Category: WORDS

Practicing the Complex Yes

Ok, who is Oregon’s current Poet Laureate? I thought so, scratch your head no more because WORDS is about to fill you in. On May 15, 2018, Governor Kate Brown named Kim Stafford the ninth Poet Laureate of Oregon. Stafford grew...

The Shape of the Wind

By Marc Janssen (Founder of Salem Poetry Project). So many poets and so much art is just below the surface. It is hard to find. You have to make an effort to discover it. This is the case with Roger Weaver’s poetry. When I first...

A NEW JOURNEY BEGINS

Hello Salem and thank you Vere! I am honored to be the next overseer of the ‘WORDS’ column for the Salem Weekly. It is a journey I’m very much looking forward to. For this issue, I want to begin by extending an invitation to all...

Fifty Creative Conversations

by Vere McCarty This column, consecutively titled “Line Break”, “Salem Writes”, and “Words”, was created in 2014 by Ruth Hudgens for the purpose of giving local writers a voice in the Salem Weekly.  Ruth needed more time for her...

Local Support for the Homeless

By a local philosopher and writer. Our community is currently evaluating, and is attempting to address, the needs of local homeless people.  In the process, we find that our discussions have become awkwardly polarized.  On one...

A Story and Poem for Harumi

by Jim Merrill Arguing with Something My Dharma Teacher Said                                                                     There was a bumper sticker in Colorado in the 90’s that said, “Shit Happens” —  you remember the...

WHOSE SHOES?

Flash Fiction by R. S. Stewart The shoe shop had been empty all morning, and now that it was nearing noon, I decided to close while I ate my usual brown bag lunch packed the night before. I looked about me as no salesman would...

Let it Happen

A poem by Elizabeth Keyser   Asleep before the screen I woke to see      men black and white, African and American, working to save an orphaned elephant    ivory poachers left to die.           Wrapping her tenderly in blankets,...

Guns Don’t Shoot Themselves

by vere This is true.  People shoot guns. Guns used to shoot themselves, like the Lone Ranger’s gun when it shot the gun out of the hand of the crooked land-grabber. Guns don’t shoot themselves anymore, but people...

Wildfires

A poem by Arturo Sarmiento    “When I came to the States from Mexico,” says Arturo, “my first job was fighting forest fires.  It was a completely new world for me.  No race or skin color.  All you see is people who love nature...

De Las Lumbres

por Arturo Sarmiento                                     I Abatidas las campanas, Sus repiques se amotinan en la medianía del espanto. El fuego no afina su mirada, dispara a la montaña. Su arco un dolor atravesando la boca del...

Richard Wilbur: Dervish and Poet

Commentary by R.S. Stewart One of the pleasurable highpoints of my writing life was receiving a personal letter from Richard Wilbur dated September 12, 1988, from Cummington, Massachusetts, in response to a packet of poems I had...

How Poetry Makes Sense of Science

Poems by Alvaro Rodriguez Someone asked me not long ago about the source of my inspiration and I couldn’t answer that question until I sat down and reflected on my poetry. Poetry has many shapes and forms. We give the gift of...

A Poet of Everyday Living

                by R. S. Stewart   The number of poems composed and published and not long afterwards forgotten in this country is  astounding. Unless a poet is anthologized frequently, taught multiple times, and written about...

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October 2018

Speak Up! Teen Book Group

October 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Salem Public Library (Salem, OR), 585 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Middle and high school-aged youth who love books and love to talk about books are invited to share snacks and eye-opening discussions. September book: "I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter" by Erika L. Sanchez Upcoming books and more information are available at the Teen Scene Desk.

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Salem Poetry Project Featuring Leyendo Between Lines

October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
IKE Box, 299 Cottage St NE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Carol Hottle and Arturo Sarmiento present “Leyendo Between Lines” (Reading entre líneas) a bilingual literary collaboration. Carol Hottle is a writer, editor, educator, and dancer and has lived in the Northwest for over 20 years. She teaches writing (including poetry) in colleges and universities and community settings. Arturo Sarmiento has published in magazines and newspapers; and the anthology Antologia de Poesía Oregoniana. In 2017, Sarmiento won the second prize of the contest “Primer Concurso de Poesía Oregoniana.” Featured reader begins…

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Spooktacular Shindig at The Book Bin

October 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Book Bin, 450 Court St NE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Join us for a Spooktacular Shindig! 6pm to 6:45pm: Scary stories read-aloud for children (Treats included!) 7pm to 8:30pm: Horror and Weird Fiction reading for older audiences, featuring: David Barker, Adam Bolivar, and Sarah Walker. Come ready for fun, dressed in your best costume! We'll be hosting a costume contest for kids and adults. We'll also have a photo booth, light refreshments, and more!

