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925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

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August 2015

$155.00

Maycomb Revisited: The Novels of Harper Lee (Delve Seminar)


August 16, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

One of the biggest literary mysteries of the late 20th and early 21st centuries has been why (Nelle) Harper Lee never published a follow-up to her first, only, loosely-autobiographical, wildly popular, and beloved novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Earlier this…

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September 2015

Free

Megan Levad
Tavern Books


September 10, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Megan Levad's debut book Why We Live in the Dark Ages is Tavern Books' first annual Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series Selection. Why We Live in the Dark Ages considers how information about science and history is transmitted through language, rather…

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Free

Nanobots Exist: A History of Humanism in Lists. A Craft Talk by Megan Levad


September 12, 2015 @ 2:00 am - 4:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

2015 Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series author Megan Levad (Why We Live in the Dark Ages) will give a craft talk highlighting the poetic tradition of list making. From Rilke to Inger Christensen and beyond, poets have used lists to take inventory of the…

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$185.00

A Thousand Years of Travel: From Herodotus to Basho (Delve Seminar)


September 14, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Participants will embark on a literary tour of travel writing beginning with Herodotus’s tour of Ancient Egypt, moving to Arab travelers in the 10th century, and concluding with the Edo period Japanese poet (and inveterate traveler) Basho. This Delve explores…

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$125

William Faulkner and Gabriel García Márquez (Delve Seminar)


September 16, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

When Gabriel García Márquez wrote one of his early novels, Leaf Storm, he was inspired by William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying. In this Delve, we’ll look at questions of influence and creative transformation. What happens when one master apprentices…

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October 2015

$185

Dante’s Inferno and Purgatorio (Delve Seminar)


October 14, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

 Now widely regarded as one of world literature’s greatest poems, Dante’s Divine Comedy has traveled a rough road through literary history. Though popular among Dante’s contemporaries, the work fell out of favor during the Renaissance, and Enlightenment critics found the…

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$75.00

Wordstock Authors: Lidia Yuknavitch & Vendela Vida (Delve Seminar)


October 19, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

With Wordstock just around the corner, we’re excited to take a close look at two of this year’s featured writers — one local and one coming to town for the festival. Both published career-defining novels this summer with strong, eclectic…

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Free

Great Weather for Media


October 29, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

November 2015

$155

SOLD OUT! Into the Woods: Emerson, Thoreau, Krakauer, and Dillard (Delve Seminar)


November 2, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

From Thoreau in his cabin at Walden Pond to Sondheim’s fairytale characters, when one goes “into the woods” he or she is often in search of the ineffable: cures for the ills of modern society or answers to deep existential…

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Free

Charles McLeod: PSU MFA Faculty


November 2, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

In partnership with the Portland State MFA Program, Literary Arts presents a reading by Charles McLeod.  McLeod is the newest member of the PSU MFA faculty. McLeod is the author of a novel, American Weather, and two collections of stories: National Treasures and Settlers of…

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$125

SOLD OUT! Virginia Woolf: Orlando (Delve Seminar)


November 3, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Virginia Woolf’s playful and passionate novel Orlando is inspired by and dedicated to her lover Vita Sackville-West. We’ll explore her treatment of fiction, biography, literature, and history, and how she plays with time, age, gender, social norms, and language. After…

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$185.00

SOLD OUT: The Poetry of Wisława Szymborska (Delve Seminar)


November 10, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

To read the work of the Polish poet and 1996 Nobel Laureate Wisława Szymborska is to enter a miraculous world, a world where anything can happen, where “the unthinkable can be thought.” Szymborska lived through the horrors of WWII, the…

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Free

Unchaste Readers: Women Reading Their Minds


November 18, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Literary Arts welcomes Unchaste Readers - Women Reading Their Minds into a new home for their series. Curated by Jenny Forrester, Unchaste Readers celebrates and gives stage to the women of Portland in the form of an ongoing reading series. Featuring:…

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Free

PSU MFA Reading


November 22, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

The MFA "Last Sunday" reading series gives Portland State University students and faculty the opportunity to share their fiction, non-fiction, and poetry to an audience of peers and the larger literary community. The featured faculty reader on November 22nd is…

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December 2015

Free

Tell it Slant & Late Night Library Present: The Refugee Experience


December 3, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Tell It Slant and Late Night Library present a reading on the refugee experience, featuring original works by Olivia Olivia, Dao Strom and Vu Tran. A short panel discussion on the theme will follow the reading.

