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POETRY-FRIENDLY BOOKSTORES



Annie Blooms Books
7834 SW Capitol Highway
Portland, OR
(503) 246-0053

The Book Loft
107 East Main Street
Enterprise, OR
(541) 426-3351

Between the Covers Books
645 NW Delaware Avenue
Bend, OR
(541) 385-4766

Cannon Beach Books
130 North Hemlock
Cannon Beach, OR
(503) 436-1301

Grass Roots Books
227 SW 2nd Street
Corvallis, OR
(541) 754-7668

Paper Moon
4707 SE Belmont Street
Portland, OR
(503)239-8848

Powell's
Locations in Portland
(503) 228-4651

St. John's Books
8622 N. Lombard Street
Portland, OR
(503) 283-0032

Third Street Books
334 NE Third Street
McMinnville, OR
(503) 472-7786

Tsunami Books
2585 Williamette Street
Eugene, OR
(541)345-8986

Tsunami Books
2585 Willamette Street
Eugene, OR 97405
(541) 345-8986
Oregon Add to Notebook
Poet Laureate

Paulann Petersen
A former Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University, Paulann Petersen began her term as Oregon State Poet Laureate on April 26, 2010. She has published four chapbooks and four full-length books of poetry, most recently Kindle. Petersen serves on the board for Friends of William Stafford and has taught poetry workshops at a number of colleges, libraries, and writing conferences.

Featured Poets

William Stafford

William Stafford
Author of over sixty-five volumes of poetry and prose, including the National Book Award winning Travelling Through the Dark, William Stafford spent the majority of his life in Lake Oswego, Oregon, and teaching at Lewis & Clark College.

Dorianne Laux

Dorianne Laux
Dorianne Laux is the author of four collections of poetry, including the National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, What We Carry. She lives in Eugene, Oregon, and teaches at the University of Oregon.

Garrett Hongo

Garrett Hongo
The Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Oregon from 1989 to 1993, Garrett Hongo is the author of The River of Heaven, which was both the Lamont Poetry Selection and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Madeline DeFrees

Madeline DeFrees
Blue Dusk, one of Madeline DeFrees's seven books of poems, was the recipient of the Lenore Marshall Prize. She was born in Ontario, Oregon, and grew up in Hillsboro.

Other Oregon Poets
Marilyn Chin
Lawson Fusao Inada
Edwin Markham
Phyllis McGinley
Primus St. John
Literary Organizations & Centers

Lane Literary Guild
The Lane Literary Guild has supported the literary arts since 1984. The Guild sponsors the Windfall Reading Series and other local literary events, offers workshops/critique groups to members, and publishes the Writer's Access newsletter, which features articles on upcoming Windfall Series readers, a calendar of local literary events, member news, and notices of regional workshops and contests.

Literary Arts (Portland)
Literary Arts sponsors five major programs: Portland Arts & Lectures, which presents an annual lecture series featuring some of the world's most highly acclaimed poets, novelists, playwrights, and journalists. Literary Arts also produces Poetry Downtown, an annual spring series featuring contemporary poets reading in an intimate setting; featured authors have included Mark Strand, Kevin Young, Charles Simic and Adrienne Rich. Many poems by Oregon writers are featured on Portland’s buses and light rail trains through the Poetry in Motion® project, a collaboration with the Poetry Society of America. Oregon Literary Fellowships provide fiscal support to emerging writers and small independent publishers throughout the state of Oregon. The Oregon Book Awards are presented annually for the finest accomplishments by Oregon writers who work in genres of poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, drama and young readers literature. Writers in the Schools (WITS) is a comprehensive writing program that places professional writers in high school classrooms to teach creative writing. For more information, contact Barbara Verchot, barbara@literary-arts.org, Marketing & Events Manager.

Oregon Poetry Association
The Oregon Poetry Association offers contests for members, reading and critique groups, a quarterly newsletter, spring and fall conferences, and an informational website for Oregon poets.

Writers on the Edge
Writers on the Edge presents The Nye Beach Writers' Series, held year-round, the third Saturday of each month, at which two notable authors present their work, followed by open mike readings; Writers On The Edge Workshops; and Youth Summer Poetry Writing & Performance Workshops, spanning four weeks in July and culminating in both a printed anthology of student work and a "Young Voices On The Edge"

Oregon Arts Commission
The Oregon Arts Commission was established in 1967 to foster the arts in Oregon and ensure their excellence. Through arts education programs, publications, cultural planning, and grants, the program works to ensure that the arts are available to everyone. The Commission also hosts the Poetry Out Loud competition, which encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition. More than 200,000 students across the country take part in Poetry Out Loud.

Writing Programs & Colonies

The Attic Writers Workshop
The Attic in Portland, Oregon, is a literary studio offering writing workshops to the community in fiction, memoir, playwrighting, poetry, and other creative writing classes.

Oregon State University
OSU's two-year MFA program combines intensive writing workshops with study in craft, literature and culture, rhetoric and composition. Students have opportunities to work with undergraduates on composition and creative writing.

