Upcoming Readings & Events

Bloomsbury Books
Amy Miller and Vince Wixon reading from their new books
Monday, May 14, 2018, 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Bloomsbury Books
290 E. Main St.
Ashland, Oregon
(541) 488-0029

Amy Miller’s new poetry collection The Trouble with New England Girls, which explores themes of home, loss, wolves, and legends of what has vanished and what stays with us, won the 2017 Louis Award from Concrete Wolf Press. Amy’s writing has appeared in Gulf Coast, Nimrod, Permafrost, Rattle, and ZYZZYVA

About Vince Wixon’s new book, Laying By, US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera writes, “Time and desire, the personal private and the open and infinite are sketched here with a magnificent seeing—a keen wisdom balanced between landscape, family, childhood and the always oscillating present.” 

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Poetry for the People at Tsunami Books
Featured readers: Jorah Le Fleur and Amy Miller
Saturday, May 19, 2018, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Tsunami Books
2585 Willamette St.
Eugene, Oregon

Happy to be reading at Laura LeHew's 3rd Saturday Reading Series along writer/performer Jorah Le Fleur, who has been host of the Eugene Poetry Slam for the past 10 years. This reading series has a fascinating format: Three open-mike readers kick off the evening, followed by each of the featured poets reading for 20 minutes. Then a break, the rest of the open mike, and the featured readers come back on for 10 minutes each.

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Oregon Poetry Association Conference
September 29–30, 2018
Valley River Inn
Eugene, Oregon
OPA website

OPA conferences are always fun, with a full day of presentations on all sorts of subjects and then lively open mikes in the evening. I confess, I go as much for the drinks and camaraderie as the poetry. Plus this one's right on the Willamette River, and Cost Plus (marzipan!) is across the street.

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Poetry at Ravenswood
Featured reader: Amy Miller
Sunday, October 28, 2018, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Ravenswood historic site
2657 Arroyo Road
Livermore, California
Ravenswood Poetry Series Facebook page

What a joy to return to the East Bay to read at this longstanding series, hosted by Livermore Poet Laureate Cynthia Patton. I've been away too long, Bay Area friends—looking forward to seeing you there!

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AWP Conference
March 27–30, 2019
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon
AWP Conference website

I'm an AWP newbie; no idea what to expect. But only (only!) five hours from home, how can I pass it up?

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Downtowne Coffee House Open Mike
Second Thursday of each month, 7:00 (sign-ups start at 6:30)
Downtowne Coffee House
200 Talent Ave., Talent, Oregon

Rogue Poetry Slam
Third Tuesday of each month, 8:00 (sign-ups start at 7:30)
Caldera Tap House
31 Water St., #2, Ashland, Oregon
(541) 482-7468
$5 cover; proceeds go to winners
Facebook page

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Past Readings & Events

Silverton Poetry Festival
Feast of Poets—Featured readers Jon Boisvert, Michael Jenkins, Amy Miller, Jim Teeters, and Chrys Tobey
Sunday, February 25, 2018, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Mount Angel Abbey Library Auditorium
Mt. Angel, Oregon

I'm excited to read at the famous Silverton Poetry Festival, which will feature readings, discussions, and workshops from Friday through Sunday, February 23–25, in venues all around Silverton and nearby Mt. Angel. I'll be reading at the concluding event, Sunday's "Feast of Poets," which is rumored to include some really great food. Details at the Silverton Poetry Association site.

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White Dog Poetry Salon
Featured readers: Amy Miller and Kim Stafford
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
507 NW Skyline Crest Road
Portland, Oregon

What a thrill to read at Penelope Scambly Schott's venerated White Dog reading series. Hello again, Portland!

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Friends of the Hannon Library Speaker Series
Guest speaker, Amy Miller:
"Publishing Your Poetry in Today's Literary Landscape
Monday, October 16, 2017, 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Meese Room (#305), Hannon Library
Southern Oregon University
Ashland, Oregon

"With so many ways to get published these days—print vs. online, national vs. local, traditional vs. self-publishing—it’s easy to get overwhelmed when choosing a place to send your poems or book manuscript. This one-hour presentation will offer encouragement, tips, and tough-love advice."

Yep, me talking for an hour about something I could talk about for years. The challenge will be what to cram into 60 minutes. I'll be aiming it at those needing a pep talk to get them on the road to publishing, but I'll have tidbits for experienced poets too, like how to make submitting less like drudgery and more like a sport, tips for keeping up your enthusiasm, and tricks for coping with rejection when the inevitable happens. We'll touch on both worlds—publishing individual poems as well as books—in this action-packed hour.

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Shelly Krehbiel, Michael Spring & Amy Miller
Springfield Poetry Series
Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Emerald Art Center
500 E. Main St.
Springfield, Oregon
Sponsored by the Lane Literary Guild

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Judith Arcana & Amy Miller
Free Range Poetry Reading Series
Monday, October 2, 2017, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Multnomah County Library (Northwest)
2300 NW Thurman St.
Portland, Oregon
(503) 988-5560

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Amy MacLennan & Amy Miller
First Draft Writers’ Series
Thursday, August 17, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Pendleton Center for the Arts
214 North Main
Pendleton, Oregon
(541) 278-9201

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Judith Arcana, Michael Spring & Amy Miller
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 7–8 p.m.
Bloomsbury Books
Ashland, Oregon

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Windfall Reading Series
Featured readers: Vincent Craig Wright and Amy Miller
Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 5:30 p.m.
Eugene Public Library
100 W. 10th Ave.
Eugene, Oregon

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Cascadia Review Authors Reading
Thursday, April 2, 7:00
Bloomsbury Books
290 E. Main St.
Ashland, Oregon
(541) 488-0029

Poets featured in the acclaimed online journal Cascadia Review will read from their works. Readers include Angela Howe Decker, Gary Lark, Amy MacLennan, Amy Miller, Pepper Trail, Patty Wixon, and Vince Wixon.

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Self-publish Your Book Using Amazon’s CreateSpace
with Amy Miller
Sunday, March 15, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ashland Library
410 Siskiyou Blvd.
Ashland, Oregon
(541) 774-6996

Learn how to publish your book using Amazon’s CreateSpace self-publishing platform. This two-hour presentation will cover basic book design, common errors to avoid, and the twists and turns of setting up your book in CreateSpace and building your Amazon page. We’ll also talk about the pros and pitfalls of self-publishing, discuss other publishing platforms that don’t include Amazon, and look at real-world case studies and hands-on examples, with plenty of time for questions and answers. 

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