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Nov
16
Sat
2019
Beyond Feelings and Fancy Words: Honing Your Poem-Writing Skills with Lynn Otto @ Hood River
Nov 16 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

When: November 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (bring a sack lunch, and dress for an optional walk in the countryside during lunch break)

Where: upper Hood River (Parkdale), Oregon, at the home of Leah Stenson off the Fruit Loop scenic drive

Why: Competent craftspeople can build great things because they know their tools and have lots of practice using them. The same holds true for poets. In this workshop, you’ll see some of these tools in action, and you’ll have opportunities to practice using them, expanding your poetic possibilities.

Who: People who like to write poems, ages 16 and up. Lynn Otto believes people should leave a writing workshop with a better understanding of their work and a new (or newly polished) tool in their writer’s toolkit. She holds an MFA in creative writing/poetry from Portland State University, was a 2015/16 resident associate at the National Humanities Center in North Carolina, and has given readings and workshops in the U.S., Canada, and France. Her work has been published in Iron Horse Literary Review, Raleigh Review, Sequestrum, Slipstream, and other journals. Her book Real Daughter won a Unicorn Press First Book Prize.

How: Register at opa.submittable.com. Cost is $45.

Nov
21
Thu
2019
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Author Diane Forsberg, poet Steve Slemenda, and digital artist Joel Zak present Never Solitary-Forward @ IKE Box
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Author Diane Forsberg, poet Steve Slemenda, and digital artist Joel Zak present Never Solitary-Forward, a collection of prayers, poems and images. The publication is the third of a series that joins texts with images in a thought provoking and appealing blend of complimentary expressions. The book’s content will be projected as Forsberg, Slemenda and Zak present their contributions and discuss the rich process through which the book was realized.

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/

Nov
23
Sat
2019
Erica Goss and Joan Dobbie share their stone poetry @ Mother Foucault's Bookstore
Nov 23 all-day

Erica Goss and Joan Dobbie, sharing stone inspirations, will be introducing their new books, “Stone/Empty Chair” (Erica) and “The Language of Stone” (Joan) from 7pm-9pm on Saturday, November 23rd 2019

Nov
24
Sun
2019
Free Poetry and Music @ River Road Annex
Nov 24 all-day

Charles Goodrich and Clem Stark will share their poetry. Composer, pianist, Scott Bartlett will share his original compositions. Books and cds will be available for purchase.

Nov
30
Sat
2019
Kosmos Quarterly open for submissions @ https://www.kosmosjournal.org/contribute-to-kosmos-quarterly/
Nov 30 all-day

Kosmos Quarterly is now open for submissions until November 30 for our Winter issue, “Possible Futures: Justice, Values, and Governance.” We are looking for poems that imagine that future. See full details and guidelines at https://www.kosmosjournal.org/contribute-to-kosmos-quarterly/

Dec
5
Thu
2019
Salem Poetry Project Featuring John Sibley Williams @ IKE Box
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

John Sibley Williams is the author of As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize), and Summon (JuxtaProse Chapbook Prize). A twenty-time Pushcart nominee and winner of various awards, John serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review, teaches for Literary Arts, and is a poetry agent.

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/

Dec
12
Thu
2019
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Jade Rosina McCutcheon @ IKE Box
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Australian born Jade Rosina McCutcheon holds a Doctor of Creative Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She graduated from N.I.D.A. Sydney as a theatre director and has worked as a professional director in Australia and the United States as well as in many Universities. Her publications include books, Awakening the Performing Body, Embodied Consciousness Performance Technologies, Narrative in Performance, chapters in edited, peer reviewed volumes and poetry in Australian magazines. She was awarded a Kay Snow Poetry Prize (Oregon) this year for her poem ‘Fair Art’ and her first chapbook “The River Speaks” will be published by Finishing Line Press later this year. She also had three poems published in Terra Incognita (Bob Hill publishing 2019).

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/

Dec
19
Thu
2019
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Favorite Holiday Poems @ IKE Box
Dec 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

You are the featured reader! Bring your favorite poem about Christmas, Hanukah, Thanksgiving…Festivus and maybe a little story about it. The infamous open mike 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/

Jan
2
Thu
2020
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Terra Incognita @ IKE Box
Jan 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Terra Incognita is the second anthology from Bob Hill Publishing, LLC, and like Moments Before Midnight, released in 2018, the subtitle is Oregon Poets Write for Ecological, Social, Political and Economic Justice. Reading their poems from the book will be: Carol Hottle, Penina Ava Taesali, Paul Suter, Elizabeth Keyser, Ariel, Amalie Rush Hill and Marc Janssen.

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/

Jan
8
Wed
2020
Book Launch: What She Was Wearing – Shawn Aveningo Sanders @ Annie Bloom's Books
Jan 8 @ 7:00 pm

Annie Bloom’s welcomes Portland poet Shawn Aveningo Sanders to read from What She Was Wearing.

How long can you keep a dark secret before you become completely unraveled? In What She Was Wearing, Sanders uses poetry, prose, and letters to tell her #MeToo story—one that has taken over 30 years to reveal.
Inspired by the countless number of women who are bravely opening up to share their truth, she 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.