Registration is now open for PoetryFest 2019, a weekend of poetry workshops and readings running from March 15 to 17 in Manzanita.

Hosted by the Manzanita Writers’ Series, the festival will feature award-winning poets Andrea Hollander and John Brehm as well as Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford.

The event will kick off at 7 pm on Friday, March 15, with a welcome reception at the Hoffman Center for the Arts, followed by workshops from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday from 2 to 4 pm, Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford will offer a free workshop at the North Tillamook Library in Manzanita, open to the general public as well as PoetryFest participants. Seating is limited to 24 participants and advance registration is required at After the workshop, Stafford will give a reading from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

Hollander and Brehm will read from 7 to 9 pm, followed by a sale of their books and PoetryFest participant open mic, also at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

Hollander is the author of five full-length poetry collections and the recipient of numerous awards, including two Pushcart Prizes, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, an Oregon Literary Fellowship and many others. Her collection “Landscape with Female Figure: New & Selected Poems, 1982-2012,” was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. For 22 years, Hollander served as writer-in-residence at Lyon College. After moving to Portland, she taught at The Attic Institute and Mountain Writers Series for six years before founding the Ambassador Writing Seminars.

Brehm is the author of “Sea of Faith” and “Help Is on the Way.” He is the associate editor for The Oxford Book of American Poetry and the editor of The Poetry of Impermanence, Mindfulness, and Joy. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, The Southern Review, Gulf Coast, New Ohio Review, The Writer’s Almanac, The Best American Poetry and many other journals and anthologies. He teaches for Mountain Writers Series and Literary Arts in Portland and for The Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, Colorado.

PoetryFest tuition is $165. Registration is limited to 20 students.

For more information or to register, go to or contact Kathie Hightower at

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