Powells Student Showcase

Students had the opportunity to showcase their work on Sunday, May 17 alongside guest authors Abby P. Metzger, Richard Mack, and Carlos Reyes. The event coincided with a month-long display of student art in the Pearl Room at Powell's Books. Thanks to everyone who came out to support our student authors! Pictured: Maylee Neumann, Grade 3 and Roman Saporito, Grade 2


Powells Invite 2015

Powells 2015 audience  Powells 2015 Maylee Neumann

Powells 2015 Roman Saporito Powells 2015 Group



 Success Story: Nature Writing Workshop for Teachers

One of our proudest accomplishments this year has been a nature writing workshop through Straub Environmental Center and made possible by the Gray Family Foundation.

Teachers learned how to integrate nature into the classroom, and their students submitted to Honoring Our Rivers as part of the deal! What a win-win!

Learn more at the Gray Family Foundation.


Earth Day PDX

We had a great time at  Earth Day PDX on April 25th at Normandale Park in Portland showing off the newest edition of Honoring Our Rivers!


Earth 4-1-1

We gathered in Salem on April 11th (4-1-1) for a pre-Earth Day celebration of sustainability! As a special treat, some of our talented student writers and artists were on hand to read and talk about their work. Pictured: Tony Gonzales, 6th Grade and Callie Parr, 3rd Grade

Earth 411 Tony Gonzales                                  Earth 411 Callie Parr


Outdoor School for All!

We were proud to stand with the Oregon Outdoor Education Coalition, working to ensure that Oregon's students have access to outdoor school. For more information, visit Outdoor School for All.

Outdoor School for All John Miller


Art Reception at Nyberg Rivers New Seasons

We enjoyed the hospitality at the Nyberg Rivers New Seasons Market in Tualatin while taking the opportunity to admire the HOR display - their first display in their new location!

Nyberg Rivers New Seasons Reception


Student Art Exhibition and Open House at Pringle Creek

While the storm raged outside, Honoring Our Rivers spent a wonderful afternoon at the Pringle Creek Community in Salem sharing poetry and art. Thanks to everyone who made it out!

Pringle Creek Poster

Pringle Creek 1   Pringle Creek 2   Pringle Creek 3   Pringle Creek 4



HOR Displays Student Art at New Seasons in Tualatin

In an exciting new partnership with the New Seasons at Nyberg Rivers Shopping Center in Tualatin, Honoring Our Rivers will display student art. The art honors the rivers of Oregon, as well as the nearby Nyberg Wetlands, which has been preserved through the Wetlands Conservancy. Come check it out at the grand opening, October 22! Special thanks to Livestock Printing and Framing for their help with this beautiful display!


Peregrine Literary Series

Our student writers and their supporters gathered at the Holy Names Heritage Center in Lake Oswego on September 21st to share their work as part of the Peregrine Literary Series hosted by Joan Maiers. Former poet laureate Paulann Petersen also stopped by to share her work! Student readers were Jared Norman, Olivia Bendis, and Anushka Nair. What a wonderful evening of poetry!



Seaport Celebration and The Big Float

There were many great opportunities this summer to get up close and personal with the Willamette! We joined the Human Access Project for The Big Float in July as well as the Port of Portland for the Seaport Celebration in August.

Thanks to our sponsors, partners, and to everyone who came out!


Poet's Beach Opens on Willamette River

The Human Access Project is helping people enjoy, preserve, and cherish the Willamette River. We were proud to attend the dedication in July of "Poet's Beach", just under the Marquam Bridge. The beach is now open to the public!

Along the pathway down to the river are stones engraved with lines from Honoring Our Rivers anthologies alongside words and translations from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

We are proud to be part of efforts to connect people with their river!

Poets Beach 1

Poets Beach 2  Poets Beach 3

Poets Beach Canoe


Fifth Annual Student Showcase at

Powell's City of Books: Sunday, May 4, 2014

Sunday, May 4 from 4pm - 5pm in the Pearl Room at Powell's City of Books in downtown Portland (1005 West Burnside St; Portland OR 97209).  Select student authors will read alongside published authors Abby P. Metzger and Richard Mack.  

25 Student artworks were selected for a traveling art display, starting with the event at Powell's.  Thank you to J. Rollins Art of Framing for generously mounting/matting the selected artwork!

If you join us, please enter Powell's at 11th and Couch due to current remodeling at their downtown location.

Student Readers:  Avery Becker, Tramanh Best, Ben Burk, Gracie Closson, Grace Corpron, Sydney Downing, Joseph Dronkers, Liam Dubal, Oliver Gaines, Ezra Greenhill, Sydni Harrell, Haley Hawkins, Mila Kraljev, Carly Kreamier, Noah Leger, Mary Loeb, Jordan Lollar, Kendall Marlia-Cooper, Madeleine Moreland, Claire Murphy, Anushka Nair, Rhianna Patel, Avery Ray, Tali Joy Rubin, Roman Saporito, Anna Catherine Sgroi, Emma Stephen, River Sweeney, Liam Wang, Abigail Winn, Jacqueline Zhang

Student Artists: Seamus Aguilar, Kaiden Akerman, Alexis Bravo, Sarina Carlaw, Cecily Evonuk, Jada Fouch, Emily Goyne, Jarett Graff, Annika Holliday, Hayden Hopkins, Shea Keeley, Victoria King, Hannah McLaughlin, Anushka Nair, Rosa A Flores Pacheco, Javier Piceno, Noah Price, David Pritchard, Isabel Rickert, Charlie Rucker, Serena Stencil, Skylar Swinson, Sarah Watkins, Alice Welch, Debbie Wong

Open House & Art Exhibit at Pringle Creek on Saturday, October 19, 2013

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

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.





