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.

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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.

call for student poems

March 10, 2018

Portland, Oregon, based Honoring Our Rivers invites student (kindergarten through college!) submissions of original writing, art, and photography for the annual Pacific Northwest Rivers anthology.

The submission deadline is EARTH DAY, April 22, 2018.

The subject matter is Pacific Northwest rivers: “anything relating to your watershed” including oceans, animals, human interaction, forests, etc. “We especially love to see students express their personal connection to rivers.” Within the anthology, there is also a themed section: Celebrating the tribes of the Pacific Northwest and their ancestral and present-day relationships to rivers.

Read the complete submission guidelines here.

A conservation nonprofit, Honoring Our Rivers encourages stewardship of river watersheds and nurtures the next generation of civic and conservation leaders by engaging the creative capacities of youth. Learn more here.

a busy weekend in Oregon

February 3, 2018

The last weekend in February will be packed with poetry as poets and poetry-lovers gather for the Silverton Poetry Festival in Salem and the FisherPoets Gathering in Astoria.

The Silverton Poetry Festival was established in 2001 as a community celebration of poetry. The annual festival, presenting free public readings by published poets, has evolved to include poetry workshops, open mic readings, musical-poetic collaborations, and other activities. See the schedule of events on the Silverton Poetry Association website and more on Facebook.

Founded in 1998, the FisherPoets Gathering invites those who have worked in the commercial fishing industry and who have been a part of its community to share poems, songs, and stories. See a list of participating fishers on the FisherPoets website and more details on Facebook.

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