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Free

A Celebration of Robert Lax


December 9, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States
Free

Bad Blood


December 10, 2015 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Sueyeun Juliette Lee Joshua Ware Emily Carr

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January 2016

$185.00

Julio Cortázar: Hopscotch & Blow-Up (Delve Seminar)


January 5, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Argentine author Julio Cortázar is considered the master of short narrative within the Latin American 20th century canon, as well as an experimental writer who explored multiple literary genres and their intersections. Hopscotch—Cortázar’s masterpiece—is fundamental to understanding the complex scope of…

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$185.00

The Short Story Cycle: Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio & Phil Klay’s Redeployment (Delve Seminar)


January 13, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

In 1919, the international project of high modernist literature received a singular contribution by an unknown writer from New Orleans, a Midwestern transplant, whose short story cycle set in a fictional small town in rural Ohio provided a model, based…

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Free

Write Bloody Books


January 13, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

An evening with three WRITE BLOODY PUBLISHING AUTHORS: MINDY NETTIFEE is the author of Sleepyhead Assassins from Moon Tide Press, as well as Write Bloody books: Rise of the Trust Fall and Glitter In The Blood, A Poet’s Manifesto for…

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Free

Unchaste Readers


January 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Curated by Jenny Forrester, Unchaste Readers celebrates and gives stage to the women of Portland in the form of an ongoing reading series. Featuring: Julia Clare Tillinghast Melanie Fey Mf Mcauliffe Tabitha Jensen-Blankenbiller Katura Blue Moon Carter Lucy Lee Yim Ellen…

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$185.00

Here: Facts, Fictions, and Memory in the Work of Claudia Rankine (Delve Seminar)


January 25, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Mondays, January 25 – February 29, 2016 6:30 – 8:30pm “…one meaning of here is ‘in this world, in this life, on earth. In this place or position, indicating the presence of,’ or in other words, I am here. It…

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Stephanie Ford, Cindy Williams Gutiérrez and John Brehm


January 28, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Stephanie Ford studied at Grinnell College and the University of Michigan. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including Boston Review, Tin House, Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, and Fence. The recipient of a fellowship from…

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FREE

Slam Poetry Youth Workshops and Public Open Mics (Free)


January 30, 2016 @ 1:00 am - 3:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Literary Arts is hosting slam poetry youth workshops and open mics at our event space in downtown Portland. Led by experienced performance poets, these youth workshops are designed to inspire Portland-area high school students to share their original work at poetry slams and…

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February 2016

Free

Natalie Serber &
Jay Ponteri: Writing about the Body


February 3, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Writing about the Body celebrates Natalie Serber's new nonfiction book, Community Chest. Along with Natalie's reading, Jay Ponteri and other writers (via Open Microphone!) will share writings about the body, writings from the body. Jay Ponteri teaches Memoir Boot Camp…

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Free

Ali Taghdarreh and Matthew Dickman


February 11, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

An evening with Matthew Dickman and Ali Taghdarreh, a visiting writer from Iran and the first person to translate Thoreau's Walden into Persian. The evening includes a reading by Matthew Dickman and Ali Taghdarreh, followed by a conversation between the…

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FREE

Slam Poetry Youth Workshops and Public Open Mics (Free)


February 20, 2016 @ 1:00 am - 3:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Literary Arts is hosting slam poetry youth workshops and open mics at our event space in downtown Portland. Led by experienced performance poets, these youth workshops are designed to inspire Portland-area high school students to share their original work at poetry slams and…

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$85.00

Everybody Reads: Cristina Henríquez (Delve Seminar)


February 24, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

  Please note that this Delve Readers Seminar is separate from Cristina Henríquez's Everybody Reads presentation on March 8, 2016.   Join us for an in-depth exploration of this year’s Everybody Reads title, The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina…

