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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

January 25, 2021
An Appointment with Emily and Your Chair: Free Writing Session
January 26, 2021
Essay Intensive: Lyric and Personal
January 26, 2021
Ursula K. Le Guin and Octavia Butler
January 27, 2021
WITS Reading: Benson High School
January 27, 2021
WITS Reading: Madison High School
January 28, 2021
2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Madeline Miller
January 28, 2021
Portland Arts & Lectures 2020/21 Season
January 29, 2021
Special Award Nominations Deadline
February 2, 2021
A Different Sort of Gilead: Marilynne Robinson
February 3, 2021
WITS Reading: Parkrose High School
February 3, 2021
Kick Start Your Picture Book
February 3, 2021
One Page Wednesday: February
February 17, 2021
Hybrid Writing Along The Seam
February 18, 2021
February 18, 2021
2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Ibram X. Kendi
February 21, 2021
February BIPOC writer workshop
February 24, 2021
Enrique Vila-Matas: On Writing
February 25, 2021
Dystopias of Turkish Modernity: Orhan Pamuk’s The Black Book and Bilge Karasu’s Night
February 25, 2021
Four Letters: The Epistolary Form
February 25, 2021
Ridgerunner: Gil Adamson in conversation with S. Tremaine Nelson
February 26, 2021
BIPOC Reading Series- February
March 2, 2021
THE SUM OF US: Heather McGhee, presented by West x Midwest
March 9, 2021
Imagining the Future: Dystopic and Utopic Fiction
March 14, 2021
Memoir Infusion!
March 14, 2021
Søren Kierkegaard: What is Our Situation?
March 20, 2021
Revision: Taking a Second Look
March 25, 2021
Joy Harjo: American Sunrise
April 3, 2021
The Path of Perseverance: Writing No Matter What
April 8, 2021
Everybody Reads 2021: Ross Gay
April 20, 2021
2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Joy Harjo
May 18, 2021
2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Yaa Gyasi (RESCHEDULED)
May 18, 2021
Portland Arts & Lectures 2020/21 Season