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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.

A poem in your pocket or smart phone or hand

Poetry is best when it’s shared, and April 30th is National Poem in Your Pocket Day. Carry a poem or a couple of poems in your pocket and pass it on to someone else. Poem in Your Pocket Day started as an effort to introduce poetry to students in New York in 2002. Since then, [...]

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Cut up that poetry

A pair of scissors may be just the thing to get your poetry juices flowing. Join Sallie Erhman at the Medford Library’s Adams Room on Saturday May 9, from 2 p.m., to 4 p.m., for her Cut-Up Poetry workshop. Cut-up poetry was a literary technique used by avant-garde writers in the 1920′s and later most [...]

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Workshop on writing and craft

Southern Oregon Willamette Writers is offering a workshop by book editor Elizabeth Lyon that will benefit poets and prose writers alike. On Saturday May 2, starting at 10:30 a.m., “How to Give Your Writing Character and Depth,” will provide workshop attendees lessons on imagery, comparisons and adding depth to your writing. The class is divided [...]

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Poetry events and calls for submission

National poetry month is still going strong in Ashland.  Here are some upcoming events you don’t want to miss, as well as a few places to send out those poems that want to be shared with the world. Poetry Reading with Jonah Bornstein and Richard Lehnert Thursday, April 23, 7:00 pm Jonah Bornstein’s most recent [...]

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Go to the poetry reading at the library on Sunday

In celebration of National Poetry Month, on Sunday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m., the Ashland Public Library is hosting a reading with three of Ashland’s finest poets, followed by an open mic. Amy MacLennan, Amy Miller and Pepper Trail are gifted writers. Although each one of them has a distinct style, they are all compassionate [...]

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Poems for parenting

Well-Versed Parent

 Parents need poetry, too. Head over to Bloomsbury Books tonight, Thursday April 16 at 7:00 pm, to hear Dr. Jane Hunter read from and discuss her book, “The Well-Versed Parent: Poetic Prescriptions for Parenthood.” Hunter’s short poetic essays and 50 poems from great poets such as Sylvia Plath, Naomi Shihab Nye, Gary Snyder, Sharon Olds [...]

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Rabbi David Zaslow teaches poetry

Folks who want to write poetry or hone their poetry writing skills are in for a treat this spring. Rabbi David Zaslow is teaching a seven-session workshop at the Havurah Synagogue in Ashland. Not only is Zaslow a whip smart, inspiring teacher, he had years of experience working as a full-time poet-in-the-schools, funded by grants [...]

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Submit a poem

There’s no excuse not to submit a poem in April, journals and anthologies are calling for submissions, the sun is shining too brightly to sleep late and there are loads of poetry readings and open mics to help stoke those poetry fires. Here are few fine places to submit your work. Just make sure you [...]

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Get a poem a day

An easy way to celebrate poetry month is to visit sites that offer a new poem each day or sign up to have a poem emailed to you every morning. There are several sites that offer this free service. It is a kick to read all the new poems out there, and especially fun to [...]

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Poets, put on your party shoes

It is National Poetry Month and Ashland is chock-full of poetry events throughout the month and beyond. Here’s a list of happenings around town. Almost all of these are free of charge and open to the public. Bloomsbury Books Poetry Reading with the “Cascadia Review” poets Thursday, April 2, 7:00 pm Featuring: Gary Lark, Amy [...]

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