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Sep
18
Wed
2019
Art Center East—Writing Project @ Art Center East
Sep 18 @ 7:00 pm

Featured Reader: David Axelrod

David Axelrod’s second collection of nonfiction, The Eclipse I Call Father: Essays on Absence was published by Oregon State University Press in the spring of 2019. His eighth collection of poems, The Open Hand, appeared recently from Lost Horse Press. Axelrod wrote the introduction, “My Interests Are People,” for About People: Photographs by Gert Berliner, which appeared in the summer of 2018 from Arts End Books. Axelrod directs the low residency MFA and Wilderness, Ecology, and Community program at Eastern Oregon University. In addition, he edits basalt: a journal of fine & literary arts, and serves on the editorial board of Lynx House Press.

Sep
19
Thu
2019
Salem Poetry Project Featuring the Favorite Poem Project @ IKE Box
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The featured reader is you! This reading will be part of the Favorite Poem Project, started by Robert Pinsky, the former US poet laureate. Everyone is invited to bring your favorite poem and a story of why it is important to you. An open mic will follow.

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. http://www.ikebox.com/

Sep
22
Sun
2019
TEA & POETRY @ Sisters Farmers Market at Fir Street Park in Sisters, Oregon
Sep 22 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us for Tea & Poetry Day! Join a free poetry playshop with Krayna Castelbaum. Celebrate the senses with tea tastings & tea blendings thanks to Mountain Rose Herbs & Metolius Tea. Listen to the dulcet tones of Sisters Ukulele Group.

We’ll unveil the winners of our Food & Farm Haiku Contest, judged by Oregon State Poet Laureate Kim Stafford (see http://tinyurl.com/foodhaiku to enter). Kids: join Deschutes Public Library for a special poetry booth!

If you love poetry, bring some along to share and read aloud (keep it family-friendly, if you would). Sisters Farmers Market is open every Sunday through the end of September, 11 am to 2 pm, at Fir Street Park. Kids enjoy playing in the splash pad fountains!

Sep
26
Thu
2019
Salem Poetry Project Featuring John Miller @ IKE Box
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

John Miller is founder of Portland Ars Poetica, an ongoing literary poetry workshop. His poetry has appeared in River Heron Review, catheXis northwest press, The Esthetic Apostle, in the 9Bridges anthology Over Land and Rising, and in Glass Facets of Poetry. John was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He has a degree in English from Amherst College.

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. http://www.ikebox.com/

Oct
3
Thu
2019
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Lois Rosen @ IKE Box
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Salem poet and fiction writer Lois Rosen has published two poetry books, Nice and Loud (Tebot Bach) and Pigeons (Traprock Books). A founder of Salem’s Peregrine Writers, she leads the Trillium Writers and Willamette University’s I.C.L. Writers. Lois’ current novel-in-progress takes place in Italy, Portland, and Mint, Oregon.

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. http://www.ikebox.com/

Oct
8
Tue
2019
Cascade/Community Open Mic @ Rose City Book Pub
Oct 8 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

This is a new open mic intended to bring together writers at different stages in their process. 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7:30 at the Rose City Book Pub.

Oct
10
Thu
2019
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Norm Baxter @ Ike Box
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Norm Baxter has been a restaurant worker, janitor, printer, carpenter, educator, writer, and farmer. He believes in always doing the right thing, which gratifies some people and astonishes the rest. Frequently a victim of his own enthusiasm, he is delighted and amazed that his life has gone so well.

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. http://www.ikebox.com/

Oct
14
Mon
2019
Indigenous People’s Day ~ Honoring Women’s Voices @ Old Liberty Theater
Oct 14 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Indigenous People’s Day ~ Honoring Women’s Voices
Native Nations poets Laura Da’, Ruby Hansen Murray, Leah Altman, Alise Sanchez and a youth poet
October 14, 2019 from 4pm to 6pm
Old Liberty Theater, 115 N Main Avenue, Ridgefield, WA 98642
Free

The public is invited to join us at the Old Liberty Theater in Ridgefield, Washington to celebrate our First Nations People through poetry, prose and music. As a community we will gather to honor the Indigenous People on whose traditional and ancestral land we sit and in acknowledgment that many Indigenous Nations of the Columbia River have connections to this place and their descendants live on. Our honored guests will include Tanna Engdahl, Spiritual Leader of the Cowlitz Tribe. She will offer a blessing for the gathering, which will honor Indigenous Women.

Native Nations women poets Laura Da’, Ruby Hansen Murray, Leah Altman, Alise Sanchez and a youth poet will read their work. Traveling Day Society, an inter-tribal and multi-cultural blend of musicians utilizing the voices of the Drum and the Native American Flute will join community members to drum at the event. This celebration is free and open to the public of all ages.

A poet and a public-school teacher, Laura Da’ studied creative writing at the University of Washington and the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is the author of the collections Instruments of the True Measure (University of Arizona Press, 2018), winner of the 2019 Washington Book Award and Tributaries (University of Arizona Press, 2015), winner of the 2016 American Book Award as well as the chapbook The Tecumseh Motel. Her work has appeared in the anthologies New Poets of Native Nations (Graywolf Press, 2018) and Effigies II (Salt Publishing, 2014). A member of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe, she received a Native American Arts and Cultures Fellowship in Literature. Da’ has also been a Made at Hugo House fellow and a Jack Straw fellow. She lives near Seattle, Washington, with her family.

Ruby Hansen Murray is a citizen of the Osage Nation, who lives downriver on Puget Island. She’s an award-winning columnist for the Osage News, and has offered writing workshops at the Port Townsend Writers Conference, Mt. Edgecumbe Boarding School in Sitka, Alaska and the American Indian Center in Chicago. She writes about the idiosyncrasies of Osage family life and confronts stereotypes that render Natives invisible. Her work appears in Exquisite Vessel: Shapes of Native Nonfiction by Elissa Washuta & Terese Warburton (2019), and World Literature Today, CutBank and The Rumpus. She received an MFA from The Institute of American Indian Arts.

Leah Altman (Oglala Lakota/Persian) is a Native writer and poet from the Portland area. She has been writing and performing poetry since she was 8 years old. Leah was most recently published in an anthology of local Portland writers entitled Where the Roses Grow Best, and she has performed most recently on KBOO with local Native writers Trevino Brings Plenty and Eva Joy. Leah has two daughters, and her poetry addresses family, love, identity, and her experience as a Native American adoptee and second-generation immigrant. She currently works at the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation and is a board member of Advancing Gender Equity in the Arts.

Alise Sanchez is a member of the Little Shell Band of Ojibwe, raised on the cold, clear nights of western Montana, and transplanted to the Pacific NW to flourish. She is a community-centered social services provider, currently serving as the director of the Multnomah County Domestic and Sexual Violence Coordination Office. She makes her home in queer and indigenous community, is a proud parent to two children, and is finally starting to self-identify as a writer.

Oct
16
Wed
2019
ACE Writing Project @ Art Center East
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm

Jessica Mehta and Gary Lark will read selections of their new works published by Airlie Press.

Oct
17
Thu
2019
Writers Talk @ The Dalles Art Center
Oct 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This series brings award-winning Oregon writers to the center to read, followed by a discussion and open mic. Margaret Chula will offer a free haiku workshop from 6:00, followed by a reading.

Margaret Chula has published ten collections of poetry including, most recently, Shadow Man. Her haiku collection, Grinding my ink, received the Haiku Society of America Book Award. 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. and She has been a featured speaker and workshop leader at writers’ conferences throughout the United States, as well as in Poland, Canada, Peru, and Japan. Maggie 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 enjoys wildlife in her back yard.