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June 2020

Wednesday

Jun 17

Free Events

Salman Rushdie: Quichotte

Wed, Jun 17, 2020 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT

This event was originally scheduled for June 4 and has been moved to June 17. Given the events across the country over the past week, and particularly those in Minneapolis, the four partner organizations, in concert with the author, have decided to postpone our event for Quichotte until June 17th. We take this step in the interest of giving proper weight to the reasons behind the protests. We also want to allow the opportunity for a full discussion of Salman's work. We…

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Thursday

Jun 18

Free Events

Ooligan Press Writers of Color Spring Showcase

Thu, Jun 18, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

Literary Arts and Ooligan Press (part of Portland State’s graduate program in Book Publishing) partner to present the fourth Oregon Writers of Color Spring Showcase. This event will feature many of Oregon’s most talented, diverse writers and is designed to connect these artists with the publishers seeking to hear their voices. The evening’s host will be 2020 Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient Olufunke Grace Bankole. Register in Advance for this Event

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Wednesday

Jun 24

Free Events Writing Classes

Pomodoro: Writing Alone Together with Natalie Serber

Wed, Jun 24, 2020 from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm PDT

Writers, having trouble focusing? Getting words on the page when our lives are so topsy turvy can be hard. There’s newsfeeds to check, social media to refresh, bread to bake, tomatoes to plant, homeschooling and another zoom meeting/happy hour to attend. Enter the pomodoro, named after the famous kitchen timer in the shape of a tomato. This free event takes place on Zoom, using the "audio only" option. If you'd like to participate, follow this link to register. Please note…

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Thursday

Jun 25

Free Events

Slamlandia Online

Thu, Jun 25, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

We're back with another poetry open mic - with a feature from the wonderful TaneshaNicole Poetry! All poets will have 3 minutes to share their poetry. We'll see you all at 7pm on June 25th for Slamlandia Poetry Open Mic. Register in advance for this event on Zoom

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July 2020

Thursday

Jul 2

Free Events

Slamlandia Online

Thu, Jul 2, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

We're back with another poetry open mic - details to come! Register in advance for this event on Zoom

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Wednesday

Jul 15

Free Events

Incite: Queer Writers Read

Wed, Jul 15, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

The theme for July's Incite is Justice! A curated reading series, hosted by Kate Carroll de Gutes and Kate Gray. This month's featured readers are Leah Baer, Ron Bloodworth, Carolyn Martin, and Shay Raymond. Sign up in advance to attend here

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Thursday

Jul 16

Free Events

Slamlandia Online – July 16

Thu, Jul 16, 2020 from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

We're back with another poetry open mic - details to come! Sign up in advance!

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Friday

Jul 17

Free Events Writing Classes

Free 90 minute Letter Writing Session with Wendy Noonan

Fri, Jul 17, 2020 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT

Join us for an afternoon of personal writing in the company of others.  Sometimes the medium of *instant* messaging and emails  doesn’t do our deeper thoughts and feelings justice. If you would like to sit together in good company writing letters, Wendy will provide examples, strategies and prompts to inspire students to write from their intellect and feelings both. Pre-registration is required. Click on this link to register:  

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Monday

Jul 20

Free Events Writing Classes

An Appointment with Emily and Your Chair: Free Writing Session

Mon, Jul 20, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

MONDAY, JULY 20, is full. 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…

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Monday

Jul 27

Free Events Writing Classes

An Appointment with Emily and Your Chair: Free Writing Session

Mon, Jul 27, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

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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August 2020

Monday

Aug 10

Free Events Writing Classes

An Appointment with Emily and Your Chair: Free Writing Session

Mon, Aug 10, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

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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Monday

Aug 17

Free Events Writing Classes

An Appointment with Emily and Your Chair: Free Writing Session

Mon, Aug 17, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

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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Thursday

Aug 20

Free Events

@Literary Arts Online: Slamlandia: August

Thu, Aug 20, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

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. August's featured poet is Robyn Kaur Sidhu. Register in advance for Slamlandia: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrcOmuqz0qGtaSZsUI8oaSMnAeIg6OqIMR If you have any questions, please contact slamlandia@gmail.com or jessica@literary-arts.org.

