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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!

Willa Schneberg & Ingrid Wendt | The Family

The Family: Poets Willa Schneberg and Ingrid Wendt Read from Their Work

Saturday, November 1, 2014 / 5–7 pm / Tsunami Books
2585 Willamette, Eugene / (541) 345-8986 / Admission: Free

Willa Schneberg has authored five poetry collections: In The Margins of The World (recipient of the Oregon Book Award in Poetry), Box Poems, Storytelling In Cambodia, the letterpress chapbook The Books of Esther, and the recently released Rending the Garment (Mudfish/Box Turtle Press). Willa has read at the Library of Congress, her poems are heard on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, and she has been a fellow at Yaddo and MacDowell. She is a social worker in private practice and a visual artist. Willa lives with her husband in Portland, Oregon.

Ingrid Wendt’s first book of poems, Moving the House, was selected by William Stafford for BOA Editions’ New Poets of America Series. Her next three books won The Oregon Book Award, the Yellowglen Award, and the Editions Prize. Co-editor of the Oregon poetry anthology From Here We Speak, Ingrid has taught at all educational levels, including the MFA program of Antioch, L.A. She recently opened the Oregon state legislature with a poem. A musician by training, her most recent book is Evensong. Ingrid lives in Eugene with her husband, poet and writer Ralph Salisbury.

The sorcerers are bored and frustrated
standing in their glittery robes and pointy hats
in the corner of my parents’ small kitchen
where the cupboards never close properly,
the pilot light always goes out, and
my father remains spindly and mute
as before he died.
from “Grief,” Willa Schneberg

Now, the small unexpected bells of forgiveness
ringing, ringing, calling me
to attention: what made you
someone to love. All along. I loved you.
And was too busy practicing defense to see.
from “Armistice,” Ingrid Wendt


The Missouri Review 7th Audio Competition in Poetry | First Place winner: Sam Roderick Roxas-Chua


Diary of Collected Summers include:
+ Four Tongues
+ Dearest Federico
+ So Tell Me
+ Lacuna

John Yau’s Poetry Writing Workshop — May 18!

Learn how to gather the raw materials of poems from a wide range of sources–make something unexpected. Surprise yourself! Sunday, May 18, 2-6. $50. Get in touch with Toni Hanner at to register for the workshop. Also, check out the Facebook page at

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to work with the author of more than two dozen books of poetry, fiction, and criticism. Yau’s recent publications include Further Adventures in Monochrome (2012) and A Thing Among Things: The Art of Jasper Johns (2009). He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation of the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He is a Professor of Critical Studies in the Visual Arts program at Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University). He is the editor of the online magazine Hyperallergic Weekend Edition. (

John Yau describes his workshop — Is it possible to learn to write what you don’t know? Can writing become what you discover as you write, moving from word to word? Suppose there is nothing to unlock, no need for inspiration, no need to write about something that happened. Can you still write? Can one gather materials together, like an artist organizing his or her palette? Can you use those materials to make a poem, something unexpected? The workshop will focus on different ways of gathering materials from a wide range of sources as well as developing ways of putting them together. Everyone will need to bring a computer with wi-fi capabilities and paper to write on.

Combustus Magazine Feature: Sam Roxas-Chua, Eugene, Oregon: “Poetry is a Raft”

Combustus – On-line arts and literary magazine features poet Sam Roxas-Chua. Read the full article by clicking here. Enjoy!

Record your favorite William Stafford poem!