In 1923, Oregon established a state poet laureate position, which is currently held by Kim Stafford, who was appointed to a two-year term in 2018. Stafford is the author of several books of poetry, including Legacy of Beginning: Poems in Bhutan (Larkspur Press, 2013).

In 2018, Linda Aldrich was named poet laureate of Portland, Oregon. She will serve a two-year term.

upcoming events

Mar 29 2019
AWP Off-site Event: Tavern Books Wrolstad Poets Reading

Join Tavern Books Friday evening after the AWP Bookfair for an offsite reading featuring poets published through our Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series: Ruth Madievsky, Megan Levad, Elsbeth Pancrazi & Wendy Chen.


Why We Live in the Dark Ages, 2015
What Have I to Say to You, 2018


Full Body Pleasure Suit, 2017


Unearthings, 2018


Emergency Brake, 2016


About the Wrolstad Series:

The Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series exists to champion exceptional literary works by young women poets through book publication in The Living Library, the Tavern Books catalog of innovative poets ranging from first-time authors and neglected masters to Pulitzer Prize winners and Nobel Laureates. Once a year, we invite submissions of new poetry collections from women 40 years of age or younger, regardless of publication history. The Series honors the life and work of Greta Wrolstad (1981-2005), author of Night is Simply a Shadow (2013) and Notes on Sea & Shore (2010).

237 NE Broadway, Suite 300
97232 Portland, Oregon
May 15 2019
Poetry Night

Share and listen to poetry with other readers and writers. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Gold Hill Library.

202 Dardanelles Street
97525 Gold Hill, Oregon
Apr 13 2019
Writing Workshop: Songs of Ourselves
Join us for a free writing workshop based on one of Walt Whitman’s most treasured poems, “Song of Myself”. Participants will have the opportunity to do some guided freewriting towards developing their own Song of Myself poem and will also work collaboratively to create a group poem, a “song of ourselves.” Included will be a talk on Walt Whitman with the presenter, Amber West, reading some of his work aloud. She will also share some of her own Whitman-inspired work.
Amber West is a poet who teaches writing at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is touring Oregon with lectures and workshops for National Poetry Month in April of 2019 to celebrate the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman, the father of American poetry. Her poetry collection, Hen & God, was published in 2017 by the Washington, D.C. based literary press, The Word Works and these events are also part of her Egg Up! national book tour. The title of the tour is a feminist re-visioning of the old saying, "Man up!" West earned her B.A. in Literature & Creative Writing from University of California, Santa Cruz, M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New York University, and Ph.D. in English from University of Connecticut. Her dear college friend and roommate, Sarah Ann Mercer, is memorialized in the Eagle Point Library.
239 West Main Street
97524 Eagle Point, Oregon

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The more I go, the harder it becomes to return. To anywhere. There is no one at the ocean this morning. I walked by the campsites and smelled eggs and pancakes. And there were sweet Oregon cherries and watermelon. I wonder if I can go back—what purpose there would be in it—or in any other thing?


i.         Powell’s Bookstore Coffee Shop, Portland

it’s all lit up with volcanoes
Chris says of Oregon
where I write of new fires
burning old animals
but there are these old fires
I don’t heed—

the xylophone of volcanoes
that is the Cascade Range

Siwashing It Out Once in Suislaw Forest

I slept under     rhododendron
All night    blossoms fell
Shivering on	a sheet of cardboard
Feet stuck   in my pack
Hands deep    in my pockets
Barely  able    to   sleep.
I remembered    when we were in school
Sleeping together   in a big warm bed
We were     the