Carter McKenzie Leads Workshop

McKenzie, Hsiung, & Anderson at DIVA

DIVA’s A-New Poetry presents Carter McKenzie, Valerie Hsiung, and Maria Anderson, Saturday, October 12, 2013 @ 7:30
Carter McKenzie’s poems have appeared in a number of anthologies and journals, including What the River Brings: Oregon River Poems, The Whistling Fire, and Canary: a Literary Journal of the Environmental Crisis. One of her poems was presented as a broadside as part of the environmental exhibit “Silent Witness” at Maude Kerns Art Center in May 2012. She was also honored that spring to have one of her pieces included in the installation “Step into Poetry,” a display of nine panels of poems in the stairwell of Eugene’s Overpark North garage. A founding member of the poetry collective Airlie Press, Carter is the author of the chapbook Naming Departure (Traprock Books, 2004) and a full-length book of poetry Out of Refusal (Airlie Press, 2010). She teaches poetry workshops to middle school and high school students in Eugene and surrounding rural areas.
Born into a family of political exiles and raised between Las Vegas and Cincinnati, Valerie Hsiung is a poet, playwright, screenwriter and musician. She has two books, incantation inarticulate and under your face, out with O Balthazar Press in October of 2013. Her work appears recently in American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Pen Poetry Series, and other print and online publications.
Fiction writer and journalist Maria Anderson grew up in Three Forks, Montana and now lives in Providence, Rhode Island. Her stories and reviews can be found or is forthcoming in The Atlas ReviewMetazenNY Arts Magagazine, The FiddlebackTarpaulin Sky, and other print and online publications.
DIVA, 280 W. Broadway, Eugene, OR

Ingrid Wendt & Ralph Salisbury

Ingrid Wendt and Ralph Salisbury recently participated in this year’s Eastern Oregon Word Roundup, in Pendleton, Sept. 27-29.  Ralph presented a reading from his recent books. Ingrid conducted a 2-hour poetry writing workshop on strategies for teaching poetry writing in the classroom and also offered a one-hour powerpoint talk on collaborations between poets and visual artists, including some of her own.

Ingrid also reports that she’s been invited to read at the Harvard Library, as co-winner of the Barbara Bradley Poetry Award from the New England Poetry Club: the oldest such organization in the U.S., founded by Robert Frost, Amy Lowell, and Conrad Aiken.  She regrets that the $100 prize won’t take her to Boston and back, but she’s happy for the recognition.

On another note, one of Ingrid’s previously unpublished poems,  “Water Over the Dam,” as well as a 2-page “craft tip,” appear in the just-published collection The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop, by Diane Lockward (Wind Publications): a collection of poems, prompts, craft tips, and interviews for aspiring and practicing poets.

Kelly Terwilliger at Maude Kerns

Sam Rorderick Roxas-Chua & J. S. Williams in Corvallis

On Saturday, October 19 at 2pm, Grass Roots Book & Music will be hosting two renowned Northwest poets for a reading and book launch. John Sibley Williams (Portland) will be launching his latest collection, Controlled Hallucinations, alongside Fawn Language author Sam Roderick Roxas-Chua (Eugene).

John Sibley Williams is the author of Controlled Hallucinations (FutureCycle Press, 2013) and six poetry chapbooks. He is the winner of the HEART Poetry Award, and finalist for the Pushcart, Rumi, and The Pinch Poetry Prizes. John serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and co-director of the Walt Whitman 150 project. A few previous publishing credits include: Third Coast, Inkwell, Cider Press Review, Bryant Literary Review, Cream City Review, The Chaffin Journal, The Evansville Review, RHINO, and various anthologies. For more information, please visit:


Sam Roderick Roxas-Chua has read for Oregon Poetry Association, Windfall Reading Series, Isangmahal Arts Collective, NW Poets Concord, Talking Earth, PoetsWest, Brigadoon Books, Fault Lines and Word Lab in Manila, Philippines. He is published by Vena Cava, Word Laboratories, Mixer Publishing, Concord, and Paw Print Publishing. His most recent work appears in Motionless From The Iron Bridge: A Northwest Anthology of Bridge Poems and his three-poem poster to promote his first collection, Fawn Language, is featured in the 25th Anniversary Showcase at Poets House in New York City. Fawn Language will be published by Tebot Bach at the end of 2013. He was recently accepted to Pacific University’s MFA in Writing program.

Book Launch at Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble, Eugene, Oregon, presents a Student Poetry Open Mic and double book launch for local Eugene poets C. Steven Blue & Laura LeHew; to benefit the 2014 Oregon Student Poetry Writing Contest, sponsored by the Oregon Poetry Association (*Please see important benefit note at bottom).
Where: Eugene Barnes & Noble, 1163 Valley River Center, 541-687-0356.
When: Tuesday, September 24, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
What:6:00 – 7:00 PM – A student poetry open mic. Sign up at the door starting at 6:00 PM, for three minute time slots. Read poetry! Bring your parents! Buy books and other stuff to support students! –7:00 – 7:30 PM – Laura LeHew book launch reading for her new titles, Willingly Would I burn and Turn (an anthology). –7:30 – 8:00 PM – C. Steven Blue book launch reading/performance for his new titles, S.O.S. ~ Songs Of Sobriety ~ A Personal Journey Of Recovery and Black Tights. — Book signing will follow.
Why: Pick up a voucher at the event and anything you buy in the store for the next week will have a percentage of the proceeds donated to the 2014 Student Poetry Writing Contest.
*Note: The voucher number is #11180767. This voucher is good for the whole week of Sun. 9/22 – Sat. 9/28. Use it to buy anything at any Barnes & Noble store, including online, and 15% of the proceeds will go to the 2014 OPA Student Poetry Writing Contest. Just enter or give the number at checkout. Tell every book lover you know and give them this number!

Book Release Party