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February 2017

Thursday

Feb 16

Youth Events

(Rescheduled) WITS End-of-Residency Readings: Benson High School

Thu, Feb 16, 2017 from 7:00 pm

Come celebrate the next generation of writers during our Writers in the Schools end-of-residency readings. This free public event will feature Benson High School students performing work they produced during their semester-long residency this fall with WITS writers Leslee Chan, Ramiza Koya, Kathleen Lane, and Monty Mickelson. This event was rescheduled due to inclement weather. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Attend other student readings this winter: Madison High School on Thursday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Bipartisan Cafe…

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Thursday

Feb 23

Youth Events

(Rescheduled) WITS End-of-Residency Readings: Madison High School

Thu, Feb 23, 2017 from 7:00 pm

Come celebrate the next generation of writers during our Writers in the Schools end-of-residency readings. This free public event will feature Madison High School students performing work they produced during their semester-long residency this fall with WITS writers Jamie Houghton, Amy Minato, and Mark Pomeroy. This event was rescheduled due to inclement weather. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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April 2017

Saturday

Apr 1

Youth Events

Slam Poetry Youth Workshop (Free)

Sat, Apr 1, 2017 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Literary Arts is hosting a series of slam poetry youth workshops at our community space in downtown Portland. Led by Turiya Autry, author of Roots, Reality, and Rhyme, these youth workshops are designed to inspire Portland-area high school students to share their original work at poetry slams and readings. This event is free, and we ask students to sign up in advance: This event is part of an ongoing series of poetry slam workshops. Turiya will be teaching free workshops on Saturday, April…

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Thursday

Apr 6

Youth Events Free Events

WITS Writers Reading: Spring Edition!

Thu, Apr 6, 2017 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a reading by some of our 2016-17 WITS Writers in Residence! These local, professional writers are hired to teach semester-long creative writing residencies in public high schools in Multnomah County. Literary Arts is pleased to be showcasing their work! Readers include: Turiya Autry Cooper Lee Bombardier David Ciminello Courtney Hameister Hunt Holman Brian Kettler Ramiza Koya Kathleen Lane Zeloszelos Marchandt Amy Minato Mary Rechner

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Saturday

Apr 8

Youth Events

Slam Poetry Youth Workshop (Free)

Sat, Apr 8, 2017 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Literary Arts is hosting a series of slam poetry youth workshops at our community space in downtown Portland. Led by Turiya Autry, author of Roots, Reality, and Rhyme, these youth workshops are designed to inspire Portland-area high school students to share their original work at poetry slams and readings. This event is free, and we ask students to sign up in advance: This event is part of an ongoing series of poetry slam workshops. Turiya will be teaching another workshop on Thursday, April…

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Thursday

Apr 13

Youth Events

Slam Poetry Youth Workshop (Free)

Thu, Apr 13, 2017 from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Literary Arts is hosting a series of slam poetry youth workshops at our community space in downtown Portland. Led by Turiya Autry, author of Roots, Reality, and Rhyme, these youth workshops are designed to inspire Portland-area high school students to share their original work at poetry slams and readings. This event is free, and we ask students to sign up in advance:   Questions? Call our Director of Youth Programs, Mary Rechner, at 503-227-2583 x109

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May 2017

Tuesday

May 9

Youth Events

WITS End-of-Residency Readings: Lincoln High School

Tue, May 9, 2017 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Attend Writers in the Schools (WITS) end-of-residency community readings, featuring public high school students sharing their work.

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Thursday

May 11

Youth Events

WITS End-of-Residency Readings: Grant High School

Thu, May 11, 2017 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Attend Writers in the Schools (WITS) end-of-residency community readings, featuring public high school students sharing their work.

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Thursday

May 11

Youth Events

WITS End-of-Residency Readings: Franklin High School

Thu, May 11, 2017 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Attend Writers in the Schools (WITS) end-of-residency community readings, featuring public high school students sharing their work.

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Thursday

May 18

Youth Events

WITS End-of-Residency Readings: Roosevelt High School

Thu, May 18, 2017 from 3:45 pm - 5:30 pm

Attend Writers in the Schools (WITS) end-of-residency community readings, featuring public high school students sharing their work.

