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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.


PSU Creative Writing 2020-21 Reading Series presents Lysley Tenorio
February 19 | 4:00 p.m. PT | Zoom webinar with ASL interpretation

Lysley Tenorio is the author of the novel The Son of Good Fortune and the story collection Monstress, which was named a book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Word is Bond Virtual Poetry Reading
Friday, February 19 | 5:30 p.m. PT | Online
For Black History Month, Word Is Bond has released a poetry book containing original pieces written by our community ambassadors ages 16-21.

Beth Wood presents “Believe the Bird,” in conversation with Kim Stafford
Friday, February 19 | 6:30 p.m PT | Crowdcast


Tuesday, March 2 | 5:00 pm PT | Crowdcast
One of today’s most insightful and influential thinkers offers a powerful exploration of inequality and the lesson that generations of Americans have failed to learn: Racism has a cost for everyone—not just for people of color.

Author of The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War
Tuesday, March 16 at 7pm | Tickets start at $25 | Buy Tickets

Moth Mainstage: Great Expectations
February 27 | 7:30 p.m. PST | $15
Join The Moth for an evening of stories of who we are and what we hope to become. Best laid plans gone awry. Dreams writ large. Reckoning with reality and the surprising turns that changed the course forever. Hosted by acclaimed author and Moth Storyteller Jonathan Ames.


Tax Tips for Authors 2021
Wednesday, February 24 | 2:00 p.m. EST

Have questions about managing your taxes for your writing business?  Robert Pesce, a partner at Marcum Group LLP, will conduct a webinar on tax tips for authors.

Flash in the Pan (IPRC)
February 26 – March 7
FLASH! In The Pan is a series of 10-day long creative writing workshops taught by jayy dodd with prompts, lessons, & guest talks. The first session will feature a guest talk from visiting writer Rachel McKibbens.This series of workshops is for Queer/Trans* Black, Indigenous Writers / of Color. Each session has 20 seats max.

Civil Rights Memorial Center Seeks Poem Submissions for New Exhibit
The Civil Rights Memorial Center is partnering with New York Times bestselling author Kwame Alexander to produce a community poem for a new exhibit that will be featured at the Center when it reopens later this year. The public is invited to submit poems to be considered for the exhibit.  
Submissions will be accepted from February 10-March 10, 2021. 
Anyone living in the United States can submit a poem for consideration. 

Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships
Deadline: February 23
The 2021 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships are $50,000 awards given to honor poets of literary merit appointed to serve in civic positions and to enable them to undertake meaningful, impactful, and innovative projects that engage their fellow residents, including youth, with poetry, helping to address issues important to their communities. 

PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship
Deadline: March 17
The Emerging Voices Fellowship is an immersive mentorship program for early-career writers who are traditionally underrepresented in the publishing world.

2021 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant
Deadline: April 26

The Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant of $40,000 will be awarded to as many as eight writers in the process of completing a book-length work of deeply researched and imaginatively composed nonfiction for a general readership.


A Kids Book About: The Podcast
A kids podcast about the things that matter, like Racism, Body Image, and Belonging. Each episode opens up the dialog we’ve begun in our groundbreaking A Kids Book About series. Created by folks who’ve been there. Honest. Important. Relevant. Start the conversation. We know you’re ready.

Desvelado (Northwest Children’s Theater)
February 12—28

What happens when Little One can’t sleep? The moon (la luna) comes to the rescue! Joined by Música (the music of imagination) and a turtle with no name but who is very much loved, Little One and the Harvest Moon count sheep, catch stars, and discover true friendship.

2021 AAJA-SPJ Emerging Northwest Journalists Internship
Deadline: Sunday, February 21

This internship is intended to provide opportunities for members of racial and ethnic minority groups that are underrepresented in Pacific Northwest newsrooms. Applicants must be a college sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student majoring in journalism, or who aspire to a career in journalism.


Oregon Historical Quarterly’s White Supremacy and Resistance Special Issue: Now a Free Resource for Oregon


Portland International Film Festival tickets and passes available now!
March 5 – 14

This year’s Portland International Film Festival offers new ways of seeing through virtual, drive-in, and special program experiences. The Northwest Film Center’s annual festival offers more ways than ever to experience the intersection of art and cinema. Tickets and passes are available for purchase now. 

Word Is Bond: I Got a Story to Tell
A campaign in honor of Black History Month on the living legacies of young Black Men.

Blog cover image: Word is Bond community ambassadors hold up copies of their debut poetry book, I Got a Story to Tell. Photo by Lorenzo Lowe III.

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