Phyllis Mannan, a former high school English teacher, lives with her husband in Manzanita on the north Oregon coast. She received an Oregon Literary Fellowship in Poetry and has had poems in Cloudbank: journal of contemporary writing, Fireweed: Poems of Western Oregon, The Oregonian, StringTown, Verseweavers:The Oregon State Poetry Association Anthology of Prize-winning Poems, and Willow Springs. A nonfiction story, "Pot Roast Coming around the Clock," appeared in A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Autism and an essay, "The Echolalia of Literature," appeared in A Cup of Comfort for Writers.
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Recognizing the need for poetry in our lives, the Oregon Poetic Voices Project (OPV) is 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