Who We Are
OPA embodies the diversity of Oregon.
We are young and old. Teachers and students. Nationally-known, award-winning poets with many books and poets new to writing. Although most of us live in Oregon, not all of us do. Those who do are in major cities and large ranches, small towns and coastal villages, expanding suburbs and rural counties, farms large and small, and places easy to get to and places hard to find.
OPA members are involved in poetry in many ways. You can find us in both print and literary journals. Our books are available on Amazon and through university presses, independent publishers, and small presses. We participate in community arts events, poetry readings, school functions, workshops, critique groups, and regional units. We are editors and publishers, contest coordinators and contest winners, manuscript judges and small press owners. Many of us have web sites, and you can read more of our work on our individual sites.
OPA poets collaborate with musicians, visual artists, textile artists, and writers of other genres. Many of us create art other than poetry; members are knitters, sculptors, quilters, mixed media artists, photographers, crafters, painters, and potters.
We are white-, blue-, pink-, and no-collar workers. We are retired and too young to have started working. We are raising families and focusing on school. We are constantly moving about and we are never far from our birthplaces. We are volunteers. We are pinching pennies to get by. We are changing jobs mid-life. We are still deciding what we want to be when we grow up. We have never had to worry about money. We are doing okay.
As poets, we write haiku. Prose poems. Sonnets. Free verse. Light verse. Experimental pieces. Blended genres. Ghazals. Sestinas. Villanelles. Haibuns. Ballads.
Our poems are about everything in and beyond Oregon's borders. If someone can write a poem about it, at least one of us has.
Mostly, we learn from one another. We share. We encourage. We inspire. We want the best for each other. We come together in small groups and as a whole organization to teach, learn, encourage, and inspire, and also for no other reason than to be surrounded by like-minded people who have a passion for poetry. We get together to laugh with old friends, make new friends, and help each other, as friends do.
We are Oregon Poetry Association. We hope that you will join us.
Please click here to download a membership form (PDF).
Please consider making a donation to the OPA. The OPA is a 501(c)3 corporation. Donations are both federal income tax deductible and eligible for matching contributions to the Oregon Cultural Trust and the resulting tax credits on Oregon tax returns.
Regular: $27 (sign up for two years for $50)
Senior (65 or over): $17 (sign up for two years for $30)
Student: (send copy of student ID) $17 (sign up for two years for $30)
Family: $37 (sign up for 2 years for $70)
Please mail your check or money order, along with the form to:
PO Box 14582
Portland, OR 97293
OREGON POETRY ASSOCIATION
C O N S T I T U T I O N
Article I - Name
The name of this organization shall be OREGON POETRY ASSOCIATION.
Article II - Mission
The mission of OPA is tobuild and sustain a diverse community of Oregon poets,provide Oregon poets opportunities to exchange ideas and learn from one another,further the appreciation of poetry throughout the state,raise awareness of Oregon poets
Article III - Membership
Section 1: Membership in OPA shall be open to everyone.
Section 2: A person shall be deemed a member upon payment of dues.
Article IV - Administration
Section 1. OPA shall be administered by a Board of Directors comprised of nine members elected by the membership.
Section 2. Board elections shall be held at the annual meeting in April.
Section 3. Board members shall serve three-year terms, and may seek re-election.
Section 4. The Board shall be divided into three groups. Groups of three shall be elected in rotation at successive annual meetings.
Section 5. If a vacancy occurs on the Board, the President shall appoint a member to serve until the next annual meeting, at which time a permanent replacement shall be elected.
Article V - Officers
Section 1. OPA officers shall be as follows: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Historian.
Section 2. Officers shall be elected by the Board of Directors from its own members immediately following the annual meeting.
Section 3. Officers shall serve one-year terms, and may seek re-election.
Article VI - Duties of Officers
Section 1. The President shall preside at all meetings, appoint committee chairs, and represent OPA at public functions.
