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

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
Apr 09 2019
Poetry Preschool Storytime

Enjoy a poetry-themed storytime. Afterwards, write poems and draw with chalk on our sidewalk in the Medford Children’s Garden.

205 South Central Avenue
97501 Medford, Oregon
Apr 13 2019
Poetry Potpourri

In honor of National Poetry Month, share and discuss favorite poems from Shakespeare, Plath, Tennyson, Arnold, e.e. cummings, and others. This program will be facilitated by Burt Eikleberry.

412 East Main Street
97537 Rogue River, 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