Unit News

Submit OPA Unit News.

Gathering News from Oregon Poetry Groups

While Oregon Poetry Association represents poets throughout the state and beyond, we know numerous other groups in Oregon and southwest Washington offer workshops, write-ins, readings, inspiration, and companionship for poets. Over the past few years, between the pandemic and multiple changes of volunteers, we have lost track of some of our official “units,” along with […]

Gathering News from Oregon Poetry Groups Read More »


ROGUE VALLEY The Down Towne Poets, a monthly reading held in Dan and Sarah Goyette’s Down Towne Coffee House, in Talent, was started in 2005 by Deborah Thornley, who moved to Tucson in 2007, leaving the program to be coordinated by Dave Harvey. Co-host Carol Brockfield and he have continued to hold it on the



MARY’S PEAK Marys Peak Poets sponsored two workshops by Oregon Poet Laureate Peter Sears based on William Stafford’s poem “Ask Me”. One workshop was held at the Philomath Historical Museum and the other at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. The workshops were coordinated by Linda Gelbrich and Sandy Lizut.  Be Davison Herrera created a William Stafford

MARY’S PEAK Read More »


MID-VALLEY POETRY SOCIETY (Salem-area OPA unit) This spring the major project of the MVPS is a National Poetry Month exhibit of Oregon poets and artists’ collaborative works in the Capitol April 13-17. Works to be exhibited include artist’s books containing poems by Paulann Petersen and Ellen Waterston. Pieces from Paul Merchant and Ingrid Wendt collaborations with sculptors


Mid-Valley Poetry Society

Stafford Centennial Art Exhibit in Salem Nov. 5-22 The poetry of Oregon’s beloved former Poet Laureate, William Stafford (1914-1993), has not only influenced many other poets in the Northwest and far beyond, but it has also inspired numerous visual artists. As part of the continuing celebration of Stafford’s centennial year, an exhibit of works of

Mid-Valley Poetry Society Read More »

Scroll to Top