Leah Stenson is a board member of Friends of William Stafford, coordinator and host of the Studio Series readings in Portland, and Regional Editior of the upcoming Ooligan Press anthology The Pacific Poetry Project. She has previously served as an assistant editor in New York City, a teacher of English at a university in Tokyo, and the Managing Director of the Oregon Peace Institute. She recently recieved the Ambassador of Peace Award from the SGI-USA. Her chapbooks including East/West (William Stafford Institute at Lewis & Clark College, 2005) and Heavenly Body (Finishing Line Press, 2011). See www.leahstenson.com.
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