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Jun
17
Thu
2021
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Nitza M. Hernandez Lopez, June 17
Jun 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Salem Poetry Project on Zoom featuring Nitza M. Hernández López
Salem Poetry Project Meetup
Thursday, June 17, 2021
7:00 PM PT
Online event

Nitza M. Hernández López (aka Nitza Hernandez) has lived in Salem, OR since 2012 after she retired as a professor and administrator at the University of Puerto Rico. Throughout her career she published numerous academic papers in the fields of communication, higher education, and information technology.

The Salem Poetry Project continues virtually. Each week will present a featured reader followed by the Infamous Open Mic: 3 poems or five minutes whichever is first. Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. For more information contact Marc Janssen at the Salem Poetry Project facebook page.

This is a virtual event on zoom, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81221681959?pwd=V3VySkxsWXhBWFcyb1p5ekxFUk4zZz09

Jun
24
Thu
2021
Salem Poetry Project featuring Lee Coyne, June 24
Jun 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Salem Poetry Project continues virtually. Each week will present a featured reader followed by the Infamous Open Mic: 3 poems or five minutes whichever is first. Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. For more information contact Marc Janssen at the Salem Poetry Project facebook page.

About Lee Coyne:

Social work and poetic dynamics conspire within. Long an activist yet short in stature,

Lee began as 3rd grade ghost writer for a lovesick fellow student. Both Journalist and Therapist, he suffers from witty nitty gritty.

This is a virtual event on zoom, details:

Meeting ID: 812 2168 1959
Password: 593077

Jul
7
Wed
2021
“Mastering Traditional Poetry Forms” Workshop with John Sibley Williams
Jul 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Title: Mastering Traditional Poetry Forms: Haiku, Sonnet, Ghazal, & Pantoum

Two Workshop Times:

Wednesdays, July 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2021 @ 2-4pm PST

or

Fridays, August 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2021 @ 2-4pm PST

Platform: Zoom

Tuition: $150

To register, email [email protected]

Our last workshops sold out, so register soon!

More information available at: https://www.johnsibleywilliams.com/upcoming-classes.

About the Workshop:

In the words of Mark Strand and Eavan Boland, “Forms are not locks, but keys. They don’t just open doors; they can start a journey and ultimately determine where you land.”

A poem can contain many elements to give it structure. Rhyme, meter, sound, repetition, experimentation, and so many others bring us back to poetry’s roots in traditional oral forms of storytelling. And there are so many profound reasons why traditional forms have survived the centuries, inspiring new poets and evolving to fit modern modes.

In this intensive, four-class workshop, we will explore the many facets of the haiku, sonnet, ghazal, and pantoum form, focusing on our personal relationships with sound and rhythm and refining our relationships with form and content. We will learn the rules, yes, and when best to break them, fostering a new understanding of and appreciation for these unique poetic approaches.

AIMS:

· to introduce the conventions of the haiku, sonnet, ghazal, and pantoum forms and how these rules can support your own themes, experiences, and ideas

· to introduce a number of strategies to get into a traditional poetry writing ‘headspace’

· to equip you with creative techniques to generate initial ideas and images

· to develop your ability to shape your initial ideas into strong first drafts

THE WORKSHOP INCLUDES:

· Weekly 120-minute live writing workshop with Q&A

· Multiple writing activities each session

· Professional critique of one new poem each week

· Bonus exercise provided between sessions

· Active discussion of sample poems from diverse contemporary poets

· A chance to more intimately engage with a small, focused writing community

About the Teacher

John Sibley Williams is the author of six collections, including The Drowning House (Elixir Press Poetry Award), As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, University of Nebraska Press), and Summon (JuxtaProse Chapbook Prize). A twenty-six-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 founder of the Caesura Poetry Workshop series. Previous publishing credits include Best American Poetry, Yale Review, Verse Daily, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and TriQuarterly.

Jul
8
Thu
2021
Salem Poetry Project featuring Larry Cohen @ zoom
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm

Lawrence Cohen (Larry) is a poet and psychologist in Portland. His books for parents, Playful Parenting and The Opposite of Worry, have been translated into 18 languages. He is also the co-author of The Art of Roughhousing. His poetry has been published in Kosmos Journal.

The Salem Poetry Project continues virtually. Each week will present a featured reader followed by the Infamous Open Mic: 3 poems or five minutes whichever is first. Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. For more information contact Marc Janssen at the Salem Poetry Project facebook page.

This is a virtual event on zoom, details: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81221681959?pwd=V3VySkxsWXhBWFcyb1p5ekxFUk4zZz09
Meeting ID: 812 2168 1959
Password: 593077

Jul
14
Wed
2021
“Mastering Traditional Poetry Forms” Workshop with John Sibley Williams
Jul 14 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Title: Mastering Traditional Poetry Forms: Haiku, Sonnet, Ghazal, & Pantoum

Two Workshop Times:

Wednesdays, July 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2021 @ 2-4pm PST

or

Fridays, August 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2021 @ 2-4pm PST

Platform: Zoom

Tuition: $150

To register, email [email protected]

Our last workshops sold out, so register soon!