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Thursday

May 25

Youth Events

WITS End-of-Residency Readings: Gresham High School

Thu, May 25, 2017 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Attend Writers in the Schools (WITS) end-of-residency community readings, featuring public high school students sharing their work.

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December 2017

Thursday

Dec 7

Youth Events Free Events

WITS Writers Reading @LiteraryArts

Thu, Dec 7, 2017 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Literary Arts is pleased to present a reading by Writers in the Schools (WITS) writers! This is a chance to get to know these fine teaching artists and their work. Half of the 2017-18 WITS roster is reading at this event, and the other half will be reading in the spring. Friends & family are warmly invited! Come early, visit with great writers, hear amazing work, and partake of some snacks and beverages! Featuring: Bettina Barrera de Leon   David Ciminello   Matt…

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January 2018

Monday

Jan 22

Youth Events

WITS End-of-Residency Readings: Cleveland High School #1

Mon, Jan 22, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Attend Writers in the Schools (WITS) end-of-residency community readings, featuring public high school students sharing their work.

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February 2018

Thursday

Feb 1

Youth Events

WITS End-of-Residency Readings: Madison High School

Thu, Feb 1, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Attend Writers in the Schools (WITS) end-of-residency community readings, featuring public high school students sharing their work.

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Monday

Feb 26

Youth Events

WITS End-of-Residency Readings: Wilson High School

Mon, Feb 26, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Attend Writers in the Schools (WITS) end-of-residency community readings, featuring public high school students sharing their work.

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Tuesday

Feb 27

Youth Events

WITS End-of-Residency Readings: Benson High School

Tue, Feb 27, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Attend Writers in the Schools (WITS) end-of-residency community readings, featuring public high school students sharing their work.

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Wednesday

Feb 28

Youth Events

WITS End-of-Residency Readings: Cleveland High School #2 – Comics

Wed, Feb 28, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Attend Writers in the Schools (WITS) end-of-residency community readings, featuring public high school students sharing their work.

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April 2018

Thursday

Apr 26

Youth Events

Verselandia! 2018

Thu, Apr 26, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Come celebrate Portland’s creative youth during our seventh annual Verselandia! poetry slam.

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May 2018

Thursday

May 3

Youth Events

WITS Reading for Grant High School

Thu, May 3, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Writers in the Schools (WITS) end-of-residency reading featuring students who worked with WITS writers Jules Ohman and Claudia Savage. 

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Monday

May 7

Youth Events

WITS Reading for Lincoln High School

Mon, May 7, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Writers in the Schools (WITS) end-of-residency reading featuring Lincoln High School students who worked with WITS writers Bettina de Leon Barrera, Lisa Eisenberg, and Mark Pomeroy. 

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Wednesday

May 16

Youth Events

WITS Reading for Roosevelt High School

Wed, May 16, 2018 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Writers in the Schools (WITS) end-of-residency reading featuring Roosevelt students who worked with WITS writers Arthur Bradford, Jeffy Denight, and James Gendron. 

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Wednesday

May 16

Youth Events

WITS Reading for Franklin High School

Wed, May 16, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Writers in the Schools (WITS) end-of-residency reading featuring Franklin students who worked with WITS writers Alex Behr, David Ciminello, and Cari Luna.

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Thursday

May 24

Youth Events

WITS Reading for Gresham High School

Thu, May 24, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Writers in the Schools (WITS) end-of-residency reading featuring students who worked with WITS writers Brian Kettler, Monty Mickelson, and Emilly Prado.

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November 2018

Thursday

Nov 29

Youth Events

WITS Writers-in-Residence Reading

Thu, Nov 29, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Literary Arts is honored to have accomplished poets, journalists, novelists, essayists, and playwrights teaching creative writing to high school students in the Writers in the Schools program. This month, the public will have the opportunity to hear from a selection of WITS writers-in-residence as they share their own pieces. The event will include readings by Michelle Keil, GF Harper, Jules Ohman, Bettina de León Barrera, Mark Pomeroy, Matt Smith, Ramiza Koya, Alex Behr, Ryan Nakano, Callum Angus, and Emilly Prado.…

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January 2019

Monday

Jan 14

Youth Events

WITS End of Residency Readings: Parkrose High School Students

Mon, Jan 14, 2019 from 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Come celebrate the next generation of writers during our Writers in the Schools end-of-residency readings. 

