2019 SALEM POETRY FESTIVAL
Join us for the second annual Salem Poetry Festival featuring six events from Sunday September 8 through Friday September 13.
Eleanor Berry and Jean Dick Book Launch
7:00 pm, Sunday, September 8
Chemeketa Community College; 4000 Lancaster Dr NE, Salem, OR 97305, Building 6 Auditorium
Jean is unveiling her 4th book of poetry! “There Once Was… A Musical Book” blends together Jean’s favorite activities: Teaching Music, Writing, and Coloring. 26 delightful couplets accompany 26 musical illustrations. Designed to be accessible to a multitude of music lovers!
Eleanor Berry presents her new book, Only so Far. She has lived with her husband in rural western Oregon since 1994. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and has taught writing and literature at Willamette University, Marquette University, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and other colleges. She is a past president of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies and of the Oregon Poetry Association. Her poetry and essays on poetry have been widely published in journals and anthologies. Her poems have also been gathered in two full-length collections, Green November (Traprock Books, 2007) and No Constant Hues (Turnstone Books of Oregon, 2015)
Generating Vivid Personal Writing Workshop with Jim Merrill
7:00 pm, Monday, September 9
Baxter Hill Community Hall, 1780 Baxter Rd SE, Salem, OR 97306
Jim Merrill has taught writing at a Homeless Shelter, Chemawa Indian School and at university level; he has published several volumes of poetry and a Teacher’s Guide to Creative Writing titled, “You’re a Genius All the Time”. The evening will include: identifying your power topics, free association skills and writing vivid sense memories.
Troubadour and Poets Open Mic
8:00 pm, Tuesday, September 10
The Space Concert Club. 1128 Edgewater St NW, West Salem, OR 97304
Brina Lorentz-Wright proudly hosts our incubator troubadour and poetry open mic at The Space! This curated signup event is for artists and performers of all ages. Celebrate each other’s creative and expressive endeavors every 2nd and 4th Tuesday! This event will be live streamed.
Oregon Poetry in Spanish Contest Winners
7:00 pm, Wednesday, September 11
Salem Library- Loucks Auditorium, 585 Liberty St SE, Salem, OR 97301
The Instituto de Cultura Oregoniana (ICO), promotes the Oregon’s Spanish-speaking culture and multilingualism, will present the works of the winners of the Second Contest of Oregonian Poetry in Spanish (II Concurso de Poesía Oregoniana). Some poems presented will include «Retablo de las maravillas», by Jesús Sepúlveda of Eugene (First price), «Agridulce (Morning After)», by Svetlana Karpe of Portland (Second prize) and «Velo», by Lidia Schiedler of Salem (Third prize). A brief intro to “Oregoniano” poetry will be provided by the President of ICO and poet Efrain Díaz Horna.
Poetry and Art with Carol Hottle, Mike Schuler and Dayna Collins
7:00, Thursday, September 12
IKE Box, 299 Cottage St NE, Salem, OR 97301
This evening will present two wonderful poets, Carol Hottle and Mike Shuler. During the reading local artist Dayna Collins will respond using her skills as a visual artist.
Mike Shuler is a Willamette Valley resident who writes about living on a rapidly changing Earth. His concerns and observations about environment, history, and civility find voice in his poetry. He has published locally and regionally, edited his college literary magazine (Northwest Passage, Oregon College of Education, 1975), and is a North Carolina poetry award winner. He has published a chapbook, “Words on Wind,” and plans to publish a full-length volume of poetry in the near future.
Carol Hottle is a writer, editor, educator, and dancer and has lived in the Northwest for over 20 years. She teaches writing (including poetry) in colleges and universities and community settings. Her poetry has been published in Sing! Heavenly Muse, Farm and Ranch Living, and Highland County Journal. Her dance writing has appeared in Arterial.
Dayna Collins is an energetic and enthusiastic abstract painter. She loves experimenting with texture, layers, and color, likening her paintings to going on an archaeological dig. Her work can be found in two northwest galleries and she is featured in several books.
The Book Bin Presents Gary Lark
Friday, September 13
Book Bin, 450 Court St NE, Salem, OR 97301
A lifelong Oregonian, Gary Lark has been a carpenter, janitor, hospital aide, salesman, storyteller, fly fisherman and librarian. His work includes River of Solace, Editor’s Choice Chapbook Award, Turtle Island Quarterly, In the House of Memory, Without a Map, Getting By, Holland Prize. His work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Catamaran, Poet Lore, and ZYZZYVA. Ordinary Gravity was recently published by Airlie Press. He and his wife Dorothy live in the Rogue Valley.