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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/
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.
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.
• 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.
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.
Sunday, April 26, 2020 River Road Reading Series (RRRS) last Sunday Reading (LIVE ON ZOOM) from 4:30 to 6:00pm. Readers will be Leisha Wharfed, Patti Sirens and Lynn Otto. The link will be available on our River Road Reading Series (RRRS)Facebook page on the Lane Literary Guild site and on our website a few days before the reading.
The Montreal International Poetry Prize, initially founded with assistance from Leonard Cohen, awards $20,000 CAD to the writer of a single poem. Click here to learn more about the Montreal Prize and its new ways of thinking about the arts in a time of global crisis.
Deadline June 1st: submit online at the link above.
Sensations Magazine, now in its fourth decade of publication, is sponsoring a Best Newcomer contest for its next issue, which will carry the theme “Global Warming.” The entry fee is $10 for up to three poems. The deadline is June 29. The contest is open solely to poets who haven’t appeared in Sensations Magazine. For details, visit www.sensationsmag.com and click on “Contest.”
The Poetry Box LIVE – October Edition
Time: Oct 10, 2020 at 4pm (Pacific) / 7pm (Eastern)
The Poetry Box LIVE is a monthly Zoom poetry reading series on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Shawn Aveningo Sanders is the host/emcee with 3 Featured Poet/Authors each show.
October Featured Poets:
• Christopher Bogart, author of BREAKPOINT and THE EATER OF DREAMS (New Jersey)
• Kaja Weeks, author of MOUTH QUILL (Maryland)
• Wendy Colby, reading on behalf of Joan Colby author of THE KINGDOM OF BIRDS (Illinois)
——- ABOUT THE FEATURED POETS ———-
Christopher Bogart is a retired educator and a working poet and writer with an MA in Creative Writing from Monmouth University. His poetry has been published in Voices Rising from the Grove, Spindrift, WestWard Quarterly, Saggio Poetry Journal, The Howl of Sorrow and others. His chapbook 14: Antología del Sonoran, was awarded 3rd place in The Poetry Box Chapbook Prize in 2018. He is presently working on his first novel, tentatively titled The Beast, about the plight of two Honduran teenage migrants who flee poverty and crime of Central America in search of a better life in the United States of America.
Kaja Weeks is a poet, essayist and classically trained singer whose writing contemplates music and healing as well as identity through multiple generations. She is the American born daughter of World War Two refugees from Estonia. Moved by the pain and beauty of its history, she also loves the alliterative sounds, mythic lore and world views in that ancient Finno-Ugric culture. Many of these motifs, found in thousands of runic verses and long preserved by oral transmission, come alive in Kaja’s creative work. Nick-named a “little songbird” when she was five, she is a clinic-based music educator in Maryland who engages young children with autism to their earliest communications with playful singing. Kaja’s writing has appeared in The Sugar House Review; Ars Medica: A Journal of Medicine, Under the Gum Tree, The Potomac Review, and elsewhere.
Joan Colby, was a masterful poet and avid bird lover, who suddenly learned she had stage 4 lung cancer and passed away in August 2020. Her daughter Wendy Colby will be reading from Joan’s latest book, The Kingdom of Birds, which was released by The Poetry Box in September. Joan Colby had published widely in journals such as Poetry, Atlanta Review, South Dakota Review, Spillway and others. Awards include two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Literature. She has published 22 books including Selected Poems which received the 2013 FutureCycle Book Prize and Ribcage which was awarded the 2015 Kithara Book Prize. Joan was a senior editor of FutureCycle Press and an associate editor of Good Works Review. Joan’s daughter, Wendy Colby, will be reading from the collection to celebrate her mother’s poetry in The Kindgom of Bird, her last book.
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“FROM PANDEMIC TO PROTEST”
Due to 2020 spinning completely out of control, we decided to memorialize-in-print the great poetry that is being written about the issues that have occupied our minds and our hearts this year. We are looking for poetry about the COVID-19 Pandemic, Black Lives Matters Protests, Presidential Election, Fires, Hurricanes, Murder Hornets, and everything in-between. We welcome all voices and styles of poetry written in response to these issues, including how we cope and find hope. If hindsight really is 20/20, then let this issue serve as an important reminder of what truly happened…before history becomes altered or white-washed as it has so many times before.
Submissions Open: Oct 15 – Dec 15, 2020
This issue scheduled for release in Fall 2021.