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Poetry of Place, Taught by John Sibley Williams @ Fort George Taproom
Oct 13 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 10am – 1pm
Fort George Taproom, 1483 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103

The Writer’s Guild Astoriawill be hosting a hands-on workshop titled Poetry of Place, taught by award-winning Portland poet John Sibley Williams.

Poetry of place focuses on the landscapes we know, have traveled to, or imagine. Our identities are tied to place and reflected in our writing. We will focus on both the mundane and the sublime of our surroundings and how that effects and informs our inner lives.

In this workshop we will:
-study poems by other writers to see how they write about place
-generate poems from prompts focusing on how place shapes and influences our worldview
-discuss the poems we write as a group, focusing on authenticity, universality, and the musicality of language

This class is for all levels of writers.

John Sibley Williams is the author of As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize, 2019), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, 2019), Disinheritance, and Controlled Hallucinations. An eleven-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous awards, including the Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Phyllis Smart-Young Prize, The 46er Prize, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize, Confrontation Poetry Prize, and Laux/Millar Prize. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a literary agent. Previous publishing credits include: The Yale Review, Midwest QuarterlySycamore ReviewPrairie SchoonerThe Massachusetts ReviewPoet LoreSaranac ReviewAtlanta ReviewTriQuarterlyColumbia Poetry ReviewMid-American ReviewPoetry Northwest, Third Coast, and various anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Broadway Books celebrates the fall 2018 issue of Windfall magazine with a reading by four northwest poets represented in the issue. Reading at the store on Tuesday, October 16th, at 7 pm will be Emily Antonia Fox Garcia, Andrea Hollander, Tim Raphael, and Lex Runciman, as well as the journal’s co-editors Michael McDowell and Bill Siverly. 

Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place features poetry which captures the spirit of place as part of the essence of the poem. The journal particularly emphasizes poetry written in the Pacific Northwest that is attentive to the relationships between people and the landscapes in which we live. It has been published since 2002.

This event is free and open to the public

Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

On Wednesday, October 17th, at 7 pm we welcome two local poets to the Broadway Books stage: Carlos Reyes and Matthew Minicucci.

In Along the Flaggy Shore: Poems from West Clare, the tenth volume of poetry from Carlos Reyes, the reader is returned again to Ireland, to the townlands of Letterkelly and Cloonanaha in County Clare. The poems in this collection capture the stark rural life that has now mostly passed, as Reyes attempts to gather the remnants of a way of life that was pushed aside and forgotten, painting a lyrical picture of a world gone by. In addition to his collections of poetry, Reyes has published many volumes of translations and a memoir, Keys to the Cottage, Stories from the West of Ireland. Reyes most recently read at Broadway Books from his previous collection, Guilt in Our Pockets, Poems from South India.

Matthew Minicucci is the author of two collections of poetry: Small Gods, a finalist for the 2016 Green Rose Prize from New Issues Press, and Translation (Kent State University Press, 2015), chosen by Jane Hirshfield for the 2014 Wick Poetry Prize. One reviewer wrote of Small Gods “The poems stick to memory like burrs to a pant leg,” while another wrote “Small Gods enriches us with its moral courage and its compassionate faith in the ultimate value of our fraught humanity.” Currently a lecturer in creative writing, Minicucci received his BA in Classical Languages and Literature from U-Mass Amherst and his MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

This event is free and open to the public.

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Leyendo Between Lines @ IKE Box
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Carol Hottle and Arturo Sarmiento present “Leyendo Between Lines” (Reading entre líneas) a bilingual literary collaboration. Carol Hottle is a writer, editor, educator, and dancer and has lived in the Northwest for over 20 years. She teaches writing (including poetry) in colleges and universities and community settings. Arturo Sarmiento has published in magazines and newspapers; and the anthology Antologia de Poesía Oregoniana. In 2017, Sarmiento won the second prize of the contest “Primer Concurso de Poesía Oregoniana.”

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 Chemawa and Cottage.

Peregrine Literary Series @ Stickman's Brew Pub
Oct 21 @ 3:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Enjoy a presentation of A. Moloktov’s latest publication, along with guitarist Peter Zisa’s performance of classical and original compositions in a family-friendly pub setting on the lake. Cash or canned goods collected for local Food Bank.
Accessible venue, Free, abundant parking nearby.

