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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Armin Tolentino @ Ike Box
Mar 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Armin Tolentino is the author of the poetry collection We Meant to Bring It Home Alive (Alternating Current Press 2019). He earned an MFA at Rutgers University-Newark and his poetry has appeared in numerous journals including Common Knowledge, Arsenic Lobster, Hyphen Magazine, and The Raven Chronicles. He is a phenomenal clapper, a passable ukulele player, and a bumbling, but enthusiastic, fisherman. More info at

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.

Salem Poetry Project Featuring German Rizo @ Ike Box
Mar 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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.

Margaret Chula & Shawn Aveningo Sanders @ Broadway Books @ Broadway Books
Mar 25 @ 7:00 pm

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.

River Road Reading Series LIVE ON ZOOM featuring Leisha Wharfed, Patti Sirens and Lynn Otto @ LIVE ON ZOOM
Apr 26 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

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 Poetry Box LIVE! — October Edition @ Online via Zoom
Oct 10 @ 4:00 pm

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)


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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Salem Poetry Project Reading, featuring Amelia Díaz Ettinger @ Salem Poetry Project
Nov 5 all-day

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:…

“Thankful for Poetry Month” Reading and Open Mic with Lydia K. Valentine, Zack Dye, and Benjamin Gorman @ Zoom (Free, but Registration Required)
Nov 28 @ 5:00 pm

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!

Poetry in the Pandemic virtual event @ Jacksonville Library/ Jackson County Library Services
Jan 14 @ 6:00 pm

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.

Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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First Draft Writers’ Series with Don Colburn @ Pendleton Center for the Arts ZOOM session
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

First Draft Writers’ Series presents author readings every third Thursday. Jan 21, 21 join us online for Don Colburn. Request Zoom link at

Don Colburn came to poetry late and unexpectedly in the midst of a journalism career. A longtime reporter for The Washington Post and The Oregonian, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. He has published five collections of poems, including four chapbooks; all five won or placed in national manuscript competitions. Colburn’s poems have appeared widely in literary journals and anthologies. His latest collection, Mortality, with Pronoun Shifts, won the 2018 Cathy Smith Bowers poetry award. His previous chapbook, Tomorrow Too: The Brenda Monologues, is a sequence of poetic monologues based on the true story of a young woman facing breast cancer while pregnant — a story he first reported in The Oregonian. His full-length book, As If Gravity Were a Theory, won the Cider Press Book Award. Other writing honors include the Discovery/The Nation Award, the Finishing Line Press Poetry Prize, residencies at The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and five Pushcart nominations. He lives in Portland.