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May 2018

Thursday

May 3

Free Events

Anis Mojgani, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz & Derrick Brown

Thu, May 3, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Anis Mojgani, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz and Derrick Brown

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Sunday

May 6

Free Events

Memoir Students End of Year Reading

Sun, May 6, 2018 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A reading featuring students from Jay Ponteri's year long memoir class: Matthew Dickman Betsy Freeman Rick Hampton Lori Kaul Alice Lloyd Luka Rainbourne Wayne Scott Mary Shannon Suzi Sutherland-Martin Nancy Wernecke

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Monday

May 7

Youth Events

WITS Reading for Lincoln High School

Mon, May 7, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Writers in the Schools (WITS) end-of-residency reading featuring Lincoln High School students who worked with WITS writers Bettina de Leon Barrera, Lisa Eisenberg, and Mark Pomeroy. 

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Wednesday

May 9

Free Events

Dao Strom, Shayla Lawson, Elena Passarello

Wed, May 9, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In partnership with the Northwest Academy Visiting Writing Series  Shayla Lawson is (and / or, at times, has been) an amateur acrobat, an architect, a Dutch housewife & dog-mother to one irascible hound. Her work has appeared in print & online at Tin House, GRAMMA, ESPN, Salon, The Offing, Guernica, Colorado Review, Barrelhouse, & MiPOesias.  She is the author of: A Speed Education in Human Being, PANTONE & I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean. Dao Strom  is the author/musician of…

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Tuesday

May 15

Free Events

Words That Burn: Staged Reading

Tue, May 15, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Words That Burn brings to life the distinctive voices of conscientious objector William Stafford, Japanese-American internee Lawson Inada, and Chicano Marine Guy Gabaldón. This dramatic work juxtaposes the history and perspectives of three World War II figures through a blend of poetry and  prose written in their own words.  Words That Burn by Cindy Williams Gutiérrez was the 2017 winner of the Oregon Book Award in drama.

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Wednesday

May 16

Free Events

Unchaste Readers: May

Wed, May 16, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

curated by Jenny Forrester

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Thursday

May 24

Thursday

May 31

Free Events

The Ever-Shifting Diaspora: Kundiman Writers in the Pacific Northwest

Thu, May 31, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This event is presented in partnership with Kundiman. Come hear the diverse and empowered voices of some of the finest Asian American writers in the Pacific Northwest, brought together by Kundiman, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature. Through its annual writing retreat, Kundiman provides a space that facilitates the creation of new work, fosters mentoring relationships, and addresses the particular challenges facing Asian American writers. The Retreat has taken place…

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June 2018

Tuesday

Jun 19

Lit Crawl

Lit Crawl Portland Collaborator Meetup & Knowledge Share

Tue, Jun 19, 2018 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Lit Crawl Portland is heading into its fourth year as the kickoff to the Portland Book Festival presented by Bank of America. Each year we love watching the energy and creativity that authors, presses, journals, and organizations bring to their Lit Crawl events. This year, to help you make the most of your proposal, we're gathering organizers for an informal chat about what makes a great Lit Crawl event. We'd love to hear from past presenters and meet new groups…

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Wednesday

Jun 20

Free Events

Unchaste: June

Wed, Jun 20, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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July 2018

Wednesday

Jul 11

Free Events

Incite: July

Wed, Jul 11, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Wednesday

Jul 18

Free Events

The final Unchaste: July

Wed, Jul 18, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Unchaste Readers is curated by Jenny Forrester. Unchaste Readers Series Presents the Same Ongoing Theme. Readers will be Reading Their Minds and interpreting Unchaste in whatever way they see fit.  This is a going-away party reading for Jenny Forrester, co-founder and curator of Unchaste. Readers include: Amy Souza Lee Taulbee Rashida Young Jenny Forrester The venue is ADA accessible (no stairs to the stage or anywhere in the event space or to the restroom). There's a gender-free restroom that is fully…

