Milwaukie Poetry Series

A group of local residents dedicated to expanding poetry in Milwaukie and the larger community.


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Who We Are

Begun in 2007 as a Committee of the Ledding Library of Milwaukie and supported by a start-up grant from the Clackamas County Arts Alliance, the Series has sponsored an exciting series of readings by established local poets taking place on the second Wednesday of each month September through June at 6:30 p.m. Support has continued from the City of Milwaukie after the first Season and has continued since then. WE are very grateful for that.

It is our mission to make poetry more accessible to all members of the community. Reading poetry and bringing people together to hear the spoken word supports and develops community. Poetry is written to be shared out loud. In addition to the readings, the Series has expanded to offering workshops, open mic readings, youth events, bilingual readings, discussion and poetry presentations and in the summer poetry in the park. Poetry is the life of a community; it helps us write our story. Below are links to poet bios, videos, and poems.

Online you can access all past Poetry Series readings at the Ledding Library Youtube channel.

Season Seventeen

Second Wednesday of the month at 6:00 PM
In person at the Ledding Library in Milwaukie and Livestreamed on the Ledding Library YouTube Channel

The Milwaukie Poetry Series is delighted to announce it's Seventeenth Season.


This series of readings by established Oregon poets will take place on the second 
Wednesday of the month starting September 14 at 6 p.m. and run through July
2024, including a bonus reading in July by an out-of-state poet.

September 13, 2023 - Richard Lehnert
October 11, 2023 - Michele Glazer
November 8, 2023 - Amy Miller
December 13, 2023 - Sherri Levine
January 10, 2024 - John Daniel
February 14, 2024 - Anatoly Molotkov
March 13, 2024 - Annie Lighthart
April 10, 2024 - Donna Henderson
May 8, 2024 - Eleanor Berry
June 12, 2024 - Amelia Diaz Ettinger
July 10, 2024 - Armin Tolentino - Bonus Reading

The readings will be in the Community Room at the Ledding Library, 10660 SE 21st Ave.

Milwaukie, OR 97222.. While at the readings the Milwaukie Poetry Series board is encouraging
attendees to wear masks as necessary and maintain social distance in the interest of safety.

We will also be livestreaming the readings through the facilities of the Willamette Falls Media Center on the Ledding Library YouTube Channel. The readings will then be available for viewing on demand on the  Ledding Library YouTube Channel.

Register for new events on our event page.

We are honored by the participation of this outstanding group of poets sharing their work. We want to thank the City of Milwaukie and the Ledding Library for thei support, Willamette Falls Media Center for providing the video and all the volunteers who make it possible.
Download a flier of the readings here. Please print our filer and spread the word. Forward this to anyone that you feel might be interested.
For information or questions about the readings or to join the group list, please contact the Series Coordinator Tom Hogan at (503) 819-8367 or Thanks for your support and take care.

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William Stafford Poet

William Stafford Birthday Celebration
Poetry Reading and Open Mic.

These celebrations are held during January in Oregon and the nation in honor of poet William Stafford who taught for many years at Lewis and Clark College and was Oregon Poet Laureate from 1975 through 1989. The event will be hosted by Tom Hogan and Greg Chaimov. Our Featured Readers will be David Filer, Stephanie Lenox, Sue Reese, and Doug Stone. They will be reading poems by William Stafford and…

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Charles Goodrich

Charles Goodrich’s new book of poems, Watering the Rhubarb, is just out from Flowstone Press. Previous books include the poetry collections  A Scripture of Crows; Going to Seed: Dispatches from the Garden; and Insects of South Corvallis, along with a collection of essays, The Practice of Home, and two co-edited anthologies, Forest Under Story: Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest and In the Blast Zone: Catastrophe and Renewal on Mount St. Helens. Following a long career as a professional…

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Wendy Willis Poet

Wendy Willis

Wendy Willis has published two books of poems, a book of essays, and a textbook. Her last two books, These are Strange Times, My Dear, and A Long Late Pledge were finalists for the Oregon Book Award. Wendy is also the founder and director of Oregon’s Kitchen Table, a statewide community engagement program housed at Portland State University. She lives in Southeast Portland with her family

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David J. S. Pickering

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