New Poet Challenge #2

Pairings Portland is proud to host the New Poet Challenge this month! 

Produced by the same people who brought you Stone Soup and Ink Noise Review, and hosted by Amanda Cochran Helstrom-White, the New Poet Challenge is a unique way to hear new voices in poetry for the very first time. 

A few poets are asked to read. These are the challenger poets. 
Each of the challenger poets then asks three people they know who do not regularly write poetry, and have not ever read live to write two or three short poems for their set. These can be haiku or refrigerator magnet poems, anything that gets them writing. 


Everyone has up to five minutes to read their work.
If they had an enjoyable experience, they will be put in other readings around town. 

As an added bonus, two of the challenger poets this month are usually prose writers

The Challenger poets this month will be: 

  • Jenny Forrester 
  • Billy Dye

  • Leesa Christine Thompson 

  • Mf Mcauliffe and Rv Branham (splitting duties as challenger poets)