Recognizing the need for poetry in
our lives, the Oregon Poetic Voices Project
(OPV) is a comprehensive
digital archive of poetry readings that
complements existing print collections
across the state.
OPV was funded by the Library Services and
Technology Act FFY2010.
Oregon Poetic Voices draws from three major collections of recorded Oregon poetry: the two decades of sound archives of the Fishtrap Writers' Gathering in Wallowa County, collected by Rich Wandschneider; the fifteen years of weekly interviews conducted by Barbara LaMorticella and Walt Curtis at KBOO radio; and the recorded archives at Sandra Williams's long-running Mountain Writers project. Between them, these three archives contain recordings of almost every significant Oregon poet of the last quarter of the twentieth century, along with a good selection of recent innovators and creative spirits in the increasingly diverse world of Oregon poetry. The collection also includes a range of other recordings from Oregon Poets.
Listen to KBOO interview with the Oregon Poetic Voices project's Doug Erickson and Melissa Dalton: