Dan Raphael

Since moving to Portland in 1977, Dan Raphael has been active in the poetry community as poet, performer, editor, and reading arranger. Impulse & Warp: The Selected 20th Century Poems (Wordcraft of Oregon, 2010) inlcudes work from his first 13 collections. Books of new poems include The State I'm In (nine muses, 2012), Breath Test (nine muses, 2007), and Showing Light a Good Time (Jazz Police, 2001). Children of the Blue, a CD of performances with jazz saxophonist Rich Halley and drummer Carson Halley, was realeased in February. Dan has given over 250 performances, in places like Wordstock, Bumbershoot, Powell's Books, Eastern Oregon University, Portland Jazz Festival, and 60 other Portland venues. After editing NRG magazine for 17 years, he published 26 Books—26 chapbooks of 26 pages from 26 Oregon and Washington poets. He organized a reading series at downtown Borders for 13 years, the market day reading series in St Johns for 3, and once staged Poetland—80 poets in 8 places reading over an 8 hour span.


Reading from the 2011 Spare Room Series

The Cherry Tree at the Top of the Stairs

Waiting on the Progress Train

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