We’ve had a busy year with our youth programs at Literary Arts!
3,600+ students served
1,049 participated in semester-long residencies
312 attended WITS student readings
9 were mentored individually and in small groups by writers
639 participated in author visits to schools
180 attended the MothSHOP event at Grant High School
8 performed in the MothSHOP at Grant High School
1,000 attended an author event at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
112 were mentored by community members at college essay writing tutorials held at Benson, Franklin, Madison, and Roosevelt High Schools
19 participated in the Verselandia! poetry slam
300 attended Verselandia!
35 attended slam poetry classes at Literary Arts
We want to extend a huge thanks to our community for supporting our work with these students:
WITS Residencies: 35 teachers at 11 public high schools hosted 24 local writers who shared their expertise with 42 classes throughout a semester-long residency
11 school librarians held poetry slams at their schools to prepare for Verselandia
89 volunteer mentors helped students generate ideas and revise drafts of their college and scholarship application essays
4 local publications honored students published in the WITS anthology with prizes for prose and poetry
dozens of teachers and volunteers went above and beyond to prepare and chaperone students attending evening author events at the Schnitz
11 community partners hosted 15 student readings, with a total audience of 794 parents, teachers, friends, and other community members.
Thanks to everyone who helped us have such a fantastic year! Stay tuned for a PDF of the full WITS Report for 2014-15!
Oregon Book Awards Fiction and Poetry Finalists reading
April 25, 2018
Featuring: manuel arturo abreu Omar El Akkad Samiya Bashir Allison Cobb Stephen…
April 26, 2018
Come celebrate Portland’s creative youth during our seventh annual Verselandia! poetry slam.
Oregon Book Awards Ceremony 2018
April 30, 2018
Join Literary Arts’ annual celebration of the state’s most accomplished writers in…
Dao Strom, Shayla Lawson, Elena Passarello
May 9, 2018
In partnership with the Northwest Academy Visiting Writing Series Shayla Lawson is (and…
Words That Burn: Staged Reading
May 15, 2018
Words That Burn brings to life the distinctive voices of conscientious objector William…
Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin
June 13, 2018
In collaboration with the Le Guin family, Literary Arts invites the public…