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Monday

Aug 24

Free Events Writing Classes

An Appointment with Emily and Your Chair: Free Writing Session

Mon, Aug 24, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

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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September 2020

Wednesday

Sep 2

Free Events

@ Literary Arts Online: One Page Wednesday – September

Wed, Sep 2, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

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! September's One Page featured reader is Nastashia Minto. Hosted by Natalie Serber. Click here to register. You do NOT need a Zoom account to log on to a Zoom meeting. You…

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Wednesday

Sep 9

Jennifer Perrine
Free Events

Incite: Queer Writers Read

Wed, Sep 9, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

A curated reading series, hosted by Kate Carroll de Gutes and Kate Gray. The theme for September is "together/apart" Featured readers: Anel Flores Jennifer Perrine and Kate and Kate! Sign up in advance to attend here

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Monday

Sep 14

Free Events Writing Classes

An Appointment with Emily and Your Chair: Free Writing Session

Mon, Sep 14, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

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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Thursday

Sep 17

Free Events

Slamlandia Online: September

Thu, Sep 17, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PDT

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. September Slamlandia's event features Shanna Alden and Erin Schick Register in advance for this event If you have any questions, please contact slamlandia@gmail.com…

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Monday

Sep 21

Free Events Writing Classes

An Appointment with Emily and Your Chair: Free Writing Session

Mon, Sep 21, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

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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Tuesday

Sep 22

Free Events

Online: BIPOC Reading Series- September

Tue, Sep 22, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

This bimonthly reading series is intended to prioritize the safety, creativity, and stories of Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color. The very first event of this series will be hosted by Jessica Meza-Torres, Program Assistant for Programs for Writers. Our featured readers, Armin Tolentino, Olufunke Grace Bankole, and Brianna Renae will share work on the theme of “Family.” There will be time for a few members of the audience to sign up and share their work. The readings…

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Monday

Sep 28

Free Events

An Appointment with Emily and Your Chair: Free Writing Session

Mon, Sep 28, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

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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October 2020

Friday

Oct 2

Free Events

Marilynne Robinson: Jack

Fri, Oct 2, 2020 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT

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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Wednesday

Oct 7

Free Events

@ Literary Arts Online: One Page Wednesday – October

Wed, Oct 7, 2020 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm PDT

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. October's One Page is hosted by Jessica Meza-Torres. R.L. Maizes is the author of the novel Other People's Pets, released July 14, and…

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Monday

Oct 12

Fall 2020 Free Events Writing Classes

An Appointment with Emily and Your Chair: Free Writing Session

Mon, Oct 12, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

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

Oct 14

Free Events

Applying for an Oregon Literary Fellowship: Your Questions Answered

Wed, Oct 14, 2020 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT

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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Thursday

Oct 15

Free Events

Carter Sickels and Megan Kruse: The Prettiest Star

Thu, Oct 15, 2020 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT

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

Free Events

@ Literary Arts Online: Slamlandia- October

Thu, Oct 15, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT

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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Monday

Oct 19

Fall 2020 Free Events Writing Classes

An Appointment with Emily and Your Chair: Free Writing Session

Mon, Oct 19, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PDT

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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November 2020

Tuesday

Nov 10

Free Events Portland Book Festival

Write Around Portland Workshop

Tue, Nov 10, 2020 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm PST

Write with Jenny Chu and learn more about Write Around Portland, an organization at the intersection of creative writing and social change. For 22 years, Write Around Portland has partnered with homeless shelters, treatment centers, schools, affordable housing buildings, hospitals, correctional facilities and other agencies to build community through writing together. Write Around Portland's acclaimed workshop model is good for both new and experienced writers. Please bring a pen and paper to the session. This event is free and open to…

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Wednesday

Nov 11

Free Events Portland Book Festival

INCITE: Queer Writers Read- November

Wed, Nov 11, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST

Incite: Queer Writers Read is a curated, monthly reading series for Queer writers hosted by Kate Carroll de Gutes and Kate Gray. Incite’s hope is to create conversation, connection, and greater understanding both within the Queer community and with other communities. INCITE. Because of queer stories. Because of these times. Because. Click here to register for this event in advance.   Make sure to check out the 50+ free events happening this month as part of the Portland Book Festival. We hope you…

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Saturday

Nov 14

Alex Behr
Free Events Picture Book Portland Book Festival Writing Classes Youth Events

SOLD OUT: Youth Workshop: Portal to an Alternate Universe

Sat, Nov 14, 2020 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm PST

Young writers will find an ordinary object, indoors or outdoors, that can magically transform into a portal to an altered universe! We’ll sketch it out and add descriptive words. Then we will use a guided visualization and literary models like The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Wildwood to help create a scene. It can be Portland with a twist, or something entirely from a fantasy world. Prompts will be offered to help participants, if needed, such as: Imagine…

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Thursday

Nov 19

Free Events Portland Book Festival

Online: Slamlandia- November

Thu, Nov 19, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST

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 here. If you have any questions, please contact slamlandia@gmail.com or jessica@literary-arts.org.   Make sure to check out the…

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Friday

Nov 20

Free Events Portland Book Festival

BIPOC Reading Series- November

Fri, Nov 20, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm PST

This bimonthly reading series is intended to prioritize the safety, creativity, and stories of Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color. This event will be hosted by Jessica Meza-Torres, Program Assistant for Programs for Writers. The theme this month is "Ghosts."  Our featured readers are Chris Stuck and Jacqueline Fitzgerald. After our featured readers, there will be time for a few members of the audience to sign up and share their work. The readings will be followed by a…

