• October 28, 2021
          BIPOC Reading Series- October
          November 8, 2021
          Portland Book Festival Virtual Event Pass: November 8–12
          November 8, 2021
          TAP@PBF: Change with John Freeman
          November 8, 2021
          Tenderness: Donika Kelly, Brandon Taylor, and Kirstin Valdez Quade
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Open Positions 

Join the Literary Arts team. Find a list of open positions and internship opportunities.



 Literary Arts seeks an efficient, well-organized individual to assist the Executive Director on a full-time basis. This position plays a key role in the daily operations of an established and dynamic literary nonprofit, offering wide-ranging experiences to a candidate seeking a career in arts administration. 

The Senior Executive Assistant will primarily work for and support the Executive Director. In addition, full office support may be needed in coordination with Deputy Director, Finance Director, and other Senior Staff. 

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Application Deadline: October 31, 2021


Working directly with the Deputy Director, the Director of Development will be responsible for the annual fundraising of contributed income for Literary Arts. The Director of Development will design and implement fundraising strategies to meet budget goals for individual, foundation, corporate, and governmental sources.

This position will collaborate deeply with peer Program Directors and Senior Leadership (Executive Director and Deputy Director) as well as manage a Development Manager and Development Coordinator to achieve organizational fundraising goals that promote Literary Arts’ mission and programs.

The Director of Development actively participates in on-going efforts to further an organizational culture that supports and reinforces the equity, diversity, and inclusion goals of Literary Arts. 

Application materials must include a resume and a statement of interest clearly indicating your experience with individual giving and managing a development department. Please submit your materials to lydah@literary-arts.org.

Full job description and application guidelines are available here


Writing Class Instructors: Literary Arts is happy to hear from experienced teachers interested in offering multi-week or one-day writing classes for adults at our downtown literary center. Visit this page for more information about teaching for us.

Delve Seminar Guides: Literary Arts welcomes seminar proposals to facilitate in our Delve Readers Seminars program. We seek experienced group facilitators/teachers eager to lead discussion-based seminars on compelling literary texts and topics. Visit this page for more information on applying to be a seminar guide.

Writers in the Schools (WITS) Writers: WITS hires published professional writers to teach creative writing to high school students. This is a part-time contractor position. WITS provides an orientation prior to placement, and provides ongoing professional development. As part of our commitment to build a roster of teaching artists that reflects the rich diversity of Multnomah County’s schools, we seek applicants from all of our diverse communities. Applications to teach for WITS are due June 15, 2019 for school year 2019-2020. Click here for more information about the position and application process.

Writers in the Schools Apprentice: WITS is offering paid apprenticeship opportunities for writers of color. Self-identified writers of color who do not currently have the experience necessary to be a lead teacher with Writers in the Schools and would like to gain that experience, please consider applying to our apprentice program. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Click here for more information about the position and application process.


No current internship opportunities.

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