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Angela Decker

Angela Decker’s poems have appeared in African Voices, Comstock Review, Hip Mama, The Wisconsin Review, Jefferson Monthly, and others. She occasionally teaches poetry writing at Southern Oregon University and shares the arts & literature column “Quills & Queues” with Vicki Aldous in the Ashland Daily Tidings. Her chapbook, “Splendid Catastrophe,” was recently published by Finishing Line Press. She lives in Ashland where kids carry poems in their pockets and strangers read sonnets on the streets.

Oregon Poetry Association’s fall contest winners

Big kudos to the Oregon Poetry Association’s fall contest winners and to the fabulous judges that made it all possible. The OPA contest showcases this states’ fabulous poets and gives newbies a chance to strut their stuff. In addition to cash prizes, winners will be published in “Verseweavers,” OPA’s annual anthology. Winners are listed below. [...]

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National Readathon Day is coming

For many of us, there are few things more appealing than curling up on the sofa with a good book, so America’s first National Readathon Day, organized by Penguin Random House publishers is an event I can lean into. The publishing giant is asking folks to set aside four hours on Jan. 20, 2015, from [...]

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A puzzle book for writers

With all the books about writing and being a better writer out there, it’s fun to find one that surprises readers and offers a different perspective. “A Muse and a Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery, and Magic,” by Peter Turchi explores the connections between writing and puzzles, both puzzle making and puzzle solving. Turchi writes [...]

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Time to write that novel

It’s November, and that means National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo is here. NaNoWriMo is a fun and sometimes nerve-wracking low-stakes competition for anyone who has thought about starting a novel but didn’t, or who (like me) has started several novels but never followed through. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a 50,000 word [...]

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Celebrating Dylan Thomas

October 27 marks the 100th anniversary of poet Dylan Thomas birth, and folks around the world are celebrating with readings, performances or simply taking a quiet moment to read a Thomas poem. While the Welsh poet is known for poems such “Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night, and the play “Under the Milk [...]

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Finding your voice

Local writer and SOU creative-writing instructor, Vincent Craig Wright is helping writers focus on their unique creative voice with his upcoming workshop “You Already Have a Voice.” The workshop will show writers how to find, develop and embrace their distinct style, personality or viewpoint in a piece of writing or other creative work. Finding your [...]

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Grammar: The Movie

Grammar geeks, grab your popcorn and download the new documentary “Grammar Revolution,” a film made by former teachers David and Elizabeth O’Brien, and funded with a Kickstarter campaign. The short film is a quirky and sometimes funny exploration of language and grammar in society today, offering some thoughtful commentary on how we view grammar and [...]

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Time to break out those clerihews, dorklets and limericks

Lighthearted poetry doesn’t always get the respect it deserves, and to be honest there’s a lot of goofy stuff out there, but good light verse is a kick to hear and especially fun to create. One expert at writing comic verse is local poet Dave Harvey. Harvey is conducting a free workshop Saturday, October 11, [...]

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Local poets celebrate with a reading and a chapbook

Members of the Rogue Valley chapter of the Oregon Poetry Association (OPA) will strut their stuff at a reading Tuesday, October 7, from 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm. The reading will feature 10 local poets sharing a diverse body of work and celebrating their new poetry chapbook, “Sudden Meteors,” a collection of work by regional [...]

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Workshop explores travel and description

Writers who travel and travelers who write won’t want to miss the Willamette Writers presentation and workshop, “Stories From the Road: The Art & Science of Describing Place,” Saturday Oct. 4 from 10am to noon, and 1:30-4:30 at the Central Point City Hall Council Chambers. The morning presentation will examine and discuss examples of effective [...]

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