by Kate Jayroe
I’m very excited to be working as the latest Youth Programs intern at Literary Arts! In addition to assisting Literary Arts this spring, I’m also an MFA student studying fiction at Portland State University, editor with Portland Review, bookseller at Powell’s Books, and a staff member with the annual Sewanee Writers’ Conference. My writing can be found in print and online journals like NANO Fiction and Hobart, and in local publications such as Shirley Magazine and The Gravity of the thing, among other places.
While I’m a new addition to Literary Arts, I am no stranger to the diverse and wonderful services, programs, and opportunities that Portland’s nationally recognized center for writers, publishers, readers, and lovers of all literary arts continually offers. I was a representative of Portland State at the 2015 and 2016 Wordstock Festival, have read with the Last Sunday Reading Series hosted here at the end of every school term, and am a huge fan of the annual Lit Crawl and the local Unchaste Readers Series for women and women-identifying artists, which often has its home right here at Literary Arts.
In my very first week of graduate school, I had the opportunity to see the legendary Jane Smiley speak at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with Portland Arts & Lectures. Literary Arts has truly been engendering my ability to connect with the rich Portland literary community from the very beginnings of my journey here.
I look forward to working with the WITS program through the spring of 2017, and could not feel more fortunate to be involved with the Youth Programs of Literary Arts as they continue to inspire public high school students to write, revise, edit, publish, and perform their own creative writing.
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…