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Pack Even Sooner!

Local poet and perpetual friend of the written word Patty Wixon will be giving a reading on Wednesday, September 9th by invitation of the Milwaukie Poetry Series in Milwaukie, Oregon. Wixon will be inaugurating the 9th season of the Series. The reading begins at 7 p.m. Local poetry supporters know Patty and her husband, Vince […]

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Get Ready to Pack Your Bags!

Plan now to attend the Florence Book Festival, to be held in Florence, Oregon on September 25 & 26th. What better time to head to the coast than at the start of autumn? On Friday the 25th, a free Publisher’s Panel will focus on navigating the world of publishing. Come to the Florence Events Center […]

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Send Your Work! Subscribe and Support!

The Timberline Review is a new literary journal, published by Willamette Writers, the first issue of which debuted on August 1st. It contains short fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and poetry. The Rogue Valley’s own Marisa Petersen was featured in this issue, along with former Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen. Timberline Review editors Peter R Field […]

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Poet on the Road

I’ve been in Colorado visiting friends and family since early June, and I admit to being a bit homesick by now. This week, I’ll be co-facilitating a poetry therapy Intensive Training with my friend and mentor, Kay Adams, founder of the Center for Journal Therapy and the Therapeutic Writing Institute, where I’m currently teaching an […]

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When There’s Nothing to Do, Write About It

Praising Ordinary Days It’s hot, hot, hot, even here in Colorado, where early evening thunderstorms have caused some local flooding but cool the evenings down just fine. Here, too, we worry about drought and fire. If you want to think more about worry, sign up for my free Poem of the Week which features   […]

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Last year several of us in the Rogue Valley participated in Paul Nelson’s August Poetry Postcard Fest (, a wonderful way to flex your McPoetry muscles. You have written McPoems, haven’t you? What is a McPoem? This is a term first used by my old friend, the late Billy Doody, one-time owner of the Yellow Pages […]

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Merry Summer Solstice

Haiku anyone? Angela Decker is seeking submissions. It’s the first day of summer, and in honor of the change of seasons, get out those journals and start composing! Need some help? Here’s a terrific web site that will give you the 500 essential words for each season. It’s time for peonies, fireworks, and light weight […]

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Fantastic News!

Today the new Poet Laureate of the United States was announced — California’s wonderful Juan Felipe Herrera! We had the outstanding opportunity to hear and meet Herrera when he was invited to the Rogue Valley in October 2013 by the Chautauqua Poets & Writers program. How fortunate we are to have the Chautauqua group working […]

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Celebrating Our Own!

When I agreed to this assignment, I immediately determined that one thing I’d do would be to celebrate and share poems by some of the Rogue Valley’s own poets. And what better way to begin than by singing the praises of Angela Decker, the spirited woman who launched this column so many months ago and […]

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Join cellist Daniel Sperry at the Ashland Yoga Center on Friday, June 5th, from 7:30-9 for an evening of poetry and music. Call the Ashland Yoga Center for information (541-238-5144), and check out Daniel Sperry’s poetry and music page at

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