Quick News: Future Prairie and partners are providing a creative basic income to artists for 3 months via The Imagination Project. Gary Cole and CoHo Productions are producing a COVID-19 relief fundraiser performance based on his novel Black Box and offering a LITPDX discount on tickets, see the upcoming events from the calendar. Black Feast is offering free Love Letter Care Packages with vegan, gluten-free deserts for Black folks in Portland, which you can RSVP for here or support via steps on their website. A national coalition of arts grantmakers have put together the Artist Relief for artists across mediums facing financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Shade Literary Arts is organizing a fundraiser for a Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund. You can apply for the funding through this survey link.

We stand with Black Lives Matter and those protesting for equality and reform. We will continue to amplify marginalized voices, and welcome all, their ideas, their events, and their words. Our words here are not enough, but we wanted to say we support you and will continue to do so through our actions.

Prior relief and support funds for small businesses and artists: NACF’s Native Arts Emergency Support Project, Portland Small Business Relief Fund, Portland Area Artist Emergency Relief Fund, RACC’s  Emergency Artist Relief Fund, RACC’s page for relief resources (and updated here), RACC’s COVID-19 relief Support Beam, Literary Arts’ Booth Emergency Fund for Writers, and Oregon Humanities’ emergency funding for organizations.

Gov. Kate Brown’s “stay at home” order still largely remains in effect for Portland area businesses and gatherings (though other counties have some limitations lifted). See also this FAQ from OPB. Until the order is completely lifted for Multnomah county, you can assume all in-person readings and events have been cancelled.

For details regarding specific events please contact the organizers or venues. If you are an organizer or venue and would like to reach out to us please feel free to contact us or submit an event using our submission form. We’d love to hear from you!

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Bike Chain Rain: A Birthday Tribute to David Cloud Berman

January 4 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

$18 – $21
Bunk Bar – Water, 1028 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214 + Google Map

Musicians, writers, poets, fans and friends will play music, read work/tributes and tell stories about the great American poet and songwriter David Berman (Purple Mountains, Silver Jews) on what should have been his 53rd birthday.

A benefit for Moms Demand Action and Write Around PDX

With…
Stephen Malkmus
Bob Nastanovich
Rebecca Gates
William Tyler
Clay Cole
Franklin Bruno
Oed Ronne
A Certain Smile

and writers:
Kevin Sampsell
Chelsey Johnson
Jon Raymond
Mo Daviau
Kjerstin Johnson
Daniel Elder
Sophia Shalmiyev

Douglas Wolk (MC)

& Special Guests

presented by chickfactor

[Buy Tickets Here]