Salem Poetry Festival @ IKE Box, The Book Bin, Salem Public Library
Oct 25 – Oct 27 all-day

Thursday, October 25, 7:00 pm at the Ike Box featuring Paulann Peterson

Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita, has six full-length books of poetry, most recently Understory, from Lost Horse Press. The Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds chose a poem from her book The Voluptuary as the lyric for a choral composition that’s now part of the repertoire of the Choir at Trinity College Cambridge.

Friday, October 26, 7:00 pm at The Book Bin featuring Lawson Fusao Inada

Lawson Fusao Inada is a third-generation Japanese American from Fresno, California. As a child during World War II, he was imprisoned in California, Arkansas, and Coloraado. A graduate of Fresno State University and the University of Oregon, he is an emeritus professor at Southern Oregon University.

Saturday, October 27,10:30 am The Salem Public Library Workshop with Lex Runciman

This workshop – part talk, part reading, and part writing exercise – will use that question, “Where do you get your ideas from?” to engage some of those “large, general misconceptions about how writers work.” As a writer, how do you work? Limited to 20 participants.
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Saturday, October 27, 12:30 pm at the Salem Public Library Spanish Poetry Panel: Poesía en el XXI

A panel of three Spanish language poets discuss poetry and other topics. Includes Luna Flores, Concepcion Samano and Juan Cervantes.

Saturday, October 27, 2:30 pm at the Salem Public Library featuring Octaviano Merecias

Octaviano Merecias, Portland, Oregon, is a digital visual storyteller, motivational speaker, photographic artist, trilingual writer, and educator, who works with a socially-engaged practice facilitating workshops, talks, discussion, forums, conferences, collaborations with groups in the US and abroad. For more information visit learn more about his upcoming presentations, publications, and performances. This event will primarily be in Spanish.

Saturday, October 27, 4:00 pm at the Salem Public Library featuring Kim Stafford

Kim Stafford, founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft and 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared. He has taught writing in dozens of schools and community centers, and in Scotland, Italy, and Bhutan. In May 2018 he was named Oregon’s 9th Poet Laureate by Governor Kate Brown.

great weather for MEDIA @ The Waypost
Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm

Celebrate the publication of great weather for MEDIA’s latest anthology “Suitcase of Chrysanthemums” and meet an indie press looking for new voices.

Featuring contributors and special guests Sossity Chiricuzio, Brad Garber, Laura LeHew, Richard Loranger, Christopher Luna, Pattie Palmer-Baker, Dan Raphael, Kelly Terwilliger, and John Sibley Williams, plus editor Jane Ormerod.

We will start promptly with a limited open mic so please arrive early.

“Suitcase of Chrysanthemums” is an exhilarating collection of contemporary poetry and fiction from established and emerging writers across the United States and beyond.
Submissions for our next anthology are open October 15 2018 to January 15 2019.

Free Authors’ Presentation @ River Road Park Annex
Oct 28 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Poets Frank Rossini and Scot Siegel and animal behaviorist/cognitive psychologist/writer Rosary Lombard will share their work at this October 28, 2018 River Road Reading Series (RRRS) reading. Delectable refreshments will be served. Authors’ books will be available for purchase and donations will be cheerfully accepted.

Oregon Jewish Voices Reading @ Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm

Started in 1999, this annual event features readings by prominent Oregon Jewish writers. The five writers in the 2018 program, who span a range of genres including fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and essays, will share selections from their work in OJMCHE’s auditorium. This year’s writers are Ken Gordon, Tracy Prince, Donna Prinzmetal, Joshua Safran, and Hillary Tiefer. The curator and founder of this annual event, Willa Schneberg, is the emcee for the evening.

This year’s featured writers:
Ken Gordon is the owner of Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen, a pioneering artisan Jewish delicatessen with two locations in Portland, Oregon, and one at Portland International Airport. Ken opened the first location in 2007 in response to the Pacific Northwest’s lack of the food he grew up with in his native New York City. He is partly responsible for a resurgence in the U.S. of the Jewish deli. Though self-acknowledged as a non-religious Jew, he feels that opening a Jewish delicatessen in Portland more than makes up for it. He wrote a health and fitness column for The Oregonian.

