PoeFest 18 - Feb 23-25

Silverton Poetry Festival
18th Annual
February 23-24-25, 2018

Schedule of Events
Featured Poets Reading 
Friday, February 23, 7–9 pm 

John Brehm and Emily Ransdell will open this year’s Festival from readings of their published work in this beautiful and historic venue. Refreshments served.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House
Oregon Gardens
869 West Main Street, Silverton 

Favorite Poem Project & Open Mic
Saturday, February 24th, 10:30 am–12:00 pm

Bring a favorite published poem to read and briefly comment on in the spirit of the Favorite Poem Project. We will share poems written by others that have personal significance. In the second half, participants will read their own poetry. Everyone is welcome to read one or two original compositions. Poems should be no longer than one page length for sharing.

Silver Falls Library
405 South Water Street, Silverton 

Kids Poetry WritingWorkshop: 
My GoldFish Stole the Moon
Saturday, February 24th, 1:00–3:00 pm

This workshop is designed to be fun and active. Kids will enjoy some funny and head-turning poems, learn some basics, and put them into practice. Write with easy poetry prompts and get practice reading their poems. Participants learn how to turn a single sheet of paper into a little 8-page book to truly become book authors! For kids Grades 4–8.

Silverton Art Association Classroom
303 Coolidge Street, Silverton

Registration is limited.
To register and reserve a spot send $5 cash or check (payable to Silverton Poetry Association) to 
Silverton Poetry Association
PO Box 929
Silverton OR

Voces Poeticas in Espanol:
Poetic Voices in a Bilingual Presentation
Saturday, February 24th, 1:30–3:30 pm

Poetry from three Latin American poets will be read in the original Spanish and in English translation. Presentation will include commentary and discussion.

Mt. Angel Abbey Bookstore & Cafe 
1 Abbey Drive
Saint Benedict, Oregon 97373

Talking Poets—Durable Goods
Saturday, February 24th 7:00–9 pm

The enduring legacy of six Oregon poets is honored in Erik Muller’s recently published book of essays, Durable Goods: An Appreciation of Oregon Poets. Three of the featured poets—Barbara Drake, Paulann Petersen and Lex Runciman, will join Erik for this special evening of sharing and discussion of their work.

White Steeple Gallery 
314 Jersey Street, Silverton

Feast of Poets
Sunday, February 25, 1:30–3:30 pm

In the festival's finale event, five fine poets will be featured: Jon Boisvert, Michael Jenkins, Amy Miller Jim Teeters,  and Chrys Tobey—All will share a generous serving  of their poetry, followed by a feast of gustatory delights.

Mt. Angel Abbey Library Auditorium 1 Abbey Drive
St. Benedict, Oregon

About the Silverton Poetry Festival

Established in 2001 as a community celebration of this ageless and profoundly rewarding literary form. The annual festival, presenting free public readings by published poets, has evolved to include poetry workshops, open microphone readings, musical- poetic collaborations, and other activities.

The Silverton Poetry Association sponsors other poetry events in Silverton throughout the year, including monthly open microphone readings, the popular and entertaining Dead Poets presentations, and an annual gathering to hon- or the late William Stafford. Silverton attractions include downtown shops and galleries, Silver Falls Park, a walking tour of the many murals that grace the walls of the historic town, and a variety of restaurants and lodging. 


The Silverton Poetry Festival is made possible by the generosity of many community contributors and sponsors  including:
  • The Gordon House Conservancy 
  • Chemeketa Community College
  • Silver Falls Library
  • The Oregon Community Foundation 
A special thanks to the Chemeketa Visual Communications students and faculty for the festivals poster design and brochure production. Poster and brochure illustrations and design by Erica Meyer.