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Monday

Jul 23

Free Events

Tavern Books: Wendy Chen

Mon, Jul 23, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wendy Chen is the author of Unearthlings, published by Tavern Books as their 2017 Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series selection. She is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Most Promising Young Poet Prize, and fellowships from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Her work has been accepted in numerous publications such as Crazyhorse, Rattle, American Poets, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. She earned her MFA in poetry from Syracuse University. She is…

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September 2018

Wednesday

Sep 5

Free Events

INCITE: Queer Writers Read

Wed, Sep 5, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Jessica Wadleigh Nathan Wade Carter Nastashia Minto Risa Denenberg Hosted by Kate Gray and Kate Carroll De Gutes

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Wednesday

Sep 12

Free Events

Joshua Beckman: On The Porous Experience of Poems In Physical and Imaginative Space

Wed, Sep 12, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a talk by Joshua Beckman. During 2014, Wave Books editor Joshua Beckman traveled around the country giving talks on poetry for the Bagley Wright Lecture Series. In his newly published The Lives of the Poems and Three Talks, these lectures are collected as two books in conversation. The Lives of the Poems illuminates the intimate experience of making a particular set of poems, while Three Talks explores the fluid social dynamics of poetry as it lives between…

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Thursday

Sep 13

Free Events

Slamlandia

Thu, Sep 13, 2018 from 6:30 pm - 9:30 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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October 2018

Friday

Oct 19

Free Events

Reading and conversation with Anastacia-Reneé and Ashley Toliver

Fri, Oct 19, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a reading and conversation with Ashley Toliver and Anastacia-Reneé  Anastacia-Reneé’s words frame so many questions: what is sacred, what is beauty, what is tragedy, what rites of passage have we endured to be initiated into the complexities of our humanity? The poems in her new book (v.), published by Gramma Books, read like rituals, invoking ancestors and Becky alike in a nuanced honest reflection of this time in life. Established in 2016, Gramma is an independent poetry…

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Thursday

Oct 25

Free Events

Stranger in the Pen

Thu, Oct 25, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

panel discussion featuring Mohamed Asem, Dana Ghazi, Ramzy Farouki, and Dr. Priya Kapoor   July, 2016: Three days after the terror attack on Bastille Day, Mohamed Asem is detained overnight by British immigration officials without cause. In an elegantly digressive, self-interrogative style, Asem describes the boredom and uncertainty of confinement, and how this specific kind of helplessness leads, inevitably, to a self-reckoning. What series of events has led to this moment? As a teenager, he was stranded in Paris with his…

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November 2018

Thursday

Nov 1

Wednesday

Nov 7

Free Events

Incite: Queer Writers Read

Wed, Nov 7, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Christopher Lord Adam Swanson Mel Wells Amy Schutzer Hosted by Kate Gray and Kate Carroll De Gutes

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Friday

Nov 9

Free Events

Lit Crawl @Literary Arts!

Fri, Nov 9, 2018 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Lit Crawl at Literary Arts features: 6:00 p.m. Listen Up! Public School Teachers Rock the Mic Short readings/performances by Susan Anglada Bartley Jacque Dixon Kelly Gomes Mercedes Munoz Mary Rechner Chris Smith Desmond Spann Dana Vinger   7:00 p.m. Unchartable: An Evening of Environmental Unknowns Samiya Bashir M. Allen Cunningham Anne-Marie Kinney Janice Lee Portland Review and The Accomplices (Entropy, CCM, and Writ Large Press) co-host Unchartable: An Evening of Environmental Unknowns. It is the nature of the human mind to seek, to touch,…

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Thursday

Nov 15

Free Events

PDX JAZZ: Capturing Jazz

Thu, Nov 15, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

100 years of recording technology has increasingly changed the way we listen to, perform, and consume music.  Highlighting select recordings and technologies from the “phonograph era” of the first half of the 20th century, PDX Jazz board member and educator Martin Mueller will present a lecture and discussion on how recording technology has changed the very experience of jazz as musical art and listening culture.  A native of Kansas City, KS and raised in Oregon, Martin Mueller and wife Sally…

