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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  • Posted: June 9, 2020

    New Member Into

    I’m a new member of the OPA. I moved to Oregon last Nov. and very much like living here. I’ve loved writing since I was a teen and practiced it all my life. I also love nature and outdoor activities besides poetry. I’ve had quite a few publications in the last 6 months in journals and anthologies from Seattle to New York. Several poems appear in Raven Chronicles Anthology, “Take a Stand: Art Against Hate”. The Seattle Star published two poems adding to several already there. “Last Oracle Over the Sea” appears in the CAPS / Calling All Poets Series Anthology out of New Paltz , New York & “Eagle Bowl” was accepted by the Seattle journal “Chrysanthemum” edited by Koon Woon. Washington State Poet Laureate, Claudia Castro Luna took a fun historical poem, “The Bubble of Seattle” for her Poetry Grid. It’s @ http//:washingtonpoeticroutes.com. You are welcome to write to me and have a look at my website too. Thanks much. http://raynroberts.com

    New Member Into


  • Posted: May 31, 2020

    Cosmic Pockets, Joann Renee Boswell’s debut collection, available now

    Joann Renee Boswell’s debut collection of poetry and photography, Cosmic Pockets, is available now for preorders through Fernwood Press: http://www.barclaypressbookstore.com/Cosmic-Pockets.html

    Cosmic Pockets: poetry and photography for sci-fi loving skeptical mystics, feminists, mothers, all. Poet and photographer Joann Renee Boswell invites us to travel with her into an encounter with the inconvenient complexities of earth-life and outer space, politics and religion, Bigfoot, feminism, Santa Claus, and spirituality – all tucked inside the Cosmic Pockets of life. Unflinchingly honest and delightfully conflicted, the dense narrative of Cosmic Pockets will complicate your understanding of what the world is and gift you with narrow glimpses of what might be.

    More information is available at https://joannrenee.com/cosmic-pockets/



  • Posted: April 27, 2020

    Country Well-Known as an Old Nightmare’s Stable, by Tiel Aisha Ansari: Now ready for pre-order

    Country Well-Known as an Old Nightmare’s Stable is now available for pre-order from Barefoot Muse, http://www.barefootmuse.com/chapbooks.htm

    Country Well-Known as an Old Nightmare's Stable, by Tiel Aisha Ansari: Now ready for pre-order


  • Posted: February 3, 2020

    Gina Williams’ new poetry collection, “An Unwavering Horizon,” now available for pre-order

    Finishing Line Press announces the publication of “An Unwavering Horizon,” a full-length poetry collection by Oregon Poet Gina Williams.

    Pre-sales are underway through March 6, 2020. Books will ship May 1, 2020. Order directly through the Finishing Line Press bookstore at https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/an-unwavering-horizon-by-gina-williams/. International orders are available. Sample poems and additional information about the collection are available on the author’s website: http://www.ginamariewilliams.com/an-unwavering-horizon.html

    Williams is a Pacific Northwest Native who was raised in Sherwood, Oregon and has called Lake Oswego home since 2012. She is married to fellow poet Brad Garber.

    An Unwavering Horizon is a finely crafted collection that explores perspectives and understandings often missed in the hustle and crush of everyday life. The beautiful things. The ugly things. The poetry of things. Williams takes an honest, questioning look at the hard realities of the human condition, from family crisis to war to our precarious place in the natural world, while also seeking answers and offering hope for the future.

    Jonathan Starke, editor of Palooka and author of You’ve Got Something Coming writes, “Williams channels the hardships of existence through a lightning voice of empathy and illumination—pure and crisp and sure of its subjects. The rough love of family, the fleeting nature of memory, the winding road of illness, the harsh screams of war, the sorrow of lost connection, and the ever-eroding hope for a better world.”

    The highly visual imagery and lyrical, yet grounded poetry of An Unwavering Horizon takes the reader on a satisfying and thought-provoking journey through the natural and human elements of Earth/Truth; Spirit/Power; Air/Love; and Water/Wisdom.

