The Oregon Poetry Association will meet in Medford Friday through Sunday, Oct. 4-7, for its fall conference. For more information, see the association's website, www.oregonpoets.org.
The Rogue Valley unit of OPA will host the harvest-themed conference. The event gets under way at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the community meeting room of the Medford library, 205 S. Central Ave., with readings by the weekend's featured poets, Henry Hughes and Maxine Scates. Both also will conduct workshops on poetry crafting and editing on Saturday. Hughes won the 2004 Oregon Book Award for his first volume of poetry, "Men Holding Eggs," and was a 2011 finalist for Moist Meridian. He teaches literature and creative writing at Western Oregon University.
Scates also has won many accolades for her poetry, including the Oregon Book Award for her first volume of poetry, Toluca Street. She teaches at Reed College in Portland.
An open microphone session from 8:45 to 9:45 will follow their presentation, with members of the community invited to participate.
Saturday workshops take place at the Red Lion Hotel, with opportunities to browse the book table where poets peddle their latest works between sessions. The conference lunch will honor special guest, Lawson Inada, a Rogue Valley resident and Oregon Poet Laureate emeritus. Winners of OPA's fall contest will also receive their awards during the luncheon.
Rogue Valley poets/consultants will speak on the practice and craft of poetry beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Rogue Gallery. An open mic limited to conference registrants will follow.
Walk-in registrations are welcome. See www.oregonpoets.org for registration details and fees.