The programs of Literary Arts inspire more than 20,000 Oregonians every year.
For the past 35 years, Literary Arts has built community around literature, books, and storytelling, and the essential ideas and issues they raise. Our programs work together to offer a variety of access points where readers and writers of all ages engage with literature and gain the tools and inspiration to find and share their stories.
Literary Arts is committed to remaining a dynamic and responsive organization that will continue to evolve with our community’s needs. This includes deepening our equity work across all our programs. The Literary Arts Strategic Framework that will guide the organization’s decisions for the next three years and beyond, a Framework that will hold us accountable, and also give the flexibility to adapt to changes we cannot yet anticipate.
The staff, board, and advisory councils of Literary Arts all worked on this framework over a period of a year and half. We also sought feedback and advice from dozens more community members. We view this plan as a living document that will continue to be updated and changed between now and 2022.
Portland Arts & Lectures
Enjoy engaging talks by the world’s most celebrated writers whose award-winning works cover the most compelling issues of our time.
Portland Book Festival (formerly Wordstock)
Join thousands of readers and more than 100 authors for a daylong celebration of books, onstage events, workshops, and more.
Delve Readers Seminars
Engage in dialogues around books by authors you love and artists who offer new perspectives.
Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships
Support and celebrate Oregon’s emerging and established writers and publishers through awards and fellowships.
Join a community of students and instructors who are focused on specific writing goals.
Engage public high schools students to write, publish, and perform their own creative writing.
“Oregon is a community that values its readers and writers. We have a vibrant history as creators of great art and as a community that supports the creation of such work. Stories are all around us…” -Andrew Proctor, Executive Director