Calendar

Select one or more Categories to view calendar items for Readings, Workshops, Conferences, Calls for Submission, Contests, and Volunteer Opportunities.

The Disclaimer: OPA does not guarantee the information in this calendar to be complete or accurate so be sure to check the organization's web site for submission details, and good luck!

To submit items, please click the "Post Your Event" button at the top of the calendar and enter the information about your event, call for submissions, contest, or volunteer opportunity. Please be sure to select the appropriate Category on the calendar input form. After filling in the "Post Your Event" form, click the "Submit Form" button at the bottom of the screen (if you're using a laptop or tablet, you may need to scroll down to see the "Submit Form" button).

If you have any questions about this calendar, please use the contact form to email the calendar coordinator.

[ai1ec view="monthly" cat_name="readings,workshops,conferences,calls-for-submissions,volunteer-opportunities"]
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.

Jul
28
Wed
2021
“Mastering Traditional Poetry Forms” Workshop with John Sibley Williams
Jul 28 @ 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
29
Thu
2021
Salem Poetry Project featuring Dennis Wiegel @ zoom
Jul 29 @ 7:00 pm

Dennis Wiegel has written poetry and music for all of his adult life. He has two published books of poetry released: Progeny and Life in the Trenches. Both are available through Amazon and the author. He is a long-standing member of the writing group: Writers Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

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

Aug
22
Sun
2021
2021 Sejong International Sijo Competition @ Sejong Cultural Society
Aug 22 – Sep 30 all-day

International Sijo Poetry Competition
No entry fee; Prizes $500, $250, $100
Submit online at https://bit.ly/2VPrr6i
See more information at https://bit.ly/3itFw1X

Sep
18
Sat
2021
Reading Diane di Prima’s LOBA, led by Lauren Mallett @ Soapstone, Inc. via Zoom
Sep 18 @ 10:00 am – Oct 9 @ 12:00 pm

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

Oct
1
Fri
2021
LOWER COLUMBIA POETRY COMPETITION OPEN TO ALL CLATSOP, PACIFIC, TILLAMOOK & WAHKIAKUM COUNTY RESIDENTS @ Email Submission
Oct 1 all-day

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.

Nov
18
Thu
2021
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Carmen Rojas Larrazabal @ zoom
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Carmen Rojas Larrazabal is a Venezuelan poet and Occupational Therapist with studies in Literature. You can find her poems in publications like, Hourglass, Footprint Alchemy, Clear Water Seconds, Riberas de Ausencia, Fifteen Minutes in the Rain, and Confessions of Absence. Larrazabal is a member of World Academy of Arts and Culture, UNESCO; Co-founder of the Circle of Writers and Authors of La Plata, (CEAP) Argentina; Universal Ambassador of Peace of the Circle of Ambassadors of Peace, Geneva, Switzerland; and Instituto Literario y Cultural Hispánico (ILCH), Delegate and Representative of Casa Bukowski, Chile.

The Salem Poetry Project continues virtually. Each week presents 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 zoom details contact Marc Janssen at [email protected]

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Carmen Rojas Larrazabal @ zoom
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Carmen Rojas Larrazabal is a Venezuelan poet and Occupational Therapist with studies in Literature. You can find her poems in publications like, Hourglass, Footprint Alchemy, Clear Water Seconds, Riberas de Ausencia, Fifteen Minutes in the Rain, and Confessions of Absence. Larrazabal is a member of World Academy of Arts and Culture, UNESCO; Co-founder of the Circle of Writers and Authors of La Plata, (CEAP) Argentina; Universal Ambassador of Peace of the Circle of Ambassadors of Peace, Geneva, Switzerland; and Instituto Literario y Cultural Hispánico (ILCH), Delegate and Representative of Casa Bukowski, Chile.

For zoom details email Marc Janssen at [email protected]

Dec
2
Thu
2021
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Sue Lick @ zoom
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sue Fagalde Lick escaped life as a journalist in Silicon Valley to write poetry and play music on the Oregon Coast. She has published two chapbooks, Gravel Road Ahead and The Widow at the Piano: Poems by a Distracted Catholic. Her poems have appeared in Rattle, The MacGuffin, Willawaw, Sage Soup, Cloudbank, New Letters, The American Journal of Poetry, and other publications. She was recently elected president of the Oregon Poetry Association.

The Salem Poetry Project continues virtually. Each week presents 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 zoom details contact Marc Janssen at [email protected]