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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.


Image of MC and poet Mic Crenshaw performing

Beats, Rhymes And Changing Times With Mic Crenshaw
Monday, October 26 | 4:00 p.m. | Bodecker Foundation
High school students can join acclaimed Hip Hop artist and activist Mic Crenshaw for an exploration of the ever-changing nature of Hip Hop’s past, present, and future. We’ll look at the work of artists on the local, national and global stages and investigate the role of Hip Hop culture and activism in transforming reality. Do you have a role to play? Students will study, question, dialog, and channel their thoughts into tools of creative expression through writing, recording, and sharing their own raps.


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The Fifth Annual Hollihock Writers Conference 2020
Friday, October 23–25 | Virtual | Tickets: $90
Keynote speakers include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paul Harding (Tinkers, Enon), New York Times best-selling authors Morgan Jerkins (This Will Be My Undoing, Wandering in Strange Lands), and Lily King (Euphoria, Writers & Lovers, The Pleasing Hour).
Across Today’s Tomorrow: IPRC BIPOC Artists & Writers in Residence Group Show
Saturday, October 24 | 6:00 p.m. PST | Carnation Contemporary *
Across Today’s Tomorrow features prints, writing, videos, and textiles of Salimatu Amabebe,Laura Medina & Angela SaenzJessica Mehta, Paulina RamirezMelanie Stevens, and Twin Chicken.
What unifies the pieces in this show is a concern with archiving histories, places, and narratives that are often pushed to the edges or that have been intentionally erased. Show hangs until November 22.
* Socially distanced, masks required, no more than four people at a time in the gallery.

Litcrawl 2020 Global
Saturday, October 24 | 10:30 a.m.—10:30 p.m. PT

Litquake closes out its 2020 festival with an all-day closing Lit Crawl! Authors include Alia Volz, Charlie Jane Anders, Jessica Hagedorn, Lisa Brown, Nato Green, and others. Full schedule here.

Magical Feminism (Electric Lit Salon)
Monday, October 26 | 3:00 p.m PST
Electric Literature executive director Halimah Marcus talks to Marie-Helene Bertino and Elissa Washuta about coping with trauma and subverting expectations at the intersection of magic and reality. They will discuss how magic works in practice and as a rhetorical device in fiction.

Consider This with Jamelle Bouie
Tuesday, October 27 | 5:00 p.m. PT
One week before Election Day, New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie will talk with Oregon Humanities about democracy, moments of transition, and the significance of this particularly charged political moment. there will be a breakout conversation on Zoom for viewers to discuss their responses to the conversation. To participate in the breakout conversation, register here.

Virtual Festivals

Litquake 2020 (San Francisco’s Literary Festival)
October 8–24

Lit Crawl Austin Goes Virtual
October 31–November 15
Lineup to be announced soon!

Fall into the Arts: A Radio Festival of Local Performances (All Classical Portland)
This nine-part concert broadcast series will air on Thursdays at 7pm PT, September 24 through November 19, in Portland at 89.9FM and streaming worldwide at allclassical.org


Capturing the Moment – Call to Portland Artists and Creatives
Deadline: October 26

Artists are essential. In times of crisis, artists express what they see and feel, helping us process what we are going through, activating, and uplifting the community. Capturing the Moment is a new call for Black artists, Indigenous artists, and all artists of color to submit works in all media created in this moment. ANY work that captures a creative response to the global pandemic, Black Lives Matter movement, racial justice protests, and/or the political environment of the moment. 
Artist Relief Program—Oregon Arts Commission
Deadline: November 1
The Artist Relief Program provides relief funding to Oregon artists who have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic due to cancellations of exhibitions, performances, rehearsals or other activities with a stipend, events, teaching opportunities, book signings, or other professional presentation opportunities.


Truth & Dare Volume 2: Further Experiments In Art & Writing With Laura Moulton
Tuesday, November 3 | 4:00 p.m. via Zoom
High school students will explore work by contemporary artists and writers, generating their own projects both on the page and in the world, and working toward a culminating final project in the medium of their choice.


Healing Through Stories: A Latinx Heritage Month Reading List From Tia Chucha Press And Bookstore (PEN America)

This Latinx Heritage Month, PEN America is proud to collaborate on a reading list with Tia Chucha Press and Bookstore. Tia Chucha Press is one of the country’s leading small cross-cultural presses, focused on socially engaged poetry and literature that matters.

Peel Me Open and Take Me Home by Silvia Park (7×7)
 “The geese are drowning. My mother-in-law insists she can see the lake from her window. They’re diving headlong into the water, she says, never rising to the surface.


Portland Latin American Film Festival: Tesoros
Saturday, October 24 | 2:00 p.m. PST | Tickets $12
Stream-at-home Film Festival (Hollywood Theater)
Jacinta, a six-year-old girl, guides us through the story of siblings Dylan (6), Andrea (11), and Lucas (2 1/2) who arrive at a fishing community on Mexico’s Pacific coast and set off with their new local friends on a journey in search of long-lost pirate loot left behind by Francis Drake centuries ago.

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