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Events, Classes, and Seminars

Our events, classes, and seminars bring the community together to hear, learn, and discuss the most compelling issues and ideas of our day. We hope you will join us in our downtown Literary Arts space, online, and at partnering venues across Portland and Oregon.

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Wednesday

Feb 7

Thursday

Feb 15

Free Events   In-person  

Slamlandia

Event Series Slamlandia

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam that meets every month, on the third Thursday. 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 safe space for poets to read their own poetry,

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Monday

Feb 26

Free Events   online class   Writing Classes  

The Break with Kaveh Akbar

Event Series The Break with Kaveh Akbar

In partnership with Alano Club of Portland, "The Break is a monthly virtual gathering of writers and artists lead by Kaveh Akbar, celebrating amongness, collaboration, and interdisciplinary creative experimentation. Though many of the activities and discussions orbit or are inflected by recovery themes (Akbar has been in active recovery for eight years), participants are not

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Wednesday

Mar 6

Free Events   In-person  

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. Our host is the one and only, Emme Lund. March's featured reader is

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Wednesday

Mar 13

Tuesday

Mar 19

Tuesday

Mar 19

Delve Readers Seminars   In-person   Winter 2024  

The Anti-Western: Cormac McCarthy, Carmen Boullosa and the Myth of the American West

The Wild West has always been a fiction. The heroic cowboy settling the frontier is a myth. The Western novels of the mid-20th century rewrote genocide & colonialism to justify the existence of the United States. As a needed response, The Anti-Western works to undermine this false history by complexifying & subverting the tropes of

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Wednesday

Mar 20

Delve Readers Seminars   In-person   Spring 2024  

Homer, The Iliad: the Emily Wilson translation

Emily Wilson's new translation of the Iliad, building on the accomplishment of her recent translation of the Odyssey, has kindled fresh interest in Homer's perennially relevant war epic. In this six-week seminar, we will read our way through Homer's text while exploring the rewards of this remarkable translation, a work of both scholarly acuity and

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Thursday

Mar 21

Free Events   In-person  

Slamlandia

Event Series Slamlandia

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam that meets every month, on the third Thursday. 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 safe space for poets to read their own poetry,

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Thursday

Mar 28

Monday

Apr 1

online class   Spring 2024   Writing Classes  

Creative Nonfiction Workshop

This six-week class will hold space for creative nonfiction writers to write and discuss short creative nonfiction works (memoir, essay, lyric essay). Writers at every level---from beginner to experienced---are welcome to join this workshop. Session time will consist of in-class writing and brief, focused discussions of students' short creative nonfiction works. Students will write 3-

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Monday

Apr 1

Free Events   In-person   Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships  

Finalists reading: Creative Nonfiction, Fiction and Poetry

Please join us for a reading featuring some of this year's Oregon Book Awards finalists in Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry: Creative Nonfiction: Erica Berry Alyssa Graybeal Steven Moore Fiction: Patrick deWitt Marcelle Heath Lydia Kiesling Rachel King Jen Wheeler Poetry: Stephanie Adams-Santos Jessica E. Johnson Sara Quinn Rivara

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Wednesday

Apr 3

Thursday

Apr 4

Ticketed Events  

Everybody Reads 2024: Gabrielle Zevin

Celebrate the power of books to create a stronger community by attending the 2024 Everybody Reads author event with Gabrielle Zevin! In partnership with Multnomah County Library and The Library Foundation, Literary Arts is proud to present a lecture by bestselling author Gabrielle Zevin as the culminating event of Everybody Reads 2024. Everybody Reads is

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Friday

Apr 12

Free Events   In-person  

How to Conquer Writer’s Block, Anxiety, Competitive Envy, and the Other Evil Voices Inside You

Are you ready to get real about the emotional struggles that we bring to our writing? In this evening of conversation, we’ll explore everything from the anxiety of exposure to the crippling doubts that drive us into writer’s block—without judgment or platitudes. No question is off limits: Can I tell the truth about my abusive

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Friday

Apr 12

Free Events   In-person  

How to Conquer Writer’s Block, Anxiety, Competitive Envy and the Other Evil Voices Inside You

Are you ready to get real about the emotional struggles that we bring to our writing? In this evening of conversation, we’ll explore everything from the anxiety of exposure to the crippling doubts that drive us into writer’s block—without judgment or platitudes. No question is off limits: Can I tell the truth about my abusive

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Saturday

Apr 13

Saturday

Apr 13

Monday

Apr 15

Delve for Writers   Delve Readers Seminars   In-person   Spring 2024  

Aimee Nezhukumatathil

DELVE FOR WRITERS: An occasional Delve series that offers seminars that focus on close readings of narrative, form, and stylistic choices that writers can incorporate into their own writing practice. Contemporary poetry and prose-poetry is a fabulous place to find rich, novel ideas about both form and content. This year’s final Portland Arts & Lectures

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Tuesday

Apr 16

Tuesday

Apr 16

Thursday

Apr 18

Free Events   In-person  

Slamlandia

Event Series Slamlandia

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam that meets every month, on the third Thursday. 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 safe space for poets to read their own poetry,