    In addition to poetry and other literary writing, Williams’ professional life includes work as a journalist, visual artist, communications professional and gardener. She is a volunteer at Luscher Farm Community Garden in Lake Oswego where she enjoys the garden community, maintaining her plot and volunteering for various programs such as children’s field trips. Williams created the cover art for An Unwavering Horizon, which features a photographic illustration from a sunset scene in Tygh Valley. She is a two-time graduate of University of Oregon in Eugene (bachelor’s degree, Journalism/English minor, 1992) and Portland (master’s degree, Strategic Communication, 2011).

    Finishing Line Press is an award-winning publisher based in Georgetown, Kentucky. In addition to the Chapbook Series, it publishes the New Women’s Voices Series and sponsors the Finishing Line Press Open Chapbook Competition.

    Advance Praise for An Unwavering Horizon:
    “Williams channels the hardships of existence through a lightning voice of empathy and illumination—pure and crisp and sure of its subjects. The rough love of family, the fleeting nature of memory, the winding road of illness, the harsh screams of war, the sorrow of lost connection, and the ever-eroding hope for a better world. An Unwavering Horizon swells with compassion, pulses with lovely imagery, and fights to make sense of all that we’ll never know.”
    –Jonathan Starke, founding editor of Palooka and author of You’ve Got Something Coming

    “Gina Williams is a powerfully observant poet whose work unfolds a world of emotion from the often-overlooked minutiae of everyday existence. An Unwavering Horizon is a finely crafted collection of many different strands that readers will delight in returning to again and again.”
    –Dr. Darren Richard Carlaw, Editor, StepAway Magazine

    “In An Unwavering Horizon Gina Williams gives us a look at family and moments of intimacy and discovery: Granny watered the crumbling / red clay dirt . . . She glances /out toward the empty road, /then sets her jaw, thin lips /an unwavering horizon. But this ‘horizon’ expands the view: For the AIDS babies, he explains, softly, / needles never pausing. With it comes the innocent wisdom of a child: he looks toward the altar— /points at the crucified christ /as if seeing it for the first time /and screams, ‘mommy! look! /get that man down. A collection for the thinker: “a man out there a drift . . . / . . . /Jesus nowhere to be found.” In this pensive collection, the reader will find reason to relate and to question.”
    –Robert L. Giron, Editor in Chief, Gival Press, ArLiJo

    Author Bio: Gina Williams is a journalist, photographer, former firefighter, and gardener. She’s a Pacific Northwest native and can often be found rambling in the Oregon Outback, volunteering at the community garden, or on assignment in a far-flung location. She lives and creates near Portland, Oregon. Williams is a Pushcart Prize nominee for poetry and founder of Plein Air Poetry Northwest, a nonprofit organization supporting literary arts and environmental activism. Her writing and visual art have been featured most recently by River Teeth, Okey-Panky, Carve, The Sun, Fugue, Palooka, Boiler Journal, Whidbey Art Gallery, Black Box Gallery, and Great Weather for Media, among others. Her full-length poetry collection, “An Unwavering Horizon” published by Finishing Line Press, is now available for pre-order and will be distributed in May 2020. Learn more about her and her work at GinaMarieWilliams.com

    Shipping Date: May 1, 2020
    To order online, go to https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/an-unwavering-horizon-by-gina-williams/
    Or, you may order directly from the publisher,
    Finishing Line Press
    PO Box 1626
    Georgetown, KY 40324

    ISBN: 978-1-64662-151-4 First Edition

    Please send $19.99 + $2.99 shipping (per copy)
    By mail only: If ordering multiple copies, shipping is $2.99 for the first copy and $1.99 for each additional copy.

    You may also contact the author, Gina Williams, by phone, 360-606-8489, email at gina@carpeverbum.net, or visit her website at http://www.ginamariewilliams.com



  • Posted: December 22, 2019

    Laura LeHew: Is It Hot In Here Or Is it Just Me?: Women Over Forty Write on Aging

    I am excited and honored and pleased as punch to have 3 poems in this anthology —

    Is It Hot In Here Or Is it Just Me?: Women Over Forty Write on Aging Paperback – December 15, 2019

    by Janette Schafer (Author), Wendy Scott (Author), Holly Spencer (Author), Nina Padolf (Editor)

    If you’d like to order a copy:



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