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Carter McKenzie’s Book of Poems Is Out Now

Carter McKenzie’s new book of poems, Stem of Us, is here.  Carter describes it thus: “Compelled by instincts of song and prayer, Stem of Us explores poetic choices to open into the world a way of connection, even and especially in the face of injustice and sorrow. These stems offer both common ground and transformative possibilities of what cannot be named, but what can be recognized as a shared dream, what calls us into being on this earth.”  Willa Schneberg, Oregon Book Award recipient, says: “Carter McKenzie chooses a plethora of open forms to perfect her poetic strategies…always multilayered and surprising. An apparent nature poem, (‘In the Midst of Place, Thoughts on Juneteenth’) or an ekphrastic, (‘Subject Matter’) are never what they initially appear to be, and hold opposites within—an exquisite tension between transcendence and disquiet, whose subtext is always ‘she refuses to bury this.'”

Lane Literary Guild Meeting at Lamb Cottage

River Road Reading Series on May 27, 2018

Eugene Poetry Foundation at Barnes & Noble

Windfall Reading on May 15, 2018

Oregon Poetry Association Call for Proposals

Oregon Poetry Association: Call for Proposals for the Fall 2018 OPA Conference September 29-30, 2018 Valley River Inn, Eugene, OR. Submissions accepted between May 1 and June 1, 2018. Please submit a 1- to 2-page proposal that includes the following: Title of presentation; Presenter name(s). Short bio(s) of 50 words or less. List any A/V needs and what equipment you would supply. Explain what you would do in your session related to one of the categories below. Please include enough details or examples to explain your session proposal. Proposal Session Categories: – Workshop related to writing poetry, exercises, viewpoint, publication ideas, entering contests, different styles of poetry, etc. – Panel: include different viewpoints on a topic, theme, form – Presentation: slide show, multi-media, history, etc. – Other: Please describe in detail All workshops, panels, etc. are scheduled for one hour. There will be 15-minute breaks between each scheduled session. Submit via email attachment (PDF format preferred), doc formats also accepted, or if unable, just copy and paste into the email body. Send to Shirley Marc, Conference Coordinator, at “” with subject line “OPA 2018 Conference Proposal.” Presenters will be notified of acceptance by June 16, 2018, via email. Presenters receive lunch on Saturday and free conference registration. Any who need overnight accommodations will be able, as all conference attendees, to reserve a room at the special rate of $119 per night (plus taxes) at the Valley River Inn in Eugene Oregon. Parking is free.