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Monday

Nov 19

Free Events

Salah Badis with International Writing Program

Mon, Nov 19, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A reading with Salah Badis. Algerian poet, journalist, and translator Salah Badis is a Fall 2018 Resident at the International Writing Program, University of Iowa, and the inaugural IWP@OICR Writer-in-Residence.  A freelance journalist since 2012, he is a musical and cultural researcher for both print and radio and a founding member of Nafha,the most important cultural magazine in Algeria.  His poems and essays in Arabic have been translated into French, English, and Turkish, with his first volume of poetry, ضجرالبواخر, published in 2016 by…

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Thursday

Nov 29

Youth Events

WITS Writers-in-Residence Reading

Thu, Nov 29, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Literary Arts is honored to have accomplished poets, journalists, novelists, essayists, and playwrights teaching creative writing to high school students in the Writers in the Schools program. This month, the public will have the opportunity to hear from a selection of WITS writers-in-residence as they share their own pieces. The event will include readings by Michelle Keil, GF Harper, Jules Ohman, Bettina de León Barrera, Mark Pomeroy, Matt Smith, Ramiza Koya, Alex Behr, Ryan Nakano, Callum Angus, and Emilly Prado.…

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January 2019

Wednesday

Jan 9

Free Events

INCITE: Queer Writers Read

Wed, Jan 9, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This month's theme is Justice. Featured readers include Amy Schutzer, Erin Gurley, Geeta Lewis, and Shloimy Notik. Hosted by Kate Carrol De Gutes and Kate Grey.

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Wednesday

Jan 16

Free Events

Sweet Dreams, Story Catcher

Wed, Jan 16, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Editor Janna Lopez discusses the concept, curation process, and creative evolution of Sweet Dreams, Story Catcher: A Commemorative Collection of Portland Magazine essays by Brian Doyle." This stunning collection of author Brian Doyle's work is complemented by exquisite artwork and published by University of Portland. This one-of-a-kind book created by Lopez and her team pays tribute to Doyle's life and work through an intentionally-vetted selection of essays, and combined painted, photographic and illustrative artwork. Special guests will read aloud essays from this book. 

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Wednesday

Jan 23

Free Events

PDX JAZZ: Carnival to Mardi Gras: A New Orleans Tradition

Wed, Jan 23, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Carnival is a season; Mardi Gras is a day. Join former New Orleanian Deborah DeMoss Smith in celebrating this 300-year Crescent City tradition. From masking, krewes, balls, parades, throws, flambeaux carriers, the iconic Mardi Gras Indians and classic holiday tunes, get to know the story of Carnival and Mardi Gras. Laissez les bon temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)

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February 2019

Wednesday

Feb 6

Free Events

One Page Wednesday: February

Wed, Feb 6, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Writers, escape the solitude of your desk. Readers, come hear great fresh work. Here is an opportunity to share or listen to one page of work in progress from talented Portland writers.Come with a single page of work and sign up to read – or come to listen and prepare to be inspired! Doors open at 6:30. Please, no reading from electronic devices.  February's One Page Wednesday's featured readers will be Kate Gray and Ashley Tolliver. The evening will be hosted…

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Thursday

Feb 7

Free Events

Northwest Academy: Erin Hoover and Jennifer Perrine

Thu, Feb 7, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A reading with Erin Hoover and Jennifer Perrine Erin Hoover’s debut poetry collection, Barnburner, was selected by Kathryn Nuernberger as winner of the Antivenom Poetry Award and published by Elixir Press in 2018.  Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, and in journals such as Prairie Schooner, Narrative, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Pleiades. Hoover has served as past editor of the Southeast Review, volunteer for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and co-founder of the literary organization Late Night Library. She earned a…

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Thursday

Feb 14

Free Events

Slamlandia

Thu, Feb 14, 2019 from 6:30 am - 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 the community.

