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
Ooligan Press Writers of Color Spring Showcase
May 22, 2019
Literary Arts and Ooligan Press (part of Portland State’s graduate program in…
One Page Wednesday – June
June 5, 2019
Writers, escape the solitude of your desk. Readers, come hear great fresh…
Margaret Atwood in Conversation with Omar El Akkad
September 25, 2019
Literary Arts is proud to present an evening with Margaret Atwood, acclaimed…
2019/2020 Portland Arts & Lectures: George Packer
October 24, 2019
The series will begin on October 24 with author and staff writer…
The Moth Mainstage in Portland
December 10, 2019
The Moth returns to Portland this December! This extraordinary performance will sell…