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

The Poetry Box LIVE – March Edition
Time: Mar 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.

March Featured Poets:
• Barbara A. Meier (Colorado), author of SYLVAN GROVE
• Mark Thalman (Oregon), author of STRONGER THAN THE CURRENT
• Doreen Stock (California) author of BYE BYE BLACKBIRD


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Verseweavers Readings
Mar 22 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 25 @ 8:00 pm

March 23 & 25 7:00 pm
Followed by an open mic

Tuesday, March 23 Reading
Jennifer Dorner (2 winning poems) Spring Poet’s Choice, First Place for “Maps”
Spring Members Only, First Place for ”Lake Ridge Drive”
Deborah Akers Spring Poet’s Choice, Second Place for “Passing”
Sallie Ehrman Spring Members Only, Third Place for “Roadtrip, Interstate 65”
Linda Golaszewski Spring New Poets, Third Place for “All Eyes”
Delia Garigan Spring Traditional Form/Ghazal, Second Place for “For a Distant Friend”
Amelia Diaz Ettinger Spring Traditional Form/Ghazal, Third Place for “Hiraeth from an OregonBeach to a lost island”
Danielle Stricklin Fall Poet’s Choice, First Place for “Tiny Blue Flowers”
Cynthia Jacobi Fall Poet’s Choice, Third Place for “My Selfie Poem”
James R. Merrill Fall New Poets, Second Place for, “They Try to Remind Us”
Diana Morley Fall Traditional Form/Blank Verse, First Place for “Gifted”

Thursday, March 25 Reading
Meli Broderick Eaton Spring New Poets, First place for “Falling Stars”
Michael G. Smith Spring Theme/Climate, Second Place for “The Anthropocene”
David Hedges Fall Members Only, First Place for “You Can Never Replace a Dog You Love”
Amy Baskin Fall Members Only, Second Place for ”To the Moon for After The Blood Red Moon”
Nancy Christopherson Fall Members Only, Third Place for “Here a Small Rain”
Quinn Miller Fall New Poets, First Place for “Mercy”
Carolyn Martin Fall Traditional Form/Blank Verse, Second Place for “The Prince: First Anniversary”
Susan Morse Fall Traditional Form/Blank Verse, Third Place for “Elegy for Hands”
Suzy Harris Fall Theme/Our Common Life, Second Place for “Abatement”
Stephanie Striffler Fall Theme/Our Common Life, Third Place for “Debris”
Shari Crane Fox Spring Theme/Climate, First Place, “Loaded Trunk Falling Down a Flight of Stairs Like Choir Birds”

River Road Reading Series (RRRS) Last Sunday Presentation on Zoom @ Free Zoom Presentation
Mar 28 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Poets Gyatri Majumdar, Shaindel Beers and Hiram Larew will present their work.

Head for the Hills Poetry Series and Open Mic @ Head for the Hills Poetry Series and Open Mic
Mar 30 all-day

Head for the Hills is an on going Poetry Series and Open Mic last Tuesday of each month
7-8pm. Two featured readers and open mic.

Salem Poetry Project on Zoom Featuring Ann Staley
Apr 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Ann Staley, born in Harrisburg, PA, has lived in Oregon for the last forty years: Ashland, Gold Beach, Cave Junction, Corvallis, Portland, Corvallis. Ann taught Creative Writing in six counties in Oregon. She has mentored and supervised student teachers in two junior colleges, three universities, and taught creative writing workshops all over Oregon. Ann’s first three full-length books include: Primary Sources, Instructions For The Wishing Light, and Afternoon Sky Harney Desert. Two shorter books include, Age Of Bronze, Fire In The Desert. Her recent collections include: Small Beauties, a chapbook, 2021 and The Spirit That Moves In All Things, her fourth full-length book, April 2021. Ann has been nominated twice for Oregon Poet Laureate, once for an Oregon Book Award. Honors, indeed, but she knows she’s really The Poet Laureate of 8th Street.

Featured reader starts at 7:00 followed directly by an open mic.

This is a virtual event on zoom, details:
Meeting ID: 812 2168 1959
Password: 593077

Salem Poetry Project on Zoom /pãn| dé| mïk/ 2020: An Anthology of Pandemic Poems
Apr 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

During the pandemic we have all had ample time to write. In response to these unprecedented times the Oregon Poetry Association published this Pandemic 2020 Anthology. All the poems are by OPA members. We are happy to present this stunning artistic and historic document. While the pandemic raged, nature thrived. Spring burst into summer and wild animals roamed our backyards. We poets weeded our gardens, baked, tended our children, and wrote poetry. We observed our neighbors from afar, adjusting to the new social norms, not touching, and drawing cautious breaths behind our masks. We were lonely and fearful, furious with the slow lack of government response, though few of us reflected our frustration in our poetry. A few months ago, wildfires swept through Oregon, burning some of our homes as well as entire communities. A pall of thick smoke blanketed our state, making it even more difficult to breathe. At the time of this publication, four hundred thousand Americans have lost their lives due to contagion. Poets in this anthology lost loved ones and wrote of their grief. We have suffered through a tumultuous political upheaval and yet we continue to write poetry.

Featured reader starts at 7:00 followed directly by an open mic.

This is a virtual event on zoom, details:
Meeting ID: 812 2168 1959
Password: 593077

Milwaukie Poetry Series reading, April 14
Apr 9 @ 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm

The Milwaukie Poetry Series Committee and the Ledding Library of Milwaukie
are delighted to continue the 14th season of the Mlwaukie Poetry Series with a reading
by Claudia F. Saleeby Savage. We hope you are all safe and well in this difficult time of
the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to it we will not be holding the 14th season of the Milwaukie
Poetry Series readings in person. They will be held virtually.

