Engage with world-renowned artists during curated events, read and discuss compelling books by authors you love, listen to an archive of talks, and much more.

Delve Readers Seminars

Explore challenging books and engage in lively, discussion-based seminars led by scholars, teachers, writers, poets, and artists from the Portland community.

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Portland Book Festival

Bringing our community together to celebrate books and stories, and the ideas that drive them. Take part in this annual celebration, every November at the Portland Art Museum.

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Welcoming the world’s most celebrated writers, artists, and thinkers to speak to our community in the historic Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

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The Archive Project Podcast

The Archive Project features the most sought-after recordings from our Portland Arts & Lectures series, the Portland Book Festival, and other community events. Each week, new lectures are available to stream for free.


Upcoming Free Events at Literary Arts

Featured Events

June 23, 2021
“George Venn: The Literary Lion of La Grande” Film and Q&A
June 25, 2021
BIPOC Reading Series June
June 26, 2021
Writing Towards Radical Self Love
June 30, 2021
Wild Love: An Introduction to Nature Writing
June 30, 2021
Other than Human Love: Cats, Colors, Gardens and More
June 30, 2021
June BIPOC Craft Series: Setting
July 8, 2021
Six Love Stories in Six Weeks
July 12, 2021
Tove Jansson: The Summer Book
July 14, 2021
Incite: Queer Writers Read – July
July 15, 2021
July 16, 2021
Emilly Prado: Funeral for Flaca
July 17, 2021
Craft Conversations: Dialogue
July 17, 2021
For the Love of Roaming: Walking into the Lyric Essay
July 18, 2021
July BIPOC writer workshop
July 20, 2021
Shuggie Bain
July 24, 2021
Love Notes: Flash Prose
July 28, 2021
July BIPOC Craft Series: Poetry
August 4, 2021
Oracles, Intuition, and Creativity
August 8, 2021
Writing About Sex
August 15, 2021
August BIPOC writer workshop
August 18, 2021
August BIPOC Craft Series: Fiction
August 25, 2021
Writing the Non-Fiction Book Proposal
August 30, 2021
BIPOC Revision Workshop
September 15, 2021
Nine-Month Novel Intensive
September 25, 2021
Nine-Month Memoir Intensive
October 14, 2021
2021/22 Portland Arts & Lectures: Daniel James Brown
January 27, 2022
2021/22 Portland Arts & Lectures: Cathy Park Hong
February 17, 2022
2021/22 Portland Arts & Lectures: Brit Bennett
April 21, 2022
2021/22 Portland Arts & Lectures: Richard Powers
May 12, 2022
2021/22 Portland Arts & Lectures: Edwidge Danticat