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September 2018

Wednesday

Sep 12

Free Events

Joshua Beckman: On The Porous Experience of Poems In Physical and Imaginative Space

Wed, Sep 12, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a talk by Joshua Beckman. During 2014, Wave Books editor Joshua Beckman traveled around the country giving talks on poetry for the Bagley Wright Lecture Series. In his newly published The Lives of the Poems and Three Talks, these lectures are collected as two books in conversation. The Lives of the Poems illuminates the intimate experience of making a particular set of poems, while Three Talks explores the fluid social dynamics of poetry as it lives between…

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Thursday

Sep 13

Free Events

Slamlandia

Thu, Sep 13, 2018 from 6:30 pm - 9:30 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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October 2018

Friday

Oct 19

Free Events

Reading and conversation with Anastacia-Reneé and Ashley Toliver

Fri, Oct 19, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a reading and conversation with Ashley Toliver and Anastacia-Reneé  Anastacia-Reneé’s words frame so many questions: what is sacred, what is beauty, what is tragedy, what rites of passage have we endured to be initiated into the complexities of our humanity? The poems in her new book (v.), published by Gramma Books, read like rituals, invoking ancestors and Becky alike in a nuanced honest reflection of this time in life. Established in 2016, Gramma is an independent poetry…

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Thursday

Oct 25

Free Events

Stranger in the Pen

Thu, Oct 25, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

panel discussion featuring Mohamed Asem, Dana Ghazi, Ramzy Farouki, and Dr. Priya Kapoor   July, 2016: Three days after the terror attack on Bastille Day, Mohamed Asem is detained overnight by British immigration officials without cause. In an elegantly digressive, self-interrogative style, Asem describes the boredom and uncertainty of confinement, and how this specific kind of helplessness leads, inevitably, to a self-reckoning. What series of events has led to this moment? As a teenager, he was stranded in Paris with his…

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November 2018

Thursday

Nov 1

Wednesday

Nov 7

Free Events

Incite: Queer Writers Read

Wed, Nov 7, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Christopher Lord Adam Swanson Mel Wells Amy Schutzer Hosted by Kate Gray and Kate Carroll De Gutes

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Friday

Nov 9

Free Events

Lit Crawl @Literary Arts!

Fri, Nov 9, 2018 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Lit Crawl at Literary Arts features: 6:00 p.m. Listen Up! Public School Teachers Rock the Mic Short readings/performances by Susan Anglada Bartley Jacque Dixon Kelly Gomes Mercedes Munoz Mary Rechner Chris Smith Desmond Spann Dana Vinger   7:00 p.m. Unchartable: An Evening of Environmental Unknowns Samiya Bashir M. Allen Cunningham Anne-Marie Kinney Janice Lee Portland Review and The Accomplices (Entropy, CCM, and Writ Large Press) co-host Unchartable: An Evening of Environmental Unknowns. It is the nature of the human mind to seek, to touch,…

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Thursday

Nov 15

Free Events

PDX JAZZ: Capturing Jazz

Thu, Nov 15, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

100 years of recording technology has increasingly changed the way we listen to, perform, and consume music.  Highlighting select recordings and technologies from the “phonograph era” of the first half of the 20th century, PDX Jazz board member and educator Martin Mueller will present a lecture and discussion on how recording technology has changed the very experience of jazz as musical art and listening culture.  A native of Kansas City, KS and raised in Oregon, Martin Mueller and wife Sally…

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Monday

Nov 19

Free Events

Salah Badis with International Writing Program

Mon, Nov 19, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A reading with Salah Badis. Algerian poet, journalist, and translator Salah Badis is a Fall 2018 Resident at the International Writing Program, University of Iowa, and the inaugural IWP@OICR Writer-in-Residence.  A freelance journalist since 2012, he is a musical and cultural researcher for both print and radio and a founding member of Nafha,the most important cultural magazine in Algeria.  His poems and essays in Arabic have been translated into French, English, and Turkish, with his first volume of poetry, ضجرالبواخر, published in 2016 by…

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January 2019

Wednesday

Jan 9

Free Events

INCITE: Queer Writers Read

Wed, Jan 9, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This month's theme is Justice. Featured readers include Amy Schutzer, Erin Gurley, Geeta Lewis, and Shloimy Notik. Hosted by Kate Carrol De Gutes and Kate Grey.

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Thursday

Jan 10

Free Events

Slamlandia

Thu, Jan 10, 2019 from 6:30 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

Jan 16

Free Events

Sweet Dreams, Story Catcher

Wed, Jan 16, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Editor Janna Lopez discusses the concept, curation process, and creative evolution of Sweet Dreams, Story Catcher: A Commemorative Collection of Portland Magazine essays by Brian Doyle." This stunning collection of author Brian Doyle's work is complemented by exquisite artwork and published by University of Portland. This one-of-a-kind book created by Lopez and her team pays tribute to Doyle's life and work through an intentionally-vetted selection of essays, and combined painted, photographic and illustrative artwork. Special guests will read aloud essays from this book. 

