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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.

Applegate Library offers self-publishing workshop

If any of you talented Rogue Valley writers are considering self-publishing a book, head over to the Applegate library Sunday, Feb. 1, at 2:00 for a two-hour workshop on self-publishing with Amazon’s CreateSpace. Local poet and editor Amy Miller has loads of self-publishing experience and she’ll guide students through basic book design, common errors to [...]

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Community gathers for William Stafford celebration

January 17 marks the birthday of Oregon’s beloved poet, the late William Stafford, and the Rogue Valley will join the nation in celebrating Stafford and his incredible body of work. Our local celebration will take place at SOU Hannon Library’s Meese Meeting Room 305, at 7:00 p.m., on Thursday January 29. The program will begin [...]

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Student Poetry Contest

Teachers, grab your students and let them bust out some poems for the 2015 Oregon Poetry Association’s Student Poetry Contest. The contest is open to all Oregon students, kindergarten through 12th grade. There is no entry fee, and the postmark deadline for entries is February 10, 2015. In addition to bragging rights, ten winners in [...]

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Ashland Sketches offers a wild mix of art

Ashland poets, writers, dancers, visual artists and others can check out “Ashland Sketches: Second Sunday Showcase,” a monthly gathering of artists and eager audience members that welcomes new work, improvisations, collaborations and experimental projects. The first showcase of the year is Sunday, January 11. Each month, the Showcase folks invite about five participants of varying [...]

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Resolutions for writers

With the new year coming on fast, writers are dusting off pens and laptops, and considering writing goals for 2015. I spoke to a few poets and novelists about their goals and they were all surprisingly similar. Here is a list of six popular and achievable writerly resolutions. 1. Make time to write. There’s a [...]

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William Stafford: His Writing, His Life

Lucky Rogue Valley poetry lovers, award-winning Ashland poets Patty and Vince Wixon present “William Stafford: His Writing, His Life” on Wednesday, December 17, from 12:00- 1:30 p.m., at the Medford Branch Library, 205 South Central Avenue. The event is part of the statewide program Oregon Reads. The Wixons are fabulous speakers, and they will discuss [...]

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Poetry for birders, birds for poets

“Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems about Birds” edited by Billy Collins, is a gorgeous volume of poetry and art that makes a perfect gift for poets and bird nerds. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Collins, and famed nature illustrator David Allen Sibley of the “Sibley Bird Guides,”  teamed up to create a collection of [...]

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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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