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September 2020

Thursday

Sep 24

Portland Arts & Lectures

2019/2020 Portland Arts & Lectures: Colson Whitehead (virtual event)

Thu, September 24 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This event was originally scheduled for May 7, 2020. Due to concern for the health and safety of our community due to COVID-19, it has been rescheduled to be a virtual event on Thursday, September 24, 2020.

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Monday

Sep 28

Free Events Virtual Event

An Appointment with Emily and Your Chair: Free Writing Session

Mon, September 28 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Writing, even on a good day, is hard. So how do we do it on the not-good days, on the days when it feels like the world is upside-down? “Butt in chair” is the simple answer. We make ourselves sit down, and we don’t get up until we’ve gotten a few sentences down at the very least. But sometimes it feels impossible to even get to the chair. We’d honestly rather throw the chair out the window than sit in…

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Wednesday

Sep 30

Writing Classes

Fall 2020 Online: Writing the Non-Fiction Book Proposal: Second Section

Wed, September 30 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This six-week class will take you step-by-step through the major parts of the nonfiction book proposal: the query letter, overview, competitive analysis, marketing and promotion, author background, outline and sample chapter. Bring an idea, and be ready to write. The class includes extensive handouts and questionnaires to guide your work.

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October 2020

Thursday

Oct 1

Virtual Event

Bookmark: A Benefit for Literary Arts

Thu, October 1 from 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Join us virtually for this year’s Bookmark: A Benefit for Literary Arts on Thursday, October 1 at 6:00 p.m. PDT! We’ll come together online to celebrate our creative community and hear powerful stories from some of Oregon’s brightest artists. Through story, we build community. RSVP and learn more here: https://www.avstream.me/bookmark.

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Friday

Oct 2

Free Events Virtual Event

Marilynne Robinson: Jack

Fri, October 2 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Presented in partnership with the Black Mountain Institute, Literary Arts, and The Loft's Wordplay, and Wisconsin Book Festival. Marilynne Robinson will appear live on Crowdcast, in conversation with novelist C Pam Zhang. Join us at: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/jack Marilynne Robinson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Humanities Medal, returns to the world of Gilead with Jack, the latest novel in one of the great works of contemporary American fiction. Presented in partnership with the Black Mountain Institute, Literary Arts, and The Loft's Wordplay, and…

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Saturday

Oct 3

Writing Classes Fall 2020

Looking Back to Look Forward: A Daily Writing Practice

Sat, October 3 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This class will help you adopt crucial creative habits using your memory of the past to build a practice for the future. Using a series of daily in-class and at-home prompts that focus on ideas of home, trek childhood, and position memory as present, you will generate new work and use research-based ways to bring a sustainable practice into your life.

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Saturday

Oct 3

Writing Classes Fall 2020

Writing Along the Seam

Sat, October 3 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Consider the sphinx: head of a woman, haunches of a lion, wings of a bird. A creature powerful and wise enough to guard the seam between the sacred and the secular, life and afterlife. Hybrid forms of writing possess a similar power, harnessing two or more established forms to create something new, unique, and potent. When we reunite these forms, we welcome new, transformative forces into our work. In this course, we will consider various hybrid literary forms: lyric essay,…

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Sunday

Oct 4

Writing Classes Fall 2020

Kindling the Story: Experiments in Research

Sun, October 4 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

What surprising roles can research play in helping to generate new ideas or complement the telling of our own personal life stories? In this five-week class we will explore readings and prompts that utilize research in lyrical and innovative ways—sometimes as a seed that launches a surprising investigation, sometimes as the metaphorical connective tissue between memories of something unrelated, sometimes as structural scaffolding. Looking to journalism, ethnography, archives, found material, and our own repositories of memory and observation, we will…

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Monday

Oct 5

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online Fall 2020: Far From the Madding Crowd

Mon, October 5 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The older well-to-do gentleman farmer, the dashing cavalry officer, or the steadfast shepherd—whom will accidental tenant farmer Bathsheba Everdene choose? Far From the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel that first established his international reputation, asks and answers that question. But, because this is Thomas Hardy, the course of true love is fraught with perils, tragic accidents of fate, well-meaning rustics, and—sheep. This is one of the great 19th century love stories, written by a master novelist/poet whose lifelong literary…

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Tuesday

Oct 6

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online Fall 2020: Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition

Tue, October 6 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

What is the purpose of public life? Should we live as thinkers or doers? These are the questions that Hannah Arendt tackles in her 1958 work ​The Human Condition. Philosophers have long argued that the ideal state for the human condition is a life of contemplation and inward-focus. Arendt questions the value of the ​vita contemplativa​ and she proposes that a life of action, ​vita activa​, is central to the human condition. Hannah Arendt is one of the most influential…

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Wednesday

Oct 7

Free Events Virtual Event

@ Literary Arts Online: One Page Wednesday – October

Wed, October 7 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Literary Arts is taking One Page online! Here is an opportunity to share or listen to one page of work in progress from talented writers from everywhere. Come with a single page of work and sign up to read – or come to listen and prepare to be inspired! October's One Page featured reader is R.L. Maizes. Hosted by Natalie Serber. R.L. Maizes is the author of the novel Other People's Pets, released July 14, and the short story collection…

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Sunday

Oct 11

Writing Classes Fall 2020

Using Persona To Reveal Our Many Selves

Sun, October 11 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In “Song of Myself,” Walt Whitman wrote, “I am large, I contain multitudes.” We’ll follow in Whitman’s footsteps by reading and writing poems that explore the multiple people we have been, are, and could be. We’ll also blend autobiographical and fictional details and invite in personae—selves who seem vastly different from us—to discover new strategies for writing from the fullness of our messy, contradictory lives.

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Tuesday

Oct 13

Writing Classes Fall 2020

Writing with Constraints:Discover the Unexpected Working with Limits

Tue, October 13 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sometimes freedom is found within the boundaries of constraints. In this workshop, we are going to write to prompts, but with a twist. Each prompt will also come with some form of constraint or a series of constraints (i.e. write in the present tense, write only in second person, write the experience from end to beginning, etc.) We will be working towards a series of prose poems, or a lyric essay, or a personal essay, but all the while using…

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Tuesday

Oct 13

Portland Arts & Lectures

Portland Arts & Lectures 2020/21 Season

Tue, October 13 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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One event on Tue, May 18, 2021 at 7:30 pm

One event on Thu, Jan 28, 2021 at 7:30 pm

One event on Thu, Feb 18, 2021 at 7:30 pm

One event on Tue, Apr 20, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Literary Arts is pleased to announce the author line-up for the 2020/21 Season of Portland Arts & Lectures. Subscriptions start at just $90 for the series. Subscribe today! At this time, all lectures are scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. 

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Tuesday

Oct 13

Portland Arts & Lectures

2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Helen Macdonald (Virtual Event)

Tue, October 13 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, illustrator and naturalist, and an affiliated research scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Her most recent book is the essay collection, Vesper Flights (Grove Atlantic, August 2020). Her best-selling memoir, H Is for Hawk, which the New York Times notes reminds us that “excellent nature writing can lay bare some of the intimacies of the wild world.” Macdonald is the author of a cultural history of…

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Wednesday

Oct 14

Free Events Virtual Event

Applying for an Oregon Literary Fellowship: Your Questions Answered

Wed, October 14 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Questions about applying for an Oregon Literary Fellowship? Join us for a Zoom meeting and bring your questions. Pre-registration is required, but you can attend any time between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpdOChrTssE9zH-CA3iulLeWH8ahUf0PSq

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Wednesday

Oct 14

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online Fall 2020: The Essays of Michel de Montaigne

Wed, October 14 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

There are few things more pleasurable than conversing with the great master of the essay, Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592). Sarah Bakewill’s excellent How to Live: A life of Montaigne in one question and twenty attempts at an answer (2011) has inspired wide current interest in Montaigne as a writer whom readers uncannily feel they know—our contemporary. He lived in a deeply contested and divided society, to which his answer was to become the greatest reader of his age. His essays,…

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Thursday

Oct 15

Free Events Virtual Event

Carter Sickels and Megan Kruse: The Prettiest Star

Thu, October 15 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Carter Sickels in conversation with Megan Kruse, discussing Carter Sickels’ new novel, The Prettiest Star. Set in 1986, a year after Rock Hudson’s death brought the news of AIDS into living rooms and kitchens across America, Carter’s second novel shines light on an overlooked part of the epidemic, those men who returned to the rural communities and families who’d rejected them. The Prettiest Star was included in O Magazine’s list of "31 LGBTQ Books That'll Change the Literary Landscape in…

