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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Stephanie Lenox @ IKE Box
Aug 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Stephanie Lenox is the author of three poetry collections, most recently The Business, winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry, and Congress of Strange People, a collection of poems inspired by Guinness World record holders. Her textbook, Short-Form Creative Writing: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury this fall. She lives in Salem where she works as an instructional editor for Chemeketa Press.

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.

Milwaukie First Friday Poetry Reading and Open Mic @ St. John the Evangelist Church
Aug 31 @ 10:33 pm – 11:33 pm
First Friday Poetry Reading and Open Mic, September 7, 2018
Milwaukie First Friday Poetry Reading and Open Mic.
Come and share poetry! The Milwaukie Poetry Series of the Ledding Library of Milwaukie and St. John the Evangelist are delighted to continue the First Friday poetry readings on Friday, September 7 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. This reading and open mic will take place in the meeting room at St. John the Evangelist Church, 2036 SE Jefferson St, Milwaukie, OR 97222.
The readers will be some of our community leaders featuring Greg Chaimov, Clackamas Community College Board of Education, Angel Falconer, Milwaukie City Councilor, Sonya Fischer, Clackamas County Commissioner and Wilda Parks, Milwaukie City Councilor. They will read their own work or favorite poems for approximately 40 minutes.
An Open Mic session will follow for all who wish to read their own work or some of their favorite poems. To get on the open mic list in advance or for information about the Milwaukie Poetry Series readings and other events, please contact Tom Hogan at 503.819.8367 or [email protected].
There will be a sign-up sheet at the event for those wishing to read during the open mic portion of the evening. There will be poetry books available and light refreshments served. Please join us for a wonderful evening of poetry.
Plonk Reading Series: Willa Schneberg, Leanne Grabel and Tim Raphael @ Corkscrew Wine Bar
Sep 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Willa Schneberg, Leanne Grabel and Tim Raphael at 7PM for the Weds. September 5th Plonk Reading Seriesprogram at the Corkscrew Wine Bar, 1665 SE Bybee in Sellwood.

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Anotoloy Molotkov @ IKE Box
Sep 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A. Molotkov’s poetry collections are The Catalog of Broken Things (2016), Application of Shadows (Main Street Rag, September 2018) and Synonyms for Silence (2019). Published by Kenyon, Iowa, Massachusetts, Atlanta, and Bennington Reviews, Molotkov is winner of various fiction/poetry contests and an Oregon Literary Fellowship. Find him at

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!

Lents Farmers Market Poetry Reading @ Portland Farmers Market - Lents International
Sep 9 @ 9:30 am – 10:15 am

Reading Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Market’s mainstage will be:

Stephen Fowler is a performing artist, activist, justice advocate, and community educator from Portland Oregon. Stephen used his time to educate and expand his understanding of self-worth, potential, and purpose using art forms. Stephen is a co-founder of Verbal Escape which shows adolescents the power of their own voice and story.

Andrea Hollander moved to Portland, Oregon, in 2011, after many years in the Arkansas Ozarks, where she ran a bed & breakfast for 15 years and served as the Writer-in-Residence at Lyon College for 22. Hollander’s 5th full-length poetry collection, Blue Mistaken for Sky, is due from Autumn House Press in September 2018. Her 4th was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award; her 1st won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Hollander’s many other honors include the Vern Rutsala Award, an Oregon Literary Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes (in poetry and literary nonfiction), and two fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts. Her website is

Tom Richards is the author of Thirst for Beginners; Poetry, Prose and Quizzes, forthcoming in 2019 from University of Hell Press. His work has appeared in Phenomenal Literature,, the Writers’ Collective Anthology, and was recently writer in residence at Mother Foucault’s Books in Portland, Oregon. Tom is also the editor and publisher of The Portland Permanent Press, a monthly comedy and humor magazine, with Joe Sacco. He curated The Faux Museum in Portland, and has written for Willamette Week, the Oregonia, and had a monthly column in the Paperback Jukebox called Last First Thursday.

Carey Taylor is a native Oregonian who lives in Portland, Oregon. She has been published in regional, national and international journals and was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. She is the author of The Lure of Impermanence (Cirque Press), forthcoming in the summer of 2018. When not worrying about earthquakes, she enjoys hiking, traveling and a good scotch whisky.

