Each year, our programs bring more than 20,000 Oregonians together to explore the many ways literature can enrich our lives.
We invite you to hear world-famous authors in the concert hall and on the radio. We ask you to support emerging writers, young and old, during community events and student readings. We offer you a seat at writing classes and reading seminars, where you can build community with other literary enthusiasts. We invite you to explore all forms of literature, from storytelling to slam poetry. At Literary Arts, we invite you to find your story here, in whatever form it may take.
Over the past year, we have seen record attendance at our events. From the 10,000 attendees at the Portland Book Festival to the more than 1,000 students producing work through our writing residencies, our community has shown us the importance of creating spaces for people to find their story.
“Literary Arts is a truly essential organization—to Portland, and to the artistic life of the country, especially in recognizing how essential it is to bring art out into communities that might not normally be served in that way.”
—George Saunders, 2017/2018 Portland Arts & Lectures author
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Everybody Reads 2019: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (SOLD OUT)
March 14, 2019
In partnership with the Multnomah County Library and The Library Foundation, Literary…
Barry Lopez: Horizon Book Launch
March 19, 2019
Join Literary Arts for a book launch event for Horizon, the latest…
2019 Oregon Book Awards Ceremony
April 22, 2019
Join Literary Arts’ annual celebration of the state’s most accomplished writers in…