Member News Digest

We love hearing about, passing on news about, and reading about our OPA members having poems published in literary journals, in zines, on web sites, and as a consequence of winning a contest. Please let us know where we can find your most recent publications, and use this page as a guide to the publications where OPA member’s poems appear!

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 OPA Member News

  • Holiday/Anti-Holiday Open Mic Dec. 13

    November 12, 2022

    It’s the holidays. For some, our poetic hearts are singing. For others, we shout Bah! Humbug! and wish the insanity would end. When poets have strong feelings, they write poems. OPA invites you to a Zoom holiday/anti-holiday open mic on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at  7 p.m. Come share your holiday-oriented poems or, if your muse is being Scroogish, bring a favorite written by someone else. Bring your own eggnog.

    UPDATE: If you signed up for the Dec. 13 Holiday/Anti-Holiday open mic before Nov. 18, please re-register. Your semi-tech president messed up. Humbug! Register at: See you at 7 p.m. on Zoom.

  • Bob Sterry Joins OPA Board

    November 12, 2022

    Bob Sterry joined the OPA board on Nov. 7. He replaces Priscilla Hunter, who has moved to Texas. 

    Bob is a voice-over actor, audiobook narrator, writer of short stories and poetry, singer, occasional stage actor and humorist. Originally trained in England as a research analytical chemist, he immigrated into the United States in 1973, working as a wine waiter in New Jersey and a steelyard forklift truck driver in Connecticut before spending a professional career in the marketing of scientific instruments and services in New Jersey, Hong Kong and around the world.

    It was not until he started writing short articles, essays and poetry whilst patiently waiting for airplanes and customers and doctors and dentists that his creative writing talents found an outlet, and he began reading his poetry at open mics and singing seriously. He and his wife Anne-Louise Sterry, a well-known speaker, singer-songwriter, and storyteller, founded a short lived but much-loved faux cowboy wannabe band, ‘Anne-Louise and the Cascade Urban Cowboys’. Encouraged, he began his own show of songs and spoken word; a satirical cabaret with Broadway and the English Musical Hall grinning in the wings. Recent shows were ‘The Bob Sterry Atomic Summer Show’ and “The Book of Bob”, and “A Sterry Sterry Night” with Anne-Louise Sterry. Bob also appeared in the Stumptown Stages productions of “Ebenezer Ever after”, “Jekyll and Hyde,” and really enjoyed playing the role of Satan in Terry D. Kester’s production of “JB”.

    Bob continues to wait patiently and write poetry and essays reflecting very much his cabaret style, with excursions into more serious commentary on life, humor and outright comedy. His first chapbook, “Wing Nut”, was published a decade ago and “The Bob Sterry School of Burglary” was published in 2018. No one else has yet dared to publish his work and it appears nowhere but here…and…perhaps there. By the way, he is passionate about cycle racing, cooking, language and literature.

  • Welcome New OPA Board Members

    November 1, 2022

    The OPA board welcomed three new members at its Oct. 9 meeting and said sad goodbyes to longtime members, Dave Mehler, Dan Liberthson, and Rana Tahir. Shortly after the election, Priscilla Hunter, who has moved to Texas, submitted her resignation, so we will be filling one more seat at our November meeting. Thank you to all four for their years of service.

    We are happy to introduce our new board members, all talented poets and capable board members.

    Melissa Broderick Eaton, treasurer

    Melissa Broderick Eaton

    A native Oregonian, Melissa has called Bend home since she was a small child, and now she and her husband are raising three creative boys there. After living and attending school in Costa Rica and Spain, she completed undergrad at Sweet Briar College and taught high school Spanish in Virginia before moving back to Bend permanently. At college, she stumbled into working independently with Mary Oliver for two years. Then she didn’t write for two decades. When Oliver passed away, Melissa kicked her writing into high gear out of a sense of tremendous obligation to not let that unbelievable gift go to waste. She completed an MFA in Writing with an emphasis in poetry in 2021 through Lindenwood University and her first poetry chapbook, black bird blue, came out at the end of August 2022. She spends her days as the IT Operations Manager for Bend-La Pine Schools and her free time writing, traveling, or out in the woods on her mountain bike.

    Jade Rosina McCutcheon, events coordinator, assistant webmaster

    Jade Rosina McCutcheon

    Jade holds a Doctor of Creative Arts degree from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. Her publications include the books Awakening the Performing Body, Embodied Consciousness Performance Technologies, and Narrative in Performance.  A Kay Snow Award recipient, Jade’s poetry can be found in anthologies and journals such as Terra Incognita, (Bob Hill publishing 2019, Oregon), /pãn| dé| mïk/ 2020: An Anthology of Pandemic Poems, Beyond Words, and in The Silent World in her Vase.  Her first chapbook, ‘SMALL FEATHER’ was published by Finishing Line Press, October 2020, and her second chapbook, ‘the tossing dream’ in March 2023.

    Debra Wöhrmann, secretary

    Debra Wohrmann

    Debra lives in Portland and explores joy and sorrow, grief and ecstasy through writing. She leads generative workshops, taught community college for years, and believes in the healing power of putting words onto the page. Anyone can write poetry given the invitation and interest, she says. Her first collection is forthcoming in 2023 with MoonPath Press.

    Returning to the board this year are:

    Sue Fagalde Lick—President

    Nancy Christopherson—Vice President and adult contest chair

    Lauren Mallett—Cascadia youth contest chair

    Lorna Rose-Hahn—social media chair

    Efrain Diaz-Horna—membership chair

    We look forward to serving OPA in the coming year and welcome your ideas and suggestions for upcoming events.

  • New poems coming from J.V. Foerster in two publications

    July 12, 2022New poems coming from J.V. Foerster in two publications

    J.V. Foerster has forthcoming work in Green Ink Press, a UK publication, and Poems and visual art in The Field Guide Poetry Magazine.

  • Linda Ferguson’s Chapbook Available for Purchase

    July 12, 2022Linda Ferguson's Chapbook Available for Purchase

    Linda Ferguson’s newest chapbook, Not Me: Poems About Other Women, is now available for preorder from Finishing Line Press. The collection includes a chorus of women’s voices, including Emily Dickinson, a mermaid, a kidnapped heiress, and Carabosse (Sleeping Beauty’s nemesis).

    Advance praise:
    “Through a prism of voices, both real and imaginary, we gain new understanding of women’s lives in a world that is not always made for them. At once subversive and strong, Ferguson’s imaginative language both heightens and deepens our awareness of ourselves and others.” -Diane Averill, author of Branches Doubled Over with Fruit

    Linda Ferguson’s previous chapbook Of the Forest was the 2nd place winner of The Poetry Box Chapbook Prize, 2021. As a writing teacher, she has a passion for building creative communities where students can find their voice and explore new territory. https.//

    You can order Not Me: Poems About Other Women at

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