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Jump-Start Poetry Workshop with Toni Hanner

Jump-Start Poetry Writing Workshop – Winter 2015

6 weeks, 1.5 hours per week: Wednesdays, January 14 and 28, February 11 and 25, March 11 and 25

Two Sessions: Daytime 1:30-3; Evening 6-7:30

Series of 6 workshops: $50 or Drop-In $10

Get your poetry engine running with free-writing and structured writing exercises aimed at generating first drafts. Bring something to write with and an open mind to this friendly, safe, and playful environment for beginning and experienced poets.

Facilitated by Toni Hanner. Hanner has led poetry workshops in Port Townsend, Washington, Newport, Ashland and Eugene, Oregon. Her poetry has been published in Calyx, Off the Coast, Gargoyle, MARGIE, Yellow Medicine Review, Southern Humanities Review and many other journals and zines. Her first book, Moonmusic, from Wellstone Press, came out in 2000 and was a collaboration between Hanner and her friend Connie Beitler. She had two books published in 2012: The Ravelling Braid (Tebot Bach) and Gertrude poems and other objects (Traprock). Poet Mary Jo Bang selected Gertrude as a finalist for the 2013 Oregon Book Award. Her partner, fellow poet Michael Hanner (redarrowbooks), has published a number of chapbooks for her, including All Things in Their Shining Forth and Tango . Hanner is a member of the Lane Literary Guild’s Red Sofa Poets, and Port Townsend’s Madrona Writers. She is a 2014 recipient of an Oregon Literary Fellowship. She enjoys European travel, Argentine tango and Michael’s cooking.

To register: email

Lane Writers Reading Series – December 28

Lane Writers Reading Series: Laura LeHew, Keli Osborn, and Roy R. Seitz will read at 4:30 p.m. on December 28, 2015, at the River Road Annex, 1055 River Road, Eugene, Oregon. The event is free. The Lane Writers Reading Series holds readings on the fourth Sunday of every month except summer.

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Events at the Eugene Public Library

January 2015 – events at Eugene Public Library – All events FREE.
More information: 541-682-5450 or

Windfall Reading: Armin Tolentino and Mary Rechner
Tuesday, January 20, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10 th & Olive
This month’s Windfall Reading features poet Armin Tolentino and short story writer and essayist Mary Rechner. Armin Tolentino is a widely-published poet who was honored with a 2014 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship. When not writing and reading poems, he “works with youth at Camp Fire Columbia, plays punk songs on ukulele, and fishes for anything that will bite.” Mary Rechner’s short story collection is “ Nine Simple Patterns for Complicated Women .” Her stories, essays, and literary criticism have appeared in New England Review, Kenyon Review, Oregon Humanities, and the Oregonian. She also directs Literary Arts’ Writers in the Schools Program. The Windfall Reading Series is sponsored by Eugene Public Library, Lane Literary Guild, Friends of Eugene Public Library, Eugene Public Library Foundation, and Cultural Services Division of Lane Arts Council. Refreshments served at intermission. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or

Free eBooks & Audiobooks for Tablets & Smartphones
Tuesday, January 20, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sheldon Branch of Eugene Public Library, 1566 Coburg Road
Bring your device to the Sheldon Branch to learn how to borrow free eBooks and audiobooks from the huge selection in Eugene Public Library’s online service, Library2Go. This class is for users of Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Apple, and Android tablets and smartphones. Required: basic computer and Internet skills, basic knowledge of your device. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or

Grant Writing Workshop
Thursday, January 22, 6:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10 th & Olive
Join grantwriting expert Lori Bumgardner-Adair to learn step-by-step procedures for writing powerful proposals that meet the requirements of potential funders. Find out how to identify grant opportunities for your non-profit organization, understand how grantors evaluate proposals, and develop successful relationships and communication with grantors. Bumgardner-Adair has garnered more than $150 million in awards and matching gifts during her career as a professional grantwriter. She has also managed non-profits and directed large-scale deliberative democracy projects at the municipal-level and internationally. Free. Information: 541-682-5450 or

The Power of Play: Early Literacy Workshop for Child Care Providers
Saturday, January 24, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Downtown Eugene Public Library, 10 th & Olive
Preschool teachers and childcare providers: come to a fun workshop to learn how children use play to develop their understanding of the world — and how you can use play to help get them ready-to-read. Learn about the different types of play, the benefits of play, and how to incorporate books and early literacy materials into activities. The workshop will be led by Aoife Rose Magee, Ph.D., a master trainer for the Oregon Registry, and Cynthia Olsen, a Youth Services librarian at Eugene Public Library. Free. To receive Oregon Registry Set II credits, call Family Connections in advance: 541-463-3307 or 541-463-3300. For more information, contact Eugene Public Library at 541-682-8316 or

The Poetry Loft | Community News

The Poetry Loft crew is moving to a new location and will bring us a new reading & discussion series in the new year called THE LISTENING ROOM. Stay tuned to all the shindig that is happening at The Poetry Loft! If you’re a Facebook user, click here!

Poets’ Corner

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Write to Publish – Short Story Contest

Write to Publish Announces a Short Story Contest, Winners Published in Gertrude Press

Portland, OR – Write to Publish, Ooligan Press’s annual publishing conference, and Gertrude Press, a LGBTQIA nonprofit, is excited to offer a short story contest this year. The theme will be “Self-Discovery.” Submissions are open now until December 31, and a submission fee of $10 is required. The winner will be notified mid December. First place winner will receive $100 cash prize, free entry to the Write to Publish conference on January 31, 2015, and publication in Gertrude Press. Second place will also receive free entry to Write to Publish.

This year Write to Publish centers on “Demystifying the Publishing Process.” Our panelists range from graphic novel narrative, to writing about difficult subjects, to contracts and rights, and more! Mark Russell, cartoonist who created God Is Disappointed In You; Amber Keyser, author of The V-Word; and Patrick McDonald, publisher for Overcup Press, will be among the speakers. John Mutter, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Shelf Awareness, will give the keynote speech. The vendors will share their professional insight to the publishing process. Attendees will be able to partake in a raffle featuring fun, local prizes. PubSlush, a global crowd-funding platform for publishers and authors, will sponsor this exciting event.

Gertrude Press is a nonprofit organization that showcases queer and allied talents and prints a biannual arts and publishing journal. Write to Publish is hosted by Ooligan Press, a publishing and teaching house run by the graduate students of Portland State University’s Book Publishing Program. Tickets go on sale this fall and vary in price.

For more information about the short story contest submission guidelines, visit or email