With the relaunch of Wordstock as part of Literary Arts wanted to build a book festival for everyone.
We wanted to produce a festival that felt very central to Portland and brought a mix of local and national authors. A change in programming meant that all featured authors would have books published in 2015. We also wanted the stages to be filled with lively conversation, so each on-stage event featured pairs or groups of authors, moderators, and/or musicians.
Read more about the festival through the following media coverage:
Portland Observer, Stoked for Wordstock
“The festival will be split in half between local/regional authors and out-of-state ones, meaning that while it will give Portlanders and visitors alike a chance to familiarize themselves with local writers, it will also allow them to learn more about the literary world at large.”
Willamette Week, Wordstock: Weekend at the Museum
“After a slow fade leading to its exit in 2013, the fest has been revived by Literary Arts under new director Amanda Bullock—and it’s a much bigger, better thing. Portland’s biggest book fest has left the Convention Center and is now hosting readings on five stages at the Portland Art Museum and First Congregational Church all day Saturday, Nov. 7. Then, it spreads out all over the eastside in a 100 percent free Lit Crawl (see page 23). That’s not to mention pop-up events in gallery rooms, and the fact you get free run of the art museum.”
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…