Poetry month: Oregon portraits | Oregon Arts Watch

April is, among many other things (including the occasional delivery of surprise snowstorms), National Poetry Month, a celebration brought to life in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets and carried out with rhythmic regularity every year since. The occasion has prompted Portland photographer KB Dixon, a frequent ArtsWatch contributor and a portraitist of note, to search his files for previously unpublished studio photos of ten distinguished Oregon contemporary poets. See them here, then follow the links to discover these writers’ poetry:

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Kim Stafford, 2019

Oregon’s Poet Laureate 2018-20, and founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College. His latest collection of poems is Singer Come From Afar.

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Susan Moore, 2022

Moore is a poet, editor, and Director of Programs for Writers at Literary Arts, and the winner of the Juniper Prize in Poetry for her full-length collection. That Place Where You Opened Your Hands.

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Floyd Skloot, 2019

Poet, novelist, memoirist, and science writer. Far West is his latest book, and his ninth poetry collection.

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Samiya Bashir, 2019

Poet, professor, and founder of the advocacy group Fire & Ink. Her latest collection of ella is Field Theories.

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David Biespiel, 2019

Poet, literary critic, memoirist, and founder of the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters. Republic Cafe is his latest book of poetry.

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Zachary Schomberg, 2019

Poet, novelist, illustrator, publisher and editor of Octopus Books. His latest book of poetry is Fjords Vol.2.

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Janice Lee, 2021

Essayist, poet, and novelist. Her newest collection of her, Separation Anxiety, will be published in August 2022.

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Don Colburn, 2021

Journalist and poet, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. His latest book of poems is Mortality, with Pronoun Shifts.

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John Beer, 2021

An award-winning poet, Beer is the author of Lucinda and The Waste Land and Other Poems. He is the editor of Poems 1962–1997 by Robert Lax, a one-time theater critic, and the Director of Creative Writing at Portland State University.

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Anise Mojgani, 2019

Oregon’s current Poet Laureate; spoken-word artist, two-time National Poetry Slam Champion, winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam. His latest book of poems is In the Pockets of Small Gods.

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