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Free

PSU MFA: Last Sunday


February 28, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Featuring Michele Glazer, PSU MFA faculty and: Kellie Cook Aaron Giesa LaVonne Griffin-Valade Nikki Levine Darla Mottram Erin Perry Molly Simas Jenessa Vanzutphen Consuelo Wise Jenny Woodman The MFA “Last Sunday” reading series gives Portland State University students and faculty…

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March 2016

$185.00

Thomas Mann: The Magic Mountain (Delve Seminar)


March 1, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain is a modern masterpiece. In the wake of the unprecedented destruction of World War I, Mann constructs an extraordinary reflection on modernity, on self, and on literature. Its elusiveness has intrigued generations of audiences since…

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Free

Portland Review Launch


March 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Portland Review celebrates its 60th year with the release of the Winter 2016 issue and readings by featured prose and poetry contributors. The Winter 2016 issue, plus past issues and other Portland Review merchandise, will be available for purchase. They welcome all members of…

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$155.00

The Short Stories of Alice Munro & Others (Delve Seminar)


March 2, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

In 2013, Canadian short story writer Alice Munro was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. She was raised in rural Ontario, where many of her stories are set, and she is primarily occupied with the injuries that people—often women and…

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$125.00

The Nonfiction of Joan Didion (Delve Seminar)


March 5, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

In the late ‘60s, Joan Didion introduced readers to her masterful interweaving of personal narrative and cultural critique in Slouching Towards Bethlehem, a collection of nonfiction essays that transformed the genre. More recently, she altered the structure and poetics of…

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Free

Raising Lilly Ledbetter Reading


March 10, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Raising Lilly Ledbetter is the third volume in the Human Rights Series of Lost Horse Press—a nonprofit, independent poetry publisher, involved with community outreach and social change through cultural and educational programs. With poems from 120 North American and international poets,…

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Free

Unchaste Readers: March


March 16, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

The Unchaste Readers - Women Reading Their Minds Curated by Jenny Forrester Presents the 4th Anniversary Celebration: Kristi Wallace Knight Rowan Beckett Grigsby Gigi Rosenberg Joli Shempert Noel Franklin Stacey Villalobos Maria Garcia Teutsch Claire Willett Margaret Malone

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April 2016

$185.00

David Foster Wallace: Infinite Jest (Delve Seminar)


April 6, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Infinite Jest, Delvers will tackle David Foster Wallace’s inventive, challenging, sobering, funny, and fundamentally human novel about the myriad forms of living a mediated life in the 21st century. For many,…

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Free

2016 Oregon Book Awards finalists reading


April 7, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

The Thursday before the Oregon Book Awards ceremony, Literary Arts hosts a reading with some of the 2016 finalists in fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry, including: Arthur Bradford Kate Carroll de Gutes Elizabeth Enslin Valerie Geary Molly Gloss Nick Jaina…

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$75.00

The Works of Mohsin Hamid (Delve Seminar)


April 9, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Mohsin Hamid is the quintessential contemporary migrant writer—born in Pakistan, educated in the U.S., living in the United Kingdom, and dividing his time between these spaces—capturing the reality of living “in-between” language, politics, and multiple global affiliations. Hamid, in short,…

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Free

Unchaste Readers in April


April 13, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Unchaste Readers hosted by Jenny Forester Featuring: Rene Denfeld Andee Joyce Nghia Nguyen This month, an open mic will start the evening, co-curated and co-hosted by Pamela K. Santos. The open mic will be followed by the three featured performers.…

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Free

Wendy Chin-Tanner, Patrick Ryan Frank and Zachary Schomburg


April 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Wendy Chin-Tanner is the author of Turn (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014), which was an Oregon Book Awards finalist,  and co-author of American Terrorist (A Wave Blue World). She is a founding editor at Kin Poetry Journal, poetry editor at The Nervous Breakdown, staff interviewer…

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Free

Liars League PDX


April 23, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Liars' League PDX invites you to attend their inaugural event of imaginative fiction performed by local actors. The theme of the night is "Liars and Saints". Doors open at 6:30pm and the performance begins at 7pm. Please come early to mingle…

