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Friday

Feb 26

Free Events  

BIPOC Reading Series- February

We're kicking off the new year with the theme "VISIONS."  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

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Tuesday

Mar 2

Wednesday

Mar 3

Free Events   Writing Classes   Youth Events  

Pop Culture Poems! a Youth Poetry Slam Workshop | #Virtualandia! 2021

This workshop will take a look at the ways poetry and pop culture intersect. We will practice inhabiting the voices of fictional characters, historical figures, and celebrities when tackling important themes in the work we create – from the likes of Mario to Frida Kahlo, Beyonce to Jon Snow. Led by Julia Gaskill, this workshop

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Wednesday

Mar 3

Free Events  

One Page Wednesday: March

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! Hosted by Natalie Serber. Register in advance for this event. This month's featured reader is Molly Gaudry. Molly

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Monday

Mar 8

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All About Slam! a Q&A Session | #Virtualandia! 2021

Learn about the slam poetry process, #Virtualandia, and ask any questions you have whether it's about form, performance tips, or inspiration sources. This Q&A session will be led by local experts in slam poetry—Jacque Dixon, an educator and coach for our Brave New Voices team, and Jordan Wolmut, 2019 Verselandia! grand slam champion and Brave

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Wednesday

Mar 10

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From the Page to the Stage! a Youth Poetry Slam Workshop | #Virtualandia! 2021

You've got the words, so how do you say them? This workshop will provide the author different methods for how to bring out the best performance out of themself and their poem. We’ll read and discuss a few poems, practice some fresh techniques together, and have plenty of time for questions. -- RSVP HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtualandia-2021-workshop-and-qa-sessions-tickets-142756002045

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Wednesday

Mar 10

Free Events  

Incite: Queer Writers Read – March

Incite: Queer Writers Read is a curated, bimonthly reading series for Queer writers. Incite’s hope is to create conversation, connection, and greater understanding both within the Queer community and with other communities. Hosted by Vinnie Kinsella and Jennifer Perrine. The theme for March is Repair/Rebuild. Register for this event in advance.

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Friday

Mar 12

Free Events   Youth Events  

Feedback Session #1 for Youth Slam Poets | #Virtualandia! 2021

Get 1:1 support from slam experts during 15-20 minute sessions whether you need support with writing, revision, performance, or anything else. Co-hosted by Jacque Dixon and Julia Gaskill. -- sign up here: tinyurl.com/virtualandia-feedback-21 -- Feedback sessions are free and open to all #Virtualandia students. These will be hosted via Google Meet. For questions about feedback

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Wednesday

Mar 17

Thursday

Mar 18

Free Events   Youth Events  

Feedback Session #2 for Youth Slam Poets | #Virtualandia! 2021

Get 1:1 support from slam experts during 15-20 minute sessions whether you need support with writing, revision, performance, or anything else. Co-hosted by Jacque Dixon and Alex Dang. -- sign up here: tinyurl.com/virtualandia-feedback-21 -- Feedback sessions are free and open to all #Virtualandia students. These will be hosted via Google Meet. For questions about feedback

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Wednesday

Mar 24

Free Events  

Bagley Wright Lecture Series: Douglas Kearney

RED READ / READ RED: DEPICTIONS OF VIOLENCE IN POETRY Douglas Kearney has long written about the conflation of violence and entertainment in U.S.American culture, from badman folklore to postcards of lynchings. Still, there are questions that haunt. What are the ethics of representing violence? How might poetic aestheticizations of brutality transform, reinscribe, or abet

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Monday

Mar 29

Monday

Mar 29

Free Events   Writing Classes   Youth Events  

Performance that Pops! a Youth Poetry Slam Workshop | #Virtualandia! 2021

Refine your performance chops in anticipation of #Virtualandia! and more at this workshop co-led by two amazing slam poets—Jacque Dixon, an educator and coach for our Brave New Voices team, and Jolly Wrapper, third place Verselandia! 2018 winner and Brave New Voices poet. Topics may include projecting your voice with confidence, extending metaphors, transitioning themes,

