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The Poetry Box Chapbook Prize 2020 (3rd Annual) @ The Poetry Box
Feb 1 – Feb 28 all-day

Annual Chapbook Contest for 2020, sponsored by The Poetry Box.
Open to writers residing in the United States.
Winners will receive the following:
1st Prize: $500 and $100 Duotrope Gift Certificate plus 20 copies of published chapbook and distribution of their winning title to all contest entrants.
2nd Prize: $150 plus 10 copies of their published chapbook.
3rd Prize: $100 plus 5 copies of their published chapbook.

Submission Period for Contest: Feb 1 – Feb 28, 2020
Contest Judge: Amy Miller
Winner Announced by: July, 2020
Publication/Release Date: Winter, 2020/21
ALL ENTRANTS receive free copy of winning chapbook.

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Efrain Diaz Horna @ Ike Box
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Efraín Díaz-Horna was born in Talara, Peru, studied at Mt. Angel College in Oregon, and the University of Wisconsin. For 25 years, Efraín was employed for the State of Oregon and Multnomah County. He has been drawing, painting, and writing since he was a child. He has exhibited his art in Oregon, Mexico, Russia, and Peru. You can find his poetry in Expreso, The Oregonian, The Hispanic News, The National Catholic Reporter, and several newsletters. He is the author of the six poetry books and a translation of Kim Stafford’s poetry Cuando llegues al fondo, cava más abajo (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.

Book Launch for The Poeming Pigeon: COSMOS issue @ Ledding Library
Feb 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


The Milwaukie Poetry Series and The Poetry Box present a reading to celebrate the launch of the 9th issue of The Poeming Pigeon: COSMOS.

Featured Readers:
Pattie Palmer-Baker • Trina Gaynon • Colette Tennant • Liz Nakazawa • Casey Bush • Dale Champlin • Melody Leming-Wilson • Douglas Spangle • Marilyn Johnston • Brittney Corrigan • Judith Arcana • Joann Renee Boswell • Brad G. Garber • Jessica Parker • Devon Balwit • Linda Ferguson • Delia Garigan • Rebecca Smolen • Doug Stone • Linda (LAW) Fraser • Deborah Bachels Schmidt • Shawn Aveningo Sanders

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Corban University Poets @ Ike Box
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Poets from Corban University will be reading their work from the Fusion Art Show which features student poems, paintings, and photographs. The art show will be displayed in Corban’s Psalm Center Gallery from late January through February. The poets, painters, and photographers will give a reading Thursday, February 13th, at 7 pm in the Psalm Center on Corban’s campus. Community members are very welcome. It is free and open to the public.

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.

OPA Hood River Critique Group @ Bette's Place
Mar 14 @ 11:00 am

The Hood River Unit of Oregon Poetry Association will host a poetry critique group at 11:00 AM on March 14 at Bette’s Place in Hood River: All poets are welcome. Please bring about 8 copies of one or two poems you’d like to have critiqued. For further information, please contact Jackie McManus at or Leah Stenson at

Sandy Library Poetry Slam @ Sandy Public Library
Apr 3 @ 6:00 pm

The Sandy Library Poetry Slam will be held on April 3rd, 2020 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Refreshments provided. Friends and family are encouraged to attend to support the poets. ONLY ONE POEM can be entered into the contest; there will be time to share additional poems later in the evening.

Please fill out the Entry Form at by Tuesday, March 31st. If you don’t register, you can still participate but your name will not appear in the program.

Basic Rules:
• Poets and performers, ages 8 and up, are welcome to work in groups or individually.
• Poems must be appropriate for an all-ages audience.
• It is best if the poems are memorized, but not essential.
• Each presentation must be limited to 3 minutes.
• A panel of judges will choose the winners; contestants will be judged on creativity and presentation.
• Participants must write the poems they present.
• The contestant must be present to win.
The winner in each category will receive $25; the Grand Prize winner will receive $100 cash.