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April 2020

Friday

Apr 17

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online: Free 90 minute Discussion on Severance

Fri, April 17 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

A free 90-minute Delve discussion on Severance by Ling Ma. Hosted by Hannah Kim. 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. “ Memories beget memories. Shen fever being a disease of remembering, the fevered are trapped indefinitely in their memories. But what is the difference between the fevered and us? Because I remember too, I remember perfectly. My memories replay, unprompted, on…

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Sunday

Apr 19

Writing Classes

Spring 2020 Online: April Writer of Color Sunday Morning Workshop

Sun, April 19 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

One-day Workshop: Open to writers of color at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. A variety of prompts will be presented as avenues for generating and sharing new work in an informal setting. You can also bring your own prompts and questions about the writing process, and explore them with the group.

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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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Monday

Apr 27

Writing Classes

Spring 2020 Online: Strange Stories: Putting the Uncanny in Your Fiction

Mon, April 27

A 4-week online workshop. Looking at stories from writers such as Kelly Link and A.S. Byatt, we will consider how the strange can get us closer to the truth. Plan to draft two stories and discuss one of those stories with the class.

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Tuesday

Apr 28

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online: Memory and Ancestors: Paula by Isabel Allende

Tue, April 28 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Two week online Delve seminar. Paula by Isabel Allende is a memoir that accepts the magical and spiritual worlds, and is vibrant with strange lands, bizarre ancestors and rich memories.

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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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Thursday

Apr 30

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online: A Universal History: Selected Short Stories of Jorge Luis Borges

Thu, April 30 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This Delve takes place online with Zoom teleconferencing. Participants will receive instructions for how to log on to the Zoom meeting. Born in 1899, Jorge Luis Borges devoted his life to literature, exploring far beyond the previously-held boundaries of fiction, and this devotion shifted not just our understanding of language, but of our consciousness. As he once said, “This world is so strange that anything may happen, or may not happen." One never knows what they might find within his…

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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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Monday

May 4

Writing Classes

Spring 2020 Online: Short Story Crash Course

Mon, May 4

Draft a short story in four weeks.  Each week’s session in this asynchronous online class combines generative writing to help cultivate ideas for plot and character with workshop feedback to assist in developing story arc, structure, and sensory details. 

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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

Portland Arts & Lectures

Portland Arts & Lectures 2020/21 Author Announcement

Thu, May 7 from 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Join Literary Arts via livestream as we announce the line-up of the 36th season of Portland Arts & Lectures.

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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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Sunday

May 10

Writing Classes

Spring 2020 Online: Advanced Memoir

Sun, May 10 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Six-week Class: This workshop is for participants deep into writing their memoir. We will spend our time discussing one another's work, looking at tools and practices of the form, reading some sample memoir sections, and helping to boost writing stamina as you strive toward a finished draft.

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Monday

May 11

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online: Clarice Lispector: The Passion and Água Viva

Mon, May 11 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

In The Passion According to G.H. Clarice Lispector offers us a story where very little happens, but where the transformation of the protagonist—alongside the reader—is a path with no return. A trivial, almost insignificant event leads to a deep philosophical reflection of the character’s life and her mysterious inner self.

“It’s with such profound happiness.” Those are the first words of Água Viva, an in-depth narrative about time, life, death, dreams and creation, where a stream of consciousness gives meaning to the protagonist’s surroundings.

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Monday

May 11

Writing Classes

Online: Writing a Novel in 8 Weeks

Mon, May 11 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Eight-week Class: This is a boot-camp-style class designed for aspiring novelists who have a clear fictional project in mind and who can commit to a rigorous eight-week schedule of reading and writing.

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Tuesday

May 12

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online: To the Wedding by John Berger

Tue, May 12

This Delve takes place online with Zoom teleconferencing. Participants will receive instructions for how to log on to the Zoom meeting. "I like quoting ancient verses when the occasion is apt.  I remember most of what I hear, and I listen all day but sometimes I do not know how to fit everything together.  When this happens I cling to words or phrases which seem to ring true." So begins John Berger's To the Wedding (1995), a modern fable, at…

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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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Saturday

May 16

Writing Classes

Spring 2020 ONLINE: The Lyric Essay: Braiding the World

Sat, May 16 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The lyric essay is a form which allows many small fragments to be drawn together to create a whole. A lyric essay might hold memories, research, a bit of poetry; it celebrates mixing genres. In this workshop, we will write a series of fragments, and then stitch them together into short essays. Call it a collage, a mosaic or a quilt; you will leave the workshop with a sense of how small pieces of writing can grow into essays.

