PLEASE JOIN US!
Friday, September 28
Portland Art Museum
5:30 p.m. | Doors 7:00 p.m. | Dinner
Cocktails | Live Auction | Paddle Raise | & You!
If you value a thriving artistic community, one where:
• nationally renowned authors visit our town to talk about matters important to us
• young people have a platform where they can use their voice to tell their story
• aspiring writers are awarded the resources they deserve to pursue their creative projects
then you have a role to play.
It is critical we raise the funds needed to serve our state’s readers and writers.
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Anis Mojgani is the author of five books of poetry, is a two time National Poetry Slam Champion, and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam. A multiple TEDx speaker, he has appeared on HBO, and NPR, and has done commissions for the Getty Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the Portland Timbers. Originally from New Orleans, Anis currently lives in Portland, OR, where he serves on the Board of Directors for Literary Arts.
Keynote // Elena Passarello
Actor, writer, and recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award, Passarello was awarded the 2018 Oregon Book Award in creative nonfiction for her book, Animals Strike Curious Poses. Her first collection, Let Me Clear My Throat, won the gold medal for nonfiction at the 2013 Independent Publisher Awards and was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award.
The evening will also feature slam poetry by Téa Johnson, 2016 Verselandia! Champion, and Jolly Wrapper, 2017 Verselandia! finalist.
Not familiar with Verselandia?
Click here to see what it’s like when young poets take the stage to share their stories!