Fourth Annual Student Showcase at Powell's City of Books

  • When: Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 4pm – 5pm
  • Location: Pearl Room in Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209 (map)

Celebrated Oregon authors David Hedges and Richard Mack were on hand for short readings and the following student artists read their published work: 

  • Brody Amberg
  • Diya Balakrishnan
  • David Ban
  • Celia Connor-Smith
  • Devan Driscoll-Roach
  • Mila Fagan
  • Julia Fuss
  • Elizabeth Kern
  • August Lewis-Hoogerhuis
  • Joy Marron
  • Lauryl Mergen
  • Shea Miller
  • Francesca Mondeaux
  • Milo Moran
  • Daniel Page
  • Sorah Park
  • Kate Pippenger
  • Isabella Pozzi
  • Hudson Reink
  • Sam Rosenfield
  • Flannery Ross
  • Kelly Simmons
  • Henry Stewart
  • William Sweek
  • Seth Talyansky
  • Rowan Treece
  • Katie Truong
  • Vivianna von Borg
  • Reghan Wali
  • Melina Whalen
  • Aiden Williams

Visual Art will was displayed from the following student artists:

  • Jackson Barnes
  • Riley Corrigan
  • Cristina Flores
  • Justus Gabriel
  • Carl Haffner
  • Soliel Haskell
  • Natalie Kissel
  • Lauryl Mergen
  • Francesca Mondeaux
  • Cody Simmons
  • Spencer Swinson
  • Jacob von Borg
  • Melina Whalen

Friends and family came together to celebrate the artwork and poetry of Oregon Students at the Honoring Our Rivers open house event at Powell's City of Books. 

Visual artists whose work was on display also had an opportunity to say a few words about their artwork. 

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.

Open House & Art Exhibit at Pringle Creek

  • When: Sunday, November 18, 2012 from 3pm – 4pm
  • Location: Painters Hall @ Pringle Creek Community; 3911 Village Center Drive SE, Salem OR 97302 (map)
  • More Info: Readers/Artists should plan to arrive by 2:45 pm to check in with Sarah Schra and ensure their spot on the program. Please RSVP before the event to [email protected] if you plan to participate as a reader.
  • or RSVP to our event page on FaceBook. 

Celebrated Oregon authors Charles Goodrich and Barbara Drake will be on hand for short readings and visual artwork will be exhibited by the following student artists:  


  • Lydia Atsma
  • Bo Bielby
  • Louise Blair
  • Megan Brouddus
  • Judah Costello
  • Michael Culp
  • Danika DeLaczay
  • Russell Fitch
  • Michelle Gee
  • Hayden Hopkins
  • Sarah Hughes
  • Saghaley Lewis
  • Cami Peddie
  • Zoe Perkins
  • Brayden Poling
  • Julius Samiee-Hauswirth
  • Abigail Sladek
  • Mark Snyder
  • Eden VanderHoek
  • Jacob von Borg

Bring friends and family along to celebrate the artwork and poetry of Oregon Students at the Honoring Our Rivers open house event at Pringle Creek (see details below) with reception following the event. 


We still have room on the program for student readers.  Visual artists whose work will be on display will also have an opportunity to say a few words about their artwork. If you would like to be a reader at the event, or are an artist who plans to attend, please email Sarah Schra at [email protected]




Student Reading at Moonstruck Cafe in Lake Oswego

Lake Oswego/West Linn student authors published in the 2012 Honoring Our Rivers anthology are invited to read their published piece at Moonstruck Cafe in Lake Oswego alongside invited author & professor Joan Maiers. More info here

Sunday, May 20th at 6:30 pm

Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe - Lake Oswego

45 S State St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034-3929

You won't want to miss the juxtaposition of great chocolate and the works of talented young authors.
We'd love to see you there!

Students who plan to attend should RSVP to Professor Maiers at j[email protected] or 503-636-8955


Honoring Our Rivers Students featured

in Edible Portland:

Press Materials

Take your pick of these September events
NW Boomer and Senior News, September 2014

Peregrine Literary Series begins September 21
Lake Oswego Review/West Linn Tidings, published September 11, 2014

A beach in downtown Portland? Obscure spot under Marquam Bridge gets a facelift, easy access
An Oregonian article by James Reddick published July 9, 2014

Marylhurst School classmates share top state poetry honors
An Oregonian article published April 25, 2014

Forest Grove student's artwork featured on cover of 'Honoring Our Rivers' anthology
An Oregonian article by Laura Frazier published April 24, 2014

Area students' river-related art, literature sought
A Statesmen Journal article by Zach Urness published January 4, 2014

"Guided by nature"
A Statesment Journal article published January 4, 2014

Young writers, photographers, artists asked to enter their work to showcase Oregon rivers
An Oregonian article by Bill Monroe published December 20, 2013

A river of words
An Oregonian article published January 21, 2013

Kids go with the flow of honoring rivers
An Oregonian article by Ben Pittman-Polletta published July 23, 2010

Annual collection of essays, poems expands reach
A Statesman Journal article by Barbara Curtin published June 27, 2010