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December 2020

Wednesday

Dec 2

Free Events

One Page Wednesday: December

Wed, Dec 2, 2020 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm PST

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. December's featured reader is Ellen Michaelson. Ellen is the author of The Care of Strangers. She is a physician in Portland and an MFA graduate from Pacific University. She is currently an assistant professor…

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Thursday

Dec 3

Free Events

Hugo Moreno and Guadalupe García McCall

Thu, Dec 3, 2020 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm PST

Join us for a reading with two Oregon authors. Hugo Moreno, professor at Lewis & Clark college, will be reading from his new novel, Where The North Ends (Donde se acaba el Norte), and will be joined by Guadalupe García McCall, author of several books for young adult readers. Presented in partnership with Reed College and Lewis & Clark College. This event will take place on Zoom. Register in advance for this event: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtdOGpqzwoGNMGCwzVcC6cwQlo8SZZqePL .

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Thursday

Dec 17

Free Events Youth Events

WITS Writer Winter Reading

Thu, Dec 17, 2020 from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm PST

Join Writers in the Schools (WITS) as we close out this year in community for our annual WITS Writer Winter Reading. Although we'd normally gather in the library at Literary Arts, we invite you to cozy up from the comfort of your own spaces and listen to literary excellence at this virtual reading held via Zoom. This free public event will feature WITS writers Brian Benson, CJ Wiggan, Dey Rivers, Matt Smith, Meg E. Griffitts, Valarie Pearce, Damien Miles-Paulson, and…

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Thursday

Dec 17

Free Events Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships

First Draft Reading Series: David Wolman and Julian Smith

Thu, Dec 17, 2020 from 7:00 pm PST

Oregon Book Award winners David Wolman and Julian Smith will be reading from their book, Aloha Rodeo, winner of the 2020 Oregon Book Award in General Nonfiction. This event is presented in partnership with the First Draft Writers Series. The First Draft Writers’ Series is focused on encouraging discussion around issues within the community, the region and beyond. Notices about upcoming featured readers will be accompanied by a question or theme the audience and our Open Mic readers are asked…

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Thursday

Dec 17

Free Events

Slamlandia: December

Thu, Dec 17, 2020 from 7:00 pm PST

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. Click here to register for this event. If you have any questions, please contact slamlandia@gmail.com or jessica@literary-arts.org.

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Monday

Dec 21

Fall 2020 Free Events Writing Classes

An Appointment with Emily and Your Chair: Free Writing Session

Mon, Dec 21, 2020 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST

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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Monday, repeating until Mon, Dec 21, 2020

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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January 2021

Wednesday

Jan 6

Free Events

One Page Wednesday: January

Wed, January 6 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm PST

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. Featured reading by Rebecca Clarren. Rebecca Clarren is an award winning writer who has been writing about the American West for more than twenty years. Her journalism, which is frequently supported by the Fund for Investigative Journalism, is published…

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Wednesday

Jan 13

Free Events

Incite: Queer Writers Read

Wed, January 13 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST

Incite: Queer Writers Read is a curated, monthly 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. Register for this event in advance. January's readers: Sarah A. Chavez, a mestiza born and raised in the California Central Valley, is the author of the poetry collections, Hands That Break & Scar (Sundress Publications) and All Day, Talking (dancing girl press).…

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Thursday

Jan 14

Free Events Poetry

Brian Komei Dempster and Jennifer Perrine

Thu, January 14 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PST

Brian Komei Dempster's latest book of poems Seize focuses on his experience of raising a son who suffers from intractable epilepsy and pervasive developmental delays. Moreover, the book explores wartime incarceration, domestic/familial/racial tensions, and legacies of trauma and violence—along with paths towards resolution. Through juxtaposition, the poems link seemingly disparate events through a central metaphor: seizure. Dempster will be interviewed by Portland author Jennifer Perrine. Jennifer is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Again (Airlie Press, 2020).…

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Monday

Jan 18

Free Events Writing Classes

An Appointment with Emily and Your Chair: Free Writing Session

Mon, January 18 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST

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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Monday, repeating until Mon, Feb 22, 2021

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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Tuesday

Jan 19

Free Events Youth Events

WITS Reading: Gresham High School

Tue, January 19 from 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm PST

Writers in the Schools (WITS) has served public high school students with creative writing residencies in Portland, and more recently Gresham, since 1996. Published local writers collaborate with classroom teachers to lead an immersive semester-long workshop series designed to further class themes, curricula, and student interests. Each residency culminates with a public reading, ordinarily held in a local café or bookstore. With distance learning, we look forward to hosting our reading on Zoom and invite you to join us in…

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Thursday

Jan 21

Free Events

Slamlandia: January

Thu, January 21 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST

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. January's featured poet is Sheila J. Sadr. Click here to register for this event. If you have any questions,…

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