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FREE

Think Out Loud with Mohsin Hamid


April 28, 2016 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

May 2016

WITS End-of-Residency Readings: Lincoln High School


May 10, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Literary Arts (925 SW Washington St. Portland, OR 97205 Come celebrate the next generation of writers during our WITS end-of-residency readings. This event will feature Lincoln High School students performing work they produced during their semester-long residency this spring with WITS writers Jonathan…

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Poetry and Politics in Asian America


May 12, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Join Fresno Poet Laureate Lee Herrick, Red Hen Press Award winning poet Brynn Saito, and Oregon Book Awards author Wendy Chin-Tanner for a frank discussion of identity politics, advocacy, and the role of contemporary Asian American poetics, as well as…

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Free

Unchaste Readers: May


May 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Melissa Dodson Christi R. Suzanne Carrie Padian Phoenix Singer Thea Prieto Jessica Ann Melika Belhaj Danielle Evennou Pochas Radicales (Elizabeth Leon, Andrea Telles, y Blanca Stacey Villalobos)

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June 2016

Free

In the Mist: Giving Voice to Silence


June 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

An ode to the ethereal, In the Mist: Giving Voice to Silence captures Oregon's mist-clad landscapes, urbanscapes, and coastline in Russell J.Young's painterly photographs. These images, reverberating alongside the poetic responses by seven esteemed Oregon poets--Margaret Chula, Cindy Williams Gutiérrez,…

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Shayla Lawson, Coleman Stevenson, Dao Strom


June 2, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Join us for the launch of Shayla Lawson's most recent publication PANTONE, a prose poetry celebration of color, music, and general merriment. Performances by Coleman Stevenson, Dao Strom, and La Priesteza. DJ Set by Lamar Leroy. ...PANTONE will catch you…

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Free

Portland Review Spring 2016 Release Reading


June 7, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States
Free

Unchaste PRIDE reading


June 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Unchaste Readers Series: Pride Co-hosted by Jenny Forrester and Lisa Galloway Readers: Nancy Dear Nemo Pinkus Emily Newberry Galadriel Mozee Leah Rainer Brenda Taulbee Sarah McKay Pamela K. Santos Mel Wells Nghia Nguyen Kate Carrol de Gutes Imani Sims

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July 2016

Free


July 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Unchaste Readers Series Presents Anna Suarez Amelia McDanel Amy Sue Hoffman Sarah Hart AM O'Malley Sara Ryan Katura Blue Moon Carter Lindsay Tigue Ginger Ko Madeline Beckwith

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$195

Haunting Legacies: Toni Morrison’s Beloved and Contemporary Representations of Slavery (Delve Seminar)


July 25, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Mondays, July 25– August 29, 2016 6:30–8:30 p.m. Beloved fictionalizes the true story of Margaret Garner, a fugitive, American bondwoman who committed infanticide rather than permit her children’s re-enslavement. Morrison’s version poignantly imagines relationships rent apart or forged by the…

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August 2016

$195

Unification of the Opposites: The Works of Carl Jung (Delve Seminar)


August 31, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Wednesdays, August 31–October 5, 2016 6:30–8:30 p.m. “Since it is universally believed that man is merely what his consciousness knows of itself, he regards himself as harmless and so adds stupidity to iniquity. He does not deny that terrible things…

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September 2016

Free

Race and Identity in the 1990’s: Chantel Acevedo and Paul Martone


September 8, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Latino International book award-winning author Chantel Acevedo and local writer Paul Martone discuss race & identity in the 1990s through writings and conversation. This event is offered through a 2016 RACC  project grant awarded to Paul Martone for his narrative…

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Free

Unchaste September 2016


September 21, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Sarah Miner Leyna Rynearson Gerri Ravyn Stanfield Angela Braxton-Johnson Ashley Toliver Michelle Ruiz Keil Amie Zimmerman Prairie M. Faul MK Chavez

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Free

Liars’ League PDX


September 24, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States
Free

Los Porteños 10 year Anniversary Reading


September 29, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Los Porteños, Portland's Latino writers' collective, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a reading. Members will share original works of poetry,fiction, memoir, and drama in English with translations or code-switching in Spanish, Mixtec, and Nahuatl. Come celebrate Los Porteños' commitment…

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October 2016

$225

Fall 2016: Storytelling Intensive – Your Dark Material


October 3, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - October 17, 2016 @ 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

