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In the Community: Upcoming Online Literary Events and Connections

Each week, Literary Arts staff will round up news, events, and more happening in the literary community. Let us know if you have any events or book news to share.


Coffee Break with Reading is Resistance (Two Rivers Bookstore)
Every Thursday at 11:00 a.m. (PDT)

Join in a recurring conversation on building social justice awareness through the books we read.

To register, click here, scroll down, and click Save My Spot. Don’t forget to check out the Reading is Resistance Summer Book Subscriptions, Bundles, and Reading Lists here or on their website.

Missed a session? Check out the Digital Event Archives, or through the link about view archived video and chat for a specific conversation.

PNCA Low-Residency MFA Program Summer 2020 Residency Classes & Readings Open to the Public

As part of the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing program, PNCA offers talks, discussions, and readings by acclaimed writers and artists, July 24th to August 3rd. Everything is free and open to the public. All events this summer are hosted via Zoom; they can also be attended in person—Room 311 at PNCA’s 511-Building (wearing a mask). 

Virtual Festivals

Auckland Writers Festival Winter Series
Commencing on May 3rd and running live once a week for 13 weeks, three writers including at least two from the 2020 programme will chat with series host Paula Morris, read from their work and answer audience questions.Each episode will stream live and free-to-view on the Festival’s YouTube and Facebook channels, and will then be uploaded to our website.

Bay Area Book Festival #UNBOUND Upcoming Events
#UNBOUND presents notable authors in free, stimulating literary conversations highly relevant for our challenging times. Programs debut on YouTube Premiere with live audience chat, then remain as recordings there and on their site.

Wisconsin Book Festival Upcoming Events
Follow their Crowdcast page for upcoming events and to watch replays of past events.

Classes and Workshops

Bi-Monthly BIPOC Online Workshops (Write Around Portland)
2nd & 4th Friday of every month (beginning July 10)
from 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Please note: this workshop is only for people who identify as Black, Indigenous or Persons of Color (BIPOC) and will be led by a BIPOC facilitator. If you have any questions, please reach out to our Community Engagement Manager Jenny Chu at jchu@writearound.org.

BIPOC Intro to Improv Comedy w/ Mark Kendall (Kickstand)
Sundays, July 16–September 3
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. PST. 

This class is a BIPOC only intro to improv comedy class! Learn from Mark Kendall (Dad’s Garage Theatre, Dark Side of the Room, ATL) – Mark is an exceptionally talented improviser and sketch comic and regularly tours with his critically acclaimed one-man show “The Magic Negro and Other Blackness” – you can check out his latest sketch “If MARTA Came to Cobb County” here.

The class is free but limited to 12 spots so please make sure you can attend most classes before applying. All BIPOC folx are welcome to apply, but we will be prioritizing Black and Indigenous students as well as students with the most availability. 

This class will be offered again soon, so if you can’t join this round, stay tuned for the next session. Sign up here to be notified of future BIPOC classes and opportunities at Kickstand

If this sounds like fun (spoiler: it is), you can apply here!

** The deadline for completing this application is Sunday, 7/8/20 at 10pm.
Students must be 18 and up to register for all classes with the Kickstand Training Center

For Kids/ Teens

Reading is Resistance Summer Book Club

Reading Is Resistance has hand-selected three once-a-month book bundles for you, your middle reader, or your YA reader to enjoy all summer long. We source our books from North Portland’s Two Rivers Bookstore. Purchase at https://www.tworiversbooks.com/.

Our summer reads center BIPOC authors and protagonists, and the stories range from magical adventures to grappling with race and identity. All of these are perfect for taking with you in the car, reading in a tent, lounging in the backyard, and curling up in a blanket fort in your very own bedroom.  

In addition, Reading Is Resistance will include curated anti-bias discussion questions and extended learning experiences to go with EACH BOOK! These are designed using the Teaching Tolerance Social Justice Standards. 

Symphony Storytime (Oregon Symphony)
Symphony Storytime is a fun and unique video series from the Oregon Symphony designed for pre-K through elementary aged children and their families to experience popular story books. Each episode is entertaining and educational, and includes a great children’s story narrated by a master storyteller, with accompaniment by an Oregon Symphony musicians and guest artists, performing the book’s “soundtrack.”


Episode 43: Brian And Josie Parker Discuss The Challenges Of Creating Books For Black And POC Kids (Hybrid Pub Scout Podcast)

And more…

Journal On (Portland Art Museum)
The Portland Art MuseumPortland Public Schools, and Create More, Fear Less are assembling one enduring art journal, made up of many, to capture our shared story of this unique moment in history.

Every Saturday this summer through mid-August, a new prompt will be posted. Share your drawings, words, or photos.

Multnomah County Library is Now Fine Free!

Blog cover image: PNCA Summer Residency Poster

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