Featured Poet

C. Steven Blue

C. Steven Blue won his first poetry award at age 12, but he started writing poetry seriously when he was 18. Throughout his life he has dabbled in music and song-writing as well. In his early 20s Steven did sound engineering for local Southern California bands and co-produced a movie music soundtrack. After various jobs in his youth, Steven began a career in stage production that would last 27 years. All of these experiences have helped to shape Steven's poetry.

Steven and his wife Paulette are retired and live in Eugene, Oregon, where he writes and publishes poetry and music. He is involved in the local poetry and music scene, performing at open mics and poetry readings weekly. His poetry is also published in a local literary quarterly.

poems by C. Steven Blue

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Recognizing the need for poetry in our lives, the Oregon Poetic Voices Project (OPV) has begun to create a comprehensive digital archive of poetry readings that will complement existing print collections of poetry across the state.

"We each carry lines of poetry with us. Words that others have written float back to us and stay with us, indelibly. We clutch these "life lines" like totems, repeat them as mantras, and summon them for comfort and laughter."

-Academy of American Poets