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November 2019

Saturday

Nov 9

Portland Book Festival Main Stage

Dangerous Love: Desire & Obsession

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

These poets confront the trauma of the past—the personal past and the shared past—while celebrating desire and love. Ugly Music, the debut collection from Diannely Antigua, explores reality, dream, trauma, and obsession, and how to create an identity informed by and in spite of the past. Jericho Brown’s The Tradition, longlisted for the National Book Award, details the normalization of evil and its history at the intersection of the past and the personal in poems of fatherhood, legacy, blackness, queerness,…

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Saturday

Nov 9

Portland Book Festival Main Stage

Facing the Past: Middle Grade Novels

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 5:10 pm - 6:00 pm

Stories of two very different young women who find themselves in unknown places, where they realize they must face their past to understand their present. In Dylan Meconis’s graphic novel Queen of the Sea, Queen Eleanor is exiled by her sister to a tiny island, where she must grapple with the truth of her own past as well as threats to her life. In award-winning and best-selling author Renée Watson’s new novel, Some Places More Than Others, Amara searches for…

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Wednesday

Nov 13

Free Events

Incite: November

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

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Thursday

Nov 14

Ticketed Events

2019/2020 Portland Arts & Lectures: Amor Towles (Sold Out)

Thu, Nov 14, 2019 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

On November 14, we welcome Amor Towles, author of the New York Times best sellers Rules of Civility and A Gentleman in Moscow.

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Thursday

Nov 21

Free Events

Slamlandia

Thu, Nov 21, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 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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December 2019

Wednesday

Dec 4

Free Events

One Page Wednesday

Wed, Dec 4, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Thursday

Dec 5

Free Events

Author’s Guild Reception

Thu, Dec 5, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

New Authors Guild ambassadors Cai Emmons and Gillian Klucas will be there to greet you as we launch our very first Portland Chapter event. Enjoy drinks and light refreshments as you get to know your fellow Portland authors. At this meeting we'll connect and plan ways we can help ensure a fruitful future for Portland's writing community. Please let us know if you plan to come by emailing portlandchapter@authorsguild.org

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Tuesday

Dec 10

Ticketed Events

The Moth Mainstage in Portland

Tue, Dec 10, 2019 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Moth returns to Portland this December! This extraordinary performance will sell out quickly, so reserve your seats early and experience unforgettable stories told live.

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Thursday

Dec 12

Free Events

Slamlandia: December

Thu, Dec 12, 2019 from 6:30 pm - 9:00 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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January 2020

Sunday

Jan 5

Writing Classes

Building a Writing Habit

Sun, January 5 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

For writers at all levels Using The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron as a resource, this workshop gives writers the tools to establish a disciplined writing practice full of healthy habits so they can keep writing. Class time will be spent in discussion, writing and learning strategies for establishing a consistent writing practice. Kristina Tate is a writer based in Portland, Oregon. She has lived in Arizona, San Francisco, South Lake Tahoe, New York City, Australia and elsewhere. Her work…

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Sunday

Jan 5

Writing Classes

January Writer of Color Sunday Morning Workshop

Sun, January 5 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

For writers of color at all levels Searching for a space to create new work with fellow writers of color? This two-hour workshop meets once a month on Sundays. Writers can register for one or more sessions. A variety of prompts will be presented as avenues for generating and sharing new work in an informal setting. Open to writers of color at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. You can also bring your own prompts and questions about…

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Sunday

Jan 5

Writing Classes

January Writer of Color Sunday Afternoon Workshop

Sun, January 5 from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

For writers of color at all levels Searching for a space to create new work with fellow writers of color? This two-hour workshop meets once a month on Sundays. Writers can register for one or more sessions. A variety of prompts will be presented as avenues for generating and sharing new work in an informal setting. Open to writers of color at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. You can also bring your own prompts and questions about…

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Monday

Jan 6

Delve Readers Seminars

Fear and Freedom In A Time of Distrust: Zadie Smith and Hunter S. Thompson

Mon, January 6 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Where have the gonzo journalists gone? Who is proudly owning the biases of their bylines? What use to a readership is a novelist turning to journalism? Why do we invest trust in certain writers above others? How has social media changed authors’ abilities to construct personas? Zadie Smith and Hunter S. Thompson are an unlikely pairing. Their arrivals to world fame coming from London and Louisville respectively. Thompson wrote through the 60s to his death in 2005; Smith writes today.…

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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 8

