Pacific University will be hosting the Oregon Poetry Association’s Fall conference on Oct. 18 through Oct. 20. The conference is open to writers of varying skill and experience.

The conference will feature open mics, workshops, and individual consultations with professional authors and poets. Professors of Literature, Darlene Pagán and Keya Mitra will be leading the conference

Brent Johnson, professor of Creative Writing and Literature, will be hosting a workshop during the conference titled “Measuring Metaphor: How to Extend Metaphors through your Poetry.”

During the workshop, participants will examine the role of metaphor in poetry as a controlling device and out it into practice. They will also examine ordinary objects in their own lives and their potential for metaphor.

Johnson said he hopes this will invite the readers into a deeper understanding of how meaning can be understood through metaphors. Students participating in the event were motivated by the opportunity to meet professional writers and have them critique their own work.

“I’m hoping to get feedback on the pieces I have been working on lately and to make some new connections to the poetry world,” said senior Rebecca Allen. “I’m interested to hear what others think and to hear what other poets are working on.”

Registration for the conference opens Oct. 19 at 8 a.m. The conference officially begins at 9 a.m. There is a free open mic night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 18 that is open to the public.

Open mic night prices, registration and locations are to be announced shortly before the conference.

Students interested in learning more about the conference can go to


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