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March 2019

Wednesday

Mar 13

Free Events

INCITE: Queer Writers Read

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

March's theme is "Female Forebearers" Amber Flame Flint Daniel Elder Pamela Santos Hosted by Kate Carrol De Gutes and Kate Gray

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Thursday

Mar 14

Free Events

Slamlandia

Thu, Mar 14, 2019 from 6:30 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 the community.

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Wednesday

Mar 20

Free Events

Wendy Chin Tanner, Jennifer Perrine and Pamela Santos

Wed, Mar 20, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A reading featuring the poets Wendy Chin Tanner, Jennifer Perrine and Pamela Santos Wendy Chin-Tanner is the author of the poetry collections Turn (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards and Anyone Will Tell You (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019), and co-author of the graphic novel American Terrorist (A Wave Blue World). She is a founding editor at Kin Poetry Journal, poetry editor at The Nervous Breakdown, and co-founder at A Wave Blue World. Jennifer…

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Wednesday

Mar 27

Free Events

Cave Canem Fellows Reading: Off-site AWP event

Wed, Mar 27, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Experience Cave Canem's annual Off-Site Reading at AWP Portland, hosted by Literary Arts! This year’s reading is headlined by Portland and Seattle-based Cave Canem fellows Quenton Baker, Ashaki M. Jackson, Bettina Judd, Anastacia-Renee and Christopher Rose, who will open the night before an additional 15+ fellows share their work in four-minute, rapid-fire intervals. Fellow and Portland resident Samiya Bashir emcees.  

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Friday

Mar 29

Youth Events

WITS Alliance Reading: Off-site AWP event

Fri, Mar 29, 2019 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The WITS Alliance hosts a happy hour and reading at Literary Arts.

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Friday

Mar 29

Free Events

VONA’s 20th Birthday reading: Off-site AWP event

Fri, Mar 29, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

VONA is celebrating 20 years of supporting writers of color. VONA, The Voices of our Nations Arts Foundation, is the only multi-genre workshop for writers of color in the nation, brings writers of color from the margins to a community where their work is centralized and honored. The reading features: Faith Adiele Samiya Bashir Aye De Leon Reyna Grande JP Howard Dickson Lam David Mura Beth Nguyen Alan Pelaex Elmaz Abinader hosted by M. Evelina Galang

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Saturday

Mar 30

Free Events

SMC MFA, Omnidawn, and McSweeney’s: AWP off-site reading

Sat, Mar 30, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

a reading with: Victoria Chang Christine Hyung-Oak Lee Sara Mumolo Jesse Nathan Joseph Rios Tamsin Smith Lysley Tenorio Matthew Zapruder sponsored by Saint Mary's college MFA in Creative Writing, Omnidawn Publishing, and McSweeney's

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April 2019

Sunday

Apr 14

Free Events

Oregon Book Awards: Poetry, Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Finalists reading

Sun, Apr 14, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A reading with some of the Oregon Book Awards finalists in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction: David Biespiel Nick Dybek Apricot Irving John Larison Matthew Minicucci Dionisia Morales Meaghan O’Connell Wendy Willis Taylor Zajonc Leni Zumas

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Thursday

Apr 18

Free Events

Northwest Academy: Victor Lodato

Thu, Apr 18, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Northwest Academy presents a reading with Victor Lodato Victor Lodato is the author of two critically acclaimed novels: Mathilda Savitch, winner of the PEN USA Award, and the recently published Edgar and Lucy. His stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, The New York Times, and Best American Short Stories. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Born and raised in New Jersey, Victor currently resides in…

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Wednesday

Apr 24

Free Events

PDX JAZZ: The Resilience of Jazz

Wed, Apr 24, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join PDX Jazz for a lecture in their Discover Jazz series. The Resilience of Jazz with Marcia Hocker This lecture will explore why Jazz remains ever present in an evolving musical landscape and the important impact it continues to have on humanity. Marcia Hocker is a Director on the PDX Jazz Board, serving as the Education-Community Engagement Chair since 2011. In addition to being one of the primary emcees, she is the Coordinator and performs in their premier education performance…

