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February 2020

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 PST

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 PST

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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 PDT

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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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 PDT

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 PDT

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 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

May 21

Free Events

@Literary Arts Online: Slamlandia: May 21

Thu, May 21 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. 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 PDT

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 PDT

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 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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Wednesday

Jun 3

Free Events

Online: One Page Wednesday June

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

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 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 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

Free Events Writing Classes

Pomodoro: Writing Alone Together with Natalie Serber

Wed, June 17 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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Wednesday

Jun 17

Free Events

Salman Rushdie: Quichotte

Wed, June 17 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, June 18 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, June 24 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, June 25 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, July 2 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, July 15 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, July 16 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, July 17 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, July 20 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, July 27 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, August 10 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, August 17 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, August 20 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, August 24 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, September 2 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, September 9 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, September 14 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, September 17 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, September 21 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, September 22 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, September 28 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, October 2 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, October 7 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, October 12 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, October 14 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, October 15 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, October 15 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, October 19 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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