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Students to the Schnitz

Connecting students with world famous authors through live literary events and school visits.

Literary Arts believes that our literary community is stronger with the participation of our youth. By bringing high school students to the concert hall, youth play an active role in our city’s cultural events. 

Support Students to the Schnitz

Literary Arts provides students and teachers with free books, tickets, and transportation. Make your gift and help us bring more students to the concert hall.


Students to the Schnitz Application Form

The Students to the Schnitz program gives free tickets and books to public high school students in and around the Portland area. If your school has not yet partnered with us for this program, please reach out to the Interim Director of Youth Programs at olivia@literary-arts.org for availability inquiries.

2021-2022 Students to the Schnitz Program Application

  • Section 1: Educator Info

    Please enter your school and contact information. We recommend coordinating with other educators in your school before requesting tickets. We give tickets by school, not by class or teacher, and will group requests from the same school.
    Bus funding is limited and subject to availability at Literary Arts’ sole discretion.
  • Section Two: Author Events

    Please indicate in each author's section if you are interested in the event, and which books you'd like. This year, we are offering schools the option to attend the event at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in downtown Portland, or to view the event online. Please select your preference (either in-person or virtual) for each author whose lecture event you would like to attend. If you don't have a preference, you are welcome to leave those options blank, and we will decide based on availability. There is a smaller ticket limit for in-person than for virtual viewing, so if you select a virtual preference, you're likely to receive tickets. For in-person viewing, if there are extremely popular events, we may reach out to you to see if you're open to a virtual event. We know that policies and comfort levels change rapidly, and it is difficult to answer in absolutes at this time. We will do our best to honor preferences, but appreciate flexibility as well. Each lecture starts at 7:30 p.m.
  • Daniel James Brown is the author of Facing the Mountain: A True Story of Japanese American Heroes in World War II, The Indifferent Stars Above, Under a Flaming Sky, which was a finalist for the B&N Discover Great New Writers Award, and The Boys in the Boat, a New York Times bestselling book that was awarded the ALA’s Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. He has taught writing at San José State University and Stanford University. He lives outside Seattle.
  • Cathy Park Hong is the author of three poetry collections and MINOR FEELINGS, a New York Times bestselling book of creative nonfiction which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography and was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence. Hong is a recipient of the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her poems have been published in Poetry, The New York Times, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, and other journals. She is the poetry editor of The New Republic and full professor at Rutgers University–Newark.
  • Born and raised in Southern California, Brit Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan. Her debut novel THE MOTHERS was a New York Times bestseller, and her second novel THE VANISHING HALF was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. She is a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and in 2021, she was chosen as one of Time’s Next 100 Influential People. Her essays have been featured in The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Jezebel.
  • Richard Powers is the author of thirteen novels, including THE OVERSTORY, which won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and spent over one year on the New York Times bestseller list. He is a MacArthur Fellow and received the National Book Award in 2006 for his novel THE ECHO MAKER. Powers has taught at the University of Illinois and Stanford University. He lives in the Great Smoky Mountains.
  • Edwidge Danticat is the author of numerous books, including EVERYTHING INSIDE; BROTHER, I'M DYING, a National Book Critics Circle Award winner and National Book Award finalist; THE DEW BREAKER, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize; BREATH, EYES, MEMORY, an Oprah’s Book Club selection; and KRIK? KRAK!, also a National Book Award finalist. A 2018 Neustadt International Prize for Literature winner and the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” grant, she has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, and elsewhere.
  • Section Three: Finishing Touches

  • Let us know anything else you'd like to share. If you are definitely *not* interested in attending a specific lecture if you can't have your viewing preference, please indicate that here.

“As someone who loves to read and write this experience was meaningful because I got to hear about the daily struggles of an author and how they think of the world and how they incorporate this into their stories.”

Beaverton High School student