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Sunday

May 17

Writing Classes

Spring 2020: Filling the Well

Sun, May 17 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meets online via Zoom. A generative class for beginning and experienced writers who want to be writing but feel stuck on an ongoing project or are fresh out of ideas.

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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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Wednesday

May 20

Delve Readers Seminars

The Essays of James Baldwin

Wed, May 20 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Six-week Seminar: This Delve will examine the essays of James Baldwin, the leading literary voice of the black freedom struggle.

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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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Sunday

May 24

Writing Classes

Spring 2020 Online: May Writer of Color Sunday Morning Workshop

Sun, May 24 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

One-day Workshop: Open to writers of color at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. A variety of prompts will be presented as avenues for generating and sharing new work in an informal setting. You can also bring your own prompts and questions about the writing process, and explore them with the group.

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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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Thursday

May 28

Writing Classes

Spring Storytelling Intensive

Thu, May 28 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The workshop covers crafting stories using the five-part story arc, delivering your best performance onstage, and a treasure trove of secrets to this satisfying artform.

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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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Saturday

Jun 6

Writing Classes

Summer 2020 Online: Starting the Memoir

Sat, June 6 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Begin generating the first draft of a memoir or collection of personal essays. John D’Agata describes memoir as “an agitation of memory,” which suggests memory-based writing as not just the expression of memory but volatile, vital consideration of memory. Participants will look at elements of craft, including point of view and detail, and examine various writing processes. They'll also look at examples of prose memoir in which the writer uses the poet’s tools of meditation, dream, and lyricism, and then…

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Sunday

Jun 7

Writing Classes

Creating Better Characters

Sun, June 7 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Four-week Class: This workshop will focus on the skills involved in creating and sustaining vibrant and complex characters for both short-and long-form works of fiction. Through a series of in-workshop prompt-based generative exercises and take-home assignments, you will create and flesh out a series of vivid characters.

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Saturday

Jun 13

Writing Classes

Summer 2020 Online: Collage in Creative Nonfiction

Sat, June 13 from 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Do you have a nonfiction story or essay that struggles to mold to a traditional structure? Sometimes the most personal stories or essays do not want to follow a linear trajectory. Collage and braided forms of creative non-fiction rely instead on fragmentation, silence and resonance to build suspense and/or complex thinking. In defense of disruption and silence, Louise Gluck reflects that “in the broken thing, human agency is oddly implied: breakage, whatever its cause, is the dark complement to the…

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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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Sunday

Jun 21

Writing Classes

Summer 2020 Online:June Writer of Color Workshop

Sun, June 21 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

One-day Workshop: Open to writers of color at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. A variety of prompts will be presented as avenues for generating and sharing new work in an informal setting. You can also bring your own prompts and questions about the writing process, and explore them with the group.

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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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Tuesday

Jun 23

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve Online: Best Friends Forever: Female Friendship in Literature

Tue, June 23 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

“It would be ten years before they saw each other again, and their meeting would be thick with birds.” This Delve will explore female friendship, as written by women writers, through both a fiction and nonfiction lens. These friendships are complex and nuanced, sometimes ugly, sometimes enduring, and sometimes one of the most significant relationships of a lifetime. Through Toni Morrison's beautiful and stirring Sula and Nel, Hungarian writer Szabo's unlikely relationship between a woman and her housekeeper in The…

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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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Saturday

Jun 27

Writing Classes

Fear and Writing

Sat, June 27 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Zoom webinar: Fear is a natural part of the creative process. Instead of fighting it, work with it. Through stories, mindfulness, and free-writing, you will discover simple, realistic ways to face your fear, get to know it, and use it to propel your writing, rather than hinder it.

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July 2020

Wednesday

Jul 1

Youth Events

WITS End of Year Reading

Wed, July 1 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Youth Programs of Literary Arts is thrilled to debut the first virtual iteration of our annual WITS End of Year Reading to celebrate the work and contributions of the adults working behind the scenes to bring Writers in the Schools to life—our WITS writers, teachers, and partners. This event will be hosted by WITS Program Specialist, Joanna Rose. Open to the public with registration in advance. Held via Zoom. Register in Advance for this Event  

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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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