This three-week master class in the art of live, true, personal storytelling will focus on how to tell the dark stories well. Bring your stories about living through loss, death, divorce, illness, struggle, or defeat – the stories we all…

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Free

PDX Jazz: Jazz and the Beat Generation


October 7, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

PDX Jazz presents the inaugural program in its adult education series, “Discover Jazz". Reed College Professor and PDX Jazz Board Member Pancho Savery will present the lecture "Jazz and the Beat Generation” that will examine the influence of jazz masters…

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Free

Lunchtime marimba performance with Colin Currie


October 24, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Acclaimed percussionist and Oregon Symphony Artist in Residence Colin Curie will perform at a solo pop-up recital. He will perform on marimba, paired with selections by Colombian author, Gabríel Garcia Márquez, read by actor Pam Mahon. Bring your lunch and…

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Free

Michael Copperman, Margaret Malone and Ashley Tolliver


October 26, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Former Oregon Literary Fellowship recipients read from recently published works, funded in part by their fellowships. Featuring Michael Copperman, author of  the memoir Teacher: Two Years in the Mississippi Delta, Margaret Malone, author of the story collection People Like You,…

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November 2016

Daniel Menaker: The African Svelte


November 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Daniel Menaker discusses his new book THE AFRICAN SVELTE: Ingenious Misspellings That Make Surprising Sense. THE AFRICAN SVELTE playfully catalogues superb blunders foraged from the wilds of everyday English. A specific kind of blunder, in fact, which Menaker calls sveltes.…

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Lit Crawl Portland: Dimsummer Book Club


November 4, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Poem films and live readings featuring the work of local artists with disabilities and their friends. Free and open to the public! Part of Lit Crawl® Portland 2016.

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Lit Crawl Portland: Make a Zine Workshop


November 4, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

With PDX Zine Symposium. Free and open to the public! Part of Lit Crawl® Portland 2016.

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$195.00

Shakespeare’s Tragic Heroes (Delve Readers Seminar)


November 7, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Mondays, November 7–December 12, 2016 6:30–8:30 p.m. (6 meetings) A fall evening, when the light fails early and the Portland skies are gray, is the perfect time to pull up a chair with literary friends and dive into the depths…

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Free

Rachel Zucker: Bagley Wright Lecture Series


November 11, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Rachel Zucker is the author of nine books, most recently, a memoir, MOTHERs, and a double collection of prose and poetry, The Pedestrians. Her book Museum of Accidents was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Zucker teaches…

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$250.00

Fall 2016: Beginning the Novel


November 12, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

November 12 & 19th, December 3 & 10th (4 meetings) Saturdays, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Taught by Gina Ochsner This class will put you on the path to writing a book-length work of fiction. Class time will be devoted to…

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Free

Unchaste November


November 23, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Rios de la Luz Melanie Alldritt Jenna Marie Fletcher Jewels Harrison Galadriel Rhodora Pam Ward Kiki Nicole Melanie Fey Samantha L. Taylor Imani Sims Mari Shepard-Glenn Hosted by Madeline Beckwith.

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December 2016

Free

WITS Writers-in-Residence Reading


December 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Join us for a reading by some of our 2016-17 WITS Writers in Residence! These local, professional writers are hired to teach semester-long creative writing residencies in public high schools in Multnomah County. Click here for individual bios.  The evening's…

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Free

Reclamation: A Reading and Chapbook Release


December 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

an evening with Oregon Book Award authors Justin Hocking and Cari Luna In the wake of recent events, the authors invite you to join them for an act of creative reclamation. The term "reclamation" has multiple meanings, including the act…

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Free

Annual Reading of Oregon Jewish Writers


December 5, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Tin House authors Harriet Fasenfest, Cari Luna, Jon Raymond, Robin Romm, Stewart Holbrook Literary Legacy Award recipient Carla Perry, and Willa Schneberg will present in the 17th Annual Reading of Oregon Jewish Writers sponsored by the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center…

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Free

Unchaste December


December 21, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Line up to be announced!  Curated by Jenny Forrester

