African-American Poetry Series

African-American Poetry Series

Our 4-week poetry series runs four nights beginning on Tuesday, January 28 and ending on February 18. Not necessary to sign-up or attend all!

Last year’s African-American series was one of the best we’ve ever had. Good poems, good talk, and good food is a combination hard to beat. We expect this year’s series to be even better. Some our poets are Langston Hughes, Tracy K. Smith, Kwame Dawes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lee Mokobe, and Danez Smith.

We begin with a light supper and end with evening compline.
Come if you can.

Poetry & Advent at St. Stephen’s

Take a break from the madness of Christmas season —shopping, parties, incessant commercials, and countless other obligations — by joining us at St. Stephen’s for three nights of food, talk, laughter, poetry, and prayer.

Starting Tuesday, December 3rd and the following two Tuesdays, Denise Levertov, Brian Doyle, Robert Frost, and more than a dozen other poets will help us rediscover the hope and joy of Advent.

Each night begins with a simple dinner at 6:30. Poetry starts at about 7. And we finish with compline at 8:30 or thereabouts.

Please come if you can, since it will be another year before we celebrate the season quite like this again.

Questions? Email Ken Ballard at

“Why Me Lord? Songs and Poems for Ordinary Time” Poetry and Theology Discussion Group

St Stephen’s – Portland Fall 2019 Poetry and Theology Discussion Group. Light supper provided at 6:30 pm, discussion begins at about 7:00 pm, evening ends with Compline about 8:30 pm. Six Tuesday evenings beginning September 3rd and ending October 8th, Each nights song/poems and discussion independent of the others, come when you can.

Songs by Willie Nelson and Poems from:Robert Frost, Gary Snyder, Vassar Miller, Mary Oliver, David Bottoms, Ed Smith, Dana Gioia, Robin Coste Lewis, Charles Bukowski, Edna St. Vincent Millay, W. H. Auden, Ed Smith, Bruce Weigl, Mary Jo Salter, J. T. S. Eliot, Alfred Prufrock, Vess Quinlan, Philip Schultz, Ed Smith, Seamus Heaney, William Ernest Henley, Jimmy Carter, Christian Wiman, Kimberly Johnson, Marianne Moore, W. B. Yeats, Dorianne Laux, Joy Lindin, Bruce Snider, Saeed Jones, Lee Mokobe, Jameson Fitzpatrick, Spencer Reece, Jacqueline Osherow, Mohja Kahf, Rudyard Kipling, Mark Doty, Linda Pastan, and G. M. Hopkins.

Poets at the Table: A Reading and Conversation

Join us for a poetry reading, a glass of wine, and lively conversation with three award-winning poets: Andrea Hollander, John Brehm, and Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita Paulann Peterson.

Sponsored by First Unitarian’s Committee on Hunger and Homelessness. All proceeds go to Clay Street Table — St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church outreach meals program and food pantry.

Tickets: $25 at the door. Please RSVP to

“Are You Ready” 2018 Lenten Supper and Poetry Reflection Series

Starting February 20th, and for the following five Tuesday nights, St. Stephens Episcopal Parish, Portland will hold its ninth Lenten Supper and Poetry Reflection Series “Are You Ready?” Each night will begin with a light supper at 6:30, followed by the discussion of the night’s song lyrics and six poems starting at 7:00. A brief Service of Compline at about 8:30 will conclude the night.

This season we are featuring the songs of Bob Dylan from his Christian period and the poetry of Denise Levertov, Brian Doyle, and Seamus Heaney, along with eighteen other poets. Each nights poems stand on there own, come when you can.

Music & Meditation (Imbolc)

St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church presents its third Celtic-themed Music & Meditation (Imbolc) on Friday evening, February 2nd, from 6 to 7 p.m. The Music & Meditation hour is filled with readings, poetry, music, with an open mic for an opportunity for anyone to present their own offering of poetry or music. Music & Meditation is a multi-ethnic, multi-faith, and intergenerational event. There is no charge – come one, come all.

In the tradition of Celtic Hospitality, a time for refreshments will follow Music & Meditation.

If you’ve any questions, please contact St. Aidan’s at 503-252-6128 (Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) or at

The next Music and Meditation (Beltane) in this five-part series will be on Friday evening, the 4th of May.