George Saunders at Madison High School

George Saunders at Madison High School

by Mel Wells Award-winning author George Saunders had an immediate rapport with students at Madison High School when he visited their library on a rainy Thursday morning. About 95 students came prepared with questions and listened intently to Saunders’ entertaining stories and advice.  After a great introduction by Madison student Carson Flores, Saunders began by…

Oregon Book Awards Author Tour: Berlin Diary

Oregon Book Awards Author Tour: Berlin Diary

On October 2 and 3, Literary Arts partnered with Hand2Mouth Theatre to present Berlin Diary by Andrea Stolowitz, a 2017 Oregon Book Award finalist in Drama, to audiences in Eugene at the Oregon Contemporary Theater and at Havurah Shir Hadash in Ashland.  About the play: The great-grandfather of Oregon Book Award-winning playwright Andrea Stolowitz kept a journal…

Novel Writing with M. Allen Cunningham

Novel Writing with M. Allen Cunningham

M. Allen Cunningham is teaching several classes at Literary Arts this month, specializing in beginning and plotting the novel. All of his classes are currently sold out, but stay tuned as we’ll likely add more in the future!  This piece, “To Know the Stone,” was originally published on Soul Shelter.  To Know the Stone Andy…

Francis Ford Coppola Visits Grant High School

Francis Ford Coppola Visits Grant High School

  by Joanna Rose, WITS Program Specialist On the afternoon of October 2, 2017, legendary director Francis Ford Coppola visited Grant High School, an author visit facilitated by Youth Programs at Literary Arts.  Coppola sat at ease in front of 86 Grant High School students, and started right out telling them that high schools and…

Incite at Literary Arts in September: Abundance  

Incite at Literary Arts in September: Abundance  

by Monica Hay, Event Intern at Literary Arts Incite: Queer Readers Read held its third event at Literary Arts on Wednesday, September 6. The “two Kates” Kate Carroll de Gutes and Kate Gray host the events, with the, “hope to create conversation, connection, and greater understanding both within the queer community and with other communities”…

Delve Guide Spotlight: Melissa Joan Walker

Delve Guide Spotlight: Melissa Joan Walker

Melissa Joan Walker is a local writer whose work has appeared in outlets such as the Denver Quarterly, Sentence, Banshee, theNewerYork, After Hours; Orion Headless, Parable Press and more. She holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has taught writing, literature, and creativity to students at Roosevelt University, DePaul…

Write Poetic Personal Essays with Claudia Savage

Write Poetic Personal Essays with Claudia Savage

Claudia Savage is teaching “Poetic Personal Essays” this fall at Literary Arts, beginning October 12. Click here for full details and to register. Savage is half of the improvising sound-poetry performance duo Thick in the Throat, Honey and the author of Bruising Continents (Spuyten Duyvil). Her poems and interviews have been published in BOMB, Water-Stone Review, Denver Quarterly, Columbia, and elsewhere.…

Announcing the 2017 Author Lineup for Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival

Announcing the 2017 Author Lineup for Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival

Literary Arts has been hard at work preparing for Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival, presented by Bank of America. This event builds community around books, from children’s story times and writing workshops to author events and the book fair. Below are some highlights and updates as we look forward to the festival’s return on Saturday, November…

Literary Arts Annual Report 2016/2017

Literary Arts Annual Report 2016/2017

by Molly MacGilbert, Development & Marketing Intern, Portland State University student View Literary Arts’ 2016/2017 Annual Report here. While the past year has presented challenges for the arts and for nonprofits, it has urged us to reflect upon why our work here at Literary Arts is as crucial as ever. This year, our stats show…

Get Your Work Out There with Martha Grover

Martha Grover is teaching “Getting Your Work Out There: Publishing” at Literary Arts, beginning on September 30. Click here for full details and to register. Grover is the author of The End of My Career (Perfect Day Publishing), a 2017 finalist for the Oregon Book Award. She is also the author of One More for the People…