Lincoln Students WITS Reading @LiteraryArts

Lincoln Students WITS Reading @LiteraryArts

The Literary Arts studio was full for the WITS end-of-residency reading by Lincoln High School students. Twelve students shared their work with an audience of almost fifty parents, friends, teachers, and peers. It was easy to tell which writer each student had worked with, as their pieces were all distinctly different genres.  Students in two of…

Grant High School WITS reading at Broadway Books

Grant High School WITS reading at Broadway Books

Broadway Books once again warmly hosted Grant High School WITS students for their end-of-residency reading. Owner Kim Bissell welcomed folks and reminded all that the bookstore’s 25th birthday is coming up on May 20th (and that there will be cake!) Cheers all around. Students, teachers, and the writers they worked with shared poems and stories…

2017 Verselandia Winners at Wieden + Kennedy

2017 Verselandia Winners at Wieden + Kennedy

Every spring we’re thrilled to bring the Verselandia winners to Wieden + Kennedy for a performance, lunch with Dan Wieden, and tour of the agency. Here are some photos from this year’s visit! 

Verselandia 2017 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Verselandia 2017 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

by Tessa Livingstone, Portland State University MFA student This year Verselandia! was especially exciting because it’s the first time it was held at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. This exquisite historic theater is the last of its kind on Broadway: a street once lined with numerous theater houses. Built in 1927, the Schnitz’s ornate interior…

WITS Reading: Meek at Miss Zumstein’s

WITS Reading: Meek at Miss Zumstein’s

Writers in the Schools (WITS) began the spring reading series with students from Alliance HS @Meek sharing their work at Miss Zumstein’s Bakery and Coffee Shop. As always, the cafe provided a warm, welcoming space for students with delicious snacks and hot drinks that were especially nice on a rainy spring day.  Five students shared…

WITS in Action! Turiya Autry at Grant High School

WITS in Action! Turiya Autry at Grant High School

We visited Grant High School to see WITS writer Turiya Autry working in Courtney Palmer’s classes. Autry is teaching in two sections: African American Literature and Latin American Literature. For the latter, she began by asking the twenty-two students in class, “What are a few issues that concern you? Or things you take issue with?” Several hands…

Hundreds of Students at the Schnitz for Desmond

Hundreds of Students at the Schnitz for Desmond

The Multnomah County Library’s annual community event, Everybody Reads, culminated with a lecture by Matthew Desmond on the evening of March 9. Thanks to our partnership with the library and The Library Foundation, hundreds of students received free copies of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City and tickets to attend the lecture at the Arlene…

Matthew Desmond Visits Gresham and Franklin High Schools

Matthew Desmond Visits Gresham and Franklin High Schools

Literary Arts’ partnership with the Multnomah County Library and The Library Foundation made it possible to bring 2017 Everybody Reads author Matthew Desmond to two local high schools to talk with students about his book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.   First, Desmond visited with about 80 students in the Gresham High School library. Vailey…

Madison High School Reading at the BiPartisan Cafe

Madison High School Reading at the BiPartisan Cafe

This year’s end-of-WITS residency reading for Madison High School was warm, wonderful, multidisciplinary, and intergenerational. Students and their teachers and writers read poems and prose, sang songs they’d written, free styled rapped, and one student performed a monologue from August Wilson’s play Seven Guitars in order to prepare for the August Wilson monologue competition. During the…

WITS Spring 2017 Residencies!

WITS Spring 2017 Residencies!

The WITS residencies for spring semester are up and running at public high schools throughout Portland and Gresham! Learn more about all our WITS writers-in-residence here.  At Franklin High School, WITS writer Alex Behr is working in one of Anne Meadows’ sophomore English classes; Leslee Chan is working in one of Dana Vinger’s creative writing classes; David…