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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ERASURE WORKSHOP w/ Zachary Schomburg

December 3, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Outlet, 2500 Northeast Sandy Boulevard, Portland, OR 97232 + Google Map

This 3 hour session will introduce you to the poetic form of Erasure, which is the practice of erasing words from an existing text to generate new poetry / visual art. Together, we’ll look at published examples of erasure, and discuss what might make our own erasures successful. Before we meet, I’ll assign a brief reading which will we use to center our discussion. I’ll also provide materials for erasure, including books, random prose texts, white-out, scissors, glue, markers, etc. If you already have a text you’d like to erase, please feel free to bring it along. At the end of the session, we will all be invited to share our new erasure work with the group. All are welcome. No poetry or erasure experience is necessary.


Register here.

Zachary Schomburg is the author of a novel, Mammother (Featherproof 2017) and 5 books of poems including, most recently, Pulver Maar (Black Ocean 2019). He is also an illustrator, muralist, teacher, and publisher of a small independent poetry press called Octopus Books. He lives in Portland, OR.

Here is a bit more at The Poetry Foundation.


2500 Northeast Sandy Boulevard
Portland, OR 97232
+ Google Map