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Salem Poetry Project Leyendo Between Lines

October 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
IKE Box, 299 Cottage St NE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Carol Hottle and Arturo Sarmiento present “Leyendo Between Lines” (Reading entre líneas) a bilingual literary collaboration. Carol Hottle is a writer, editor, educator, and dancer and has lived in the Northwest for over 20 years. She teaches writing (including poetry) in colleges and universities and community settings. Arturo Sarmiento has published in magazines and newspapers; and the anthology Antologia de Poesía Oregoniana. In 2017, Sarmiento won the second prize of the contest “Primer Concurso de Poesía Oregoniana.” Featured reader begins…

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Great American Read-ing group

October 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Readers Guide, 735 Edgewater St NW
Salem, Oregon 97304
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In conjunction with PBS's The Great American Read, we're hosting a discussion group to talk about some of our favorite books on the list! We're meeting once a month during the five month run of the show and you don't have to have read all the books that we're discussing to come and participate. You don't even have to have bought them here. The discussion is open to all ages. Check the comments or take a look at our in-store…

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Salem Storytellers Project: New Beginnings

October 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
IKE Box, 299 Cottage St NE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Hosted by Abby Luschei and Statesman Journal The Salem Storytellers Project, a series of four live storytelling events spanning over the next year, will kick off its inaugural season with a show at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at IKE Box. The theme is, "New Beginnings." Don Witten, Natalie Pate, Gregg Peterson, Kris Rieck and Tamara Neeley will each share stories of New Beginnings — the choices, discoveries and accidents that changed their lives. Facilitated by the Statesman Journal, these nights are meant…

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Salem Storytellers Project: New Beginnings

October 23 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
IKE Box, 299 Cottage St NE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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The Salem Storytellers Project, a series of four live storytelling events spanning over the next year, will kick off its inaugural season with a show at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at IKE Box. The theme is, "New Beginnings." Don Witten, Natalie Pate, Gregg Peterson, Kris Rieck and Tamara Neeley will each share stories of New Beginnings — the choices, discoveries and accidents that changed their lives. Facilitated by the Statesman Journal, these nights are meant to bring people together…

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SALEM POETRY FESTIVAL Featuring Paulann Peterson

October 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
IKE Box, 299 Cottage St NE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita, has six full-length books of poetry, most recently Understory, from Lost Horse Press. The Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds chose a poem from her book The Voluptuary as the lyric for a choral composition that’s now part of the repertoire of the Choir at Trinity College Cambridge. Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. Our hosts, the Ike Box, feature a wide variety of beverages and snack options! The Ike…

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SALEM POETRY FESTIVAL Workshop with Lex Runciman

October 27 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Salem Public Library Loucks Auditorium, 585 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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This workshop – part talk, part reading, and part writing exercise – will use that question, “Where do you get your ideas from?” to engage some of those “large, general misconceptions about how writers work.” As a writer, how do you work? Limited to 20 participants. Located at the Salem Public Library Loucks Auditorium Register here: http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/ekform.cfm?curOrg=SALEMOR&curName=2018/10/27_Salem_Poetry_Festival_Workshop

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SALEM POETRY FESTIVAL Spanish Poetry Panel: Poesía en el XXI

October 27 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Salem Public Library Loucks Auditorium, 585 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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A panel of three Spanish language poets discuss poetry and other topics. Luna Flores, Concepcion Samano and Juan Cervantes, three of the most representative Latino poets in Oregon, will immerse in a reflection about poetry and its relationship with immigration, environment and diversity. Located in the Loucks Auditorium in the Salem Public Library.

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SALEM POETRY FESTIVAL featuring Octaviano Merecias

October 27 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Salem Public Library Loucks Auditorium, 585 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Octaviano Merecias, Portland, Oregon, is a digital visual storyteller, motivational speaker, photographic artist, trilingual writer, and educator, who works with a socially-engaged practice facilitating workshops, talks, discussion, forums, conferences, collaborations with groups in the US and abroad. For more information visit emergentus.net learn more about his upcoming presentations, publications, and performances. This event will primarily be in Spanish. Located in Loucks Auditorium Salem Public Library.

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SALEM POETRY FESTIVAL featuring Kim Stafford

October 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Salem Public Library Loucks Auditorium, 585 Liberty St SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Kim Stafford, founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College, is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s Craft and 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared. He has taught writing in dozens of schools and community centers, and in Scotland, Italy, and Bhutan. In May 2018 he was named Oregon’s 9th Poet Laureate by Governor Kate…

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SALEM POETRY FESTIVAL featuring Lawson Fusao Inada

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Book Bin, 450 Court St NE
Salem, OR 97301 United States
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Lawson Fusao Inada is a third-generation Japanese American from Fresno, California. As a child during World War II, he was imprisoned in California, Arkansas, and Coloraado. A graduate of Fresno State University and the University of Oregon, he is an emeritus professor at Southern Oregon University. See Lawson Inada at the best place to buy books in Salem, The Book Bin. http://bookbin.com/  

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