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May 2019

Wednesday

May 1

Free Events

One Page Wednesday

Wed, May 1, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Writers, escape the solitude of your desk. Readers, come hear great fresh work. One Page Wednesday is an opportunity to share or listen to one page of work in progress from talented Portland writers. Come with a single page of work and sign up to read  - or come to listen and prepare to be inspired!  Please, no reading from electronic devices. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Featured Readers for May: Justin Taylor  is the author of the story collections…

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Wednesday

May 8

Free Events

INCITE: Queer Writers Read: May

Wed, May 8, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The theme this month is "Never Surrender." Join us for readings by Wayne Bund, Jasmine Pettet, Jules Ohman, and Melissa Lynne.

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Wednesday

May 15

Youth Events

WITS End of Residency Readings: Lincoln High School

Wed, May 15, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Listen to Lincoln High School students read their original writing, crafted during their semester with a professional writer in a WITS residency.

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Wednesday

May 22

Free Events

Ooligan Press Writers of Color Spring Showcase

Wed, May 22, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Literary Arts and Ooligan Press (part of Portland State’s graduate program in Book Publishing) partner to present the third Oregon Writers of Color Spring Showcase. This event will feature many of Oregon’s most talented, diverse writers and is designed to connect these artists with the publishers seeking to hear their voices. The evening's  host will be Anis Mojgani, Literary Arts Board member, two-time National Poetry Slam Champion, winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, and multiple-time TEDx Speaker. Featured…

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June 2019

Wednesday

Jun 5

Free Events

One Page Wednesday – June

Wed, Jun 5, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Writers, escape the solitude of your desk. Readers, come hear great fresh work. Here is an opportunity to share or listen to one page of work in progress from talented Portland writers.Come with a single page of work and sign up to read – or come to listen and prepare to be inspired! Please, no reading from electronic devices. June's featured readers are Mohamed Asem and Nastashia Minto. This month's one page will be hosted by Natalie Serber

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Tuesday

Jun 11

Free Events

Young Adult Writers Pride Panel

Tue, Jun 11, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come celebrate Portland YA Pride at Literary Arts! Four local authors will read selections from their work followed by a panel discussion and Q & A. Sara Ryan is the author of the graphic novel Bad Houses with art by Carla Speed McNeil, young adult novels The Rules for Hearts and Empress of the World, and various comics, short stories, and essays. She is a faculty member in the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College…

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Thursday

Jun 13

Free Events

Slamlandia – June

Thu, Jun 13, 2019 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 the community. June 13th features Nastashia Minto! Doors at 6:30pm.

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Friday

Jun 14

Underground Workshop Reading

Fri, Jun 14, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Members of Underground Workshop, a week-long fiction intensive led by Charles D'Ambrosio, will read short selections from their recent work.

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July 2019

Wednesday

Jul 10

Free Events

INCITE: Queer Writers Read: July

Wed, Jul 10, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The theme this month is "Unity". Join us for featured readings by Mary Mandeville, Marcus Lund, David Oates, and Trystan Angel Reese.

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August 2019

Friday

Aug 2

Free Events

Reema Zaman: PNCA MFA reading

Fri, Aug 2, 2019 from 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

As part of the PNCA Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing program, guest artist Reema Zaman reads from her book, I Am Yours: A Shared Memoir. Reema Zaman is an award-winning writer, speaker, actress, and author of the critically acclaimed memoir I Am Yours. Reema is also a 2018 Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient. I Am Yours has been adopted into the curriculum of several high schools through an Innovation Grant from the Oregon Department of Education, and is being adapted into a movie. The New York…

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Thursday

Aug 8

Free Events

Slamlandia: August

Thu, Aug 8, 2019 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 the community.

