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March 2019

Saturday

Mar 30

Free Events

SMC MFA, Omnidawn, and McSweeney’s: AWP off-site reading

Sat, Mar 30, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

a reading with: Victoria Chang Christine Hyung-Oak Lee Sara Mumolo Jesse Nathan Joseph Rios Tamsin Smith Lysley Tenorio Matthew Zapruder sponsored by Saint Mary's college MFA in Creative Writing, Omnidawn Publishing, and McSweeney's

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April 2019

Sunday

Apr 14

Free Events

Oregon Book Awards: Poetry, Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Finalists reading

Sun, Apr 14, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A reading with some of the Oregon Book Awards finalists in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction: David Biespiel Nick Dybek Apricot Irving John Larison Matthew Minicucci Dionisia Morales Meaghan O’Connell Wendy Willis Taylor Zajonc Leni Zumas

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Thursday

Apr 18

Free Events

Northwest Academy: Victor Lodato

Thu, Apr 18, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Northwest Academy presents a reading with Victor Lodato Victor Lodato is the author of two critically acclaimed novels: Mathilda Savitch, winner of the PEN USA Award, and the recently published Edgar and Lucy. His stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, The New York Times, and Best American Short Stories. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Born and raised in New Jersey, Victor currently resides in…

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Wednesday

Apr 24

Free Events

PDX JAZZ: The Resilience of Jazz

Wed, Apr 24, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join PDX Jazz for a lecture in their Discover Jazz series. The Resilience of Jazz with Marcia Hocker This lecture will explore why Jazz remains ever present in an evolving musical landscape and the important impact it continues to have on humanity. Marcia Hocker is a Director on the PDX Jazz Board, serving as the Education-Community Engagement Chair since 2011. In addition to being one of the primary emcees, she is the Coordinator and performs in their premier education performance…

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May 2019

Wednesday

May 1

Free Events

One Page Wednesday

Wed, May 1, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Writers, escape the solitude of your desk. Readers, come hear great fresh work. One Page Wednesday is an opportunity to share or listen to one page of work in progress from talented Portland writers. Come with a single page of work and sign up to read  - or come to listen and prepare to be inspired!  Please, no reading from electronic devices. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Featured Readers for May: Justin Taylor  is the author of the story collections…

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Sunday

May 5

Free Events

Oregon Book Awards Author Tour: Newport

Sun, May 5, 2019 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

An afternoon of reading and conversation with three Oregon Book Awards authors: Apricot Irving, THE GOSPEL OF TREES, finalist in creative nonfiction Beth Wood, LADDER TO THE LIGHT, finalist in poetry Leni Zumas, author of the novel RED CLOCKS, finalist in fiction

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Wednesday

May 8

Free Events

INCITE: Queer Writers Read: May

Wed, May 8, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The theme this month is "Never Surrender." Join us for readings by Wayne Bund, Jasmine Pettet, Jules Ohman, and Melissa Lynne.

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Thursday

May 16

Youth Events Free Events

Verselandia! East Side Slam

Thu, May 16, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  Literary Arts’ Youth Programs presents the first annual Verselandia! East Side Slam. Cheer on high school students in your community as they perform original poetry in front of a panel of judges. Students from participating East Multnomah County high schools will be competing at this event. Following the same rules as national poetry slams, students must perform original work without props, costumes, or music in front of a panel of judges and a live audience. Using a scale of…

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Thursday

May 16

Free Events

Portland Review Launch

Thu, May 16, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Each year Portland Review hosts a spring reading in celebration of student editors who are graduating and the incoming cohort of new editors. This reading will feature alumnus and current students of the PSU Creative Writing MFA, as well as contributors featured in the 2019 issue Unchartable. Featuring: Ed Skoog Margot Kahn Case Jeff Alessandrelli  A.M. Rosales Ed Skoog is the author of Run the Red Lights. His other collections of poetry include the chapbooks Toolkit (1995) and Field Recording (2003) and the full-length…

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Saturday

May 18

Free Events

Memoir and Novel Intensives: End of Year Reading

Sat, May 18, 2019 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

An end of the year reading featuring students from Laura Lampton Scott's novel intensive and Jay Ponteri's novel intensive classes: Alanna Hein Cass Sims Knight Cyndy Kagan Dan Shirey Jane Carlsen Jennie Bricker John Rolland Pacheco Sara Van Beckum Taylor Roghair ... and more!

