Books Submitted to the 2018 Oregon Book Awards

Books Submitted to the 2018 Oregon Book Awards

Here is a list of titles that have been submitted to the 2018 Oregon Book Awards. The finalists will be announced in January 2018. This year there are three judges in each genre. FICTION 13 Months in Vietnam by Bill Kroger A Boy Named Trout by Mercy Strongheart A Song of Bullets by Lizzy Shannon…

College Essay Mentoring Project: Fall 2017

College Essay Mentoring Project: Fall 2017

by Mel Wells We had a busy and wonderful fall with the College Essay Mentoring Project! We returned to Franklin, Madison, and Roosevelt, and partnered with Gresham High School for the very first time. We held two sessions at Franklin and Roosevelt, for a grand total of six mentoring sessions at the high schools. A…

Pop-up Readings at Wordstock: The Pairing of Painting and Prose

Pop-up Readings at Wordstock: The Pairing of Painting and Prose

  by Paul Lask, Adjunct English Professor, Portland State University Pop-ups are like the house shows of Wordstock. They are intimate and freewheeling, without a stage or PA, without a barrier between readers and crowds. At times the author might have to speak louder to compete with people unknowingly chatting a room over. But this…

Boost Your Creative Powers with Stephanie Adams Santos

Boost Your Creative Powers with Stephanie Adams Santos

Stephanie Adams Santos is teaching “Divination for Inspiration: Boost Your Creative Powers” at Wordstock this fall on Saturday, November 11 at 3:30 p.m. Click here for more details and to register, and note that registration includes admission to the festival. Adams Santos is also teaching “Revising and Editing Poetry” at Literary Arts beginning on January…

Liar’s League At Literary Arts in October: Fires & Quakes

Liar’s League At Literary Arts in October: Fires & Quakes

by Monica Hay, Literary Arts intern Liars’ League PDX hosted its last event of 2017 at Literary Arts on October 21. The theme for this round was “Fires and Quakes.” Liars’ League, founded in London, is an organization that hosts events where professional actors perform work by writers. Writers have the opportunity to submit unpublished…

George Saunders Meets with Local Writers

George Saunders Meets with Local Writers

George Saunders appeared at Portland Arts & Lectures on Thursday, October 12. That afternoon he met with a group of local writers and shared his thoughts on the writing life. Kim Stafford was in attendance; he took notes to capture some of his Saunders’ ideas and kindly shared them with us: George Saunders speaks to…

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…