Join us for the Portland Book Festival presented by Bank of America on November 10, 2018

Join us for the Portland Book Festival presented by Bank of America on November 10, 2018

This year, on Saturday, November 10, 2018 Portland Book Festival (formerly “Wordstock”) returns. Portland Book Festival presented by Bank of America will be the same festival you know and love, only with a slightly different name. The Festival will still be one day, will take place at the Portland Art Museum and other venues of the South…

WITS Reading for Franklin High School

WITS Reading for Franklin High School

The WITS end-of-residency reading for Franklin High School was standing-room-only at Bipartisan Cafe. Friends and family came to support students reading work they produced while in Bryan Dickman, Dana Vinger, and Elisa Wong’s classes. They worked with WITS writers Alex Behr, David Ciminello, or Cari Luna. In one case, a student worked with both, and…

WITS Reading for Roosevelt High School

WITS Reading for Roosevelt High School

Friends, family, teachers, and WITS writers packed Cathedral Coffee on a Wednesday afternoon for the end-of-residency reading and celebration. Depending on which WITS writer each student worked with, they presented a different genre: poetry, playwriting, or storytelling. The poets were from Renee Mitchell’s class and worked with WITS writer James Gendron. The playwrights were from…

WITS Reading for Lincoln HS

WITS Reading for Lincoln HS

by Cassie Duncanson Monday night found three different classes from Lincoln High school at Literary Arts to celebrate the end of residencies for their Writers in the Schools authors, Bettina de Leon Barrera, Lisa Eisenberg, and Mark Pomeroy. Barrera worked with Trevor Todd’s classroom, a group of intrepid students that put together a Spanish-language magazine.…

Classroom Visit: WITS writer Emilly Prado at Gresham HS

Classroom Visit: WITS writer Emilly Prado at Gresham HS

by Cassie Duncanson This week, I found myself driving out to Gresham to visit Ms. Alethea Work’s second period class of 38 students. Before the students got to work, Ms. Work wrote an Anaïs Nin quote on the board, “We write to taste life twice, in the moment, and in retrospection.” Local author Emily Prado…

Viet Thanh Nguyen visits Reynolds High School

Viet Thanh Nguyen visits Reynolds High School

by Mel Wells Before his lecture at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, award-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen spent an afternoon with over 100 students at Reynolds High School. Two students gave a polished introduction to Nguyen, one of whom mentioned that her father was also a refugee from Vietnam.  Nguyen began by asking how many…

Visiting Cari Luna’s WITS Residency at Franklin HS

by Cassie Duncanson This past week, I had the pleasure to stop by Dana Vinger’s classroom at Benjamin Franklin High school and observe WITS author Cari Luna as she led a lesson focused on political writing with Ms. Vinger’s seventh period class. For a warm-up writing exercise, students had to consider a contemporary political issue…

WITS Reading for Grant HS at Broadway Books

WITS Reading for Grant HS at Broadway Books

Broadway Books was, as always, a lovely venue for Grant High School students to share work they created during Writers in the Schools (WITS) residencies this semester. Students in Scott Blevins and Courtney Palmer’s classes worked with WITS writers-in-residence Jules Ohman and Claudia Savage, both of whom came and shared their own work alongside students.…

WITS Reading for Meek @Alliance High School

It was a hot and sunny afternoon when students from Meek @Alliance High School gathered at Miss Zumstein Bakery and Coffee Shop in NE Portland for a WITS reading. These students were from Ms. Taramasso’s class and had spent the semester working with WITS writer Laura Moulton. As always, cafe owner Anya had put out…

Delve Seminar Summary: Hannah Arendt ‘A Report on the Banality of Evil’

Delve Seminar Summary: Hannah Arendt ‘A Report on the Banality of Evil’

[by Monica Vilhauer] Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil Guide: Satya Byock   On the night of our first rain in Portland in three months, I made my way over to Literary Arts downtown, wondering to myself about my company for the evening.  Who uses their free time to…