Tracy J. Prince, PhD, is an Affiliated Research Professor at PSU’s American Indian Teacher Program. She is the author of Portland’s Goose Hollow and Culture Wars in British Literature (with a chapter on British Jewish writers) and co-author of Portland’s Slabtown and Notable Women of Portland. She has spent over two decades teaching and writing about race, gender, and social equity issues in humanities, urban studies, and English departments in Turkey, Canada, and the U.S. and has spent research time in England, Australia, South Africa, and France. She is currently working on Might Oughta Keep Singin’, a book about the music of the South.

Donna Prinzmetal is a poet, psychotherapist, and teacher. She often uses writing to facilitate restoration and healing in her psychotherapy practice. Her poems have appeared in many magazines, including Prairie Schooner, The Comstock Review, The Cincinnati Review, and The Journal. Her first book, Snow White, When No One Was Looking, was published with CW Books in May of 2014.

Joshua Safran is an Orthodox Jew, author, attorney, and nationally recognized advocate for survivors of domestic violence. His memoir, Free Spirit: Growing Up On the Road and Off the Grid
(Hachette), about his childhood on the dark side of the Age of Aquarius, was called a “beautiful, powerful memoir . . . reminiscent of David Sedaris’s and Augusten Burroughs’s best work: introspective, hilarious, and heartbreaking” (Publishers Weekly starred review). His legal odyssey to free an incarcerated survivor of domestic abuse from prison was featured in the award-winning documentary Crime After Crime. Safran’s essays have been published in Salon, The Daily Beast, Utne Reader, and Huffington Post, and his story has been heard on the BBC, NPR, PBS, PRX, CBS, and Authors at Google.

Although originally from the East Coast, Hillary Tiefer considers herself an Oregonian. She has a PhD in English and is a former college professor. Her short stories have been published in several journals, among them: Descant, Blue Moon Literary and Art Review, Grey Sparrow Journal, Mission at Tenth, Poetica Magazine, Red Rock Review, and Juxtaprose Literary Magazine. Lily’s Home Front is her debut novel.

Willa Schneberg is a poet, visual artist, curator, and psychotherapist in private practice. She has authored five poetry collections, including In The Margins of The World, recipient of the Oregon Book Award, and her latest volume, Rending the Garment. In February of 2018, she served as a poet-in-residence in Kathmandu. She founded and curates Oregon Jewish Voices with Judy Margles. This is the 19th season, and Willa will emcee this year’s event.

About Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education:
The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education explores the legacy of the Jewish experience in Oregon and teaches the universal lessons of the Holocaust. Through exhibitions, programs, educational resources, and opportunities for intercultural conversation, OJMCHE challenges our visitors to resist indifference and discrimination and to envision a just and inclusive world. The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education features, along with core exhibitions, national and international changing exhibitions that showcase Jewish contributions to world culture and ideas, issues of Jewish identity, and the forces of prejudice. OJMCHE also offers programs, films, lectures, and concerts cover a wide range of topics relating to Jewish art, culture, and heritage, which stimulate dialogue about identity, culture, and assimilation. Education programs embrace the Jewish experience and explore the lessons of the Holocaust. The organization is the steward of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial, located in Washington Park, and of the Archives and Artifact Collection documenting the Oregon Jewish experience. Tours of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial are free and available by appointment. For more information, visit

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Oregon Jewish Voices, Readings by Oregon Jewish Writers and Poets @ Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Oregon Jewish Voices, Readings by Oregon Jewish Writers and Poets 
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
724 NW Davis Street,
Portland, Oregon 97209

$8 members and $10 general public

Started in 1999, this annual event features readings by prominent Oregon Jewish writers. The five writers in the 2018 program, who span a range of genres including fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and essays, will share selections from their work in OJMCHE’s auditorium. This year’s writers are Ken Gordon, Tracy Prince, Donna Prinzmetal, Joshua Safran, and Hillary Tiefer.The curator and founder of this annual event, Willa Schneberg, is the emcee for the evening.