Portland Arts & Lectures


Join us for our 36th season of engaging talks from some of the world’s best writers and thinkers. VIEW THE SEASON LINE-UP.

Our mission is to engage readers, support writers, and inspire the next generation with great literature.

A Statement from Literary Arts

Standing in Solidarity

Literary Arts denounces white supremacy in all its manifestations and we acknowledge our role in having contributed to and benefitted from the racist systems that still flourish in our community and the nation.

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Writing Classes


Booth Emergency Fund

Like many of those in our communities, The COVID-19 pandemic has had a deep impact on Oregon’s writers. Many are experiencing crisis level disruptions to their work, family lives and overall financial security. In response to this need, Literary Arts has allocated a significant amount from our Brian Booth Writers’ Fund to create the Booth Emergency Fund for Writers. This emergency fund is designed to provide meaningful financial relief to Oregon’s writers, including cartoonists, spoken word poets and playwrights.

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