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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

May
10
Sun
2020
Montreal International Poetry Prize @ McGill University, Montreal, Canada
May 10 @ 2:30 pm – Jun 1 @ 1:11 am

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.

Jun
29
Mon
2020
Call for Submissions: Sensations Magazine Best Newcomer Contest @ Sensations Magazine
Jun 29 all-day

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.”

Jul
16
Thu
2020
Write Around Portland Bi-Weekly Online Writing Workshops every Wednesday & Thursday @ Write Around Portland
Jul 16 @ 11:00 am – Sep 24 @ 12:30 pm

Writing is often thought of as something done in isolation; we know there is immense power when writing is done in community.

Our twice-weekly online writing workshops open to all:
Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 pm
Thursdays from 11 am to 12:30 pm

Weekly registration opens Mondays at noon.
Learn more here: https://writearound.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Write-Around-Portland-Online-Writing-Workshop_May-REVISED.pdf

Jul
22
Wed
2020
Write Around Portland Bi-Weekly Online Writing Workshops every Wednesday & Thursday @ Write Around Portland
Jul 22 @ 4:00 pm – Sep 23 @ 5:30 pm

Writing is often thought of as something done in isolation; we know there is immense power when writing is done in community.

Our twice-weekly online writing workshops open to all:
Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 pm
Thursdays from 11 am to 12:30 pm

Weekly registration opens Mondays at noon.
Learn more here: https://writearound.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Write-Around-Portland-Online-Writing-Workshop_May-REVISED.pdf

Jul
24
Fri
2020
Write Around Bi-Monthly BIPOC Online Writing Workshops 2nd & 4th Friday of every month @ Write Around Portland
Jul 24 @ 4:00 pm

Write Around Portland’s Bi-Monthly BIPOC Online Workshops for people who identify as Black, Indigenous or Persons of Color (BIPOC):
2nd & 4th Friday of every month from 4 to 5:30 pm, Free
Pre-register for July 24, 2020 workshop here.

Please note: this workshop is only for people who identify as Black, Indigenous or Persons of Color. The workshop will be led by a BIPOC facilitator.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our Community Engagement Manager Jenny Chu at [email protected]
More info here: https://writearound.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/BIPOC-Online-Writing-Workshop.pdf

Aug
8
Sat
2020
OPA Pandemic Anthology
Aug 8 @ 2:02 am – Sep 1 @ 5:00 pm

Deadline September 1st. For details and to submit, click here.

Oct
7
Wed
2020
Around the World With 6 Poets: Zoom class @ 6-week Zoom class from Catamaran Literary Reader
Oct 7 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

A six-week Zoom class, Around the World with Six Poets, starts on October 7. For more info or to register:
https://catamaranliteraryreader.com/worldpoetrywithzackrogow

“These are some of my favorite writers, all of them modern poets whose work is highly accessible and moving. These poets not only changed literature, they transformed the way we see the world.”—Zack Rogow, instructor
The six writers represent very different but connected regions of the globe:
Yosano Akiko (Japan)
Anna Akhmatova (Russia)
Federico García Lorca (Spain)
Pablo Neruda (Chile)
Léopold Sédar Senghor (Senegal)
Nazim Hikmet (Turkey)

The class includes slides about the poet’s life, placing the writers in the context of the dynamic historical and literary changes they were part of. We also hear brief excerpts of the poetry in the original languages, to give a flavor of the poet’s actual speech. Each class will include optional writing prompts for creative inspiration.

Oct
15
Thu
2020
Submissions Open for The Poeming Pigeon @ via Submittable
Oct 15 – Dec 15 all-day

“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.

Nov
20
Fri
2020
Making Art from Art: Mastering Ekphrastic Poetry @ Zoom
Nov 20 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

To register, email [email protected]

Using a rhetorical device known as ekphrasis, the poet engages with a painting, drawing, sculpture, music, or other form of art in hopes of expanding on its meaning. Ekphrastic poets analyze the original artwork, explore symbolic meanings, invent stories, and even create dialog and dramatic scenes. The artwork will often lead the poet to new insights and surprising discoveries about the very nature of artistic creation and conversation.

In this intensive generative workshop, we will explore the many facets of ekphrasis through poetry/art/song analysis, active discussion, and a progressively challenging set of writing activities that create and foster conversation among multiple art forms.
We will study diverse ekphrastic poems from Anne Sexton, Edward Hirsch, Valerie Martinez, Blas Falconer, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Terrence Hayes, Gina Williams, and Ocean Vuong to see how they successfully explore fresh, unexpected methods of artistic translation and conversation.

About the Teacher:

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), Summon (JuxtaProse Chapbook Prize, 2019), Disinheritance, and Controlled Hallucinations. A twenty-three-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous awards, including the Wabash Prize for Poetry, Philip Booth Award, Phyllis Smart-Young Prize, and Laux/Millar Prize. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a freelance poetry editor and literary agent. Previous publishing credits include Yale Review, Verse Daily, North American Review, Midwest Quarterly, Southern Review, Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner, Saranac Review, Atlanta Review, TriQuarterly, and various anthologies. Visit him at https://www.johnsibleywilliams.com.