Her reading was originally scheduled on June 10, 2020, but the Pandemic intervened
and the reading needed to be rescheduled. It will now be livestreamed on April 14, 2021
on the Ledding Library YouTube Channel. You can register for this event with Tom Hogan
at [email protected] It will then be available for viewing on demand on the
Ledding Library YouTube Channel and on DVD through the library.

Claudia F. Saleeby Savage’s work appears in print, onstage, and in galleries and e
xplores multidisciplinary collaboration and diaspora. She is part of the performance
duo Thick in the Throat, Honey. Her latest collection of poetry is Bruising Continents
(Spuyten Duyvil) with recent work in BOMB , Denver Quarterly , Columbia , Nimrod ,
Water-Stone Review , and Anomaly (the interview series “Witness the Hour: Arab
American Poets Across the Diaspora”). She is a 2018-2021 Black Earth Institute
Fellow, and has received recognition from Ucross, Jentel, the Atlantic Center for the
Arts, RACC, Literary Arts, Mineral School, and Oregon State University. Her
collaboration, reductions, about motherhood and ephemerality with visual artist
Jacklyn Brickman, is forthcoming in Columbus and Detroit in 2022. Her poetics are
influenced by rabid reading, Alice Coltrane, and long hikes in drippy forests. She
teaches and lives with her husband and daughter in Portland, OR.

You can learn more about her at

A flier of the reading is available from the Ledding Library. Thank you to all
the volunteers who make this reading possible.

The Poetry Box LIVE – April Edition, f. Penelope Scambly Shott, Sally Naylor, David Belmont @ via Zoom
Apr 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

The Poetry Box LIVE – April Edition
Time: Apr 10, 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.

April Featured Poets:
• Penelope Scambly Schott (Oregon), author of SOPHIA AND MISTER WALTER WHITMAN

• Sally Naylor (Florida), author of SYNAPSE FLIES INTO STARTLE

• David Belmont (New York), author of WORLD GONE ZOOM


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Penelope Scambly Schott is a past recipient of the Oregon Book Award for Poetry and author of a novel and several books of poetry, including her 2018 prizewinning chapbook November Quilt and most recently On Dufur Hill about a small wheat-growing town in central Oregon.
Sophia Schott Sweetdog is a four-year-old white goldendoodle, the niece of Lily Schott Sweetdog who co-wrote Lily and Rumi: A Lovestory.
Mister Walter Whitman is a greatly admired nineteenth-century American poet who wrote Leaves of Grass.
Order Penelope’s book HERE:
A three-legged stool, Sally Naylor is poet, therapist & teacher, Sally, studied with Campbell McGrath in the FIU MFA program; she thrived in classes with Maxine Kumin, Gerald Stern, Ilya Kaminsky & Tony Hoagland. Sally is associate editor of SOFLOPOJO, teaches community workshops for the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, writes memoir as well as text and workbooks for neophytes & now offers Zoomshops for emerging poets.
Below is a cento from the manuscript by way of a concise introduction:
Bold, unrepentant, ready: a kind of ginger, myth buster & koan mistress,
rogue, free & holy skeptic, all snake hips & hiss, hyperbole’s own gadfly,
one quirky mechanic tuning the orgasmic how her hymns buzz.
For more information about her classes visit her website at: www.writer’

Order Sally’s new book HERE:

David Belmont is a mixed media artist and community organizer living in New York City. He writes memoir, short fiction and poetry, as well as instrumental music. His work has appeared in The Poeming Pigeon, Wildflower Muse and FishFood Magazine. He is currently co-music director of the Castillo Theatre. He has been a professional musician for 50 years. His publicly available recorded output since 1999 can be found on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon.

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The Poetry Box LIVE – April Edition, f. Penelope Scambly Shott, Sally Naylor, David Belmont @ Online via Zoom
Apr 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Poetry Box LIVE – April Edition
A monthly poetry series on the 2nd Saturday of each month.
April Features:
Penelope Scambly Schott, David Belmont & Sally Naylor

Zoom LINK (NO need to pre-register):

Meeting ID: 980 1285 4246
Passcode: 562476

Salem Poetry Project on Zoom Featured Reader Pattie Palmer-Baker & Tricia Knoll
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Pattie Palmer-Baker is artist and poet. Although she often combines these two forms of expression in collages of paste paper and calligraphy, the inspiration for and the meaning of the artwork lies within the poem. Not all her poems appear in her artwork, but her artworks always include her poetry. Nominated for the Pushcart Poetry Prize, and published in many journals including five Poeming Pigeons Anthologies, Voicecatcher, The Best of Voicecatcher), The Ghazal Page, Calyx, Voices – The Art and Science of Psychotherapy, Bacopa Literary Review, Winterwolf Press, and more. First prize winner; 2016 Timberline Review, first, second and the Bivona Prize in the 2019 Ageless Authors contest, and the 2020 first prize in the Central Oregon Writers’ Guild contest. Palmer-Baker will be reading from her recently published chapbook, The Color of Goodbye

Tricia Knoll moved into the woods in Vermont from Portland, Oregon about three years ago. Her poetry appears widely in journals and anthologies andhas received 9 Pushcart Nominations and one Best of Net. Her collection How I Learned To Be White received the 2018 Indie Book Award for Motivational Poetry. . She has four collections in print most of which center on eco-poetry or poetry of place. Her chapbook Checkered Mates comes out April 2021. The poems looks at relationships skewed, head on and sometimes checkered. Many of the poems tell a story. She will be reading from that chapbook today. For more poetry and information, visit

Featured reader starts at 7:00 followed directly by an open mic.

This is a virtual event on zoom, details:
Meeting ID: 812 2168 1959
Password: 593077