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Thursday

Oct 15

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online Fall 2020: Lost Children Archive

Thu, October 15 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

“We walked out onto Broadway, into the late morning, and the city was buzzing, the buildings high and solid, the sky pristine blue, the sun bright—as if nothing catastrophic were happening.” Valeria Luiselli’s newest novel ​Lost Children Archive ​contrasts a privileged existence in a time laden with myriad state-funded horrors. It begins with a woman in New York who records soundscapes for NYU, translating for a mother from Tlaxiaco whose two children are held in a Texas detention facility. As…

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Thursday

Oct 15

Writing Classes Fall 2020

Storytelling Intensive: Stories of Healing

Thu, October 15 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This six-week intensive will help you master the art of live true personal storytelling. The workshop covers crafting stories with a five-part story arc, guiding a story using theme and tone, honing your delivery for a live audience, as well as a treasure trove of secrets to this satisfying art form. This particular intensive will dive into stories of healing. How do we talk about the events of our lives that truly shaped and transformed us, change how we saw…

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Thursday

Oct 15

Free Events Virtual Event

@ Literary Arts Online: Slamlandia- October

Thu, October 15 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam that meets every month. This mic provides a creative, fun, and welcoming space for all literary communities in Portland. We encourage poets new and old to come share their work. We strive towards a safer space for poets to read their own poetry, witness others, and participate in community. Register in advance for Slamlandia: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0oce-srTMiHdNh9WmPM3LGCb5MVJPLsrXY If you have any questions, please contact slamlandia@gmail.com or jessica@literary-arts.org.

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Sunday

Oct 18

Writing Classes Fall 2020

October Writer of Color Workshop

Sun, October 18 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

One-day Workshop: Open to writers of color at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. A variety of prompts will be presented as avenues for generating and sharing new work in an informal setting. You can also bring your own prompts and questions about the writing process, and explore them with the group.

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Wednesday

Oct 21

Writing Classes Fall 2020

Borders and Beginnings: Creation and Revision

Wed, October 21 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This class will help you adopt crucial creative habits using your memory of the past to build a practice for the future. Using a series of daily in-class and at-home prompts that focus on ideas of home, trek childhood, and position memory as present, you will generate new work and use research-based ways to bring a sustainable practice into your life.

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Friday

Oct 23

Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships

Oregon Book Awards Submission Deadline

Fri, October 23 from 5:30 pm

The finalists for the 2021 Oregon Book Awards will be announced by March 2021, and the winners will be announced at the Oregon Book Awards Ceremony to be held in May 2021. Work may be submitted by the author, publisher, producer, or any member of the public. Eligibile titles will have an original publication date between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020. Guidelines and application form here

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Sunday

Oct 25

Writing Classes

Fall 2020 Online: Drafting Collage

Sun, October 25 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The collage or braided essay ​weaves different narrative and thought threads into personal writing to represent a non-linear path of thinking through complex and difficult topics.​ In Drafting Collage, we will deepen our understanding of this form by using revision techniques and workshop to deepen an essay that students want to write or have already begun. Outside reading assignments and in-class writing and revision exercises will nuance our understanding of the form and allow for some experimentation and writing play.…

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Friday

Oct 30

Writing Classes

Fall 2020: Six-Month Short Story Intensive: Starting the Story Collection

Fri, October 30 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This class is for experienced writers who are dedicated to starting the first draft of a story collection over the course of 6 months. We will have 22 class meetings between October and April, with a four-week break from mid-December to mid-January to focus on generating and revising our work.

Participants should have experience writing stories and familiarity with the elements of literary short fiction including scene, character, conflict, place and revision. We will study individual stories by authors, read craft essays, and discuss several published collections and how the stories unite to form a book.

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Friday

Oct 30

Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships

Oregon Literary Fellowships Application Deadline

Fri, October 30 from 5:00 pm

Oregon Literary Fellowships are intended to help Oregon writers initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, drama (including scripts for television and film), and young readers literature. Read the guidelines and apply.

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November 2020

Thursday

Nov 5

Portland Book Festival

Portland Book Festival: Opening Day

Thu, November 5

Join Literary Arts for the annual Portland Book Festival, presented by Bank of America, taking place online November 5-21, 2020, with digital events streaming at different times throughout the day. The digital festival will feature author events for all ages, pop-up readings, and writing classes. Come together with your community and celebrate our shared passion for books. Subscribe to our monthly e-news and continue to check online for the latest news.

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Thursday

Nov 5

Portland Book Festival Writing Classes

The Writers’ Gymnasium: The Writing Workout

Thu, November 5 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Six-week Class: This prompt-driven generative workshop will give writers an opportunity to flex their literary muscles. Classes will provide an intimate, structured, and supportive time to broaden basic and complex writing skills.

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Thursday

Nov 5

Portland Book Festival

Jess Walter in conversation with Andrew Proctor: Portland Book Festival

Thu, November 5 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Purchasing this preorder from Powells.com entitles you to a ticket to the Portland Book Festival virtual event featuring Jess Walter on Thursday, November 5, at 6:00 p.m. (Pacific). By purchasing the book through this link, you will be automatically registered for the virtual event, and Literary Arts will send you an email two days prior to the event containing a link to the event and instructions on how to access it. Your copy of The Cold Millions will ship on the…

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Thursday

Nov 5

Portland Book Festival Writing Classes

November 2020: Escritura generativa para adultos – en español

Thu, November 5 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Escritura generativa para adultos – en español Generative Writing for Adults – in Spanish (translation below) En este curso de seis semanas, escribiremos juntos y compartiremos nuestra escritura, siguiendo el Amherst Writers and Artists Method (el método de escritores y artistas de Amherst). Para cada sesión de dos horas, escribiremos a dos a tres apuntes para sesiones medidas, con tiempo para compartir entre cada una. Participantes serán invitados a escribir en diferentes géneros, escribir historias personales y/o imaginadas, compartir su…

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Saturday

Nov 7

Portland Book Festival Writing Classes

November 2020: Jump-starting Your Poems With Wonder

Sat, November 7 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lony Haley-Nelson notes: “Wonder is valuable…because it leads us to learn and remember.” Using the language and vocabulary of myth, folklore, science, and natural history as inspiration for poems, this generative workshop will help you jump-start the blank page in front of you.

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Saturday

Nov 7

Portland Book Festival Writing Classes

November 2020: Build Your Own Publicity Plan

Sat, November 7 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Many authors shy away from self-promotion, but a strong public persona and publicity plan is one of the best investments you can make in your forthcoming book. This class takes the guesswork out of promotion and guides you to develop a sustainable plan, wherever you are in the publication process. We’ll cover timelines, target markets, tools, and industry expectations, as well as how to collaborate with your press, and when (or whether) to hire an outside publicist.

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Wednesday

Nov 11

Portland Book Festival Writing Classes

November 2020: Intermediate Fiction Workshop

Wed, November 11 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This six week fiction workshop is open to students with some experience writing fiction of any length (flash, short stories, novels). Emphasis will be on the workshop and supporting each other to bring our fiction to the next level. Students can expect to submit substantial writing for workshop twice during the course, and to complete 1-2 hours of reading or outside work each week, in addition to writing time. Outcomes: Students will complete generative exercises and short readings for greater…

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Saturday

Nov 14

Portland Book Festival Writing Classes

November 2020 online: Addictive Openings: Refining and Electrifying Your Novel’s First Pages

Sat, November 14 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

In this class, we will spend four sessions together diving deep into what makes those sometimes tricky opening pages of your novel really sing. Most of us can bring to mind our favorite novels, and how they seemed to reach out and grab us right away. There is nothing more exhilarating than feeling that sense of immediate capture. But writing them can be tricky—should you use a prologue, how much context or backstory is really needed, and then of course,…

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Saturday

Nov 14

Portland Book Festival Writing Classes

November 2020: Fear and Writing

Sat, November 14 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Zoom webinar: Fear is a natural part of the creative process. Instead of fighting it, work with it. Through stories, mindfulness, and free-writing, you will discover simple, realistic ways to face your fear, get to know it, and use it to propel your writing, rather than hinder it.