More information available at: https://www.johnsibleywilliams.com/upcoming-classes.

About the Workshop:

In the words of Mark Strand and Eavan Boland, “Forms are not locks, but keys. They don’t just open doors; they can start a journey and ultimately determine where you land.”

A poem can contain many elements to give it structure. Rhyme, meter, sound, repetition, experimentation, and so many others bring us back to poetry’s roots in traditional oral forms of storytelling. And there are so many profound reasons why traditional forms have survived the centuries, inspiring new poets and evolving to fit modern modes.

In this intensive, four-class workshop, we will explore the many facets of the haiku, sonnet, ghazal, and pantoum form, focusing on our personal relationships with sound and rhythm and refining our relationships with form and content. We will learn the rules, yes, and when best to break them, fostering a new understanding of and appreciation for these unique poetic approaches.

AIMS:

· to introduce the conventions of the haiku, sonnet, ghazal, and pantoum forms and how these rules can support your own themes, experiences, and ideas

· to introduce a number of strategies to get into a traditional poetry writing ‘headspace’

· to equip you with creative techniques to generate initial ideas and images

· to develop your ability to shape your initial ideas into strong first drafts

THE WORKSHOP INCLUDES:

· Weekly 120-minute live writing workshop with Q&A

· Multiple writing activities each session

· Professional critique of one new poem each week

· Bonus exercise provided between sessions

· Active discussion of sample poems from diverse contemporary poets

· A chance to more intimately engage with a small, focused writing community

About the Teacher

John Sibley Williams is the author of six collections, including The Drowning House (Elixir Press Poetry Award), As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, University of Nebraska Press), and Summon (JuxtaProse Chapbook Prize). A twenty-six-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 founder of the Caesura Poetry Workshop series. Previous publishing credits include Best American Poetry, Yale Review, Verse Daily, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and TriQuarterly.

Emmett Wheatfall reads in the Milwaukie Poetry Series, July 14
Jul 14 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

The Milwaukie Poetry Series

Fourteenth Season!

A Reading by Emmett Wheatfall

Livestreamed on the Ledding Library YouTube Channel

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 6:30 PM

The Milwaukie Poetry Series Committee and the Ledding Library of Milwaukie
are delighted to continue the 14th season of the Mlwaukie Poetry Series with a reading
by Emmett Wheatfall. We hope you are all safe and well in this difficult time of the
Covid-19 pandemic. Due to it we will not be holding the 14th season of the Milwaukie
Poetry Series readings in person. They will be held virtually.

His reading will livestream on July 14, 2021 on the Ledding Library
YouTube Channel. You can register for this event with Tom Hogan at
[email protected] It will then be available for viewing on demand on
the Ledding Library YouTube Channel and on DVD through the library.

Emmett Wheatfall is a published poet, playwright and recording artist. He
has two books of poetry published by Fernwood Press, an imprint of Barclay Press.
They are As Clean As A Bone (2018) and Our Scarlet Blue Wounds (2019).
His newest work With Extreme Prejudice is scheduled for publishing late summer
2021. Lyrically, Emmett has released one non-music poetry CD and four lyrical
poetry CDs. Emmett is known nationally and internationally for his poetry having
received wonderful reviews. For more biographical information visit
http://emmettwheatfall.com

A flier of the 14th season readings is available here or at the Ledding Library.
Thank you to all the volunteers who make this reading possible.

For information or questions about the reading and to join the group list, please
contact the Series Coordinator Tom Hogan at 503.819.8367 or
[email protected] Please forward this email to anyone that you feel might
have an interest. Thanks for your support.

Jul
17
Sat
2021
OPA Workshop “Metaphor and the Fantastical Imagination” with Armin Tolentino, July 17
Jul 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Armin Tolentino
OPA Workshop
Saturday, July 17
10:00 am (Oregon time)

Guest registration $15, member registration $10

To register, copy and paste https://opa1.wildapricot.org/event-4331609

Metaphor and the Fantastical Imagination

During the past year and a half, as our nation has grappled with disease, racial inequities, the social impacts of technology, and prolonged isolation, we’ve heard our stunned brothers and sisters describe life since March 2020 with phrases like, “it’s just so surreal” and “I can’t even put it into words.” These phrases may have come from our own mouths too, and yet, as writers, we’re still compelled to try and give words to these strange, bewildering times. In this generative workshop, we’ll explore how metaphor and the intersection of observation and imagination can create a deeper meaning and truer reflection of our experience than if we were to just tell it straight. Participants will generate their own metaphoric starts from which they can build poems that give shape to the chaos and honor the gorgeous complexities of being human.

Armin Tolentino is the author of the poetry collection We Meant to Bring It Home Alive (Alternating Current Press). He earned an MFA at Rutgers University-Newark and his writing has appeared in journals including Rigorous, Gobshite Quarterly, Portland Magazine, and Pontoon Poetry. He serves as poet laureate for Clark County, WA. More info at www.armintolentino.com.