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Wednesday

May 22

Free Events

Ooligan Press Writers of Color Spring Showcase

Wed, May 22, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Literary Arts and Ooligan Press (part of Portland State’s graduate program in Book Publishing) partner to present the third 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 Anis Mojgani, Literary Arts Board member, two-time National Poetry Slam Champion, winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, and multiple-time TEDx Speaker. Featured…

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June 2019

Wednesday

Jun 5

Free Events

One Page Wednesday – June

Wed, Jun 5, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Writers, escape the solitude of your desk. Readers, come hear great fresh work. Here is an opportunity to share or listen to one page of work in progress from talented Portland writers.Come with a single page of work and sign up to read – or come to listen and prepare to be inspired! Please, no reading from electronic devices. June's featured readers are Mohamed Asem and Nastashia Minto. This month's one page will be hosted by Natalie Serber

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Tuesday

Jun 11

Free Events

Young Adult Writers Pride Panel

Tue, Jun 11, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come celebrate Portland YA Pride at Literary Arts! Four local authors will read selections from their work followed by a panel discussion and Q & A. Sara Ryan is the author of the graphic novel Bad Houses with art by Carla Speed McNeil, young adult novels The Rules for Hearts and Empress of the World, and various comics, short stories, and essays. She is a faculty member in the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College…

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Thursday

Jun 13

Free Events

Slamlandia – June

Thu, Jun 13, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam that meets on the second Thursday of each 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 the community. June 13th features Nastashia Minto! Doors at 6:30pm.

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July 2019

Wednesday

Jul 10

Free Events

INCITE: Queer Writers Read: July

Wed, Jul 10, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The theme this month is "Unity". Join us for featured readings by Mary Mandeville, Marcus Lund, David Oates, and Trystan Angel Reese.

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Friday

Jul 19

Free Events

Bigfoot Regional Poetry Slam: Tournament and Workshops

Fri, Jul 19, 2019 from 6:00 pm - Sat, Jul 20, 2019 from 4:00 pm

The Bigfoot Regional Poetry Slam is a two day tournament featuring teams of spoken word poets from all over the Pacific Northwest (and beyond!). In this event, four teams of poets will compete in a battle of words at 6pm, followed by a different set of four teams at 8pm. Audience members selected at random determine the winner. Come see this dynamic event for yourself! Day two of the tournament will consist of the following workshops: Improv Rules For Writers…

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Thursday

Jul 25

Free Events

Getting Help with your Oregon Literary Fellowship application: Drop-in session

Thu, Jul 25, 2019 from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Friday, August 2, 2019 is the deadline to apply for an Oregon Literary Fellowship.    If you have questions about the application process and would like to meet in person, please note the following dates for drop-in assistance at our office at 925 SW Washington. No prior appointment is required. Thursday, June 20, 2019: 3:00–5:00 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2019: 3:00–5:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2019: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2019: 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. To make an in-person…

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August 2019

Friday

Aug 2

Free Events

Reema Zaman: PNCA MFA reading

Fri, Aug 2, 2019 from 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

As part of the PNCA Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing program, guest artist Reema Zaman reads from her book, I Am Yours: A Shared Memoir. Reema Zaman is an award-winning writer, speaker, actress, and author of the critically acclaimed memoir I Am Yours. Reema is also a 2018 Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient. I Am Yours has been adopted into the curriculum of several high schools through an Innovation Grant from the Oregon Department of Education, and is being adapted into a movie. The New York…

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Monday

Aug 5

Free Events

Grief Rites Foundation

Mon, Aug 5, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A monthly storytelling showcase about grief, loss and love. Gather in community with others who share grief in all forms and manifestations. Come ready to cry, laugh, listen and hold space for yourself and others. *Trigger warning, because Grief. Content not edited for language or topic. Mature audience. Curated Storytellers... Leah Baer Beth Dunnington Annie Gudger Melissa Lynne Sue Moshofsky Jewels Anne Richardson Jen Violi Kelly Wilson Curated/Hosted by Melissa Lynne & Mari Gonzalez

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Thursday

Aug 8

Free Events

Slamlandia: August

Thu, Aug 8, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam that meets on the second Thursday of each 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 the community.

