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In the Community: Upcoming Events and News

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


Ekphraestival (The Writers Block, Soliloquy Fine Arts, Blackfish Gallery, and The Lobby)
Thursday, April 4th–Thursday, April 25th | In person, various locations | FREE to attend
Celebrate National Poetry Month this April with Ekphraestival! This 1st annual event arose out of a collaboration between 25 poets and 26 visual artists bringing together poetry & art. Named for the rhetorical term ekphrasis, which is often understood as a literary interpretation of visual art, Ekphraestival uses the term more broadly, celebrating the creation of visual work in response to poetry. During the month of April, Ekphraestival will feature three new exhibitions and a series of readings that will take place at galleries in NW and SE, including: Soliloquy Fine Arts, The Writers’ Block, Blackfish Gallery, and The Lobby.


University of Iowa Press: Iowa Poetry Prize (University of Iowa Press)
Deadline to submit: April 30th, 2024

Publication by University of Iowa Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Using only the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 50 to 150 pages with a $20 entry fee during the month of April. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Expert Talks: Professional Support for Cultural Producers (Regional Arts & Culture Council)
Various dates, April–May 2024 | $15 per appointment
Artists and art workers are matched with experts in the disciplines of Theatre, Film/Media, Dance/ Movement, Literary Arts, Music, Public art and Visual Arts in a program designed to provide condensed, dedicated time for individuals to receive career advice and feedback on their work from professionals in their field. Each appointment lasts up to 25 minutes and takes place virtually on Zoom.

University Club Author-in-Residence Program (University Club Portland)
Application deadline: April 30, 2024
The University Club of Portland Author-in-Residence is chosen for a residency of one year (June-May). The resident author receives a complimentary year-long membership in the University Club as well as access to reciprocal clubs worldwide. The author also receives a complimentary twice-monthly luncheon privilege for two, and an invitation to attend one complimentary University Club-sponsored event for two during the residency period, with food and non-alcoholic beverages included.

International Dublin Writers’ Festival (International Dublin Writers’ Festival)
Friday, September 20th–Sunday, September 22nd | $45–$149
This event is an opportunity for all writers, everywhere, to connect with the literary culture of Dublin and to learn from experts and peers. Their mission is to help writers excel and to provide opportunities for writers to learn from key industry professionals, aiming to provide community, inspiration, and learning opportunities for authors in all genres. Their program includes sessions on editing, (self)publishing, and marketing for authors, and includes a varied panel of renowned authors and industry experts. The featured speakers this year include Doug Richardson (Screenwriter, Author, & Literary Consultant) and A. Keith Carrero (Award-winning Author & Educator).


A Year with Frog and Toad LIVE (Northwest Children’s Theater)
Saturday, April 6th–Sunday, April 28th | In person at The Judy | General admission $25–$35
Wake up from hibernation with this delightful musical based on Arnold Lobel’s treasure characters. Join best friends Frog and Toad as they hop, sing, and dance through a year of adventure. As the seasons change from spring to fall, the cheerful Frog and the more timid Toad plant a garden, go swimming, fly kites, and more – all while celebrating the importance of friendship. A Year with Frog and Toad features a jazzy, upbeat score that will have the whole family tapping their toes!

Toddler Storytime & Play (Sunrise Books)
Thursdays, at 10:00 a.m. | In person at Sunrise Books | FREE to attend
Join Sunrise Books every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. for toddler storytime! They’ll sing, dance, do a read aloud, and have a rockin’ good time. Perfect for ages 18 months–4 years. This storytime is free; however, they accept donations to keep it going. 

Kids’ Story & Art Class at Awake Coffee & Art!
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:00 a.m. | In person at Awake Coffee & Art | $8
Bring your little ones Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. for a storybook reading and art session!

They’ll have a hands-on art project after the reading. It could be watercolor painting, making and playing with play dough, or another creative project to engage the young artists’ talents! All materials included!

Kids’ Storytime (Powell’s)
Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. | Powell’s City of Books | FREE
Join us every Saturday for kids’ storytime.


Portland nonprofit expanding with new Central Eastside headquarters (Portland Business Journal)

New Literary Arts headquarters will include bookstore and café in Southeast Portland (Oregon Live)

2024 Oregon Book Award Winners Announced (Willamette Week)

Literary Legacies: Local writer Ellen Waterston wins multiple awards (Bend Source Weekly)

Warm Springs elder finalist for Oregon Book Award (The Madras Pioneer)

Linfield prof wins Literary Arts fellowship (News-Register)

West Linn author nominated for third Oregon Book Award (West Linn Tidings)

Literary Arts announces 2024 Oregon Book Awards finalists (Oregon ArtsWatch)


A Booklover’s Guide to Portland (Travel Portland)

10 New Books From Around the World (Powell’s)

Local Resources for Writers (Multnomah County Library)

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