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April is National Poetry Month! In partnership with our friends at Literary Arts, All Classical Portland collected verse from contemporary poets, and we’re thrilled to share these extraordinary words with you, read by the poets themselves. Click through to hear from Oregon’s Poet Laureate Kim Stafford and many more! Celebrate with us by recording your own poems and using #welovethispoetry

Poet Anis MojganiSpecial note: On Monday April 27, Gov. Kate Brown announced the appointment of two-time National Poetry Slam champion Anis Mojgani as Oregon’s tenth Poet Laureate. Mojgani will assume the role starting May 4, and will serve in that position for two years. He is the 10th poet in the role.

The poetry is co-curated by All Classical Portland’s Suzanne Nance and Kristina Becker with Literary Arts’ Director of Programs for Writers Susan Moore.

Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford

I Am the Seed

Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita Paulann Petersen


Stephanie Adams-Santos

When the Locust

Shaindel Beers

New World, Post Pandemic

David Biespiel

Republic of Magpies

Jessica Mehta

Everyone Manifests Destiny

Matthew Minicucci

Black Ship, Swept

Lynn Otto

In This Green Green So Blue

Jennifer Perrine


Alicia Jo Rabins

On Breathing

Armin Tolentino


Beth Wood

Corgi at the Park