2017 Oregon Book Awards Finalists: Young Adult Literature

2017 Oregon Book Awards Finalists: Young Adult Literature

The 2017 Oregon Book Awards ceremony takes place April 24 at the Gerding Theater. Join us! You can purchase tickets to the ceremony at Brown Paper Tickets. You can also cast your vote online for the 2017 Readers Choice Award. This years winners of the Oregon Book Award, including the Readers Choice Award, will be announced at the ceremony.  We’ll be…

Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient: Tamar Shai Bolkvadze

Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient: Tamar Shai Bolkvadze

We’re excited to introduce each of our 2017 Oregon Literary Fellowship recipients on our blog this winter! For these fellowships, out-of-state judges spent several months evaluating the 439 applications we received. These judges named nine writers and two publishers to receive grants of $3,500 each. The 2018 OLF applications will be posted online soon, and the deadline will be toward the end…

Benson Reading at Benson Tech Show

Benson Reading at Benson Tech Show

This year’s WITS end-of-residency student reading for Benson High School was, for the first time, held at the Benson “Tech Show,” an evening event showcasing the school’s various programs. Since it was also Benson’s 100 year anniversary, the entire campus was abuzz.  During the fall semester at Benson, students in Zandra Ah Choy-Aguson’s 2nd period…

Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient: Josha Jay Nathan

Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient: Josha Jay Nathan

We’re excited to introduce each of our 2017 Oregon Literary Fellowship recipients on our blog this winter! For these fellowships, out-of-state judges spent several months evaluating the 439 applications we received. These judges named nine writers and two publishers to receive grants of $3,500 each. The 2018 OLF applications will be posted online soon, and the deadline will be toward the end…

The First Parkrose High School WITS Reading!

The First Parkrose High School WITS Reading!

Writers in the Schools (WITS) held their first-ever student reading at Parkrose High School this year, in celebration of our first semester of WITS writers-in-residence at the school. Ten students from two of Jennifer Newton’s 9th grade English classes read work they produced while working with WITS writer Jamie Houghton during the fall semester. The…

Wilson HS Students Read at Annie Bloom’s Books

Wilson HS Students Read at Annie Bloom’s Books

Students at Wilson High School packed Annie Bloom’s Books for a reading to celebrate their work during the past semester with a WITS writers-in-residence. Students in two of Mike Nolan’s 10th grade U.S. History classes worked with poet Bettina de León Barrera and writer Joanna Rose. Students in Nathan Pier’s 9th grade Modern World History class…

Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient: Rebecca Owen

Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient: Rebecca Owen

We’re excited to introduce each of our 2017 Oregon Literary Fellowship recipients on our blog this winter! For these fellowships, out-of-state judges spent several months evaluating the 439 applications we received. These judges named nine writers and two publishers to receive grants of $3,500 each. The 2018 OLF applications will be posted online soon, and the deadline will be toward the end…

Cleveland Student Reading at Ford Food & Drink

Cleveland Student Reading at Ford Food & Drink

After a lot of rescheduling due to snow, Cleveland students who had a WITS writer-in-residence during the fall semester were finally able to celebrate and share their work at Ford Food and Drink. Eleven students and one teacher read for an audience of about thirty-two friends and family. These students worked with WITS writers Alex Behr, who…

Michael Lewis visits Franklin High School

Michael Lewis visits Franklin High School

On the afternoon of January 26, before Michael Lewis’ presentation at Portland Arts & Lectures, Literary Arts Youth Programs brought Lewis to Franklin High School. In their library, Lewis talked with and answered questions from 84 students who had read his work in advance. Students were from Government/Econ, Sports Literature, Psychology, and AP Junior Literature and Composition…

Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient: Shayla Lawson

Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient: Shayla Lawson

We’re excited to introduce each of our 2017 Oregon Literary Fellowship recipients on our blog this winter! For these fellowships, out-of-state judges spent several months evaluating the 439 applications we received. These judges named nine writers and two publishers to receive grants of $3,500 each. The 2018 OLF applications will be posted online soon, and the deadline will be toward the end…