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The Poeming Pigeon is a literary journal of poetry, featuring works from poets all over the globe, including emerging poets alongside award-winning writers, such as Jane Yolen, Paulann Petersen, Annie Lighthart, Connie Post, Andrea Hollander, Jeff Knorr, Tricia Knoll, Amy Miller, Christopher Luna, and more. The first issue was released in 2015 with “Poems about Birds” and continued with 1-2 issues per year on a variety of themes including food, cannabis, music, gardening, love poems, sports, headline news, the cosmos, pop culture, and the pandemic/protest issue. We believe poetry has the power to engage, entertain, and enlighten.
For our next issue, The Poeming Pigeon is getting a new look and will become a full-color annual journal of both poetry and artwork, to be released each Fall. Our open calls for submissions to the journal (some themed and some not) will run from Sept 15 thru Oct 31 each year.
ANYTHING GOES (Our first non-themed issue)
For our 12th issue of The Poeming Pigeon, we are not going to specify a theme. We simply want your best, original poems. (No previously published poems). In addition to poetry, we invite visual artists of all kinds to submit artwork, which will be considered for inclusion within the journal and perhaps for the cover art. Please see guidelines on our website for specific details.
Submissions Open: Sept 15 – Oct 31, 2021
This print issue scheduled for release in Fall 2022.
Every contributor receives a free copy.
Reading Diane di Prima’s LOBA, led by Lauren Mallett
Four Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. PST
September 18 through October 9 via Zoom
$50, scholarships available
Limited to 16 participants
In an interview with Jacket magazine, Diane di Prima said, “I wanted everything—very earnestly and totally—I wanted to have every experience I could have, I wanted everything that was possible to a person in a female body.… So my feeling was, ‘Well’—as I had many times had the feeling—‘Well, nobody’s done it quite this way before but fuck it, that’s what I’m doing, I’m going to risk it.’”
Di Prima (1934-2020) was a poet of the Beat movement and the author of more than 40 books. She was born in Brooklyn and grew up on the East Coast. As an adult she ventured out west and settled in California. Di Prima taught at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and Amiri Baraka was one of her closest collaborators.
Di Prima’s LOBA is the most ambitious of her writing projects. Adrienne Rich described LOBA as “An epic act of language, a great geography of the female imagination.” This four-part study group will focus primarily on LOBA’s form, content, and craft. We’ll discuss the risks di Prima takes, and what she achieves as a result. The facilitator, poet and long-time LOBA fangirl Lauren Mallett, will provide brief excerpts from di Prima’s Memoirs of a Beatnik and Recollections of My Life as a Woman to complement our discussion of LOBA. On our final Saturday together, we will also consider di Prima’s legacy in contemporary poetics.
Our required text is the expanded edition of LOBA by Diane di Prima (blue cover, Penguin Books, 1998). Interest in the divine feminine, second-wave feminism, and literary myth-making is far more important to our conversation than poetry experience or vocabulary.
Lauren Mallett (she/her/hers) is a poet, teacher, doula, and mushroom forager. She has lived and studied in Guanajuato and Xalapa, Mexico. Lauren taught dual-language immersion fifth grade in Richmond, California. She earned her MFA and was the Assistant Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Salamander, Passages North, Fugue, Tupelo Quarterly, and other journals. Lauren is a 2016, 2019, and 2020 Pushcart Prize nominee. She has taught for Purdue University, the Lafayette Writers’ Studio, and the Reynolds Young Writers Workshop. She lives on Oregon’s north coast, on the traditional homelands of the Clatsop people. www.laurenmallett.com
The Writer’s Guild of Astoria, Oregon is seeking poetry entries from residents of Clatsop,
Pacific, Tillamook, and Wahkiakum Counties for a contest in connection with Jericho Brown’s visit to our community. Deadline for entries is October 1, 2021. Poets are invited to respond to the theme of “Tradition,” inspired by Jericho Brown’s The Tradition (Copper Canyon Press; 2019), winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Submit up to three poems as a single .doc, .docx, or .pdf attachment to [email protected] The Writer’s Guild Board of Directors will judge the entries in the competition categories of Middle School, High School, and College/Community. The following information should appear in the header of each entry: poet’s name, competition category, home address, email address, and phone number. Entries without all information will be disqualified.
OPA Fall Conference 2021: Bearing Witness
Saturday, October 9, 2021
9 a.m. Opening Welcome, introductions, keynote (Emmett Wheatfall), Banta Awards
10 – 11 a.m. Workshop Session 1
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Workshop Session 2
LUNCH 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Workshop Session 3
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Workshop Session 4
3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Closing & Annual Meeting of OPA
Register here: https://opa1.wildapricot.org/event-4486054