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Tuesday

Aug 27

Free Events

Queer Nature/Nurture

Tue, Aug 27, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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September 2019

Wednesday

Sep 4

Free Events

One Page Wednesday: September

Wed, Sep 4, 2019 from 7:00 pm

Writers, escape the solitude of your desk. Readers, come hear great fresh work. One Page Wednesday is  a series hosted by Natalie Serber. An opportunity to share or listen to one page of work in progress from talented Portland writers. Come with a single page of work and sign up to read  - or come to listen and prepare to be inspired!  Please, no reading from electronic devices.  September's featured readers are Chelsea Biondolillo and Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet. Chelsea Biondolillo is…

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Monday

Sep 9

Free Events

Eclipsed Preview

Mon, Sep 9, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Corrib Theatre will give a sneak preview of their upcoming play Eclipsed by Patricia Burke Brogan, which plays September 20–October 13, 2019 at New Expressive Works (corribtheatre.org) In a Magdalene Laundry, where the nuns regard them as mindless vessels of evil and their infants are forcibly put up for adoption, a group of young unwed Irish mothers struggle, resist, and strive to overcome the onerous conditions imposed on them. Based on true accounts, and written by an ex-nun who worked…

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Wednesday

Sep 11

Free Events

INCITE: Queer Writers Read- September

Wed, Sep 11, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join our hosts, Kate Gray and Kate Carroll de Gutes, as we explore the theme of "memory".  Featured readings by Ana Maurine-Lara, Meredith Clark, Stacy Brewster, and Meg Weber, followed by a community discussion.     

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Tuesday

Sep 17

Free Events

Whitenoise Project 22 + Caldera: Jolly Wrapper / Ahmed / Cheuk / Penaloza

Tue, Sep 17, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Whitenoise Project and Caldera for a special event at Literary Arts. The night will feature readings and book signings from alumni of Caldera’s Youth Program and Artists in Residence (AiR) Program, including authors Michelle Peñaloza, Leland Cheuk, and Farooq Ahmed, all of whom will have newly published books that were completed at Caldera. Special guest Jolly Wrapper will open the evening. Featuring: Farooq Ahmed, Kansastan (7.13 Books) Leland Cheuk, No Good Very Bad Asian (C&R Press) Michelle Peñaloza, Former…

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Thursday

Sep 19

Free Events

Attic Institute: 20th Anniversary

Thu, Sep 19, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Attic Institute 20th Anniversary Reading featuring Associate Fellow in Nonfiction Brian Benson and four Attic students: Craig Brandis Irish Chung Jennifer Dorner Valerie Rea

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October 2019

Wednesday

Oct 2

Free Events

One Page Wednesday October

Wed, Oct 2, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Writers, escape the solitude of your desk. Readers, come hear great fresh work. An opportunity to share or listen to one page of work in progress from talented Portland writers.Come with a single page of work and sign up to read – or come to listen and prepare to be inspired! Please, no reading from electronic devices.

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Thursday

Oct 10

Free Events

Slamlandia

Thu, Oct 10, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam that meets on the second Thursday of each 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 the community.

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Wednesday

Oct 23

Free Events

PDX JAZZ: The Music and the Movement

Wed, Oct 23, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Music and the Movement will dive in to the inherent relationship between gospel, jazz, and rhythm and blues and the Civil Rights Movement, including an in-depth look at the Free Jazz movement. PDX Jazz Education and Outreach Manager Shelby Walton-Clark (she/her), a California native, has spent the last 6 years living in the Pacific Northwest. After graduating from Gonzaga University with a B.A. in Music and an Elementary Teaching Certificate, Shelby spent 2 years teaching elementary music in Washington,…

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November 2019

Wednesday

Nov 6

Free Events

One Page Wednesday: November

Wed, Nov 6, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Writers, escape the solitude of your desk. Readers, come hear great fresh work. Here is an opportunity to share or listen to one page of work in progress from talented Portland writers.Come with a single page of work and sign up to read – or come to listen and prepare to be inspired! Doors open at 6:30. Please, no reading from electronic devices. Hosted by Natalie Serber. Featured Readers for November: Sallie Tisdale is the author of nine books, most…

