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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.

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.

Broadway Books readings: Floyd Skloot @ Broadway Books
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Portland author Floyd Skloot joins us at 7 pm on Thursday, October 17th to read from his new collection of poems, Far West, published by Louisiana State University Press.

Skloot’s Far West intertwines the past and present, as time alternates between racing and standing still. Crafting poems that confront memory lapses and painful recollections, Skloot traces his moments of purest perception and expression: his wife practicing music, his daughter finding delight in the presence of wildlife, Vladimir Nabokov able to lose himself when playing goalie in a soccer match. A poem about a forgotten word or name can lead to one about a song that refuses to stop playing over and over in our minds, or to an evocation of a long-dead futuristic novelist who comes back from the afterlife to find a world even stranger than any he imagined. In poems that range from traditional forms and short lyrics to longer narratives and free verse, Skloot explores how emotional experiences—memory and forgetting, love and loss, reverie and urgent attention—all come together in our search for coherence and authentic self-expression.

Floyd Skloot is a poet, creative nonfiction writer, and novelist whose work has won three Pushcart Prizes, a PEN USA Literary Award, two Pacific NW Book Awards, and two Oregon Book Awards. His poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s Magazine, Poetry, Georgia Review, Hudson Review, and many of the leading journals in this country as well as overseas. He has contributed book reviews to The New York Times Book Review, Boston Globe, Harvard Review, Sewanee Review, and other publications.

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Colette Tennant @ Ike Box
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Colette Tennant just completed a book titled Religion in The Handmaid’s Tale: a Brief Guide, forthcoming in September 2019. Billy Collins recently awarded her poem 3rd place in the 2019 Fish Publishing Contest in Ireland. She has two books of poetry: Commotion of Wings (2010) and Eden and After (2015). Her poems have been published in many journals, including Prairie Schooner, Rattle, Southern Poetry Review, and others. She has been an English professor for 24 years, including teaching creative writing. She enjoys inspiring people to write poems.

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 Tom Hogan @ IKE Box
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tom Hogan’s new book, Giving Thanks: New and Selected Poems was published by Dancing Moon Press in 2018. He is the author of five chapbooks and The Promise of the Trail (also by Dancing Moon Press, 2014). He directs the Milwaukie Poetry Series, currently in its 13th Season and lives with his wife Jane in Milwaukie, 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.

Last Friday Poetry Series Featuring Susan Woods Morse @ Salem Book Bin @ Salem Book Bin
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Susan Morse moved to the Willamette Valley in 2016 and is currently a member of the Oregon Poetry Association, as well as Mid Valley Poetry Society. She also frequently participates in readings at the Salem Poetry Project. In the Hush is her first chapbook, but individual poems have appeared in various journals such as Cream City Review, The Mom Egg, The Aurorean, Sixfold, and most recently The Willawaw Journal.

Susan’s featured reading of poems from her chapbook In the Hush begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Salem Book Bin, 450 Court Street NE, Salem (503-361-1235) and will be followed by an Open Mic.

Head for the HIlls! @ Head for the Hills! Poetry Open Mic
Oct 30 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 31 @ 7:45 pm

Head for the Hills is an Open Mic Event. Wednesday, October 30. 6pm-7:45 pm. Read 3 poems or read for 5 minutes. Light refreshments. Sign up sheet available at 5:45. Late comers welcome.

Salem Poetry Project Featuring C. Steven Blue @ IKE Box
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

C. Steven Blue is a Poet/Publisher/Producer/Performer, his poetry stands outside the normal conventions of modern poetry, at the crossroads of poetry and music; produces and hosts BURNIN’ DOWN THE BARNES, a monthly literary series at Eugene Barnes & Noble; has seven published books; has been published and interviewed widely in the literary world. More on his website:

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.

Cascade/Community Open Mic @ Rose City Book Pub
Nov 11 @ 7:30 pm

Open Mic bringing student writers together with community writers. Poetry, fiction and other genres. Sign ups begin at 7:00.

Portland: Michael Dickman and Paulann Petersen @ Portland State University, Smith 238
Nov 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Paulann writes:

Michael Dickman is a Portland poet, but we in Portland see far too little of him. And our chances to hear him read his work are rare.

Well, one of those rare chances is coming up on November 12th:

A poetry reading by Michael Dickman and me

Tuesday, November 12th, 2 pm

Portland State University, Smith 238

Michael will be reading from his newest full-length collection, Days & Days, published by Knopf, a book of—as Marie Howe has said—“spare, clear, untranslatable poems—spoken as if out of the original silence.”

I’ll be reading from my latest book, One Small Sun, from Salmon Poetry of Ireland, described by Booklist as “a veritable master class in the interweaving of metaphor and memory.”

A little more about Michael:

His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Field, and Tin House. He currently teaches at Princeton University, where he’s a Lecturer in Creative Writing. He was the subject (with his twin brother, the poet Matthew Dickman) of a New Yorker profile written by Rebecca Mead. He and Matthew had roles as the pre-cog twins in Steven Spielberg’s film “Minority Report.” (What other world-class poets do we know who’ve been in a Steven Spielberg movie?)

Please join us in downtown Portland to hear this native son and stellar poet!