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Saturday

Apr 20

Free Events   Oregon Book Awards Author Tour  

NW AUTHOR SERIES: SINDYA BHANOO

Oregon Book Award winner Sindya Bhanoo will be appearing in Cannon Beach library as part of their NW Authors Series. Seeking Fortune Elsewhere features intimate stories of South Indian immigrants and the families they left behind center women’s lives and ask how women both claim and surrender power. Traveling from Pittsburgh to Eastern Washington to

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Monday

Apr 22

Free Events   In-person  

Letter Writing Social

April is National Letter Writing Month! Spend some time writing letters and catching up on your correspondence with like-minded writers and fans of the postal system. Some supplies, snacks, and typewriters will be provided, but feel free to bring your favorite stationery, pens & art supplies. Hosted by Squeezebox Press

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Tuesday

Apr 23

online class   Spring 2024   Writing Classes  

From Idea to Manuscript: Crafting Your Picture Book: Tuesdays

We've added a second section! Have you ever wondered how to turn your brilliant idea into a captivating picture book? In this 8-week course, you’ll learn the art of crafting picture books that leave a lasting impression. We'll explore the world of children's literature, studying beloved classics and contemporary favorites, to inspire your creativity. Through

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Thursday

Apr 25

online class   Spring 2024   Writing Classes  

From Idea to Manuscript: Crafting Your Picture Book

Have you ever wondered how to turn your brilliant idea into a captivating picture book? In this 8-week course, you’ll learn the art of crafting picture books that leave a lasting impression. We'll explore the world of children's literature, studying beloved classics and contemporary favorites, to inspire your creativity. Through engaging lessons and hands-on workshops,

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Thursday

Apr 25

Ticketed Events   Youth Events  

Verselandia! Youth Poetry Slam Championship (2024)

Verselandia! is the annual youth poetry slam championship presented by Literary Arts. It is the Grand Slam for the winners from individual school slams hosted by public high school librarians. Finalist poets compete for five great prizes. Celebrate Portland’s youth poets during our annual Verselandia! Youth Poetry Slam Championship. Cheer on students from Portland and East

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Wednesday

May 1

Thursday

May 2

online class   Spring 2024   Writing Classes  

Write the Self: the study and practice of writing from personal experience

This course is for all levels of writers and readers. We will read and discuss excerpts from contemporary authors who write the self (or write from the basis of personal experience) such as Annie Erneaux, Leslie Jamison, Kate Briggs, Emmanuel Carrere, Hilton Als, Melissa Febos, Edouard Louis and others, in addition to weekly craft essays

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Tuesday

May 7

Free Events   Oregon Book Awards Author Tour  

Josephine Woolington

Join Oregon Book Award winner Josephine Woolington, author of Where We Call Home:Lands,Seas and Skies of the Pacific Northwest, as she sheds light on the diverse species whose populations are slowly declining from the lands, seas, and skies of the Pacific Northwest at the Southern Wasco Public Library, as part of the Oregon Book Awards

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Wednesday

May 8

Free Events   Oregon Book Awards Author Tour  

Josephine Woolington

Join Oregon Book Award winner Josephine Woolington, author of Where We Call Home:Lands,Seas and Skies of the Pacific Northwest, as she sheds light on the diverse species whose populations are slowly declining from the lands, seas, and skies of the Pacific Northwest at the Southern Wasco Public Library, as part of the Oregon Book Awards

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Wednesday

May 8

Free Events   In-person  

Incite: Queer Writers Read – May

Event Series Incite: Queer Writers Read

Incite: Queer Writers Read is a curated, bimonthly reading series for Queer writers. Incite’s hope is to create conversation, connection, and greater understanding both within the Queer community and with other communities. Hosted by Vinnie Kinsella and Jennifer Perrine. The featured readers for May are Liz Asch, Aliya Bree Hall, and Sara Jaffe. The theme is

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Thursday

May 9

Thursday

May 9

Monday

May 13

In-person   Spring 2024   Writing Classes  

WEIRDING THE EVERY DAY

Being alive is really a very strange endeavor. Bizarre coincidences, déjà vu, the fallibility of our own memory and perceptions, and inexplicable, seemingly magical occurrences are perhaps all more commonplace than we have the space to acknowledge while contending with our busy days. Fiction allows us to ramp this strangeness up just a notch, to

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Thursday

May 16

Free Events   In-person  

Slamlandia

Event Series Slamlandia

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam that meets every month, on the third Thursday. 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 safe space for poets to read their own poetry,

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Saturday

May 18

In-person   Spring 2024   Writing Classes  

Autofiction Weekend Intensive

During this weekend autofiction intensive, we will take a deep dive into the unique art of autofiction. Autofiction combines the disciplines of autobiography and fiction. It can be written like memoir or like fiction, but it generally comes down to style: autofiction is often highly introspective and mainly focuses on interior life. For this course,

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Tuesday

May 21

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