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White Teeth

June 15-29, 2022
Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m (3 sessions)
925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205


Written when she was only 25 years old, White Teeth catapulted Zadie Smith into renown as one of the most exciting authors in the English language. This profound & humorous novel revolves around two families living as neighbors in Willesden, London: the English/Jamaican Jones family & the Bangladeshi Iqbal family. The families initially become intertwined when Archie Jones & Samad Iqbal fight together in a tank unit during World War Two, but the novel moves through several generations, depicting Clara Bowden’s immigration from Jamaica to the U.K., Magid Iqbal’s genetic experimentation on laboratory rats, Alsana Begum’s arranged marriage, & so many other explorations of the human condition in all its bizarre beauty. The lasting celebration of White Teeth as one of the premier contemporary novels is a testament to the genius of its prose & the importance of its perspective.

In-Person Seminar
Note: This seminar meets in-person at Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington. Literary Arts will require proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative test result (within 72 hours) from a healthcare provider, for entry into our in-person classes. Masks will also be required in accordance with current public health mandates in the state of Oregon. Please see our complete Covid-19 policy here.

Access Program
We want our writing classes and Delves to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. Our Access Program offers writing class and Delve tuitions at a reduced rate. The access program for writing classes covers 60% of the class tuition.

Please apply here for access rate tuition. Contact Susan Moore at susan@literary-arts.org if you have questions.



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Benjamin McPherson Ficklin

Benjamin McPherson Ficklin is the author of the chapbook 'A Cynical View of Dystopian America.' Their work has been published in Lomography, wildness, Ursus Americanus Press, STORGY, Clackamas Literary Review, Tahoma Literary Review, Autre, Oregon Voice Magazine, and recognized in Best Small Fiction 2019 and Best American Essays 2020.
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