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          Slamlandia
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          Portland Arts & Lectures 2022/23: Patrick Radden Keefe
          February 27, 2023
          The Break with Kaveh Akbar
          March 1, 2023
          One Page Wednesday- March
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Events, Classes, and Seminars

Our events, classes, and seminars bring the community together to hear, learn, and discuss the most compelling issues and ideas of our day. We hope you will join us in our downtown Literary Arts space, online, and at partnering venues across Portland and Oregon.

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Friday

Oct 21

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Oct 21

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Oct 31

Tuesday

Nov 1

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Nov 1

Tuesday

Nov 1

Cover to Cover   Free Events  

PBF Cover to Cover: Book Launch for A Peculiar Paradise: A History of Blacks in Oregon, 1788–1940

More than forty years after its original publication, A Peculiar Paradise: A History of Blacks in Oregon, 1788–1940, remains the most comprehensive chronology of Black life in Oregon. Join us for the official book launch, hosted by Third Eye Books Accessories and Gifts, Portland’s only black-owned bookstore.

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Tuesday

Nov 1

Wednesday

Nov 2

Cover to Cover   Free Events  

PBF Cover to Cover: PCC’s Carolyn Moore Book Launch with YesYes Books

Join us at 6:30 PM at the Cascade Campus of Portland Community College in North Portland (Terrell Hall 122) as we celebrate this fantastic collection by late local poet Carolyn Moore, whose estate gave rise to PCC's Carolyn Moore Writing Residency. Readers will include Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani; poet Shelley Wong, whose debut As She Appears won the Pamet Prize from YesYes Books and was recently longlisted for the National Book Award; Carolyn Moore Writing resident Baruch Porras-Hernandez; and PCC's 2022-23 HARTS Writer-in-residence, Karah Kemmerly.

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Wednesday

Nov 2

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Nov 2

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Nov 2

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Nov 3

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Nov 3

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Nov 3

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Nov 3

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Nov 3

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Nov 3

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Nov 4

Friday

Nov 4

Cover to Cover   Free Events  

PBF Cover to Cover: “The Bookstour”: Literary Documentary and Bookseller Panel

Calling all lovers of indie bookstores for the Portland Book Festival’s two-part event: a screening of a new literary documentary and a panel of the city’s foremost booksellers.

When an author crosses the country visiting bookstores and promoting his online-only novel, he discovers a community of readers who buy their books locally. These readers make their case for local bookshops in the short documentary film: "The Bookstour."

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Friday

Nov 4

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Nov 5

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Nov 5

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Nov 6

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Nov 6

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Nov 6

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Nov 6

Cover to Cover   Free Events  

PBF Cover to Cover: Lit-Mondo

Lit-Mondo is an improv comedy show inspired by prose, poetry, and other writing by local and traveling authors. A team of experienced improv comedians listen to short readings by authors and pull from the themes and ideas in their work to create hilarious original comedy scenes on the spot! 

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Saturday

Nov 12

Thursday

Nov 17

Free Events   In-person  

Slamlandia

Recurring Event Slamlandia

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

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Saturday

Nov 19

For BIPOC writers   Free Events  

Oregon BIPOC Publishing Event: What to Expect When You’re Expecting (a Book!)

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 identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color to connect to the publishers and authors seeking to hear their voices.   What to Expect When You’re Expecting (a Book!) Ever wonder

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Monday

Nov 28

Writing Classes   Free Events  

The Break with Kaveh Akbar

Recurring Event The Break with Kaveh Akbar

In partnership with Alano Club of Portland, "The Break is a monthly virtual gathering of writers and artists lead by Kaveh Akbar, celebrating amongness, collaboration, and interdisciplinary creative experimentation. Though many of the activities and discussions orbit or are inflected by recovery themes (Akbar has been in active recovery for eight years), participants are not

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Wednesday

Dec 7

Free Events   In-person  

One Page Wednesday- December

One Page Wednesday is back in-person at our downtown center! 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. Our host is

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Thursday

Dec 8

Thursday

Dec 15

Monday

Dec 26

Wednesday

Jan 4

Free Events   In-person  

One Page Wednesday- January

One Page Wednesday is back in-person at our downtown center! 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. Our host is

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Friday

Jan 13

Free Events   In-person  

Ruby McConnell and Char Miller

Join us for an evening with Ruby McConnell and Char Miller discussing their latest books, Ground Truth: A Geological Survey of Life and Natural Consequences: Intimate Essays for a Planet in Peril. Ruby McConnell is a registered geologist and outdoor adventurer. She is a recipient of numerous honors, including the Literary Arts Oregon Literary Fellowship, and

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Thursday

Jan 19

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Jan 24

Tuesday

Jan 24

Free Events   online  

Joy Castro & S. Tremaine Nelson

Join us for a conversation with Joy Castro, author of One Brilliant Flame, and S. Tremaine Nelson of the Northwest Review. This is a virtual event. Click here to register in advance. If you have any questions, reach out to Jessica Meza-Torres at jessica@literary-arts.org.    

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Monday

Jan 30

Writing Classes   Free Events  

The Break with Kaveh Akbar

Recurring Event The Break with Kaveh Akbar

In partnership with Alano Club of Portland, "The Break is a monthly virtual gathering of writers and artists lead by Kaveh Akbar, celebrating amongness, collaboration, and interdisciplinary creative experimentation. Though many of the activities and discussions orbit or are inflected by recovery themes (Akbar has been in active recovery for eight years), participants are not

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Wednesday

Feb 1

Free Events   In-person  

One Page Wednesday- February

One Page Wednesday is back in-person at our downtown center! 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. Our host is

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Thursday

Feb 2

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