Oregon Writers Colony
OWC is a nonprofit organization representing and nurturing professional and novice writers. They hold conferences, manage an informational website, and maintain Colonyhouse, a writer's haven overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

University of Oregon
One of the longest standing MFA programs in the United States, emphasizing performance and productivity through a primary commitment to the workshop. Approximately three quarters of the degree credits are directly devoted to creative production, with the remainder made up of literature seminars.

Pacific University
The MFA in Writing strives to help writers who have already demonstrated talent, skill, and dedication to become better writers. In twice-yearly residency sessions, students and writer advisors participate in workshops, develop study plans, and form relationships that facilitate the work that continues between residencies during the correspondence semester. Faculty includes poets Marvin Bell, Kwame Dawes, Dorianne Laux, and David St. John.

Poetic History

The California Gulch Trail: La Grande, OR
A two-mile long interpretive trail that recreates the Pacific Northwest logging community of the 1800s.
Poems about Oregon

Oregon Winter
by Jeanne Mc Gahey
The rain begins. This is no summer rain...

Literary Journals & Small Presses

Born Magazine
Founded in 1996 Born is an all-volunteer project that brings together writers, artists, and others from diverse fields to create storytelling artworks. The name reflects the creative process nurtured by collaboration and the bringing together of traditional and new forms of art and literature, diverse media, and emerging technologies. As a non-profit organization, Born, an online, quarterly publication, is dedicated to the emergence and continuing evolution of art forms that bring together different creative genres.

Burnside Review
An independent poetry journal hailing from Portland, Oregon. A non-profit organization, it begun in 2004, and, in addition to being a literary publication, it hosts a poetry chapbook competition.

Open Spaces
Open Spaces Quarterly Magazine provides a forum for voices that speak with knowledge and insight to issues affecting people in every region of the United States and around the world. Created in Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon, it offers perceptive articles on politics, publishing, culture, law, science, music, business, art, education, health, sleep, food, travel and gardening, as well as thought provoking stories, essays and poetry.

Calyx
CALYX Journal was established in 1976 by four women with a vision of a high-quality forum for art and literature. A collective of editors read and select work from unsolicited manuscripts and make decisions based on artistic excellence, with a strong commitment to emerging writers and to representing the voices of all women. In 1986, CALYX began to publish books and has since published collections of poetry, short fiction, novels, creative nonfiction, and anthologies.

Poetry Northwest
Founded as a poetry-only journal in 1959, Poetry Northwest originally featured Carolyn Kizer, Richard Hugo, and Nelson Bentley as co-editors. There mission is best summed up by Kizer's vision for the publication; that it should "continue to encourage the young and the inexperienced, the neglected mature, and the rough major talents and the fragile minor ones.".

Tin House
Named after an old Victorian house in Portland, this quarterly presents themed issues featuring poetry, short fiction, interviews, reviews, a "Lost & Found" section that recovers forgotten titles, and recipes.

Oregon Literary Review
An online collection of literature, hypertext, art, music, and hypermedia. It is published online each January and July. The poetry section is organized around special projects created by the poetry editor. Submissions by invitation only.

Oregon State University Press
The OSU Press was founded in 1961 to promote the advancement of knowledge through the publication of significant scholarly books and other works that embody the fruits of scholarship and creativity. The Editorial Board comprises nine faculty members from OSU and other Oregon institutions of higher education. Its major role is to consider proposals brought to it by Press staff and to recommend for or against publication.

Independent Publishing Resource Center
The IPRC is one of the only nonprofit self-publishing centers of its kind anywhere in the world. It offers access to workspace and tools to aid in the production and distribution of zines, comics, hand-bound books and artwork. Since its inception in 1998 the center has been dedicated to encouraging the growth of a visual and literary publishing community by offering a space to gather and exchange information and ideas, as well as to produce work.

Readings series, conferences, & literary festivals

Wordstock
Wordstock is an annual festival of books, writers, and storytelling in Portland. It has hosted over 550 writers, who have read and performed for nearly 55,000 people at past festivals. Wordstock features ten author stages, a book fair with over 150 exhibitors, a special children's area and children's literature stage, a series of workshops for writers and for K-12 teachers, a special broadcast of Live Wire!, the popular public radio variety show, featuring writers from the festival, and more.

Mountain Writers Series
MWS offers midday readings, community residencies, the MWS Youth Program, Northwest Regional Residencies, workshops, and other special events. Mountain Writers Center, the permanent facility of Mountain Writers Series, is located in Southeast Portland.

Poet Speak
PoetSpeak is a forum for Northwest poets, producing two public performances, two live performance-based anthologies each year, The Best of PoetSpeak every second year, a Planet Earth Anthology, chapbooks with a featured poet, and illustrated poetry columns in newspapers and magazines.

Silverton Poetry Festival
For a week in April, the Silverton Poetry Festival will host a series of workshops and readings in the community as well as nationally recognized and award-winning poets, writers and singer-songwriters. These offerings are designed for a broad age group, ranging from adult to children, young adults and teens.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Founded in 1935, the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is among the oldest and largest professional non-profit theatres in the nation. Each year OSF presents an eight-and-a-half-month season of eleven plays in three theatres plus numerous ancillary activities, and undertakes an extensive theatre education program. Operating on a budget exceeding $26 million, OSF presents more than 780 performances annually with attendance of approximately 400,000.

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