Jul
21
Wed
2021
“Mastering Traditional Poetry Forms” Workshop with John Sibley Williams
Jul 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Title: Mastering Traditional Poetry Forms: Haiku, Sonnet, Ghazal, & Pantoum

Two Workshop Times:

Wednesdays, July 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2021 @ 2-4pm PST

or

Fridays, August 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2021 @ 2-4pm PST

Platform: Zoom

Tuition: $150

To register, email [email protected]

Our last workshops sold out, so register soon!

More information available at: https://www.johnsibleywilliams.com/upcoming-classes.

About the Workshop:

In the words of Mark Strand and Eavan Boland, “Forms are not locks, but keys. They don’t just open doors; they can start a journey and ultimately determine where you land.”

A poem can contain many elements to give it structure. Rhyme, meter, sound, repetition, experimentation, and so many others bring us back to poetry’s roots in traditional oral forms of storytelling. And there are so many profound reasons why traditional forms have survived the centuries, inspiring new poets and evolving to fit modern modes.

In this intensive, four-class workshop, we will explore the many facets of the haiku, sonnet, ghazal, and pantoum form, focusing on our personal relationships with sound and rhythm and refining our relationships with form and content. We will learn the rules, yes, and when best to break them, fostering a new understanding of and appreciation for these unique poetic approaches.

AIMS:

· to introduce the conventions of the haiku, sonnet, ghazal, and pantoum forms and how these rules can support your own themes, experiences, and ideas

· to introduce a number of strategies to get into a traditional poetry writing ‘headspace’

· to equip you with creative techniques to generate initial ideas and images

· to develop your ability to shape your initial ideas into strong first drafts

THE WORKSHOP INCLUDES:

· Weekly 120-minute live writing workshop with Q&A

· Multiple writing activities each session

· Professional critique of one new poem each week

· Bonus exercise provided between sessions

· Active discussion of sample poems from diverse contemporary poets

· A chance to more intimately engage with a small, focused writing community

About the Teacher

John Sibley Williams is the author of six collections, including The Drowning House (Elixir Press Poetry Award), As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, University of Nebraska Press), and Summon (JuxtaProse Chapbook Prize). A twenty-six-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 founder of the Caesura Poetry Workshop series. Previous publishing credits include Best American Poetry, Yale Review, Verse Daily, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and TriQuarterly.

Jul
22
Thu
2021
Salem Poetry Project featuring Bethany Lee @ zoom
Jul 22 all-day

Bethany Lee, author of Etude for Belonging from Fernwood Press, lives in Lafayette, OR in a house at the edge of the woods. Her writing is often inspired by the space at the edge of things–her experiences as a hospice harpist, the year she spent traveling by sea, and the deep silence of her Quaker practice.

The Salem Poetry Project continues virtually. Each week will present a featured reader followed by the Infamous Open Mic: 3 poems or five minutes whichever is first. Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. For more information contact Marc Janssen at the Salem Poetry Project facebook page.

This is a virtual event on zoom, details: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81221681959?pwd=V3VySkxsWXhBWFcyb1p5ekxFUk4zZz09
Meeting ID: 812 2168 1959
Password: 593077

Jul
25
Sun
2021
Mid-Valley Poetry Society’s Poetry in Performance, July 25
Jul 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Mid-Valley Poetry Society’s second Poetry in Performance event of 2021, to be held via Zoom in just over a month, will focus on poetry that gives voice to our ancestors. Join event organizer Franca Hernandez and featured performers Marilyn Johnston and Francis Opila for this mid-summer program, and bring ancestor-inspired poems of your own to share.

Ancestral Voices in Poetry, the second MVPS Poetry in Performance event for 2021, is inspired by the ancient Japanese Obon mid-summer festival, designed to honor one’s ancestors through song and dance. For this event, poets will be invited to present their original poem(s) inspired by their ancestor(s) or special people in their family’s history—up to three poems or five minutes, if time permits.

Our featured poet, Marilyn Johnston, is a recipient of an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship for Writers and a Fishtrap Fellowship, and the winner of the Salmon Creek Journal Flash Fiction Contest and the Donna J. Stone National Literary Award for Poetry. Her work is published widely in literary journals and anthologies. She is the author of a chapbook, Red Dust Rising (2004, the habit of rainy nights Press), and a full collection, Before Igniting (2020, Rippling Brook Press). For decades, Marilyn has looked for the threads connecting the diaspora of her family as a result of the Holocaust, and to give voice to the roots that connect us all.

Francis Opila, a poet who enjoys performing, combining recitation and playing North American wooden flutes, will honor us with a musical interlude. Francis has lived in the Pacific Northwest most of his adult life; he currently resides in Portland, OR. His work, recreation, and spirit have taken him out into the woods, wetlands, rivers, mountains, and deserts. He can be reached at [email protected]

Event coordinator Franca Hernandez, a published writer and poet, has lived in Oregon for nearly 40 years. She writes non-fiction, fiction and poetry. Her first novel, Venezia~The Talisman, was published this year:. Her poem ”Pangram: A sentence which uses all the letters of the alphabet at least once” is featured in /pãn| dé| mïk/ 2020, an anthology of pandemic poems published by the Oregon Poetry Association.