another festival

September 20, 2020

The Portland Book Festival is back and this year it’s online, November 5-21, 2020. The full schedule will be published in October, but there’s already an impressive lineup of presenters.

For updates, go to Literary Arts and sign up.

Kim Stafford x 7

April 13, 2020

Kim Stafford, the Poet Laureate of Oregon, has written and posted a small collection of short poems he wrote over a week’s time, each one addressing the realities and uncertainties of this particular time. Poems for the Pandemic includes the text of each poem, a vocal recording, as well as an accompanying photograph or video by Brooke Herbert or Beth Nakamura.

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photo by Brooke Herbert
Thanks to Roger Gilman for the heads up!

get thee to Astoria!

February 19, 2020

It’s almost FisherPoets time! Once again, Astoria, Oregon, will be overrun with poets and fishers and fisherpoets and their fans as the FisherPoets Gathering 2020 takes to the bars, breweries, theaters, galleries, museums, halls, and other venues for two evenings of poems, stories, and music inspired by the sea, plus a variety of special events. Friday, February 28 – Sunday, March 1, 2020.

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art by Ray Troll


Every January, the Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing program hosts readings by leading contemporary writers during the program’s 10-day residency in Seaside, Oregon. The authors/readers all teach in Pacific’s low-residency MFA in Writing program.

Free and open to the public, the evening readings begin at 7:30pm at the Best Western Ocean View Resort, located at 414 N. Prom in Seaside, Oregon. Here is the lineup for 2020:

  • Friday, January 10 — Marvin Bell, Claire Dederer, Pete Fromm
  • Saturday, January 11 — Ellen Bass, Jack Driscoll, Debra Gwartney
  • Sunday, January 12 — Frank Gaspar, Scott Korb, Mahtem Shiferraw
  • Monday, January 13 — Chris Abani, Mike Magnuson, Mary Helen Stefaniak
  • Tuesday, January 14 — Claire Davis, Valerie Laken, Joseph Millar
  • Wednesday, January 15 — Sanjiv Bhattacharya, Shara McCallum, Kellie Wells
  • Thursday, January 16 — Kwame Dawes, Cate Kennedy
  • Friday, January 17 — Molly Gloss, Shelley Washburn

FisherPoets… soon!

February 16, 2019

FisherPoets 2019 will be happening Friday, February 22, thru noon, Sunday, February 24, 2019, in Astoria, Oregon. The Evening Reading Schedule is posted (seven venues, 100+ poets), as is the Special Events Schedule (art, music, politics, movies, workshops, and more). More on Facebook event page. Go. You’ll get hooked.

lettering Oregon

August 6, 2018

While people around the world are busy writing their August Poetry Postcards, people in Oregon are writing letters. Dear Stranger is a wonderful collaborative project of Oregon Humanities in which Oregonians are invited to write a letter “about the place where you live or a community where you feel at home.” Letters are submitted to Oregon Humanities, where they will be paired and mailed to another letter writer.

Dear Stranger extends the conversation that has been started in the Bridging Oregon project.

next week in Portland

July 10, 2018

Mother Foucault’s Bookshop in Portland, Oregon, will welcome Norman Fischer, Alicia Jo Rabins, and Alicia Cohen for Torah, Dharma & Deep Coherence, a “poetic dive into ancient texts and meditative practices” on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at 7:00pm. Read more on the Mother Foucault’s event page or on Facebook.

In a related note, Norman Fischer and Rabbi Joshua Boettiger will join in a poetry reading on Saturday, July 14, at 8:00pm at Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland, Oregon.

farm-fresh poetry

June 15, 2018

In the brief history of the birth of the Lents International Farmers Market Poetry Series, Lents, Oregon, is described as a “little rugged, urban neighborhood…. in Outer Southeast Portland, a place that is often overlooked for its past history of crime and poverty, but an area that is rich in culture and down-to-earth-people.”

Founded in 2012, the series features monthly poetry readings on the main stage at the Sunday morning farmers market. Each reading features several distinguished local poets. This summer’s readings are on July 1, August 5, and September 9.

Good idea!

Oregon Poet Laureate

May 20, 2018

Congratulations to Kim Stafford, who has been appointed as Oregon’s ninth poet laureate. Read all about it.

Planning WAY ahead…

March 22, 2018

Mark your calendar for March 27–30, 2019, when the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference & Bookfair will be held in Portland, Oregon. The AWP Portland Subcommittee has just issued a call for proposals, which opens today, March 22, and closes May 1, 2018. (Guidelines here.)

The AWP Conference was last in Cascadia in 2014, when some 12,000 attendees thronged the Seattle Convention Center. Prior to that, AWP was held regionally in Vancouver, BC, in 2005, and was last held in Portland in 1998. Early-bird registration typically begins in late July. AWP membership is not required for attendance.

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