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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.
Amelia Díaz Ettinger is a Mexican born, Puerto Rican raised writer and poet. She is the author of a bilingual book of Poetry, Speaking at a Time by RedBat press. A new book of poetry, Learning to Love a Western Sky, by Airlie Press was released this September and was promoted in SPD as a must read this October. A chapbook of poetry, Fossils on a Red Flag, will be released in 2021 by Finishing Line Press.
Featured reader begins at 7:00, open mic follows directly after.
This is a virtual event on zoom, details: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81221681959…
On Saturday, November 28th, at 5pm Pacific, please join poets Lydia K. Valentine (Brief Black Candles), Zack Dye (21st Century American Verses), and Benjamin Gorman (When She Leaves Me), and poets who generously share a poem of their own in the open mic portion of the show. Poets, we’ll sign up via the chat at the beginning of the even, so don’t be late!). In this challenging time in our country and our world, calls for gratitude can feel forced, even toxic, but one thing we can all appreciate is the gift of poetry as a vehicle to process all the challenges and blessings of our multifaceted human experience. Registration is free. We’ll email you a link to the Zoom meeting before the event!
A virtual Zoom reading sponsored by the Jacksonville Library featuring southern Oregon OPA poets Charlotte Abernathy, Sallie Ehrman, Dan Kaufman, Kathleen Pyle and Laurel WInter. Poets will explore kaleidoscopic views of isolation and community, comforts of the familiar and of nature and living with masks on in a time of great uncertainty.