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In the Community: Upcoming Events and News

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


Atheneum Fellows Reading (The Attic Institute)
Saturday, June 5 at 5pm | Hosted on ZOOM

Denise Bekkedahl, Bryan Brumley, Janie Mae Cohen, Lorna Day, Leslie Good, Gemma Hobbs, Signe Kopps, Jen Moore, Kristin Moran, Karen Polinsky, Rachel Purcell, Lainie Yarris

Introduced by: Whitney Otto, Wendy Willis, Lee Montgomery, Joanna Rose

The Immigrant Story | I Am My Story: Voices of Hope
May 14, 2021, through Aug. 22, 2021
The Oregon Historical Society

Milwaukie Poetry Series (Ledding Library)
Livestreamed on Ledding Library YouTube Channel
Second Wednesday of the month, at 6:30 p.m. (Pacific)
(Previous readings are archived)
Paulann Petersen | June 9,2021
Emma Wheatfall | July 14, 2021

Megan Culhane Galbraith with Liz Prato (Annie Bloom’s Books)
Thursday, June 17 from 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Free Event | Via Zoom
Join two-time Pushcart Prize nominee Megan Culhane Galbraith for a reading from The Guild of the Infant Savior, a story of motherhood, adoption, and the journey to learn more about the adoptee author’s own past. Galbraith will be joined in conversation post-reading with Oregon Book Award Finalist, author of Volcanoes, Palm Trees & Privilege: Essays on Hawai’i, and fellow adoptee Liz Prato.

May 26-June 30, 2021

Close to 200 artists, activists, cultural organizers, historians, media makers, grassroots groups and non-profit organizations have come together to  Remember – Repair – Reclaim – Re-imagine  our collective story. 


LitUp: A writer’s fellowship for unpublished, underrepresented women.
LitUp is a brand new program in partnership with Hello Sunshine and Madcap Retreats that will offer an all-expenses-paid writer’s retreat, a three month mentorship with a published author, and marketing support from Reese’s Book Club to five selected writers.

Drue Heinz Literature Prize
Deadline: June 30

A prize of $15,000 and publication by University of Pittsburgh Press is given annually for a collection of short fiction. No entry fee.


Bodecker Foundation SummerWorkshops
This summer we will be offering a mix of FREE virtual and hybrid creative workshops for high school students (rising 9th thru graduating seniors) running June 28 thru August 12. Our lineup features returning favorites such as Songwriting, Portfolio DevelopmentTruth & Dare: Experiments in Art and Writing, and Fashion Illustration along with new, hands-on offerings like PodcastingRisograph & Zine MakingVoices of the Elders, and Letterpress. We are also excited to be partnering with Portland Street Art Alliance, Outlet PDX, Rebel Wise, Letra Chueca Press, and Brenda Arts on workshop development. 

Summer Reading (Multnomah County Library)
Read for fun and prizes this summer. Babies, kids and teens can play the Summer Reading game by starting a daily reading habit. In addition, the library will have lots of fun interactive virtual performances, storytelling, and arts and crafts for kids and families. It all kicks off June 16.

Virtual Genre-Based Writing Camps (Write the World)

In each session, up to 25 campers will explore new styles of writing and connect across continents as they create pieces they’re proud of. Writers of all levels are invited to participate in the following offerings (for full camp descriptions, please click here):

Sci-Fi/Fantasy — July 5-9 
Screenwriting — July 12-16
Writing Poetry for Social Justice — July 19-23
Flash Fiction — July 26-30 
Writing to Change the World —  August 2-6
Humor Writing — August 9-13
Learning from Agents & Editors: Writing for Publication — August 16-20
Micro Memoirs — August 23-27


Gen Z’s Voice Narrates Portland Playwright’s Award-Winning Drama (Portland Mercury)
A great feature on Oregon Book Awards winner Conor Eifler, who received the 2021 Angus Bowmer Award for Drama.

Sisters Writer Earns Literary Fellowship (The Nugget Newspaper)
Emily Woodworth of Sisters is the recipient of an Oregon Literary Fellowship this year.


The 20 Best Books of Summer 2021 Will Expand Your Mind As You Lounge On the Beach (Esquire)

38 Novels You Need to Read This Summer (LitHub)

We Are Everywhere: 17 New Nonfiction Books for Pride Month (Powell’s)

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