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.

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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!

Meet De-Canon

May 1, 2018

The De-Canon website says it best:

De-Canon: A Visibility Project is a “pop-up library” and web resource project that will showcase literary art by writers/artists of color. Our goal is to put forth an alternative literary “canon” — or multiple canons — that are inclusive, diverse, and multi-storied in their approach to representation. De-Canon wishes to challenge existing ideas of what constitutes the North American literary canon, especially in our current culture.

Based in Portland, Oregon, De-Canon has an expansive worldview and an ambitious slate of projects, events, and participants. Have a look and a listen.

Chinese gardens in China and Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon, are filled with poetic inscriptions: as text, calligraphy, engravings, and plaques. Inspired by the culture of literature in Chinese gardens, the Peach Blossom Poetry Series presents four prolific poets sharing their work with garden visitors every Saturday in April at 3:00pm. Free with Garden admission or Lan Su membership.

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.

marathon

February 6, 2018

Each winter, Spare Room in Portland, Oregon, hosts a marathon reading, in which a booklength poem or series of texts is animated by a range of voices. For this year’s marathon, the text will be Utopia by Bernadette Mayer, which can be downloaded free at Tender Buttons.

As in recent years, the marathon will be held in the kitchen at Yale Union. It will begin at Noon on Sunday, February 11, 2018, and is estimated to wrap up about 5:00pm. You are invited to come and go as you like or to stay for the whole duration; feel free to bring a snack or beverage to share. More at Spare Room.

books!

September 26, 2017

Very excited to finally have in hand the August Poetry Postcard Fest (APPF) anthology, 56 Days of August (Five Oaks Press).

Each August, hundreds of people from around the world write and mail a daily poem on a postcard — spontaneous, un-edited, and, more often than not, going to a complete stranger. 2016 was the tenth anniversary of APPF, and the anthology was assembled to honor the occasion. It includes poems and full-color images selected from the participants’ submissions. Your faithful blogger was honored to be invited to co-edit the collection with Paul Nelson and Ina Roy-Faderman.

A number of free book-launch-poetry-postcard events are scheduled and more are in the works:

Monday, October 9, 2017, 7:00pm
Bellingham, Washington
Poetry Postcards: a panel and conversation
at the Mount Baker Theatre, Encore Room
A conversation about the possibilities of postcard poetics with panelists Tallie Jones, Nancy Pagh, Eugenia Hepworth Petty, Ina Roy-Faderman, and Joanna Thomas, plus moderator Paul Nelson. They will show images, offer resources, read postcard poems, and may even lead exercises or offer prompts. As a bonus, there will be a postcard exchange: bring unused postcards (commercial or handmade) and take home an equal number contributed by others. (J.I. Kleinberg, coordinator) Click for PDF event flyer with panelist bios.

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7:00pm
Tacoma, Washington
56 Days of August Book Launch
at King’s Books
Readings by contributing poets — just one of many events scheduled for the Cascadia Poetry Festival

Friday, October 27, 2017, 7:00pm
Portland, Oregon
56 Days of August Anthology: PDX Launch Event & Poetry Reading
at Mother Foucault’s Bookshop
Readings by contributing poets

56 Days of August will be for sale at each event and online. In addition, there’s a 56 Days of August Indiegogo campaign to cover a variety of costs. There are some swell perks — primarily signed copies of poetry books due out this winter. Have a look, buy a book, and please join us at one of these events.

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