Featured Poet Bios

Amy Miller’s full-length poetry collection The Trouble with New England Girls won the Louis Award from Concrete Wolf Press and will be published in 2018. Her writing has appeared in Gulf Coast, Nimrod, Rattle, Willow Springs, and ZYZZYVA. Awards include the Cultural Center of Cape Cod National Poetry Competition and the Jack Grapes Poetry Prize from Cultural Weekly. She lives in Ashland, Oregon, where she works as the publications project manager for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Chrys Tobey’s poems have been published in numerous literary journals, including the minnesota review, New Ohio Review, Ploughshares and The Cincinnati Review. Her poetry has also been nominated for the Pushcart, Best of the Net, and featured on Verse Daily. Chrys’s first book of poetry, A Woman is a Woman is a Woman is a Woman, was published in January from Steel Toe Books. Chrys lives in Portland, Oregon, where she co-curates Women Writers Against Trump with her sister Allison Tobey.

Emily Ransdell studied poetry with the late Richard Hugo at the University of Montana. She is currently working toward a second MFA at Pacific University. Her work has appeared in The Cortland Review, Tar River Poetry, Main Street Rag, Windfall, The Timberline Review, and elsewhere. She was a finalist for the 2016 Rattle Poetry Prize and the 2017 Janet B. McCabe Award for Poetry from Ruminate Magazine. Emily divides her time between Camas, Washington and the Oregon Coast, where she is a co-coordinator of the Manzanita PoetryFest, and a founder of the art and poetry project, Word & Image, at the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.

Jon Boisvert was born in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, and now lives in Oregon. He studied poetry at Oregon State University and the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland; he has taught English at area community col- leges. His first published book of poems, Born, was published by Airlie Press in 2017. Other writings and artwork can be seen at www.jonboisvert.com.

John Brehm is the author of Sea of Faith, which won the 2004 Brittingham Prize, and Help Is on the Way (2012), winner of the Four Lakes Prize from the University of Wisconsin Press. He has published a chapbook, The Way Water Moves (2002), and was the associate editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry (2006). His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, Boulevard, Gulf Coast, The Missouri Review, New Ohio Re- view, The Sun, The Best American Poetry 1999, The Norton Introduction to Literature, and many other journals and anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and teaches at Oregon Literary Arts and Mountain Writers Series in Portland, and at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, Colorado.

Michael Jenkins is a retired English teacher whose performance readings create oral interpretations of picture books for thousands of elementary students each year. His poetry has won several Southern Oregon and statewide poetry contests, and he has received fellowships to writers conferences on the west coast from Centrum in Washington to Squaw Valley in California. His poems have appeared in Redivider, Shenandoah, Cave Wall, Salamander, and other publications. He lives with his wife beside a creek in Southern Oregon.

Jim Teeters has published poetry in several anthologies. He conducts poetry workshops for children and adults and is active in poetry readings in the Seattle area through the Striped Water Poets. He is the author of nine poetry collections and the books Teach with Style (ATD Press July 2013) and Going Intergenerational (Barclay press 2010). Two poetry collections will soon be published: Because of This: Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching Rephrased will be published in November 2017 by Barclay Press, and Be- ware of Dog; Fun Poems for School Kids will be published by MoonPath Press in August 2018. Jim is a retired social worker and former child care licensor and trainer living in Keny, Washington.

Erik Muller was a co-founder of Fireweed: Poetry of Western Oregon and edited Traprock Books, poetry titles by Oregon poets. In 2001, Literary Arts awarded him the Stewart H. Holbrook Award for service to Oregon’s literary community. Confluence, his 1992 collaboration with Peter Jensen and David Johnson, was nominated for the OregonBook Award. His numerous self-published numerous poetry chapbooks. Durable Goods, essays on six Oregon poets, was published by Mountains and Rivers Press in 2017.He lives with his wife in Portland, Oregon.

