Update 6: Literary Arts has launched the Booth Emergency Fund for Writers and Oregon Humanities is offering emergency funding for organizations. Both have deadlines coming up in May, which have been added to the calendar below.

Update 5: RACC has established an Emergency Artist Relief Fund to which you can apply and donate. They have also set up a page listing other relief resources.

Update 4: Two local Relief Funds for small businesses and artists have been set up if you’d like to apply for support or offer donations. They are the Portland Small Business Relief Fund and the Portland Area Artist Emergency Relief Fund. Literary Portland is not personally associated with either of the funds, so, please direct all questions etc. to their respective organizations.

Update 2: A “stay at home” order has been issued by Gov. Kate Brown. See also this FAQ from OPB. Until the order is lifted, you can assume all in-person readings and events have been cancelled. We’ll continue to update things to match organization and stores’ calendars etc., but heed Brown’s orders and updates from officials on proper actions. Hope you all can stay safe, healthy, and cozy with a good book at home!

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Bards of Stumptown

December 2, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Ford Food and Drink, 2505 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR + Google Map

You’ve read Leanne Grabel’s article (https://www.pdxmonthly.com/articles/2019/10/23/meet-the-poets-who-defined-a-portland-era-and-are-still-at-it) in November’s Portland Monthly about 8 Portland poets who’ve continued writing and performing their work while building and supporting the region’s literary network for 4 decades.

Here’s a chance to hear, see and meet the writers
Leanne Grabel
Walt Curtis
Douglas Spangle
Barbara LaMorticella
Tim Barnes
Casey Bush
dan raphael
& hopefully Judith Barrington

Leanne Grabel loves mixing genres and collaborating with musicians and a funky old casio. Her latest work is a collection of flash memoir about her long-ass marriage and co-conspirator in Cafe Lena and performance work, Steve Sander.

Born on the 4th of July, Walt Curtis has long been’s Portland unofficial poet laureate.

Douglas Spangle
tries out new pens
and butters toast
for absent friends.

Barbara LaMorticella follows and participates in Portland poetry from a perch in a large fir

Tim Barnes taught in the English Dept. at PCC Sylvania for 25 years. He is the co-editor of Wood Works: The Life and Writing of Charles Erskine Scott Wood and editor of Friends of William Stafford: A Journal & Newsletter for Poets & Poetry. His latest book of poetry is Definitions for a Lost Language.

Casey Bush writes “poems that arise, bearded and barefoot from the raw American earth. They are by turns sacred, profane, desperate, gnomic and true.” – Jon Raymond’s blurb for Student of the Hippocampus

Manything, dan raphael’s 21st book, came out this aeptember from unlikely books. most wedensdays dan writes and records a current events poem for the KBOO evening news

Judith Barrington’s most recent book is Long Love: New and Selected Poems. She identifies as an immigrant, a lesbian, a disabled activist, a Portlander, and a dog fanatic.


2505 SE 11th Ave
Portland, OR
+ Google Map


Dan Raphael