will choose the winners; contestants will be judged on creativity and presentation.
• Participants must write the poems they present.
• The contestant must be present to win.
The winner in each category will receive $25; the Grand Prize winner will receive $100 cash.

Apr
10
Fri
2020
Friends of the Columbia Gorge Spring Haiku Contest through April 15th
Apr 10 @ 1:30 am – Apr 15 @ 5:00 pm

In celebration of National Poetry Month and International Haiku Poetry Day on April 17, Friends of the Columbia Gorge is launching a Spring Gorge Haiku Challenge. While we all refrain from connecting to the Gorge physically, for the greater good, we can still stay connected virtually and celebrate the Gorge’s wonders from home by writing three simple but meaningful lines of verse.

More…

https://gorgefriends.org/newsroom/blog/2020-04-09/friends-announces-spring-gorge-haiku-challenge.html