Delve Readers Seminars

Family, Identity, and Womanhood in the work of Min Jin Lee

Wed, January 8 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This seminar is offered exclusively for people of color. Seminar participants will receive one complimentary admission to Literary Arts’ Portland Arts & Lectures event with Min Jin Lee on January 15. “We cannot help but be interested in the stories of people that history pushes aside so thoughtlessly.” ― Min Jin Lee, Pachinko Whether it’s the children of immigrants living in America or Korean immigrants in 20th century Japan, Min Jin Lee’s characters are people whose stories have not been…

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Wednesday

Jan 8

Free Events

Incite: January

Wed, January 8 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Thursday

Jan 9

Delve Readers Seminars

Historical Imagination and the Modern Turkish Novel

Thu, January 9 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This Delve explores two pivotal examples of historical fiction in contemporary Turkish literature, Elif Shafak’s The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi (2009) and Orhan Pamuk’s My Name is Red (2001). Shafak’s novel transports the reader to the golden age of the Anatolian city Konja, the capital of the Seljuk Sultanate in the mid 13th century. Among the many refugees who settled in this cultural crossroads was the family of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, the mystic poet and the…

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Thursday

Jan 9

Free Events

Slamlandia: January

Thu, January 9 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 community. January's Slamlandia features Ken Yoshikawa

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Saturday

Jan 11

Writing Classes

Elements of Story

Sat, January 11 from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

for writers with some experience This workshop is ideal for writers with an early draft of a story, an in-progress story that has stalled, or an idea for a story that hasn’t quite found its form. We’ll take in-depth looks at basic elements of craft, from plot and dialogue to point of view and voice, exploring ways to weave these elements into our own work. Each week, we will share our stories in a supportive, creative workshop setting, with an…

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Tuesday

Jan 14

Delve Readers Seminars

Octavia Butler’s Kindred

Tue, January 14 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

With the growing interest in speculative fiction, several writers have worked to deconstruct popular tropes to examine contemporary social issues. Octavia Butler’s modern classic, Kindred, is a science fiction novel that uses time travel to reposition the slave narrative as a speculative work.  The story begins when the main character, Dana, is transported to the antebellum South. There, the book creates a story that explores history and family legacies while deconstructing ideas of slavery. Octavia E. Butler is a multiple…

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Tuesday

Jan 14

Writing Classes

Collisions: Short Story Workshop

Tue, January 14 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

For writers at all levels In this fiction workshop, we will explore how to use all manner of combustible collisions, both small and large, as generative fuel. Have a slew of disparate ideas stewing in your brain? We’ll investigate the power of unexpected pairings—how colliding seemingly unrelated images or ideas can spark something entirely original and point your work forward. You will build your own stories and receive the focused attention of a workshop environment. All levels Josha Nathan is…

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Wednesday

Jan 15

Wednesday

Jan 15

Ticketed Events

2019/2020 Portland Arts & Lectures: Min Jin Lee (Sold Out)

Wed, January 15 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The 35th season of Portland Arts & Lectures features some of the most engaging writers at work today. They are novelists, essayists, and journalists whose award-winning works cover the most compelling issues of our time. The series continues on January 15 with Min Jin Lee, whose latest novel, Pachinko, was a finalist for the National Book Award for Fiction and a New York Times 10 Best Books of 2017. The 2019/2020 season is sold-out. Please check back in May 2020 for next season’s lineup. Thank…

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Wednesday

Jan 22

Wednesday

Jan 22

Delve Readers Seminars

Women Write the West: Leslie Marmon Silko, Annie Proulx and Claire Vaye Watkins

Wed, January 22 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In this six-week seminar, we will explore the works of award-winning contemporary writers Leslie Marmon Silko, Annie Proulx, and Claire Vaye Watkins and how they confront, disrupt, challenge, and complicate the dominant narrative of the West. Leslie Marmon Silko’s now classic novel Ceremony weaves desert landscape and tribal origin stories into a tale of a returning war veteran’s trauma and healing. In Close Range: The Wyoming Stories, the first of three short story collections unified by setting, Annie Proulx tells…

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Thursday

Jan 23

PDX JAZZ: Women in Jazz

Thu, January 23 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Sunday

Jan 26

Writing Classes

Memoir Writing: It happened to me and I’m here to tell it

Sun, January 26 from 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

In this workshop we will explore how to go about making specific events from our lives into intriguing, relatable, and solid memoirs. We will spend time exploring memoir samples, building a writers' toolbox of skills such as scene writing, dialogue, characterization, how to navigate the ladder of abstraction, and setting. We will also share work in a safe and constructive setting.

