Honoring Our Rivers (HOR) is a project of the Willamette Partnership and is produced with the assistance of volunteers and the support of businesses, individuals and foundations.  It is the mission of HOR to engage the creative capacities of Oregon residents, particularly its youth, to promote and nurture respect for Oregon's fragile river systems.


“It is a tribute to the wisdom of children, and to the vision of a committee of adults who- in the middle of all the clamoring, competing voices- decided to ask the children to speak for the river...In the end, this is what Honoring Our River is all about- the reminder that we are, all of us who live in the Willamette River water- shed, people of the river.”

~ Kathleen Dean Moore, Educator and Author

Support Honoring Our Rivers HERE

Peregrine Literary Series features Honoring Our Rivers on September 15 @ 7pm

Peregrine Literary Series showcases writers, artists and musicians whose work expresses the spirit and heritage of the Pacific Northwest.

 On Sunday, September 15 at 7 PM, the Peregrine Literary Series features

Local students reading work published in the 2013 Honoring Our Rivers anthology:

  • Sam Ellenby
  • Francesca Mondeaux
  • Talia Rosenbloom
  • Sam Rosenfield
  • William Sweek
  • Jackson Whittemore
  • Anna Wallin 

Also featured are the publication's Invited Author, David Hedges, and project coordinator, Sarah Schra.

Hosted by Joan Maiers, this event is FREE and open to the public.  Canned goods will be collected for a local Food Bank.  Abundant and accessible parking.

Venue: Holy Names Heritage Center

            17425 Holy Names Drive, Lake Oswego OR  

            Located at the north entrance to Marylhurst campus,

            2 miles south of Lake Oswego on Hwy 43.

Contact: Joan Maiers  503-607-0595.




Take Me to the River: Fine-Art Exhibit at Disjecta Gallery Features Cleveland H.S. Students

HOR @ Disjecta - Cleveland HS Event  The “Take Me to the River” project was developed by Honoring Our Rivers, an ongoing program of the Willamette Partnership. The project was funded in part by an educational grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council.  The  exhibit ran from April 16-24 at the Disjecta Center for Contemporary Art. Over 85 student works were presented and more than 200 attendees enjoyed the show.

Cleveland High students and teachers participating in the “Take Me to the River” project (read more in our April eNewsletter) have been recognized by PPS Pulse, the popular online newsletter put out by Portland Public Schools. Visit www.pps.k12.or.us/pulse/ to view the story and photos of the show.

Honoring Our Rivers Welcomes Student Writing and Artwork

Submission deadline for 2013 anthology set for January 31


 For the past 12 years, the Honoring Our Rivers project has showcased Oregon student writing and artwork focused on rivers and watersheds. From poetry to prose and fiction, from illustration to photography, students from across the state submit their work to a juried-review process and finalists appear before the public in an annual anthology and at exhibits, events and readings hosted by Honoring Our Rivers. Oregon schools, teachers, academic advisors, community youth programs and homeschoolers are encouraged to promote student submissions before the project’s upcoming January 31 postmark deadline.

 Last year, 600 students submitted to the project, with over 150 selected for publication and exhibition. This year, Honoring Our Rivers is working to further increase the number and diversity of submissions from around the state. The project is open to all Oregon students from kindergarten to 12th grade as well undergraduate students. The Honoring Our Rivers anthology is released to the public in April, in time for Earth Day, and a release celebration is scheduled for May at Powell’s City of Books in Portland. Additional readings and exhibits will follow throughout the summer and fall.

 “Honoring Our Rivers is a highly motivating learning project,” says Tom Webb, HOR’s project director. “Not only do students learn about Oregon’s legacy of rivers, they take part in the process of submitting to a publication for public consideration, a real-world writing and art practice. HOR also supports teachers’ efforts to meet state standards in the arts, English and earth sciences.” All schools and students are recognized for their participation.

 Student work in the Honoring Our Rivers’ anthology appears alongside submissions from Oregon’s leading writers. The 2012 anthology included work by Ursula Le Guin, Brian Doyle, Barry Lopez and Oregon poet laureate Paulann Petersen. The 2013 anthology will include writings by Jon Raymond, Gina Ochsner, Jane Kirkpatrick and Robert Michael Pyle, among others.

 Honoring Our Rivers is a project of the Willamette Partnership, a 501©3 nonprofit organization. 2012-13 sponsors include the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde (new), King Estate Winery (new), Eugene Water and Electric Board, Wildwood Mahonia, and the City of Portland Rivers Office. Partners included SOLVE, Love Your River, The Freshwater Trust, Sustainable Oregon Schools, Friends of Straub Environmental Learning Center and the Oregon Poetry Association (new). For 2013, the Regional Arts & Culture Council has awarded the Willamette Partnership a project grant to bring Honoring Our Rivers’ writers and artists into Cleveland High School’s art department.


Publishing and Education Outreach Internship:  We are seeking interns to support the publication process and outreach to schools and students throughout Oregon. Fall-winter intern will focus on creative community outreach, development of curriculum and tool kit resources, submission acceptance and preparation for jury-review, and possible in-school presentations. Winter-spring intern will focus on submission formatting, literary event planning and possible publication layout. Remote working and flexible scheduling. This is a wonderful internship for students interested in publications, K-12 education and sustainability issues. Email Sarah Schra at info@honoringourrivers.org


Honoring Our Rivers accepting entries for 2014 edition

All students, K-College are eligilbe to submit.  We welcome written works (no more than 500 words per entry please) that are typed or clearly printed, and original art and photography. Digital entries are encouraged. Please see our submissions page for detailed instructions. One entry per student. A written entry may be accompanied by original artwork. 

Please post and spread the word to your networks! Call for Submissions


Honoring Our Rivers 2013 anthology.

Our 2013 anthology arrived at Libraries and Schools across the State of Oregon in April.  To pick up a free copy for yourself, stop by our main office in Salem, or give us a call.

2013 HOR Cover