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September 2019

Sunday

Sep 1

Delve Readers Seminars

Delve: Escape from the Doll’s House

Sun, Sep 1, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This Delve will examine stories from different literary genres and periods that all uniquely address the topic of personal freedom in conflict with societal pressures and control over the individual. Our texts will include Margaret Atwood’s much anticipated sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments, Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and a selection of poems by various authors. Registration for this Delve includes a ticket to Margaret Atwood in Conversation with Omar…

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Wednesday

Sep 4

Free Events

One Page Wednesday: September

Wed, Sep 4, 2019 from 7:00 pm

Writers, escape the solitude of your desk. Readers, come hear great fresh work. One Page Wednesday is  a series hosted by Natalie Serber. An opportunity to share or listen to one page of work in progress from talented Portland writers. Come with a single page of work and sign up to read  - or come to listen and prepare to be inspired!  Please, no reading from electronic devices.  September's featured readers are Chelsea Biondolillo and Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet. Chelsea Biondolillo is…

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Monday

Sep 9

Free Events

Eclipsed Preview

Mon, Sep 9, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Corrib Theatre will give a sneak preview of their upcoming play Eclipsed by Patricia Burke Brogan, which plays September 20–October 13, 2019 at New Expressive Works (corribtheatre.org) In a Magdalene Laundry, where the nuns regard them as mindless vessels of evil and their infants are forcibly put up for adoption, a group of young unwed Irish mothers struggle, resist, and strive to overcome the onerous conditions imposed on them. Based on true accounts, and written by an ex-nun who worked…

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Wednesday

Sep 11

Free Events

INCITE: Queer Writers Read- September

Wed, Sep 11, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join our hosts, Kate Gray and Kate Carroll de Gutes, as we explore the theme of "memory".  Featured readings by Ana Maurine-Lara, Meredith Clark, Stacy Brewster, and Meg Weber, followed by a community discussion.     

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Thursday

Sep 12

Slamlandia: September

Thu, Sep 12, 2019 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 the community.

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Tuesday

Sep 17

Free Events

Whitenoise Project 22 + Caldera: Jolly Wrapper / Ahmed / Cheuk / Penaloza

Tue, Sep 17, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Whitenoise Project and Caldera for a special event at Literary Arts. The night will feature readings and book signings from alumni of Caldera’s Youth Program and Artists in Residence (AiR) Program, including authors Michelle Peñaloza, Leland Cheuk, and Farooq Ahmed, all of whom will have newly published books that were completed at Caldera. Special guest Jolly Wrapper will open the evening. Featuring: Farooq Ahmed, Kansastan (7.13 Books) Leland Cheuk, No Good Very Bad Asian (C&R Press) Michelle Peñaloza, Former…

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Thursday

Sep 19

Free Events

Attic Institute: 20th Anniversary

Thu, Sep 19, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Attic Institute 20th Anniversary Reading featuring Associate Fellow in Nonfiction Brian Benson and four Attic students: Craig Brandis Irish Chung Jennifer Dorner Valerie Rea

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October 2019

Wednesday

Oct 2

Free Events

One Page Wednesday October

Wed, Oct 2, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Writers, escape the solitude of your desk. Readers, come hear great fresh work. An opportunity to share or listen to one page of work in progress from talented Portland writers.Come with a single page of work and sign up to read – or come to listen and prepare to be inspired! Please, no reading from electronic devices.

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Thursday

Oct 10

Free Events

Slamlandia

Thu, Oct 10, 2019 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 the community.

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Wednesday

Oct 23

Free Events

PDX JAZZ: The Music and the Movement

Wed, Oct 23, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Music and the Movement will dive in to the inherent relationship between gospel, jazz, and rhythm and blues and the Civil Rights Movement, including an in-depth look at the Free Jazz movement. PDX Jazz Education and Outreach Manager Shelby Walton-Clark (she/her), a California native, has spent the last 6 years living in the Pacific Northwest. After graduating from Gonzaga University with a B.A. in Music and an Elementary Teaching Certificate, Shelby spent 2 years teaching elementary music in Washington,…