Section 2. The Vice President shall assist the President, and perform the duties of President in her or his absence.
Section 3. The Secretary shall keep records, including minutes of OPA annual meetings and meetings of the Board of Directors; send copies of all minutes to the President, members of the Board, and others, as directed by the President; and conduct correspondence.
Section 4. The Treasurer shall receive all money and deposit it to OPA accounts; make all disbursements by check; keep an accurate record of receipts and disbursements; report to the Board of Directors as directed by the President or Vice President; and give a full report at the annual meeting, or upon request.
Section 5 (Amended). The Historian shall maintain a record documenting activities of OPA, prepare an annual report to be delivered at the annual meeting, and file the report with the Secretary as a permanent record.
Article VII - Meetings
Section 1. All members shall be notified of the date, place and time of OPA's annual meeting, which shall be held in April.
Section 2. Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be called by the President or Vice President as needed to conduct OPA business, but no less than bimonthly.
Article VIII - Quorum
Section 1. Members present at the annual meeting shall be considered a membership quorum for the purpose of transacting OPA business.
Section 2. Five members shall constitute a quorum of the Board of Directors.
Article IX - Fiscal Year
OPA's fiscal year shall be the calendar year.
Article X - Amendments
Any proposed amendment to the OPA Constitution or Bylaws shall first be submitted to the Board of Directors. If approved by the Board, it shall be submitted to members with the notice of the annual meeting. Adoption shall be by a two-thirds vote at the annual meeting.
Article XI - Units (Amendment)
Section 1. OPA units will be established through the granting of charters by the Board. A charter shall require approval by two-thirds of the Board.
Section 2. Any group seeking unit status must include at least three OPA members, one of whom shall serve as unit chair.
Section 3. Units may levy whatever assessments or dues they wish.
Section 4. Units shall report to the Board on their activities, and OPA shall publicize unit activities through its newsletter, website, and/or other regular means.
Section 5. Units shall assist OPA in carrying out activities in their respective areas; OPA shall hold or sponsor events in the areas served by the units at reasonable intervals, as agreed upon with the units.
Section 6. OPA will not be responsible for any debts incurred by units. Units will not be responsible for any payment to OPA except when contracts are entered into voluntarily with OPA.
Article XII - Disbandment
If the Oregon State Poetry Association is dissolved, any monetary credits shall be granted to the Oregon State Library in Salem for the purchase of poetry books and/or recordings.
B Y L A W S
Article I - Dues
Section 1. Annual dues shall be determined by the Board of Directors and approved by a two-thirds vote of members present at the annual meeting.
Section 2. Dues shall be payable annually.
Article II - Sponsors' Fund
Section 1. Tax-deductible gifts in any amount may be contributed by groups or individuals to the Sponsors' Fund.
Section 2. This fund shall be used exclusively to sponsor OPA contests.
Section 3. Groups and individuals providing sole sponsorships of contests may stipulate criteria such as form and theme, subject to approval by the Board of Directors.
Article III - Education Fund
Section 1: Tax-deductible gifts in any amount may be contributed by groups or individuals--including, but not limited to, public and private granting agencies and personal estates--to the Education Fund.
Section 2: This fund shall be used exclusively to sponsor OPA programs and activities for elementary, middle and high school students throughout the state.
Section 3: A grantor may stipulate the types of programs and activities, or the specific program or activity, for which a gift may be used.
Article IV - Nominations and Elections
Section 1. At a regular meeting within three months of the Fall Conference, the Board of Directors shall select a nominating committee of three members, no more than one of whom may be a current Board member.
Section 2. The nominating committee shall submit a list of nominees for open Board positions at the annual meeting in April. Nominations also may be made from the floor.
Section 3. The election shall be held by secret ballot at the annual meeting. Directors shall assume their duties immediately.
Article V - Parliamentary Procedure
All parliamentary procedure not covered by the OPA Constitution and Bylaws shall be governed by Robert's Rules of Order.