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Wednesday

Jan 23

Free Events

PDX JAZZ: Carnival to Mardi Gras: A New Orleans Tradition

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

Carnival is a season; Mardi Gras is a day. Join former New Orleanian Deborah DeMoss Smith in celebrating this 300-year Crescent City tradition. From masking, krewes, balls, parades, throws, flambeaux carriers, the iconic Mardi Gras Indians and classic holiday tunes, get to know the story of Carnival and Mardi Gras. Laissez les bon temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)

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February 2019

Wednesday

Feb 6

Free Events

One Page Wednesday: February

Wed, Feb 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.  February's One Page Wednesday's featured readers will be Kate Gray and Ashley Tolliver. The evening will be hosted…

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Thursday

Feb 7

Free Events

Northwest Academy: Erin Hoover and Jennifer Perrine

Thu, Feb 7, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A reading with Erin Hoover and Jennifer Perrine Erin Hoover’s debut poetry collection, Barnburner, was selected by Kathryn Nuernberger as winner of the Antivenom Poetry Award and published by Elixir Press in 2018.  Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, and in journals such as Prairie Schooner, Narrative, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Pleiades. Hoover has served as past editor of the Southeast Review, volunteer for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and co-founder of the literary organization Late Night Library. She earned a…

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Thursday

Feb 14

Free Events

Slamlandia

Thu, Feb 14, 2019 from 6:30 am - 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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March 2019

Wednesday

Mar 13

Free Events

INCITE: Queer Writers Read

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

March's theme is "Female Forebearers" Amber Flame Flint Daniel Elder Pamela Santos Hosted by Kate Carrol De Gutes and Kate Gray

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Thursday

Mar 14

Free Events

Slamlandia

Thu, Mar 14, 2019 from 6:30 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

Mar 19

Free Events

Oregon Book Awards Author Tour Visits Eugene

Tue, Mar 19, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Windfall Reading Series Featuring Omar El Akkad and Aaron Gilbreath Omar El Akkad  is the author of American War, winner of the 2018 Ken Kesey Award in Fiction and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award.  El Akkad is also a journalist and has covered some of the biggest stories of the past decade, including the Arab Spring revolutions, the Black Lives Matter movement and the repercussions of the war on terror. Aaron Gilbreath is the author of Everything We Don't Know, a collection of personal essays about…

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Wednesday

Mar 20

Free Events

Wendy Chin Tanner, Jennifer Perrine and Pamela Santos

Wed, Mar 20, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A reading featuring the poets Wendy Chin Tanner, Jennifer Perrine and Pamela Santos Wendy Chin-Tanner is the author of the poetry collections Turn (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards and Anyone Will Tell You (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019), and co-author of the graphic novel American Terrorist (A Wave Blue World). She is a founding editor at Kin Poetry Journal, poetry editor at The Nervous Breakdown, and co-founder at A Wave Blue World. Jennifer…

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Wednesday

Mar 27

Free Events

Cave Canem Fellows Reading: Off-site AWP event

Wed, Mar 27, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Experience Cave Canem's annual Off-Site Reading at AWP Portland, hosted by Literary Arts! This year’s reading is headlined by Portland and Seattle-based Cave Canem fellows Quenton Baker, Ashaki M. Jackson, Bettina Judd, Anastacia-Renee and Christopher Rose, who will open the night before an additional 15+ fellows share their work in four-minute, rapid-fire intervals. Fellow and Portland resident Samiya Bashir emcees.  

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Thursday

Mar 28

Free Events

INCITE: AWP off-site reading

Thu, Mar 28, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A reading featuring: Cooper Lee Bombadier Barrie Jean Borich Sam Roxas-Chua Violet Defiant Amber Flame Penny Guisinger Brionne Janae Rosamond S. King Ana-Maurine Lara Hosted by Kate Carroll de Gutes and Kate Gray

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Friday

Mar 29

Free Events

VONA’s 20th Birthday reading: Off-site AWP event

Fri, Mar 29, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

VONA is celebrating 20 years of supporting writers of color. VONA, The Voices of our Nations Arts Foundation, is the only multi-genre workshop for writers of color in the nation, brings writers of color from the margins to a community where their work is centralized and honored. The reading features: Faith Adiele Samiya Bashir Aye De Leon Reyna Grande JP Howard Dickson Lam David Mura Beth Nguyen Alan Pelaex Elmaz Abinader hosted by M. Evelina Galang

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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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