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April 2021

Wednesday

Apr 14

Free Events Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships

Oregon Book Award Poetry Finalists reading

Wed, April 14 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

Join us in celebrating this year's finalists for the STAFFORD/HALL AWARD FOR POETRY as they read from their work. Click here to see all of this year's Oregon Book Awards finalists. Register in advance for this webinar

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Thursday

Apr 15

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Slamlandia

Thu, April 15 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

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An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until Fri, May 21, 2021

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. Hosted by Julia Gaskill. Register in advance for this event If you have any questions, please contact slamlandia@gmail.com or jessica@literary-arts.org.

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Friday

Apr 16

Free Events Oregon Literary Fellowships

2021 Oregon Literary Fellowship recipients announced

Fri, April 16

Oregon Literary Fellowships are intended to help Oregon writers at all stages of their career initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, drama, and young readers’ literature. Fellowships are also awarded to support Oregon’s independent publishers and small presses that demonstrate a commitment to literary publishing.

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Friday

Apr 16

Free Events Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships

General Nonfiction Finalists Webinar

Fri, April 16 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT

Join the five finalists for the Frances Fuller Victor Award in General Nonfiction for an hour-long discussion and reading of their work. FRANCES FULLER VICTOR AWARD FOR CREATIVE NONFICTION FINALISTS: Judges: Jordanna Bailkin, Farid Matuk, Adam Sowards Edwin Battistella of Ashland, Dangerous Crooked Scoundrels: Insulting the President, from Washington to Trump (Oxford University Press) Nicholas Buccola of Portland, The Fire Is upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America (Princeton University Press) Kelsey…

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Saturday

Apr 17

Free Events Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships

Oregon Book Award Fiction Finalists at Springfield Public Library

Sat, April 17 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT

Join the five 2021 Oregon Book Award finalists for the Ken Kesey Award for a reading as part of Springfield Celebrates Authors. Chelsea Bieker of Portland, Godshot (Catapult Press) Genevieve Hudson of Portland, Boys of Alabama (Liveright Publishing, W.W. Norton) Mark Savage of Portland, Fictional Film Club (Deep Overstock) Vanessa Veselka of Portland, The Great Offshore Grounds (Alfred A. Knopf) Lidia Yuknavitch of Milwaukie, Verge (Riverhead Books, Penguin Random House PPG)

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Friday

Apr 23

Free Events Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships

Creative Nonfiction Finalists Webinar

Fri, April 23 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT

Join the five finalists for the Sarah Winnemucca Award in Creative Nonfiction for an hour-long discussion and reading of their work. SARAH WINNEMUCCA AWARD FOR CREATIVE NONFICTION FINALISTS: Judges: May-Lee Chai, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Heather Sellers Sierra Crane Murdoch of Hood River, Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country (Random House) Ruby McConnell of Eugene, Ground Truth: A Geological Survey of a Life (Overcup Press) David Oates of Portland, The Mountains of Paris (Oregon…

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Friday

Apr 23

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BIPOC Reading Series- April

Fri, April 23 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

The theme for April is "Uses of Anger" inspired by Audre Lorde's groundbreaking essay. This bimonthly reading series is intended to prioritize the safety, creativity, and stories of Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color. Come listen to our featured readers, or sign up to share your work in our open mic. Readings will be followed by a short community discussion. Click here to register for this event. This event is open to everyone, but only people who self-identify…

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Saturday

Apr 24

For Bipoc Writers Free Events

Oregon BIPOC Writers Publishing Event

Sat, April 24 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm PDT

Literary Arts, Ooligan Press, and Portland State University's English Department partner to present the Oregon BIPOC Writers Publishing Event. This event is designed for writers who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color to connect to the publishers and authors seeking to hear their voices. Pitching a Book 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (PST) Distilling the important elements of a book into a concise and gripping pitch is a true art. In this presentation, seasoned literary agent Fiona Kenshole…

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Saturday

Apr 24

Free Events Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships

Children’s Literature Finalists at Green Bean Books

Sat, April 24 from 2:00 pm PDT

Join the five Oregon Book Award finalists for the Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award, presented by Green Bean Books on Independent Bookstore Day. ELOISE JARVIS MCGRAW AWARD FOR CHILDREN’S LITERATURE Judges: Nikki McClure, Eliot Schrefer, Wendy Wahman Deborah Hopkinson of West Linn, Butterflies Belong Here (Chronicle Books) Jody J. Little of Portland, Worse Than Weird (Harper Collins Children's Books) Susan Hill Long of Portland, Josie Bloom and the Emergency of Life (Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster) Jenn Reese of Portland,…

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Wednesday

Apr 28

Free Events Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships

Oregon Book Awards Finalists in Drama: Panel Discussion

Wed, April 28 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

Join the five Oregon Book Award finalists for the Angus Bowmer Award in Drama for a panel discussion, moderated by Chip Miller, Associate Artistic Director of Portland Center Stage at The Armory. Streamed live at Portland Center Stage on their You Tube and Facebook pages atYouTube, and Facebook ANGUS BOWMER AWARD FOR DRAMA Judges: Michelle Carter, Diana Grisanti, KJ Sanchez Sara Jean Accuardi of Portland, The Delays Conor Eifler of Portland, You Cannot Undo This Action E.M. Lewis of Monitor,…

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Thursday

Apr 29

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Elissa Washuta, Kristin Arnett, Morgan Parker and Tommy Pico: White Magic

Thu, April 29 from 7:00 pm PDT

Join Elissa Washuta, Kristin Arnett, Morgan Parker and Tommy Pico for "a Sagittarius group chat" about Washuta's new book, White Magic. Register in advance for this webinar

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May 2021

Sunday

May 2

Free Events Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships

Oregon Book Awards Show: The Archive Project

Sun, May 2 from 7:00 pm PDT

The 2021 Oregon Book Award winners will be announced on May 2, 2021, on a special episode of The Archive Project, airing on OPB Radio at 7:00 p.m. The hour-long show will be hosted by Omar El Akkad and Elena Passarello, and will feature readings from Oregon Book Awards winners, archival audio from previous Oregon Book Awards ceremonies, and an interview with CES Wood recipient Molly Gloss.

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Thursday

May 6

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Wordplay Festival: West x Midwest Present Alison Bechdel in Conversation with Cheryl Strayed

Thu, May 6 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT

Join The Loft's virtual Wordplay Festival for a conversation between Alison Bechdel and Cheryl Strayed about Bechdel's new graphic memoir.

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Friday

May 7

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Wordplay Festival: Intercontinental Series featuring Helen Oyeyemi

Fri, May 7 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

Helen Oyeyemi, bestselling author of What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, crafts a mesmerizing portrayal of two lovers forever changed by an unusual train journey in her new novel Peaces. As Otto and Xavier Shin depart on what appears to be a train constructed by their wildest imaginations, we discover that the past is never truly behind us—and could possibly be sitting right next to us. The Loft's Virtual Wordplay is presented by St. Catherine University and Star Tribune. In partnership…

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Friday

May 7

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Mary Jo Bang, Joshua Beckman and Zachary Schomburg

Fri, May 7 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

An evening of poetry, to celebrate the publication of Fjords Vol. 2 by Oregon Book Award author Zachary Schomburg. Register in advance for this webinar

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