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Wednesday

Jan 30

Youth Events

WITS End of Residency Readings: Wilson High School Students

Wed, Jan 30, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wilson High School students have spent the past semester crafting original creative writing pieces under the guidance of experienced writers. The students will be reading these pieces aloud for peers, family, and community members. Come support and hear the fantastic work they've done!

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Wednesday

Jan 30

Youth Events

WITS End of Residency Readings: Benson High School Students

Wed, Jan 30, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Celebrate the next generation of writers during our WITS end-of-residency readings

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February 2019

Thursday

Feb 7

Youth Events

WITS End of Residency Readings: Madison High School Students

Thu, Feb 7, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hear students read the impressive and original creative writing pieces they produced during the semester-long WITS residency at Madison High School. 

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March 2019

Friday

Mar 29

Youth Events

WITS Alliance Reading: Off-site AWP event

Fri, Mar 29, 2019 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The WITS Alliance hosts a happy hour and reading at Literary Arts.

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April 2019

Thursday

Apr 25

Youth Events Ticketed Events

Verselandia! 2019

Thu, Apr 25, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Celebrate Portland’s youth poets during our eighth annual Verselandia! poetry slam. Students perform original work in front of a panel of judges and a live audience.

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May 2019

Wednesday

May 15

Youth Events

WITS End of Residency Readings: Lincoln High School

Wed, May 15, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Listen to Lincoln High School students read their original writing, crafted during their semester with a professional writer in a WITS residency.

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Thursday

May 16

Youth Events

WITS End of Residency Readings: Roosevelt High School

Thu, May 16, 2019 from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Roosevelt High School students worked with professional writers for ten weeks on original creative writing pieces. Come hear them read their work in the cozy Cathedral Coffee.

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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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Friday

May 17

Youth Events

WITS End of Residency Readings: Franklin High School

Fri, May 17, 2019 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Hear Franklin students read their original creative writing in the company of friends, family, and community members, as they celebrate the end of their Writers in the Schools residencies.

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Monday

May 20

Youth Events

WITS End of Residency Readings: Grant High School

Mon, May 20, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Listen to original writing from Grant High School students as they wrap up their Writers in the Schools residencies. This year's host classes include Writing for the Arts and a Digital Media course.

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June 2019

Thursday

Jun 6

Youth Events

WITS End of Residency Readings: Gresham High School

Thu, Jun 6, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Gresham High School students read their inspiring and original creative writing, celebrating the end of their Writers in the Schools residencies.

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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 15

Wednesday

Jan 22

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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April 2020

Wednesday

Apr 8

Youth Events Writing Classes

Online Teen Creative Writing Workshop: Free

Wed, April 8 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This 90-minute creative writing workshop is a laid-back session taught via Zoom that is open to high school students at all skills levels interested in writing. Students will be guided through fun, imaginative writing exercises and flex their creative muscles with plenty of time to chat with fellow writers. Limited to 20 students. All genres. Zoom meeting instructions to be emailed to students by instructor prior to class start.   Sold out but still interested in joining a waitlist and/or…

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Thursday

Apr 30

Youth Events

2020 Verselandia! City-wide Youth Poetry Slam – CANCELLED

Thu, April 30

2020 Verselandia! will no longer take place live. Please join us online for #Virtualandia!

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May 2020

Thursday

May 28

Youth Events Writing Classes

Online Fiction Workshop for Teens

Thu, May 28 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thu, May 28, 2020

This course consists of three consecutive 90-minute workshops that will take place from noon - 1:30 p.m on May 14, May 21, and May 28, 2020 and will be taught via Zoom, by writer Jules Ohman. The workshop is open to high school students at all skills levels interested in writing fiction. Students will be guided through fun and generative writing exercises, learn new craft techniques, and receive feedback on their work from their peers and instructor. Limited to 16…

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