Paulann Petersen served as Oregon’s 6th Poet Laureate from 2010-2014. She has four books of poet- ry: The Wild Awake (Confluence Press); Blood-Silk (Quiet Lion Press); A Bride of Narrow Escape (Cloudbank Books), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award; and Kindle (Mountains and Rivers Press). A fifth full-length book, The Voluptuary, was published by Lost Horse Press in late 2010. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and the recipient of the 2006 Holbrook Award from Oregon Literary Arts, she serves on the board of Friends of William Stafford, organizing the annual January Stafford Birthday Events.

Barbara Drake’s books and chapbooks of poetry include Driving One Hundred (published in 2009 by Wind- fall Press), Love at the Egyptian Theatre, What We Say to Strangers, Life in a Gothic Novel, Bees in Wet Weather, and Small Favors. She is also the author of a memoir, Peace at Heart: an Oregon Country Life, from Oregon State University Press, and Writing Poetry, a widely used college textbook, in print since 1983. Her writing appears in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. Peace at Heart was an Oregon Book Award finalist in 1999. She and her husband live on a small farm in Yamhill County.

Lex Runciman has lived most of his life in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. His collection of poems The Admirations (1989) won the Oregon Book Award. Other poetry books include Starting from Anywhere, Luck, The Admirations, Out of Town, and Salt Moon: Poems 1981-2016. He holds graduate degrees from the writing programs at the University of Montana and the University of Utah. A co-editor of two anthologies, Northwest Variety: Personal Essays by 14 Regional Authors and Where We Are: The Montana Poets Anthology, his own work has appeared in several anthologies. He taught for eleven years at Oregon State University and is recently retired as a Professor of English at Linfield College, where he received the Edith Green Award in teaching in 1997. 



Link below for directions to Mt Angel Abbey Bookstore:




January 14 (That's a Sunday)

2:30 - 4:00 at the Silverton Borland Gallery

303 Coolidge Street, 97381

(In the Coolidge McClaine City Park)

Bring song-lyrics, favorite poems, original poetry 

or just come to enjoy the readings.

January 14, 2018



Saturday November 4th, 2017

3:30 to 6:00 pm.

Mount Angel Abbey Library Auditorium, St. Benedict, Oregon

The Silverton Poetry Association presents its 27th Dead Poets Reading in the Mount Angel Abbey Library Auditorium on the Saturday afternoon following All Souls Day and el Día de los Muertos.



These three poets will reappear on earth, talk about their lives and share their poetry:

                    Matsuo Bashō             1644 - 1694    Haiku painter of the mundane.


                    Langston Hughes      1902 - 1967    Soul of the Harlem Renaissance

                    Alejandra Pizarnik   1936 - 1972   La poeta de volatilidad


Free to the public (donations welcome).  Family friendly. 

The reading starts at 4 o'clock.  Social time before and after, with refreshments in the library foyer. 


Directions: Go to Mount Angel, up past the cathedral to the top of the town, 

follow the signs for parking on the Abbey hill. 

More information: 503-873-5768 ~ veremc@live.com


Second Sunday Open Mic

Sunday, September 10

2:30 - 3:45 at the Silverton Borland Gallery

Silverton Art Association

303 Coolidge Street, 97381

Participants may bring song-lyrics, favorite poems and original poetry 

or come to enjoy the readings.

September 10, 2017


Poesia Latina / Bilingual Poetry

April 22nd at the Mt. Angel Abbey Coffee Shop, Saturday

Three Featured readers will give short readings and biographies of their poet

Poesía latina, es un evento organizado por SPA e ICO, se llevará acabo, el sábado 22 de abril y coincide con la celebración del día de la tierra, ¡qué gran día para la tierra y para la poesía! El evento es de 3-5pm en la cafeteria/Bookstore del Abbey en Mt Angel (Monasterio). 

3:00 pm

Come early for coffee and a good seat!

Annual SPA Events 

Poesia Latina / Bilingual Poetry

Twice-Yearly Dead Poets Live!

William Stafford Celebration



See 'Silverton's Affair with Poetry'
By Efrain Horna - Diaz

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Steve Slemenda,
Jan 16, 2018, 7:41 AM