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Friday

Nov 8

Lit Crawl Free Events

Lit Crawl: Dorothea Lasky

Fri, Nov 8, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This event is part of Lit Crawl® Portland. Dorothea Lasky will read selections from ANIMAL, her new book of poetry lectures (Wave Books, 2019). Constellating four central topics—ghosts, colors, animals, and bees—Lasky serves as an encouraging guide through the startling, sometimes dangerous, always exhilarating landscapes of feral poetic imagination. Dorothea Lasky is the author, most recently, of Animal, published in 2019 in the Bagley Wright Lecture Series. She is also the author of five full-length collections of poetry Milk (Wave…

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Wednesday

Nov 13

Free Events

Incite: November

Wed, Nov 13, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Thursday

Nov 21

Free Events

Slamlandia

Thu, Nov 21, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam which meets on the second Thursday of each month. This mic provides a space that is creative, fun, and welcoming to 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 the community.

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December 2019

Wednesday

Dec 4

Free Events

One Page Wednesday

Wed, Dec 4, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Thursday

Dec 5

Free Events

Author’s Guild Reception

Thu, Dec 5, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

New Authors Guild ambassadors Cai Emmons and Gillian Klucas will be there to greet you as we launch our very first Portland Chapter event. Enjoy drinks and light refreshments as you get to know your fellow Portland authors. At this meeting we'll connect and plan ways we can help ensure a fruitful future for Portland's writing community. Please let us know if you plan to come by emailing portlandchapter@authorsguild.org

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Thursday

Dec 12

Free Events

Slamlandia: December

Thu, Dec 12, 2019 from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam which meets on the second Thursday of each month. This mic provides a space that is creative, fun, and welcoming to 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 the community.

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January 2020

Tuesday

Jan 7

Youth Events Free Events

Writers in the Schools End of Residency Reading

Tue, January 7 from 5:30 pm

Hear students from Grant High School share their creative writing during this live reading event! These students participated in our semester-long Writers in the Schools (WITS) creative writing residencies. Each residency is unique, tailored to support, deepen, and extend existing curriculum, and to contribute to student achievement in reading and writing. WITS teachers will also be reading at the event.

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Wednesday

Jan 8

Free Events

Incite: January

Wed, January 8 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Thursday

Jan 9

Free Events

Slamlandia: January

Thu, January 9 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam that meets on the second Thursday of each 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. January's Slamlandia features Ken Yoshikawa

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Wednesday

Jan 22

Thursday

Jan 30

Free Events

James X Preview

Thu, January 30 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Corrib Theatre will give a sneak preview of their upcoming play James X by Gerard Mannix Flynn, which plays February 13 – March 1, 2020 at New Expressive Works (corribtheatre.org) Plaintiff James X confronts the defendants, Church and State, for injustices they perpetrated throughout his childhood. While awaiting his trial, James examines his confidential state files compiled over the previous 45 years, and takes us on a journey through the schools, courts, health boards, industrial schools, psychiatric hospitals, and prisons.…

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February 2020

Wednesday

Feb 5

Youth Events Free Events

WITS Student Reading: Wilson High School

Wed, February 5 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Culmination of the Wilson High School Writers in the Schools (WITS) residencies. Listen to Wilson students read their original creative writing to peers, parents, and community members.

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Saturday

Feb 8

Kenneth Coleman
Free Events

Oregon Book Awards Author Tour: Kenneth R. Coleman

Sat, February 8 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Springfield Public Library, with support from Literary Arts, is proud to host Oregon Book Award Author Kenneth R. Coleman as part of Springfield Celebrates Authors 2020! Coleman’s first book “Dangerous Subjects: James D. Saules and the Rise of Black Exclusion in Oregon” won the 2019 Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction awarded by Literary Arts. Dangerous Subjects describes the life and times of James D. Saules, a black sailor who was shipwrecked off the coast of Oregon and settled…

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Thursday

Feb 13

Free Events

Slamlandia

Thu, February 13 from 6:30 pm

Poetry Open Mic & Slam Join us on FEBRUARY 13TH for a Thursday Poetry Open Mic and Slam! Doors and sign-ups are at 6:30 PM Get there on time to get a spot in the open mic or slam! Show begins at 7:00 PM This is the last a qualifying slam to get into the semi finals. February's Slamlandia features Cheryl Maddalena  Cheryl Maddalena is a poet, mom, engineer, and psychologist... but not all at the same time. Known for…

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