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September 2019

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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March 2020

Thursday

Mar 12

Free Events

Slamlandia March cancelled

Thu, March 12 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. This event will not take place in March  

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April 2020

Wednesday

Apr 1

Free Events

Online: One Page Wednesday – APRIL

Wed, April 1 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come as you are to One Page Wednesdays. Wear your pajamas, sweats or whatever you feel comfortable in to this online edition of 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! April's One Page featured readers are YOU. Literary Arts is taking One…

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Friday

Apr 24

Delve Readers Seminars Free Events

Delve Online: Free 90 minute Discussion on ‘The Falls’ by George Saunders

Fri, April 24 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

A free 90-minute Delve discussion on The Falls by George Saunders. Hosted by Christopher Zinn. The discussion is limited to 16 people and pre-registration is required. Registered participants will receive information on how to sign on to the Zoom meeting. "Boy, oh boy, could life be a torture. Could life ever force a fellow into a strange, dark place from which he found himself doing graceless, unforgivable things like casting aspersions on his beloved firstborn. If only he could escape…

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May 2020

Friday

May 1

Delve Readers Seminars Free Events

Delve Online: Free 90 minute Discussion on Paul Auster’s In the Country of Last Things and Jose Saramego’s Blindness

Fri, May 1 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

A free 90-minute online Delve discussion on Paul Auster’s In the Country of Last Things and Jose Saramego’s Blindness. The discussion is limited to 16 people and pre-registration is required. Registered participants will receive information on how to sign on to the Zoom meeting. Led by Delve guide Ivonne Saed. Participants are encouraged to come prepared to discuss the following questions, and to bring their own as well. Reflect on Saramago’s social critique and the way he writes about the blindness epidemic as…

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Wednesday

May 6

Free Events

Online: One Page Wednesday May

Wed, May 6 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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. At least 20 people will be invited to read for four minutes. Click Here to sign up in advance for this event After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining…

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Thursday

May 7

Free Events

@Literary Arts Online: Slamlandia: May

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

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. May 7 features John F. Quiñonez. Click here to register in advance for Slamlandia, which will take place on Zoom If you have…

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Friday

May 8

Delve Readers Seminars Free Events

Delve Online: Free 90 minute Discussion on Normal People by Sally Rooney

Fri, May 8 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

A free 90-minute Delve discussion on Normal People by Sally Rooney, led by Delve guide Sara Guest. The discussion is limited to 16 people and pre-registration is required. Click Here to sign up in advance for this event "Sally Rooney’s sentences are droll, nimble and matter-of-fact. There’s nothing particularly special about them, except for the way she throws them. She’s like one of those elite magicians who can make a playing card pierce the rind of a watermelon." - Dwight…

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Wednesday

May 13

Free Events

Incite Online: Queer Writers Read

Wed, May 13 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Featuring: Missy Ladygo Leah Baer Evan Knapp Henry Alley Theme for May is March! Hosted by Kate Carroll de Gutes and Kate Gray This event takes place on Zoom: Click on this  link to register:  https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUtcOGvqz4rHN3XHMXG1xn7ndKL8h3W5Oup

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Wednesday

May 20

Free Events

Pomodoro: Writing Alone Together with Natalie Serber

Wed, May 20 from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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

May 21

Free Events

@Literary Arts Online: Slamlandia: May 21

Thu, May 21 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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 this event: If you have any questions, please contact slamlandia@gmail.com or jessica@literary-arts.org.

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Thursday

May 21

Free Events

Webinar: The Antifascist Artist

Thu, May 21 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Antifascist Artist: How can writers fight against right-wing extremism in the United States? In recent years right-wing extremist groups have specifically targeted Portland as a place to rally, recruit, and radicalize. How do communities fight back against hate on the local, national, and global level? And what role can art—in particular the written and spoken word—play in that fight? Portland authors Cari Luna, Samiya Bashir, Maryam Gabriel-Imam, Janice Lee, Sophia Shalmiyev, and Leni Zumas will read from their work…

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Friday

May 29

Delve Readers Seminars Free Events

Delve Online: Free 90 minute Discussion on Daisy Miller

Fri, May 29 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

A free 90-minute Delve discussion on Daisy Miller, led by Christopher Lord. The discussion is limited to 16 people and pre-registration is required. Registered participants will receive information on how to sign on to the Zoom meeting. Is the young American heiress Daisy Miller innocent--or reckless? A flirtatious girl from Schenectady or a dangerous woman who "is going too far" to suit the tastes of other Americans in Rome? Young Frederick Winterbourne, American-born but long living abroad, can't decide; he…

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June 2020

Wednesday

Jun 3

Free Events

Pomodoro: Writing Alone Together with Natalie Serber

Wed, June 3 from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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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Wednesday

Jun 3

Free Events

Online: One Page Wednesday June

Wed, June 3 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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. At least 20 people will be invited to read for four minutes. Click Here to sign up in advance for this event After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining…

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Thursday

Jun 4

Free Events

Slamlandia Online

Thu, June 4 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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 4th for Slamlandia Poetry Open Mic. Tonight's featured poet is Bella. Bella is a Southern California grown writer who resides in Portland, Oregon. She is the 2019 Portland Poetry Grand Slam Champion, and has performed at various events such as the WeMake Disrupt Conference, Invisible Spectrums…

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Wednesday

Jun 17

Writing Classes Free Events

Pomodoro: Writing Alone Together with Natalie Serber

Wed, June 17 from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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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Wednesday

Jun 17

Free Events Virtual Event

Salman Rushdie: Quichotte

Wed, June 17 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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, June 18 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 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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Monday

Jun 22

Virtual Event

2020 Oregon Book Awards

Mon, June 22 from 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

A special from Literary Arts: The Archive Project   Due to the ongoing public health crisis, we will not be hosting our 33rd Annual Oregon Book Awards Ceremony at Portland Center Stage at The Armory on June 22. However, we are excited to announce that the Oregon Book Awards will take place in a different format. “The 2020 Oregon Book Awards” a special from Literary Arts: The Archive Project Monday, June 22, 2020 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. OPB Radio (where…

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Wednesday

Jun 24

Writing Classes Free Events

Pomodoro: Writing Alone Together with Natalie Serber

Wed, June 24 from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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, June 25 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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, July 2 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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

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