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November 2019

Wednesday

Nov 6

Free Events

One Page Wednesday: November

Wed, Nov 6, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Writers, escape the solitude of your desk. Readers, come hear great fresh work. Here is an opportunity to share or listen to one page of work in progress from talented Portland writers.Come with a single page of work and sign up to read – or come to listen and prepare to be inspired! Doors open at 6:30. Please, no reading from electronic devices. Hosted by Natalie Serber. Featured Readers for November: Sallie Tisdale is the author of nine books, most…

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Thursday

Nov 7

Writing Classes

The True, Brilliant You: Master Class with Brenda Shaghnessy

Thu, Nov 7, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Instructor: Brenda Shaughnessy In this workshop you will read poems (to fill up on wonder and beauty and weirdness and resilience) workshop poems, (to re-see ourselves and hear each other), and generate poems (to open up to the new brilliant truth in us.) This class is for experienced poets. To apply for this class, please e-mail three poems in a single document by October 15, 2019 to Susan Moore at susan@literary- arts.org. Work e-mailed…

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Friday

Nov 8

Lit Crawl Free Events

Lit Crawl: Dorothea Lasky

Fri, Nov 8, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This event is part of Lit Crawl® Portland. Dorothea Lasky will read selections from ANIMAL, her new book of poetry lectures (Wave Books, 2019). Constellating four central topics—ghosts, colors, animals, and bees—Lasky serves as an encouraging guide through the startling, sometimes dangerous, always exhilarating landscapes of feral poetic imagination. Dorothea Lasky is the author, most recently, of Animal, published in 2019 in the Bagley Wright Lecture Series. She is also the author of five full-length collections of poetry Milk (Wave…

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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 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

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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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

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

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 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 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 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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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 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

Sunday

Apr 19

Writing Classes

Spring 2020 Online: April Writer of Color Sunday Morning Workshop

Sun, April 19 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

One-day Workshop: Open to writers of color at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. A variety of prompts will be presented as avenues for generating and sharing new work in an informal setting. You can also bring your own prompts and questions about the writing process, and explore them with the group.

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May 2020

Thursday

May 7

Free Events

@Literary Arts Online: Slamlandia: May

Thu, May 7 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam that meets every 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. May 7 features John F. Quiñonez. Click here to register in advance for Slamlandia, which will take place on Zoom If you have…

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Monday

May 11

Writing Classes

Online: Writing a Novel in 8 Weeks

Mon, May 11 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Eight-week Class: This is a boot-camp-style class designed for aspiring novelists who have a clear fictional project in mind and who can commit to a rigorous eight-week schedule of reading and writing.

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Sunday

May 17

Writing Classes

Spring 2020: Filling the Well

Sun, May 17 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meets online via Zoom. A generative class for beginning and experienced writers who want to be writing but feel stuck on an ongoing project or are fresh out of ideas.

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Wednesday

May 20

Delve Readers Seminars

The Essays of James Baldwin

Wed, May 20 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Six-week Seminar: This Delve will examine the essays of James Baldwin, the leading literary voice of the black freedom struggle.

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Thursday

May 21

Free Events

@Literary Arts Online: Slamlandia: May 21

Thu, May 21 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam that meets every 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. Register in advance for this event: If you have any questions, please contact slamlandia@gmail.com or jessica@literary-arts.org.

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Sunday

May 24

Writing Classes

Spring 2020 Online: May Writer of Color Sunday Morning Workshop

Sun, May 24 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

One-day Workshop: Open to writers of color at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. A variety of prompts will be presented as avenues for generating and sharing new work in an informal setting. You can also bring your own prompts and questions about the writing process, and explore them with the group.

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June 2020

Sunday

Jun 7

Writing Classes

Creating Better Characters

Sun, June 7 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Four-week Class: This workshop will focus on the skills involved in creating and sustaining vibrant and complex characters for both short-and long-form works of fiction. Through a series of in-workshop prompt-based generative exercises and take-home assignments, you will create and flesh out a series of vivid characters.

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