William Stafford Birthday Celebration
Poetry Reading and Open Mic.

William Stafford Poet

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…

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Charles Goodrich

Goodrich poet

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…

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Wendy Willis

Wendy Willis Poet

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…

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David J. S. Pickering

David J.S. Pickering is a native Oregonian, having grown up and lived much of his life in the working-class culture of the North Oregon Coast. He received the 2020 Airlie Prize for his first poetry collection, Jesus Comes to Me as Judy Garland (Airlie Press, 09/2021). His poetry is published in a variety of journals…

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Ann Staley

Ann-Staley poet

Ann was published as an essayist and a poet, and edited both poetry and fiction. Her first two books of poems, Primary Sources (2011) and Instructions For The Wishing Light (2013), were published by Booktrope Editions, Seattle Washington, where she was also the Poetry Editor. She later independently published Afternoon Sky, Harney Desert (2017), and three small collections, Nota Bene (2017), The Age Of…

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Jennifer Perrine 

Jennifer Perrine is the author of four award-winning books of poetry: Again, The Body Is No Machine, In the Human Zoo, and No Confession, No Mass. Their recent short stories and essays appear in Buckman Journal and The Gay & Lesbian Review. Perrine lives in Portland, Oregon, where they co-host the Incite: Queer Writers Read series, teach creative writing to youth and…

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Maggie Chula

Chula-Margaret Poet

Maggie (Margaret) Chula has published over a dozen collections of poetry including, most recently, Firefly Lanterns: Twelve Years in Kyoto. While living there, she practiced Soto Zen, studied the traditional arts of flower arrangement and woodblock printing and, of course, composed haiku. All of Maggie’s poems—including haiku, tanka, haibun, and free verse—explore the interconnectedness between our…

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Gary Lark 

Gary Lark Poet

A lifelong Oregonian, Gary Lark grew up in the Umpqua River Valley and was shaped by the river. His most recent collection is Easter Creek. (Main Street Rag 2021). Other work includes, Daybreak on the Water, (Flowstone Press, 2020); Ordinary Gravity, (Airlie Press, 2019) River of Solace, (Flowstone Press, 2016); In the House of Memory, (BatCat Press, 2016);Without a Map, (Wellstone Press, 2013); Getting By, (Logan House Press,…

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Jessica Mehta 

Jessica-Mehta Poet

Jessica (Tyner) Mehta is a multi-award winning Aniyunwiya interdisciplinary author and artist. Born and raised in Oregon and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, she is currently preparing for her Fulbright U.S. Scholar award in Bangalore, India. Jessica is the recipient of a 2021 GLEAN: Portland award, Regional Arts and Culture Council Make/Learn/Build award, and…

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Doug Stone

Doug-Stone Poet

Doug Stone is a fourth generation Oregonian and lives with his wife amid hop yards and vineyards near the Willamette River in Benton County, Oregon.  In past lives he has worked on a county road crew, been a grocery store clerk, a case worker, and an analyst and a consultant on public policy issues to…

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