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Thursday

Jan 30

Free Events

James X Preview

Thu, January 30 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Corrib Theatre will give a sneak preview of their upcoming play James X by Gerard Mannix Flynn, which plays February 13 – March 1, 2020 at New Expressive Works (corribtheatre.org) Plaintiff James X confronts the defendants, Church and State, for injustices they perpetrated throughout his childhood. While awaiting his trial, James examines his confidential state files compiled over the previous 45 years, and takes us on a journey through the schools, courts, health boards, industrial schools, psychiatric hospitals, and prisons.…

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February 2020

Sunday

Feb 2

Writing Classes

Exploring the Lyric Essay

Sun, February 2 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Four-week Class: In this workshop, we’ll experiment with lyric essay techniques and structures, read a variety of examples that employ these techniques, and craft our own lyric essays on subjects of our choosing.

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Sunday

Feb 2

Writing Classes

The Writers’ Gymnasium: The Writing Workout

Sun, February 2 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Four-week Class: This prompt-driven generative workshop will give writers an opportunity to flex their literary muscles. Classes will provide an intimate, structured, and supportive time to broaden basic and complex writing skills.

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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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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

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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Sunday

Feb 9

Writing Classes

To Invent What We Desire

Sun, February 9 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

One-day Workshop: It’s easy to become separated from our writing, and sometimes we don’t know how to return from that stuck place. This course explores experiences of being lost—and ways of getting found.

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Thursday

Feb 13

Free Events

Slamlandia

Thu, February 13 from 6:30 pm

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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Sunday

Feb 16

Writing Classes

February Writer of Color Sunday Morning Workshop

Sun, February 16 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

One-day Workshop: Open to writers of color at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. This two-hour workshop meets once a month on Sundays. Writers can register for one or more sessions. A variety of prompts will be presented as avenues for generating and sharing new work in an informal setting.

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Thursday

Feb 20

Ticketed Events

2019/2020 Portland Arts & Lectures: Susan Orlean

Thu, February 20 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The 35th season of Portland Arts & Lectures features some of the most engaging writers at work today. They are novelists, essayists, and journalists whose award-winning works cover the most compelling issues of our time. On February 20, we will host Susan Orlean, author of eight books, including her most recent, The Library Book, a New York Times best seller and a Washington Post Top 10 Book of the Year for 2018. The 2019/2020 season is sold-out. Please check back in May 2020 for next season’s lineup.…

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Saturday

Feb 22

Writing Classes

Grief and the Lyric Essay

Sat, February 22 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Two-week Class: We will try different ways into the conversation with grief, first through reading other writers, then in our notebooks. Writing exercises will allow you to explore memory, specifically as it can be accessed through the body.

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Sunday

Feb 23

Delve Readers Seminars

The Autofiction of Rachel Cusk

Sun, February 23 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Six-week Seminar: This Delve seminar will explore the recent trilogy—Outline, Transit, and Kudos—by Rachel Cusk and contextualize it within the developing literary form of autofiction.

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Saturday

Feb 29

Writing Classes

Collage Your Writing Project: A New Way Into Your Work

Sat, February 29 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Two-week Class: These are just a tiny sample of how we're going to dig deep and investigate our projects through a visual art form. Come with a big project, come with a story, come with an idea about something you want to begin.

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March 2020

Monday

Mar 2

Delve Readers Seminars

Howards End: E.M. Forster

Mon, March 2 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Four-week Seminar This class will focus on Forster’s use of symbolism and allusion, lyrical figurative language, and his keen observations of British life in this early 20th century literary masterpiece.

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Tuesday

Mar 3

Writing Classes

Personal Essay Writing 101

Tue, March 3 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Four-week Class: In this workshop, you will be guided through the personal essay writing process step by step. We’ll build upon the fundamentals of creative nonfiction in a supportive, respectful setting and draw inspiration as diligent readers. Invest in your writing, learn to overcome your fear of the blank page, generate new ideas and reawaken resting ones, share space with a new community of writers, and challenge yourself to write all the way to an ending.

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Thursday

Mar 5

Ticketed Events

Everybody Reads 2020: Tommy Orange

Thu, March 5 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Literary Arts is proud to host an evening with award-winning author Tommy Orange as the culminating event of Multnomah County Library’s Everybody Reads program. This year’s programming will center on Orange’s debut novel, There There.

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Thursday

Mar 12

Free Events

Slamlandia March cancelled

Thu, March 12 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 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

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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