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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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  • James Garland’s “Americans” is Mirabai Runner-Up Prize for Poetry

    February 8, 2021James Garland's "Americans" is Mirabai Runner-Up Prize for Poetry

    The poem “Americans”, by James Garland, earned a runner-up prize in the Mirabai Poetry contest in January. The poem has now been published in the Summer 2020 issue of The Raw Art Review (©2020 Henry G. Stanton, UnCollected Press), “A Journal of Storm and Urge”.

  • “Dear Captor” by Gina Williams published by The Inflectionist Review

    December 8, 2020

    I’m honored and humbled to join creators from around the world in the most recent edition of Oregon’s own “The Inflectionist Review” (Issue 11) with my poem “Dear Captor.” Thank you to editors John Sibley Williams and A. Molotkov.
    See the full issue here:

  • Jewish Voices, Readings by Oregon Jewish writers and poets

    October 7, 2020

    Started in 1999, and organized by writer Willa Schneberg, this annual event features readings by prominent Oregon Jewish poets and writers. The writers in the 2020 program, who span a range of genres including fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and essays, will share selections from their work in a virtual reading on Zoom. 

    October 27, 6:30pm, Jewish Voices, Free with registration 
    To register, go to
  • New Monthly Poetry Series–The Poetry Box LIVE

    October 6, 2020New Monthly Poetry Series--The Poetry Box LIVE

    The Poetry Box LIVE is a new monthly Zoom poetry reading series on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 4pm (pacific). Shawn Aveningo Sanders is the host/emcee with 3 Featured Poet/Authors each show. You can find more details about upcoming features and how to join/listen at:

    The Poetry Box – LIVE

    A few upcoming features include:

    Sat, OCT 10, 2020:
    Featured Poets:
    • Christopher Bogart, author of BREAKPOINT and THE EATER OF DREAMS (New Jersey)
    • Kaja Weeks, author of MOUTH QUILL (Maryland)
    • Wendy Colby, reading on behalf of Joan Colby author of THE KINGDOM OF BIRDS (Illinois)

    Sat, NOV 14, 2020:
    Featured Poets:
    • Tiel Ansari Aisha, author of winning chapbook THE DAY OF MY FIRST DRIVING LESSON (Oregon)
    • Rebecca Smolen, author of EXCORIATION (Oregon)

    Sat, DEC 12, 2020:
    A special show for celebrating our book launch of the 10th issue The Poeming Pigeon: POP CULTURE, featuring 25 poets.

  • August Wilson Red Door Project

    August 24, 2020August Wilson Red Door Project

    Dear Family, Friends, Acquaintances & You,
    I am, 87 years old, August 30, 2020, with more to do than time allows. You don’t have to be this old to have these thoughts, but imagine being 87? What, on Earth, do I want to do next?
    This morning I have a new idea becoming a full-fledged project. It planted itself two years ago when I found the August Wilson Red Door Project–or it found me.
    The Red Door Project is an advanced University teaching me wisdom, integrity, reality. Bringing me to my senses about peace-filled integrating, accepting, respecting.
    I saw, heard and felt two plays, Hands Up and Cop Out in which I experienced, being black in Portland. A light lit. Innocence vanished.
    Please scroll down to the video in this non-profit appeal for funds, in which Kevin Jones, Co-Founder with Lesli Mones, describes the mission of the Red Door Project
    I am asking for a birthday present this year. I want to promote and fund this kind of wholistic education–reaching/touching all human senses. If you are so moved, send the Red Door Project a birthday contribution of $12. or whatever is affordable. Help us change, evolve, expand Racial Ecology Through the Arts, from Portland Oregon into our educationally-starving America.
    Ubuntu, (“I am because you are”) Norma
    If you support this idea, please move it forward…

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