MOST RECENT OPA NEWS
- 2016 Conference Registration Open!
The Oregon Poetry Association
and Lane Literary Guild
OPA’s Annual Conference 2016
September 30th – October 2nd
Come join keynote speaker John Witte, Oregon poet laureate Liz Woody, Oregon Book Award winners Willa Schneberg and Penelope Scambly ... Read all of this item.
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LATEST UNIT NEWS (EXCERPT)
- ROGUE VALLEY
The Down Towne Poets, a monthly reading held in Dan and Sarah Goyette’s Down Towne Coffee House, in Talent, was started in 2005 by Deborah Thornley, who moved to Tucson in 2007, leaving the program to be coordinated by Dave Harvey. Co-host Carol Brockfield and he have continued to ... Read all of this item.
- Arn Strasser’s new collection TO THE POET LISTENING
I am pleased to announce that Budding Branch Books has recently published a new collection of my poetry, TO THE POET LISTENING. Available at Broadway Books, Powells and other outlets. Support from fellow poets is most appreciated.
Two reading announcements: on August 4th I will be reading poems of Nature and ... Read all of this item.
LATEST BOOK REVIEW (EXCERPT)
- A Question of Mortality by Susan Clayton Goldner, reviewed by Lois Rosen August 21, 2016
a question of mortality by Susan Clayton Goldner
Wellstone Press 2014 $15.00
Reviewed by Lois Rosen
I first had the joy of meeting Susan Clayton-Goldner at a novel-writing workshop led by Marjorie Reynolds in Portland, Oregon years ago. Susan shone as an astute critic and author of family-centered mystery novels. She’s published three: Finding a Way Back, Just Another Heartbeat, and Murder at Cape Foulweather. Since childhood, Susan has devoted herself to honing her craft. Besides being an award-winning novelist and popular blogger, she’s an accomplished poet whose work has appeared in literary journals for decades. This year, finally, her heartfelt poems have been gathered into her first poetry collection, a question of mortality, published by Wellstone Press.
Breaking from convention, all the words in the title on the cover begin with lowercase letters. Perhaps Goldner chose this to symbolize mortality humbling us. ... Read all of this item.
MOST RECENT POET’S SPOTLIGHT
- Featured OPA Contest Winner: Amy S. O’Hearn April 30, 2015
were meant to climb over and woods dense with underbrush and muck our domain. We hacked through prickly bushes, trampled long grass, collected burrs on our clothes and in our hair, clear cut canopies to lay bare the soft earth, and sat for hours stripping bark to carve the skin that lay beneath. When that grew tiresome, we traipsed to the lowlands to construct a catwalk of doors over swamp and shape an inner sanctum within its towering reeds, until the day my father forced me to lead him to my brother’s towering collection of pornographic magazines. A tower quite impressive in the way it leaned so markedly to the right yet remained standing, almost as tall as I was at 8 or 9. I try to envision my father’s reaction, but all I can see is the tower of glossy magazines, his own stash transferred by my brother from ... Read all of this item.