Lincoln Students WITS Reading @LiteraryArts

Lincoln Students WITS Reading @LiteraryArts

The Literary Arts studio was full for the WITS end-of-residency reading by Lincoln High School students. Twelve students shared their work with an audience of almost fifty parents, friends, teachers, and peers. It was easy to tell which writer each student had worked with, as their pieces were all distinctly different genres.  Students in two of…

Grant High School WITS reading at Broadway Books

Grant High School WITS reading at Broadway Books

Broadway Books once again warmly hosted Grant High School WITS students for their end-of-residency reading. Owner Kim Bissell welcomed folks and reminded all that the bookstore’s 25th birthday is coming up on May 20th (and that there will be cake!) Cheers all around. Students, teachers, and the writers they worked with shared poems and stories…

2017 Verselandia Winners at Wieden + Kennedy

2017 Verselandia Winners at Wieden + Kennedy

Every spring we’re thrilled to bring the Verselandia winners to Wieden + Kennedy for a performance, lunch with Dan Wieden, and tour of the agency. Here are some photos from this year’s visit! 

Verselandia 2017 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Verselandia 2017 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

by Tessa Livingstone, Portland State University MFA student This year Verselandia! was especially exciting because it’s the first time it was held at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. This exquisite historic theater is the last of its kind on Broadway: a street once lined with numerous theater houses. Built in 1927, the Schnitz’s ornate interior…

Oregon Book Awards Author Tour visits the coast

Oregon Book Awards Author Tour visits the coast

The Oregon Book Awards Author Tour brought Nick Jaina and Martha Grover to Astoria on Thursday, May 4, 2017 for Ales & Ideas. Martha Grover also taught two free writing workshops in Seaside and Manzanita on Friday and Saturday. Thanks to Clatsop Community College, Cannery Pier Hotel, Seaside Public Library and Tillamook County library for…

WITS Reading: Meek at Miss Zumstein’s

WITS Reading: Meek at Miss Zumstein’s

Writers in the Schools (WITS) began the spring reading series with students from Alliance HS @Meek sharing their work at Miss Zumstein’s Bakery and Coffee Shop. As always, the cafe provided a warm, welcoming space for students with delicious snacks and hot drinks that were especially nice on a rainy spring day.  Five students shared…

WITS in Action! Turiya Autry at Grant High School

WITS in Action! Turiya Autry at Grant High School

We visited Grant High School to see WITS writer Turiya Autry working in Courtney Palmer’s classes. Autry is teaching in two sections: African American Literature and Latin American Literature. For the latter, she began by asking the twenty-two students in class, “What are a few issues that concern you? Or things you take issue with?” Several hands…

Poetry and Politics: March 30

Poetry and Politics: March 30

On Thursday, March 30, Samiya Bashir, Natasha Marin, Geneve Chao, and Neil Aitken presented a reading followed by moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A on the subject of literary activism, social justice, intersectionality, feminism, and allyship. Neil Aitken Samiya Bashir Natasha Marin

2017 Oregon Book Awards Finalists: Creative Nonfiction

2017 Oregon Book Awards Finalists: Creative Nonfiction

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…

An Interview with The Kates, Hosts of Incite: Queer Writers Read

An Interview with The Kates, Hosts of Incite: Queer Writers Read

[by Mel Wells] Incite: Queer Writers Read is a brand-new reading series at Literary Arts, and it’s curated and hosted by Kate Carroll de Gutes and Kate Gray. The first event was held on Tuesday, March 7 and featured five artists and a packed house. The theme was “resistance,” and each audience member found a card…