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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

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 2, 2021
Nature Writing Now
March 3, 2021
Pop Culture Poems! a Youth Poetry Slam Workshop | #Virtualandia! 2021
March 3, 2021
One Page Wednesday: March
March 3, 2021
History of the Peloponnesian War
March 6, 2021
Craft Conversations: Focus on Scenes: Build Back Better
March 8, 2021
All About Slam! a Q&A Session | #Virtualandia! 2021
March 9, 2021
Imagining the Future: Dystopic and Utopic Fiction
March 10, 2021
From the Page to the Stage! a Youth Poetry Slam Workshop | #Virtualandia! 2021
March 10, 2021
Incite: Queer Writers Read – March
March 13, 2021
Feedback Session #1 for Youth Slam Poets | #Virtualandia! 2021
March 14, 2021
March BIPOC writer workshop
March 14, 2021
Memoir Infusion!
March 14, 2021
Søren Kierkegaard: What is Our Situation?
March 15, 2021
Performance that Pops! a Youth Poetry Slam Workshop | #Virtualandia! 2021
March 18, 2021
Feedback Session #2 for Youth Slam Poets | #Virtualandia! 2021
March 18, 2021
Feedback Session #3 for Youth Slam Poets | #Virtualandia! 2021
March 18, 2021
March 20, 2021
Revision: Taking a Second Look
March 24, 2021
Bagley Wright Lecture Series: Douglas Kearney
March 25, 2021
Joy Harjo: American Sunrise
April 3, 2021
The Path of Perseverance: Writing No Matter What
April 4, 2021
Walking and Writing: The Art of Roaming
April 5, 2021
Short Story Crash Course
April 8, 2021
Everybody Reads 2021: Ross Gay
April 11, 2021
Contents Under Pressure: Using Constraints to Stretch Your Creativity
April 14, 2021
Five Contemporary Poets: Clifton, Harjo, Komunyaaka and More
April 18, 2021
The Writers’ Gymnasium: The Writing Workout
April 18, 2021
April BIPOC writer workshop
April 20, 2021
2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Joy Harjo
April 20, 2021
Portland Arts & Lectures 2020/21 Season
April 28, 2021
New York City: Paul Auster and Jonathan Safran Foer
April 29, 2021
May 2, 2021
Looking Back to Look Forward: A Daily Writing Practice
May 12, 2021
Writing Breakage: The Collage Essay
May 17, 2021
Talking Back: Writing in Conversation with Other Texts
May 18, 2021
2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Yaa Gyasi (RESCHEDULED)
May 25, 2021
The Madwoman in the Attic and the Monstrous Feminine