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January 2017

Free

James Galvin


January 26, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

James Galvin is the author of eight collections of poetry, most recently EVERYTHING WE ALWAYS KNEW WAS TRUE (Copper Canyon, 2016). He is also the author of the nonfiction book THE MEADOW, and the novel FENCING THE SKY. His honors…

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February 2017

Free

The Political Implications of James Baldwin’s Jazz Short Story Sonny’s Blues


February 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

On February 2 at 7:00, PDX Jazz will present the second program in its adult education series, “Discover Jazz.” Reed College Professor and PDX Jazz Board Member Pancho Savery will host the evening’s events, including a lecture, recorded music, and discussion.…

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Free

Unchaste February


February 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Lyda Alvarez Megan Burbank Holly Goodman Shayla Lawson Moira McAuliffe La Nita Sophia Pfaff Shalmiyev curated by Jenny Forrester

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Free

Liar’s League PDX: Natives & Transplants


February 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Liars’ League PDX will host "Natives & Transplants". Please note Eventbrite tickets are encouraged for this event! Doors open for ticket holders at 6:30pm and performances start at 7pm. Visit Eventbrite to reserve your ticket required for admission.

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$195.00

What Is Left Unsaid: Unconventional Storytelling in Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation and Other Contemporary Works by Women (Delve Seminar)


February 21, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Tuesdays, February 21 – April 4 (No Meeting March 28th) 6:30-8:30 p.m. “What I try to capture as a writer is the feeling of being alive, of being awake. Because of this, I’m more apt to follow the wisp of…

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$195.00

Another Kind of Life: Examining The Short Fiction of John Cheever & James Salter (Delve Seminar)


February 27, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Mondays, February 27–April 3, 2017 6:30–8:30 p.m. James Salter and John Cheever are widely considered to be masters of the short story. Though wildly different in their approaches, both writers are concerned with the forces—external and internal, seen and unseen—that…

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March 2017

$195.00

Flannery O’Connor: Everything That Rises Must Converge (Delve Seminar)


March 5, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Sundays, March 5–April 9, 2017 4:00–6:00 p.m. Flannery O’Connor died at age 39 with one of the most thoughtful, intriguing, and complex bodies of work in all of American literature. Her obsessions with religion, morality, and the South Gothic are…

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Incite: Queer Writers Read


March 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Announcing a new curated reading series for Queer writers hosted by Kate Carroll de Gutes and Kate Gray. INCITE. Because of queer stories. Because of these times. Because. Every other month on the first Tuesday, 4-5 Queer writers will read…

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PSU Creative Writing Program: Naming Ceremony


March 26, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

A reading featuring community member Martha Grover and PSU MFA Creative Writing students and alumni.  Naming Ceremony is the exciting re-launch of the MFA Last Sunday & MFA Alumni reading series, bringing together current PSU students, alumni, and fabulous Portland writers.

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PDX JAZZ: Listening to the History of Jazz


March 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

LISTENING TO THE HISTORY OF JAZZ: THE EARLIEST RECORDED ROOTS OF JAZZ with KMHD Jazz Radio Host Mark Montesano 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the first jazz recording, “Livery Stable Blues” by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.  In celebration of this…

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Poetry & Politics


March 30, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Join Samiya Bashir, Natasha Marin, Geneve Chao, and Neil Aitken for a reading followed by moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A on the subject of literary activism, social justice, intersectionality, feminism, and allyship. Samiya Bashir’s books of poetry: Field Theories (Spring 2017), Gospel, and Where the…

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April 2017

FREE

Slam Poetry Youth Workshop (Free)


April 1, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Literary Arts is hosting a series of slam poetry youth workshops at our community space in downtown Portland. Led by Turiya Autry, author of Roots, Reality, and Rhyme, these youth workshops are designed to inspire Portland-area high school students to share their…

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$100.00

Inciting the Political Imagination: The Impulse of Martín Espada (Delve Seminar)


April 6, 2017 @ 6:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Thursdays, April 6–April 20, 2017 6:30–8:30 p.m. (three meetings) What if we lived in a republic of poetry where “the guard at the airport/ will not allow you to leave the country/ until you declaim a poem for her”? What…

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WITS Writers Reading: Spring Edition!


