Poetry Walk 2022 Raffle

Each summer the Hoffman Center for the Arts highlights one of the programs to coincide with our mid-year fundraising campaign. This year we asked local poets (and that includes part-time locals), to compose poems in praise of Manzanita or vacation. Each poet submitted three, and our team chose a total of fifteen which we printed and posted at selected businesses, most of whom also sponsor the Hoffman and its programs.

Purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win your favorite poem from a local poet. These are the artfully framed 18 x 24 water resistant posters that can be found at selected businesses along Laneda Avenue and in the Wonder Garden during the month of July.

Click on each image below to read the full poem, note the titles of your favorites, and then purchase tickets at $10 each at the Hoffman Gallery, Thursday through Sunday, from 1 to 5 p.m.  Put all your tickets on one favorite poem or on a selection.

To see where the poems are posted, click here to download a PDF of the map.

The Poems

The Poets

Katja Biesanz is a healer, psychotherapist, and Qigong teacher, who lives in Bayside Gardens, works in Wheeler (and Portland) and tends land in Falcon Cove. In recent years her work has been published in Rain, NorthCoast Squid, Word & Image, and Oregon Humanities.

Lori Dillon is a Manzanita resident. The natural world is a favorite subject — connecting to personal experiences with vivid imagery in a few words is her goal.  “I have lived on the coast since 1979, surrounded by nature and fellow artists. That’s where I get my inspiration.”

Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson lives in Neahkahnie and loves it. The sea is out her windows. Her dogs run on the beach. Jack and she walk; it is more than enough! Art, music, poetry and good friends two and four footed do save and create lives.

Tela Skinner retired in Manzanita in 2008 and has been catching up on creative endeavors ever since.

Emily Ransdell is a poet and a part-time resident of Manzanita. She publishes widely and is an active volunteer at the Hoffman Center, where she teaches poetry writing to poets of all levels.

Vera Wildauer is lucky enough to have lived full-time in Manzanita since 2006, with her drummer husband, Mickey, and two crazy cats. She is the program lead for Writing at the Hoffman Center for the Arts. She writes short stories and poems and is currently toiling away at a novel.

Laura E. Bailey writes fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Her work can be found in publications including the North Coast Squid, RAIN Magazine, and the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. Laura lives in Manzanita, and is a proud supporter of the Hoffman Center, the artistic heart of our community.

Connie Soper’s first book of poetry, A Story Interrupted, is forthcoming from Airlie Press in September 2022. She is also the author of a non-fiction book, Exploring the Oregon Coast Trail. She divides her time between Portland and Manzanita, and is continually inspired by time spent at the Oregon Coast

Carey Taylor is the author of The Lure of Impermanence (Cirque Press 2018) and winner of the 2022 Neahkahnie Mountain Poetry Prize. She has a Master of Arts degree in School Counseling from Pacific Lutheran University and learned to read and write at Garibaldi Grade School.


  • Dogs Know: Ode to my Dog
    August 1, 2022
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • I Want Them Both
    August 1, 2022
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • July 4th Neahkahnie Serenade
    August 1, 2022
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Kite
    August 1, 2022
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Manzanita Haiku
    August 1, 2022
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Manzanita To-Do List
    August 1, 2022
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • North Coast Haiku
    August 1, 2022
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Ode to the Little Apple
    August 1, 2022
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Ode to Good Fortune
    August 1, 2022
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Ode to the Beach House
    August 1, 2022
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Ode to the Beach House
    August 1, 2022
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Ode to Wild Lawns
    August 1, 2022
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • On This Beach
    August 1, 2022
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Still Good
    August 1, 2022
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Vacation Haiku
    August 1, 2022
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • When I Come Back as a Bird
    August 1, 2022
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Purchase raffle tickets for the framed poems posted around Manzanita .