Poetry for the People: Message from Laura

Here’s a message from Laura LeHew about Poetry for the People at Tsunami Books:

“Roy Seitz and I took over the reading series at Tsunami Books from Charles Thielman (we miss you Charles). Our first read rightfully featured Carter McKenzie, followed by Peggy Barnett and Mary Eliza Crane, Renee Roman Nose, Christopher J. Jarmack, Quinton Hallett and Patty Wixon and a wonderful all open mic for the December holidays, Tim Applegate and Erik Muller, Ralph Salisbury, Eleanor Berry and Dorothy Black Crow,
Laura LeHew and William James Lindberg and closing out our first season with Duane Kirby Jensen and Brandon Pitts.

“Thanks everyone for making our first year fantastic. Thanks for bringing yourselves out on a Saturday night. For signing up for the Open Mic. Thanks to the fine fine folks at Tsunami Books for well everything.

“Roy and I are taking the summer off but Poetry for the People will be back in the Fall with another incredible lineup.”

Roving Park Players Present the Merry Wives

The Roving Park Players starts off the summer season with Shakespeare’s  MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR.  A purse-poor Sir John Falstaff concocts a scheme to woo the wives of two of the wealthiest men in Windsor, but the very savvy Mistresses Ford and Page discover his plan and lead him down a merry path of their own making!  Throw in a pair of young lovers, an international gaggle of hapless wooers, and a bevy of resigned servants, and you have the riotous farce The Merry Wives of Windsor!  Performances in the parks:

June 9 at Willamette Oaks Retirement Community, 455 Alexander Loop, Eugene

June 10 at Campbell Senior Center, 155 High St, Eugene

June 11 & 12 at Maurie Jacobs Park, End of Fir Ln (off River Rd), Eugene

June 16 & 17 at Petersen Barn Community Center, 870 Berntzen Rd, Eugene

June 18 & 19 at Island Park, 200 West B St, Springfield

All shows start at 6:00 PM.  Rain or shine! (Canopies are provided.)  Admission is FREE!  Call 541-556-9686 for information.

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Howard W. Robertson Publishes Hope Speaks

Howard W. Robertson has published his tenth books of poems, titled Hope Speaks.  In the foreword, he states, “The poems in this book were written within an idea, a big idea, which is that our culture needs to rethink its entire relationship to the biosphere, to Gaia, and that our poetry should share in that rethinking and refeeling.  All the old themes of love and death, beauty and truth, need to be refelt in terms of Gaia and the entire history of the Universe.”


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Amy McLennan Publishes The Body, A Tree

Amy McLennan has published her first full-length collection of poems: The Body, A Tree (Kingston, WA: MoonPath Press).


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Oregon Poetry Association Proposals

OPA Fall 2016 Conference Call for Proposals

The Oregon Poetry Association is seeking presentation proposals for its 2016 annual conference, September 30th – October 2nd, in Eugene. Writing workshops, solo and group readings, lectures, panel discussions, ekphrastic and multi-media presentations, skits, or anything else related to poetry are welcome!

Join keynote speaker John Witte and Oregon poet laureate Liz Woody, as well as Oregon poets from all walks of life, at the Valley River Inn in Eugene. Lane Literary Guild co-sponsors.

Please submit a one-page proposal with: Title / Presenter name(s) / Workshop: include examples and writing exercises / Panel: include different viewpoints on a topic, theme, form / Presentation: slide show, multi-media, history, etc. / Reading: focus on theme, e.g. nature, bilingual, poetry of witness / Other: Please describe in detail.

Please list any A/V needs for your presentation

Submit to Susan Clayton-Goldner at: susancgold@aol.com (Subject line “OPA Fall Conference Proposal”) – OR – OPA Fall Conference Proposal / ATTN Susan Clayton-Goldner / 330 Seclusion Loop / Grants Pass, OR 97526.


Presenters will be notified of acceptance by July 31st. Presenters receive free conference registration.

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Comp Lit Grad Student Association Reading

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Third Saturday Reading at Tsunami