22nd Annual Oregon "Jewish Voices"

Reading, Tuesday, October 26, 7PM (PDT) was on Zoom!

With Poet Joan Dobbie, Novelist Ellen Michaelson, Essayist Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, Poet Willa Schneberg, Singer/Songwriter Amy Shapiro

Started in 1999, and organized by writer Willa Schneberg, this annual event features readings by prominent Oregon Jewish poets and writers. The writers in the 2021 program, who span a range of genres including fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and essays, will share selections from their work in a virtual reading. 

Watch the readings or start at 41 minutes for Willa's reading.

INTERVIEW & READING on "TALKING EARTH,” KBOO Community Radio, August 8, 2021 (Audio Recording)

This audio recording is from Barbara LaMorticella’s poetry program, “Talking Earth,” Willa read with two other poets. 

Willa is talking about a recently completed manuscript entitled “The Naked Room,” a true synthesis of her life as a psychotherapist, (one not exempt from angst), and her life as a poet. These are poems of the unconscious, the dreamscape, the despondent, the unmoored and the mortal. One of the poems discussed, entitled “Dr. Henry Anonymous Speaks at the 1972 APA Convention" is forthcoming from Radical Teacher.

Here is her segment: 

Lan Su Chinese Garden Reading, April 11, 2021, (Re-recorded)

Willa read on April 11th, 2021 for the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon. Lan Su celebrated National Poetry month in April. Poetry is an integral part of the Garden.

Below is a re-recorded version of the original virtual reading. The original Zoom recording had technical difficulties. 

The Song of the Shekhinah

PRAISE for SONG OF THE SHEKHINAH: An Evening of Poetry & Art with WILLA SCHNEBERG and Friends 

This reading is—for me—akin to a retrospective exhibit at a museum. It truly gives a watcher and listener an overview of your work as a poet and as a sculptor. Congratulations!!! 
Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita

Bravo, bravissimo! What an extraordinary experience it was, attending this gorgeous tapestry of poetic voices. Ordinarily, my bar is, if I attend a reading, appreciate some poems and truly admire just one: it is a success.  But this just kept reaching for and grabbing the gold ring over and over again. Your tribute to your mother moved me deeply.  As did your Cambodian poem about the woman who thought you knew what she knew....And really, all of your poems! 
Diane Ray, Seattle WA

Thank you, Willa.  I also want to compliment you on your strong voice and presence.  You held the stage and invited us to join you there.
Reuven Goldfarb, Zefat Israel

WOW! You were marvelous! And how beautifully you curated your life’s work!
Frances Payne Adler, Portland, OR

Mazel tov! What a beautifully woven and poignant reading! I am so happy that I joined you in the Zoom room. Marvelously done! Through your poetry, sculpture, and photography, the program presented a wonderful walk through your life. It was a gift to be with you this morning.
Cindy William Gutierrez, Twisp, WA


Tues., October 27, 6:30pm, Free with registration
Learn more about the Oregon Jewish Voices

Started in 1999, and organized by writer Willa Schneberg, this annual event featured readings by prominent Oregon Jewish poets and writers. The writers in the 2020 program, who span a range of genres including fiction, poetry, non-fiction and essays, shared selections from their work in a virtual reading on Zoom.


Garrison Keillor reads Willa's poems on the Writer's Almanac

Garrison Keillor read two of Willa’s poems, “Spilled Milk” on Sept. 27th, and "Biscuits" on Oct. 5th. Click the links to read and listen.

Spilled Milk



Both poems are from In The Margins Of The World, published by Plain View Press.
In The Margins Of The World

Past Readings

Jewish Voices
The 2019 “Jewish Voices" event was a great success, over seventy people were in attendance. If you want to know more, please click on the link below: 

Learn more about the 20th Anniversary of Oregon Jewish Voices

Readings From Where Guests Are Gods And Milepost 27
Sat. Nov. 2nd, 2 PM
Mother Foucault’s
523 SE Morrison St, Portland
Mother Foucault’s

Sunday, April 7th, 4:00 -6PM
The Tiny Theater PDX

3306 SE 65th Avenue, Portland
The Tiny theater PDX 

Willa will be reading with Bethany Cole, Suzy Harris, Gillian Herbert & Elizabeth McLagan

Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 6:00 PM  
Like Nobody’s Business
904 NW 23rd Ave. 

Portland, Oregon 
(971) 352-6838

Sunday, March 24th, 4:30 - 6PM
1055 River Road, Eugene, Oregon
River Road Readings



Willa will emcee. The readers will be Ken Gordon, Tracy Prince, Donna Prinzmetal, Joshua Safran and Hillary Tiefer.
Oregon Jewish Voices

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
724 NW Davis Street, Portland
October 30, 2018
$8 members and $10 general public

The American poet Muriel Rukeyser described poems as meeting places: “A poem does invite, it does require. What does it invite? A poem invites you to feel. More than that: it invites you to respond. And better than that: a poem invites a total response.” (Rukeyser, The Life of Poetry, p. 11)

In the spirit of Rukeyser’s words, Willa will read with Carter McKenzie, whose newly released poetry collection is Stem of Us (Flowstone Press, May 2018)
Mother Foucault’s Book Shop

Mother Foucault’s Book Shop
523 E. Morrison Street, Portland
Saturday, July 21, 2018  
6:30 p.m.

Hilary Zaid in Conversation with Willa Schneberg

Annie Bloom's welcomes Oakland author Hilary Zaid, whose debut novel is Paper Is White. Zaid will be in conversation with Portland poet Willa.
Annie Bloom’s Books

Paper Is White:
When Holocaust oral historian Ellen Margolis and her girlfriend decide to get married, Ellen's search for a blessing leads her into a complicated relationship with a wily survivor of the Kaunas Ghetto, a woman in search of a blessing of her own. Set in ebullient, 1990s Dot-com era San Francisco, Paper is White is a novel about the gravitational pull of the past and the words we must find to make ourselves whole.

Annie Bloom’s
7834 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland
May 1, 2018
 to 8:00pm


Willa will reveal how her ceramic sculpture and poetry spark and enliven each other, and how poems stimulate the creation of ceramic work and vice-versa. The impulse to create transcends genre. The ink on the blank page and the whir of the wheel make the inchoate find form. Her poetry is usually serious play, while her pottery is often whimsical and joyous, but both span the emotional spectrum. They each call to her in an inspired moment, and she knows which one to heed.   

Oregon Poetry Association Conference 2017
Saturday, October 14, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
(block 4) University Place Hotel
310 SW Lincoln Street, Portland

Reading from The Moon Is Almost Full

Poet Chana Bloch’s The Moon Is Almost Full, (Autumn House), focuses frankly and tenderly on the themes of aging and death. Willa will join poets Andrea Hollander, and Paulann Petersen to read selections from Bloch’s The Moon Is Almost Full.

Powell’s on Hawthorne
3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland
Sunday, October 22, 4:00 PM

Judaic Studies Graduation A Celebration of Jewish Art

Please join us for an arts-rich end of year celebration recognizing our graduates and award recipients! The afternoon will begin with a gallery tour of "Ritual Unmoored: Six Jewish Ceramists" presented by Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education at Portland State University’s College of the Arts Broadway Gallery and reception for students, families, board members, faculty, and community members. The Graduation Ceremony will begin at 5pm featuring a poetry reading by Richard Chess, a performance by Alicia Jo Rabins, and an introduction of our Fall 2017 Artist-in-Residence, David Spear.