Each month, 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.
Women During Settler Colonialism and the American Revolution (New York Historical Society)
Thursday, January 26 | 5:00–6:00 p.m. | Online via Zoom | Free to attend | Register here
Join the New-York Historical Society to learn more about their Women & the American Story curriculum, a free online resource that provides teachers and students with information about the many and often critical roles women played in shaping U.S. history. During this interactive session, participants will use resources from the Settler Colonialism and the Revolution: 1692–1783 unit to discover women’s active participation and engagement with colonial and revolutionary life.
Origami for Time Beings: Make a Folded Book (Multnomah County Library)
Saturday, January 28 | 2:00–3:30 p.m. | Registration required | In person at US Bank Room – Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave., Portland
In A Tale for the Time Being, Nao’s father finds comfort in folding origami using paper from old books. In this workshop, instructor Yuki Martin will guide you through the creation of an origami book model, designed by Martin Wall. Join us for Everybody Reads, Multnomah County Library’s annual community reading project.
It Takes Two to Tango: True Stories of Breakups, Reunions & Going Solo (One Book, One Beaverton)
Saturday, January 28 | 7:00–8:30 p.m. (Doors at 6:30) | Free to attend | In person at Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton
Join Beaverton City Library for a night of true stories told live on stage by six veteran storytellers. This event is part of the library’s One Book, One Beaverton community-wide read program.
Beaverton City Library Presents: An Evening with Dawnie Walton, Author of The Final Revival of Opal and Nev (One Book, One Beaverton)
Saturday, February 4 | 7:00 p.m. | Free to attend | In person at Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, 12625 SW Crescent St, Beaverton
Join Beaverton City Library at the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts for an evening with Dawnie Walton, author of The Final Revival of Opal & Nev. Walton’s debut novel is an electrifying story about the meteoric rise of an iconic interracial rock duo in the 1970s, their sensational breakup, and the dark secrets unearthed when they try to reunite decades later for one last tour. This event is part of the library’s One Book, One Beaverton community-wide read program. Complimentary tickets are available thereser.org.
POPS: Portland Oregon Paper Shapers (Independent Publishing Resource Center)
Sunday, February 5
7:00–9:00 p.m. | In person at Independent Publishing Resource Center, 318 SE Main St., Ste. 155, Portland
Portland Oregon Paper Shapers resumes monthly meetings at the IPRC. They ask that all community members abide by our Covid-Safer Guidelines for in-person events. Masks & Proof of Vaccination + Booster required except in instances of medical exemption (reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions re: medical exemption).
The Goonies In Concert (Oregon Symphony)
Saturday, February 18, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 19, at 2:00 p.m.
In person at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland | Cost varies
What happens when a group of kids comes across a map leading to One-Eyed Willy’s pirate treasure? Relive the ’80s in this Oregon cult classic, produced by Steven Spielberg and filmed in Astoria. Goonies never say die!
RESOURCES & OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTISTS AND WRITERS
Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships (Academy of American Poet
Deadline: February 17
The 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, as well as create new work.
2023 Waterston Desert Writing Prize (High Desert Museum)
Deadline: May 1
The High Desert Museum is now accepting submissions for the 2023 Waterston Desert Writing Prize. The Prize honors outstanding literary nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy with the desert as both subject and setting. Emerging, mid-career and established nonfiction writers are invited to apply.
Pick Your Wilderness Writing Adventure (Fishtrap’s 2023 Outpost Programs)
June 19–24 and September 3–8
Give yourself the time to explore a remote, natural environment as a way to find solitude, connect to the landscape in a meaningful way, and write about your experience. Registration opens December 1, 2022. Each Outpost experience includes a week of discovery, writing instruction, meals, and camping in an inspiring and unforgettable setting.
FOR KIDS/ TEENS
Free Sundays at the Discovery Museum (World Forestry Center)
Sundays through January 29, 2023 (closed Dec. 25 & Jan. 1) | In person at World Forestry Center’s Discovery Museum, 4033 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR
World Forestry Center is offering free admission to its Discovery Museum on Sundays from November 13, 2022, through January 29, 2023 (excluding Sunday, December 25, and Sunday, January 1 when the Museum will be closed). World Forestry Center’s Discovery Museum will change the way you see the forest. The dramatic 20,000-square-foot wooden building has been a Portland landmark since 1971, and the exhibits inside invite visitors to examine their relationship to forests and consider all the unexpected ways they impact our lives. Get a bird’s-eye view of a northwest forest, meet people who rely on the woods for their livelihoods, and learn about the challenges and opportunities facing this critical natural resource.
The Amazing Bubble Man (Alberta Abbey)
Sunday, January 22 | 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. | Costs $10–$17 | In person at Alberta Abbey, 126 NE Alberta St., Portland
Louis Pearl has been thrilling audiences around the world for nearly 30 years with the art, magic, science and fun of bubbles. He explores the breath-taking dynamics of bubbles, combining comedy and artistry with audience participation and enough spellbinding bubble tricks to keep everyone mesmerized. From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornados and trampolines to people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages.
IN THE NEWS
Andrew Proctor Is Enriching Portland’s Intellectual Life With Literary Arts (Willamette Weekly)
Our Executive Director Andrew Proctor was included in Willamette Weekly‘s Arts List of 25 people who shape the arts in Portland.
Announcing the Poem-a-Day Guest Editors for 2023
One of the Poem-a-Day Guest Editors in 2023 during National Poetry month is US Poet Laureate Ada Limón!
Black Creatives to Open Old Town Studio Space and Music Venue for BIPOC Artists
We’re so excited for this new space in Old Town, opening in June 2023.
The Academy of American Poets to Award Capacity-Building Grants to Fifty-Three Literary Organizations Across the US (Poets.org)
Literary Arts is honored to be among the nonprofit recipients of grants supporting work serving poetry and poets.
Kendrick Lamar’s New Chapter: Raw, Intimate and Unconstrained (The New York Times)
This incredible profile was written by Literary Arts board member Mitchell S. Jackson.
The Mercury‘s Favorite Books of 2022 (Portland Mercury)