DeRay Mckesson Visits Grant High School

By Joanna Rose      Deray Mackesson’s afternoon talk at Grant High School got started a little late because the staff had to keep setting up more and more chairs. The library eventually filled to almost 200 students, and meanwhile Mr Mackesson, wearing his signature blue vest,  walked up and down rows of kids, shaking hands…

Delve Seminar Guides: Hiring Information

Literary Arts is currently accepting proposals from instructors/guides for our Delve Readers Seminars  for the 2019-2020 season (Fall 2019 to Spring 2020). The Delve 2018-2019 season has been scheduled.  Delve Readers Seminars are discussion-based literature seminars that explore compelling authors and books, themed literary topics, and also the intersection of literature with other mediums. Literary…

2017-2018 Annual Report

2017-2018 Annual Report

Each year, our programs bring more than 20,000 Oregonians together to explore the many ways literature can enrich our lives. Click here to read our 2017-2018 Annual Report. We invite you to hear world-famous authors in the concert hall and on the radio. We ask you to support emerging writers, young and old, during community…

Literary Arts Is Accepting Proposals for Fall Writing Classes

Literary Arts Is Accepting Proposals for Fall Writing Classes

Literary Arts is currently accepting class proposals for writing classes from teachers for Spring 2019. The majority of Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 classes have been scheduled. Literary Arts is happy to hear from experienced teachers interested in offering multi-week or one-day writing classes for adults. Instructors should be knowledgeable about the craft of writing,…

In Memoriam: Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018)

In Memoriam: Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018)

We are incredibly saddened by the news of the passing of Ursula K. Le Guin. We feel so grateful and honored to have known her, and thank her for her transformative contributions to international literature. Our thoughts are with her family, friends, loved ones, readers, and writers everywhere.  From  The New York Times: Ursula K. Le…

Oregon Book Awards Internship Opportunity

Oregon Book Awards Internship Opportunity

  Literary Arts seeks an Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships intern for the four months leading up to the 2018 Oregon Book Awards ceremony. This internship offers a great way to gain experience working for a community-based literary non-profit. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. There is a one-time honorarium awarded as part…

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…

De:Canon: A Visibility Project

De:Canon: A Visibility Project

De-Canon: A Visibility Project is a “pop-up library” and web resource project that showcases literary art by writers/artists of color. It is a project facilitated by Portland-based poet Neil Aitken and poet-musician Dao Strom. This project is supported by a 2017 Precipice Fund Grant. This exhibit takes the form of a pop-up library that includes…

Help Defend the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities

Help Defend the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities

Since January, rumors have swirled around us that the new administration plans on defunding the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The elimination of the NEA and the NEH would be a serious blow to writers and would be a system shock that some organizations may not…

Unpacking Coffee: A Podcast from Needmore Designs

Unpacking Coffee: A Podcast from Needmore Designs

While everyone has a story to tell, surely every thing has a tale to tell share as well. Our creative partners at Needmore are experts on helping brands give a voice to their products and selecting the best medium to elevate their stories. Kandace and Ray Brigleb, the pair behind Needmore, produce and create beautiful…