• February 16, 2023
          Slamlandia
          February 22, 2023
          Portland Arts & Lectures 2022/23: Patrick Radden Keefe
          March 1, 2023
          One Page Wednesday- March
          March 3, 2023
          Mary Szybist & Laurel Nakanishi
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Jay Coles

Jay Coles

Jay Coles is a young adult and middle grade writer, a composer with ASCAP, and a professional musician residing in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a graduate of Vincennes University and Ball State University and holds degrees in English and Liberal Arts. When he’s not writing diverse books, he’s advocating for them, teaching middle school students, and composing music for various music publishers. Jay’s young adult novel Tyler Johnson Was Here is about a boy whose life is torn apart by police brutality when his twin brother goes missing, inspired by events from the author’s life and the Black Lives Matter movement. Find Jay online at jaycoleswriter.com.

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