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OPA Pandemic Anthology
Aug 8 @ 2:02 am – Sep 1 @ 5:00 pm

Deadline September 1st. For details and to submit, click here.

The Poetry Box LIVE! — October Edition @ Online via Zoom
Oct 10 @ 4:00 pm

The Poetry Box LIVE – October Edition
Time: Oct 10, 2020 at 4pm (Pacific) / 7pm (Eastern)

The Poetry Box LIVE is a monthly Zoom poetry reading series on the 2nd Saturday of each month. Shawn Aveningo Sanders is the host/emcee with 3 Featured Poet/Authors each show.

October Featured Poets:
• Christopher Bogart, author of BREAKPOINT and THE EATER OF DREAMS (New Jersey)
• Kaja Weeks, author of MOUTH QUILL (Maryland)
• Wendy Colby, reading on behalf of Joan Colby author of THE KINGDOM OF BIRDS (Illinois)


Christopher Bogart is a retired educator and a working poet and writer with an MA in Creative Writing from Monmouth University. His poetry has been published in Voices Rising from the Grove, Spindrift, WestWard Quarterly, Saggio Poetry Journal, The Howl of Sorrow and others. His chapbook 14: Antología del Sonoran, was awarded 3rd place in The Poetry Box Chapbook Prize in 2018. He is presently working on his first novel, tentatively titled The Beast, about the plight of two Honduran teenage migrants who flee poverty and crime of Central America in search of a better life in the United States of America.

Kaja Weeks is a poet, essayist and classically trained singer whose writing contemplates music and healing as well as identity through multiple generations. She is the American born daughter of World War Two refugees from Estonia. Moved by the pain and beauty of its history, she also loves the alliterative sounds, mythic lore and world views in that ancient Finno-Ugric culture. Many of these motifs, found in thousands of runic verses and long preserved by oral transmission, come alive in Kaja’s creative work. Nick-named a “little songbird” when she was five, she is a clinic-based music educator in Maryland who engages young children with autism to their earliest communications with playful singing. Kaja’s writing has appeared in The Sugar House Review; Ars Medica: A Journal of Medicine, Under the Gum Tree, The Potomac Review, and elsewhere.

Joan Colby, was a masterful poet and avid bird lover, who suddenly learned she had stage 4 lung cancer and passed away in August 2020. Her daughter Wendy Colby will be reading from Joan’s latest book, The Kingdom of Birds, which was released by The Poetry Box in September. Joan Colby had published widely in journals such as Poetry, Atlanta Review, South Dakota Review, Spillway and others. Awards include two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Literature. She has published 22 books including Selected Poems which received the 2013 FutureCycle Book Prize and Ribcage which was awarded the 2015 Kithara Book Prize. Joan was a senior editor of FutureCycle Press and an associate editor of Good Works Review. Joan’s daughter, Wendy Colby, will be reading from the collection to celebrate her mother’s poetry in The Kindgom of Bird, her last book.


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Submissions Open for The Poeming Pigeon @ via Submittable
Oct 15 – Dec 15 all-day


Due to 2020 spinning completely out of control, we decided to memorialize-in-print the great poetry that is being written about the issues that have occupied our minds and our hearts this year. We are looking for poetry about the COVID-19 Pandemic, Black Lives Matters Protests, Presidential Election, Fires, Hurricanes, Murder Hornets, and everything in-between. We welcome all voices and styles of poetry written in response to these issues, including how we cope and find hope. If hindsight really is 20/20, then let this issue serve as an important reminder of what truly happened…before history becomes altered or white-washed as it has so many times before.

Submissions Open: Oct 15 – Dec 15, 2020

This issue scheduled for release in Fall 2021.

Salem Poetry Project Reading, featuring Amelia Díaz Ettinger @ Salem Poetry Project
Nov 5 all-day

Amelia Díaz Ettinger is a Mexican born, Puerto Rican raised writer and poet. She is the author of a bilingual book of Poetry, Speaking at a Time by RedBat press. A new book of poetry, Learning to Love a Western Sky, by Airlie Press was released this September and was promoted in SPD as a must read this October. A chapbook of poetry, Fossils on a Red Flag, will be released in 2021 by Finishing Line Press.

Featured reader begins at 7:00, open mic follows directly after.
This is a virtual event on zoom, details:…

“Thankful for Poetry Month” Reading and Open Mic with Lydia K. Valentine, Zack Dye, and Benjamin Gorman @ Zoom (Free, but Registration Required)
Nov 28 @ 5:00 pm

On Saturday, November 28th, at 5pm Pacific, please join poets Lydia K. Valentine (Brief Black Candles), Zack Dye (21st Century American Verses), and Benjamin Gorman (When She Leaves Me), and poets who generously share a poem of their own in the open mic portion of the show. Poets, we’ll sign up via the chat at the beginning of the even, so don’t be late!). In this challenging time in our country and our world, calls for gratitude can feel forced, even toxic, but one thing we can all appreciate is the gift of poetry as a vehicle to process all the challenges and blessings of our multifaceted human experience. Registration is free. We’ll email you a link to the Zoom meeting before the event!

Poetry in the Pandemic virtual event @ Jacksonville Library/ Jackson County Library Services
Jan 14 @ 6:00 pm

A virtual Zoom reading sponsored by the Jacksonville Library featuring southern Oregon OPA poets Charlotte Abernathy, Sallie Ehrman, Dan Kaufman, Kathleen Pyle and Laurel WInter. Poets will explore kaleidoscopic views of isolation and community, comforts of the familiar and of nature and living with masks on in a time of great uncertainty.

Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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First Draft Writers’ Series with Don Colburn @ Pendleton Center for the Arts ZOOM session
Jan 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

First Draft Writers’ Series presents author readings every third Thursday. Jan 21, 21 join us online for Don Colburn. Request Zoom link at [email protected]

Don Colburn came to poetry late and unexpectedly in the midst of a journalism career. A longtime reporter for The Washington Post and The Oregonian, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. He has published five collections of poems, including four chapbooks; all five won or placed in national manuscript competitions. Colburn’s poems have appeared widely in literary journals and anthologies. His latest collection, Mortality, with Pronoun Shifts, won the 2018 Cathy Smith Bowers poetry award. His previous chapbook, Tomorrow Too: The Brenda Monologues, is a sequence of poetic monologues based on the true story of a young woman facing breast cancer while pregnant — a story he first reported in The Oregonian. His full-length book, As If Gravity Were a Theory, won the Cider Press Book Award. Other writing honors include the Discovery/The Nation Award, the Finishing Line Press Poetry Prize, residencies at The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and five Pushcart nominations. He lives in Portland.

The Poetry Box Chapbook Prize-2021 @ via Submittable
Feb 1 – Feb 28 all-day


It’s time for the fourth annual Poetry Box Chapbook Prize.
Submission Period: Feb 1 – 28, 2021

First Prize:
$500 and 10 copies of their published chapbook PLUS distribution of their winning chapbook to ALL contest entrants.
Second Prize:
$100 and 5 copies of their published chapbook.
Third Prize:
$50 and 5 copies of their published chapbook.

This year’s judge will be Annie Lighthart.
The contest is open to poets residing within the United States and the winner will be announced in July.
Entry fee is $25 and all entrants receive a free physical copy of the winning chapbook mailed to them.

All guidelines and details on how to enter can be found at:


1st Prize: The Day of My First Driving Lesson by Tiel Aisha Ansari (Oregon)
2nd Prize: My Mother Never Died Before by Marcia Loughran (New York)
3rd Prize: Off Coldwater Canyon by C.W. Emerson (California)

1st Prize: Moroccan Holiday by Lauren Tivey (Florida)
2nd Prize: Hello, Darling by Christine Higgins (Maryland)
3rd Prize: Falling into the River by Debbie Hall (California)

1st Prize: Shrinking Bones by Judy K. Mosher (New Mexico)
2nd Prize: November Quilt by Penelope Scambly Schott (Oregon)
3rd Prize: 14: Antologia del Rio Grande by Christopher Bogart (New Jersey)
(tie) Fireweed by Gudrun Bortman (California)

Questions? Email [email protected]


The Poetry Box LIVE! — Februrary Edition @ Online via Zoom
Feb 13 @ 4:00 pm

The Poetry Box LIVE – February Edition
Time: Feb 13, 2021 at 4pm (Pacific) / 7pm (Eastern)

The Poetry Box LIVE is a monthly Zoom poetry reading series on the 2nd Saturday of each month, and hosted by Shawn Aveningo Sanders.

February Featured Poets:
• Carolyn Martin (Oregon), author of NOTHING MORE TO LOSE
• C.W. Emerson (California), author of OFF COLDWATER CANYON—3rd Place Winner of The Poetry Box Chapbook Prize, 2020
• Deborah Meltvedt (California) author of BUILDING A WOMAN

From associate professor of English to management trainer to retiree, Carolyn Martin is a lover of gardening and snorkeling, feral cats and backyard birds, writing and photography. After years of producing academic papers and business books, she discovered that poetry is the way her heart and mind interact with the world —in images, rhythms, sounds, and intensities of language. So, she has settled into the joyful challenge of translating experience into as few words as possible.
Martin’s aesthetic is embodied in Jack Kerouac’s comment in Dharma Bums: “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple,” and in Sting’s statement, “All my life I have tried to find the truth and make it beautiful.” Her poems attempt to use simple words to embrace truths wherever she finds them, and to turn them into something approximating the beautiful.
Her poems have appeared in journals throughout North America, Australia, and the UK, and her fifth poetry collection, The Catalog of Small Contentments, will be released by The Poetry Box® in 2021. She is the book review editor for the Oregon Poetry Association and the poetry editor of Kosmos Quarterly: journal for global transformation.

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Poet and psychologist C.W. Emerson, raised in western New York’s Finger Lakes region, now lives and works in Palm Springs, California. Following a varied, non-traditional career path as musician, celebrity assistant, and fundraising executive for The American Foundation for AIDS Research (Amfar), Emerson received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate Institute in 2007.
C.W. Emerson is the recipient of the C. P. Cavafy Poetry Prize, as well as awards and honors from The Atlanta Review, The Comstock Review, New Letters Press, and others. His work has appeared in journals including Crab Orchard Review, Greensboro Review, december, New Ohio Review, and The New Guard. Off Coldwater Canyon is his first published chapbook.
Order CW’s prizewinning chapbook HERE:
Deborah Meltvedt is a high school teacher who loves to blend medical science and art in both the classroom and in her own writing. Deborah grew up in the suburbs and fields of the San Joaquin Valley whose landscapes and culture form a backbone to her poetry. As a doctor’s daughter and feminist, she feels strongly about women’s health and reproductive rights and respecting the traditional and non-traditional paths women take in their lives.
Her poems and stories have been published in the American River Literary Review, Susurrus, Under the Gum Tree, Tule Review, The Poeming Pigeon, and the Creative Non-Fiction Anthology What I Didn’t Know: True Stories of Becoming a Teacher.
Deborah lives in Sacramento with her funny and supportive husband, Rick Kushman, and their cat, Anchovy Jack, who in his former life used to be a pirate.
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