Celebrating a Quintessentially Oregon Book @ Multnomah County Central Library
Sep 9 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Durable Goods: Appreciations of Oregon Poets is a unique book by Eugene essayist and poet Erik Muller, one that honors the work of six Oregon poets. At this event, Erik Muller, Barbara Drake, Paulann Petersen, Lex Runciman and Clemens Starck will spotlight this one-of-a-kind volume, which includes—for each of six poets—an extensive essay and a portfolio of poems.

The program will include remarks from Erik Muller, poetry readings from four of the poets, and a wide-ranging discussion with those in attendance.

@ Multnomah County Library - Northwest
Sep 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Free Range Poetry presents Judith Barrington, Francis Opila, Leah Stenson Monday, September 10, 2018 (second Monday of September)

Northwest Library 2300 NW Thurman Street Portland

An open mic will precede featured poets. Open mic readers limited to two pages of material. Sign up for open mic at 5:45 pm. Reading 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

Judith Barrington’sfifth collection of poetry,Long Love: New & Selected Poemswas launched on June 12th. She is also the author of The Conversation(2015), whose title poem was the winner of the Gregory O’Donoghue International poetry award. In 2001 Lifesaving: A Memoirwas the winner of the Lambda Book Award and a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. Judith is also the author of the best-selling Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art andhas been a faculty member of the University of Alaska, Anchorage’s MFA Program. Much sought after as a teacher, she has run workshops around the U.S., Britain and Spain. She was co-founder of The Flight of the Mind summer writing workshop, which brought writers from all over the country to the McKenzie River for 18 years. She is also one of the founders of Soapstone Inc.

Francis Opilahas lived in the Pacific Northwest most of his adult life; he currently resides in Portland, OR. His work, recreation, and spirit have taken him out into the woods, wetlands, mountains, and rivers. He works as an environmental scientist, primarily with water quality. His poetry has been published in Latitude on 2nd, Empirical, and Parks and Points. He enjoys performing poetry, combining recitation and playing Native American flute.

Leah Stensonis the author of two chapbooks, Heavenly Bodyand The Turquoise Bee and Other Love Poems, published by Finishing Line Press in 2011 and 2014, respectively; a regional editor of Alive at the Center: Contemporary Poems from the Pacific Northwest (Ooligan Press, 2013) and co-editor of Reverberations from Fukushima (Inkwater Press, 2014). Her full-length poetry book, Everywhere I Find Myselfwas published by WordTech Communications’ Turning Point imprint in December of 2017. She serves on the board of Tavern Books.

Milwaukie Poetry Series @ Ledding Library Pond House
Sep 12 @ 7:00 pm

The Twelfth Season will begin with a reading by Paul Merchant on Wednesday, September 12 and continue through June 2019. Other readers in this season are Samiya Bashir, George Venn, Andrea Hollander, Kristin Berger, Tim Whitsell, Carolyn Martin, Joseph A. Soldati, Vince Wixon and Shaindel Beers. We are honored by the participation of this outstanding lineup of local poets. We thank the City of Milwaukie for its support and all the volunteers that make this series possible.

A flyer of the readings is located on our website, which you can print and post. We encourage everyone to forward our information to anyone that you feel might have an interest in the Series. If you would like flyers mailed to you, please contact Tom Hogan.

For information about the readings, please contact the Series Coordinator, Tom Hogan, at (503) 819-8367 or [email protected] or Ledding Library of Milwaukie Reference Librarian, Sarah Roller at (503) 786-7580 or [email protected]

Salem Poetry Project Featuring David Jeffers @ IKE Box
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

David, a transplant to Oregon from the southeast, has participated in poetry readings at Unitarian Universalist churches in Salem and McMinnville, at the Book Bin open mics, and at the Salem Poetry Project. David is a veteran of the construction industry and currently works at Kilgore Blackman Building Materials. The curse of the English major causes sudden attacks of David’s having to write things down. Poems occasionally result from this process.

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 Poeming Pigeon: In the News Book Launch @ The Pond House @ Ledding Library
Sep 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Nancy Flynn, Christopher Luna, Linda Ferguson, Dan Raphael, Julene Tripp Weaver, Eleanor Berry, Lindy Low Le Coq, Vivienne Popperl, Cathy Cain, Eleanor Kedney, Kathleen Patterson, Collette Tennant, Laura LeHew, Brad G. Garber, Brittney Corrigan, Lynn Knapp & Shawn Aveningo Sanders