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Tuesday

Mar 30

Free Events   Youth Events  

Feedback Session #3 for Youth Slam Poets | #Virtualandia! 2021

Get 1:1 support from slam experts during 15-20 minute sessions whether you need support with writing, revision, performance, or anything else. Co-hosted by Julia Gaskill and Alex Dang. -- sign up here: tinyurl.com/virtualandia-feedback-21 -- Feedback sessions are free and open to all #Virtualandia students. These will be hosted via Google Meet. For questions about feedback

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Wednesday

Apr 7

Free Events  

One Page Wednesday

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! Hosted by Natalie Serber. April's featured reader is Marilyn Freeman. Click here to

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Wednesday

Apr 14

Friday

Apr 16

Friday

Apr 16

Free Events   Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships  

General Nonfiction Finalists Webinar

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

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Saturday

Apr 17

Free Events   Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships  

Oregon Book Award Fiction Finalists at Springfield Public Library

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

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Friday

Apr 23

Free Events   Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships  

Creative Nonfiction Finalists Webinar

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

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Friday

Apr 23

Free Events  

BIPOC Reading Series- April

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

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Saturday

Apr 24

For Bipoc Writers   Free Events  

Oregon BIPOC Writers Publishing Event

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)

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Saturday

Apr 24

Free Events   Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships  

Children’s Literature Finalists at Green Bean Books

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

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Wednesday

Apr 28

Free Events   Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships  

Oregon Book Awards Finalists in Drama: Panel Discussion

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

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Thursday

Apr 29

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May 2

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May 6

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May 7

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May 7

Wednesday

May 12

Free Events  

Incite: Queer Writers Read – May

Incite: Queer Writers Read is a curated, bimonthly reading series for Queer writers. Incite’s hope is to create conversation, connection, and greater understanding both within the Queer community and with other communities. Hosted by Vinnie Kinsella and Jennifer Perrine. The theme for May is Wayfinding.  Register for this event in advance.

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Friday

May 14

Free Events  

Writers In Progress: Short Fiction

An evening with writers who took part in Margaret Malone's Short Story Intensive class, from September 2020 to May 2021. Join us as they share pieces from the story collections they've been working on all year. Hosted by Margaret Malone Register here for this event

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Wednesday

Jun 2

Free Events  

One Page Wednesday: June

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! Hosted by Natalie Serber. June's featured reader is Kelli Russell Agodon. Click here

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Tuesday

Jun 15

Friday

Jul 16

Free Events  

Emilly Prado: Funeral for Flaca

Join us for an evening of conversation with Emilly Prado and Celeste Noche, and a discussion of Funeral for Flaca, Emilly Prado's new book from Future Tense Books. You can read more about Emilly and the book in this feature story on Portland Monthly. Register in advance for this meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0oduqqrj4sEtAXV3Fj0pmKR8yQEme1Q_7U

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Wednesday

Aug 4

Free Events  

One Page Wednesday – August

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! Hosted by Natalie Serber. This month's featured reader is Mary Lou Buschi. Click

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Wednesday

Aug 18

Free Events   Oregon Literary Fellowships  

Oregon Literary Fellowships Information Session

Questions about applying to this year's Oregon Literary Fellowships? Join us at this information session! You can drop-in anytime between 2 PM and 3 PM. If you can't attend this session, another session will be offered on August 31. Register in advance for this meeting here. Please contact Susan Moore (susan@literary-arts.org) or Jessica Meza-Torres (jessica@literary-arts.org)

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Wednesday

Sep 22

Tuesday

Sep 28

Wednesday

Oct 6

Free Events  

One Page Wednesday: October

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 Wednesday is hosted by Jessica Meza-Torres. The featured reader is

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Saturday

Oct 16

Thursday

Oct 21

Free Events  

Slamlandia

Recurring

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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