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Monday

Nov 16

Portland Book Festival Free Events Virtual Event

West x Midwest at Portland Book Festival: Claudia Rankine and Jericho Brown

Mon, November 16 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Spend an evening with McArthur Fellow Claudia Rankine and Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Jericho Brown and as they discuss Just Us, Rankine’s brilliant new collection. This arrangement of essays, poems, and images, speaks to the mechanics of race in this country, and invites us to discover what it takes to build better futures. This event is presented BY WEST x MIDWEST, A COLLABORATION BETWEEN Black Mountain Institute, Literary Arts, The Loft's Wordplay, and Wisconsin Book Festival. This is a free, virtual event, and…

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Tuesday

Nov 17

Portland Book Festival

Margaret Atwood in conversation with Karen Russell: Portland Book Festival

Tue, November 17 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

From Powells.com Purchasing this preorder entitles you to a ticket to the Portland Book Festival virtual event featuring Margaret Atwood with Karen Russell on Tuesday, November 17, at 5:30 p.m. (Pacific). By purchasing the book through this link, you will be automatically registered for the virtual event, and Literary Arts will send you an email two days prior to the event containing a link to the event and instructions on how to access it. Your copy of Dearly will ship on…

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Thursday

Nov 19

Portland Book Festival

Isabel Wilkerson in conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen: Portland Book Festival

Thu, November 19 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

From Powells.com Purchasing this book entitles you to a ticket to the Portland Book Festival virtual event featuring Isabel Wilkerson in conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen on Thursday, November 19, at 5:30 p.m. (Pacific). By purchasing the book through this link, you will be automatically registered for the virtual event, and Literary Arts will send you an email two days prior to the event containing a link to the event and instructions on how to access it. Your copy of…

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Saturday

Nov 21

Portland Book Festival

Portland Book Festival: Closing Day

Sat, November 21

Join Literary Arts for the final day of the Portland Book Festival, presented by Bank of America. Come together with your community and celebrate our shared passion for books and cap off the 2020 Festival. The 2020 Festival takes place online November 5-21, with digital events streaming at different times throughout the day. The digital festival will feature author events for all ages, pop-up readings, and writing classes. Subscribe to our monthly e-news and continue to check online for the latest news.

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January 2021

Thursday

Jan 28

Portland Arts & Lectures

2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Madeline Miller

Thu, Jan 28, 2021 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Madeline Miller is the author of The Song of Achilles (2011) and Circe (2018). Writing in a genre Miller refers to as “mythological realism,” these titles reimagine ancient Greek myths for the modern reader. The Song of Achilles won the 2012 Orange Prize (now The Women’s Prize for Fiction), was a finalist for the Chautauqua Prize, and was praised by acclaimed author Ann Patchett as “a book I could not put down.” Circe was a #1 New York Times bestseller…

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February 2021

Thursday

Feb 18

Portland Arts & Lectures

2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Ibram X. Kendi

Thu, Feb 18, 2021 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Ibram X. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author and the founding director of The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. A professor of history and international relations, Kendi is a contributing writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of The Black Campus Movement and Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Kendi was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and he was honored on The Root…

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April 2021

Tuesday

Apr 20

2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Joy Harjo

Tue, Apr 20, 2021 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Joy Harjo is a renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and was named the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019. Harjo is the author of nine books of poetry—most recently An American Sunrise—several plays and children’s books, and a memoir, Crazy Brave. She has received numerous prominent awards, including the 2017 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and 2015 Wallace Stevens Award. The Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, says: “Her work powerfully connects us to the…

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May 2021

Tuesday

May 18

Portland Arts & Lectures

Portland Arts & Lectures 2020/21 Season

Tue, May 18, 2021 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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One event on Tue, May 18, 2021 at 7:30 pm

One event on Thu, Jan 28, 2021 at 7:30 pm

One event on Thu, Feb 18, 2021 at 7:30 pm

One event on Tue, Apr 20, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Literary Arts is pleased to announce the author line-up for the 2020/21 Season of Portland Arts & Lectures. Subscriptions start at just $90 for the series. Subscribe today! At this time, all lectures are scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. 

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Tuesday

May 18

Portland Arts & Lectures

2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Yaa Gyasi (RESCHEDULED)

Tue, May 18, 2021 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Yaa Gyasi is the author of the forthcoming novel, Transcendent Kingdom (Knopf, August 2020). Her best-selling debut novel, Homegoing (2016), is an intergenerational saga following two split branches of a Ghanaian family through three hundred years of history. Homegoing won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for best first book, was shortlisted for the British Book Award – Debut of the Year, was named a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book, and…

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