April 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Join us for a reading by some of our 2016-17 WITS Writers in Residence! These local, professional writers are hired to teach semester-long creative writing residencies in public high schools in Multnomah County. Literary Arts is pleased to be showcasing…

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FREE

Slam Poetry Youth Workshop (Free)


April 8, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Literary Arts is hosting a series of slam poetry youth workshops at our community space in downtown Portland. Led by Turiya Autry, author of Roots, Reality, and Rhyme, these youth workshops are designed to inspire Portland-area high school students to share their…

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FREE

Slam Poetry Youth Workshop (Free)


April 13, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Literary Arts is hosting a series of slam poetry youth workshops at our community space in downtown Portland. Led by Turiya Autry, author of Roots, Reality, and Rhyme, these youth workshops are designed to inspire Portland-area high school students to share their…

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Free

Unchaste Readers: April


April 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Unchaste Readers Series curated by Jenny Forrester April's event features: Jewels Jordan DinWiddie t.a. edwards Shayla Lawson Margaret Jacobsen Rashida Shani Young

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May 2017

INCITE

May 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States + Google Map

  INCITE. Because of queer stories. Because of these times. Because. In honor of May day, the theme is work. Audience talk-back at the end of each event.

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WITS End-of-Residency Readings: Lincoln High School


May 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Attend Writers in the Schools (WITS) end-of-residency community readings, featuring public high school students sharing their work.

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Poetry and Politics

May 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States + Google Map

Join Allison Joseph, Margaret Rhee, Sam Roxas-Chua, and Neil Aitken for a reading followed by a moderated panel discussion on the subject of literary activism, social justice, intersectionality ,feminism, and allyship. Allison Joseph lives in Carbondale,  Illinois, where she directs the…

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Matthew Rohrer: Bagley Wright Lecture Series


May 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

A dramatic performance of Matthew Rohrer’s forthcoming book, The Others (Wave Books, 2017), featuring guest readers Patricia No and John Beer.   Matthew Rohrer is also the author go Surrounded by Friends (Wave Books, 2015), Destroyer and Preserver (Wave Books, 2011), A Plate of Chicken (Ugly Duckling Presse,…

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Liars’ League PDX: Willpower & Shame


May 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

The theme for this event is Willpower & Shame: Super Short Flash Fiction. We invite you to this evening of imaginative fiction performed by amazing local actors. Learn more about Liars' League PDX here: http://www.liarsleaguepdx.com/

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Portland Review Spring 2017 Issue Release

May 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Portland Review celebrates its recent transition to Portland State University’s English Department with the release of its Spring 2017 issue. The Spring 2017 issue features work by major contemporary writers such as Martha Grover, Joanna Klink, Margaret Malone, Kevin Sampsell, Ed…

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June 2017

Free

Discover Jazz: Literature & Music from the Harlem Renaissance


June 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

PDX Jazz is proud to present the fourth program in its Discover Jazz adult education series entitled “The Relationship Between the Literature and Music of the Harlem Renaissance.” Reed College Professor and PDX Jazz Board Member Pancho Savery will host…

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July 2017

Free

University of Hell Press Reading


July 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Featuring  Robert Duncan Gray and other University of Hell Press  authors.

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Incite: July


July 11, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

INCITE. Because of queer stories. Because of these times. Because. Audience talk-back at the end of each event.  Join Sossity Chiricuzio, Nan Collie, Judith Barrington, and Qwo-Li Driskill reading into/around the theme of freedom. July 4th and all. Join the…

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Unchaste Readers


July 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

Unchaste Readers July reading curated by Jenny Forrester

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Free

PDX JAZZ: The Devil’s Horn: The Beginnings of the Jazz Tenor Saxophone


July 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

PDX Jazz is proud to present their next installment in the Discover Jazz adult education series, The Devil’s Horn: The Beginnings of the Jazz Tenor Saxophone. Hosted by KMHD Radio personality Mark Montesano, this presentation featuring a mix of lecture…

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Tavern Books


July 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 United States

A reading featuring: Megan Levad Elsbeth Pancrazi Megan Levad is the author of Why We Live in the Dark Ages (Tavern Books, 2015) and What Have I to Say to You (Tavern Books, 2017). She lives in San Francisco. Elsbeth…

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