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.

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For Colored Folx Virtual Book

June 3 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Online, N/A, Portland, OR 97207

Hii y’all, we’re bringing book club back, but virtually! Since getting books might be a challenge right now. We’re mostly going to be reading articles that are easily accessible online.

We’re going to start with a couple of articles by Mikki Kendall, the author of Hood Feminism, and discuss them virtually on Wednesday the 6th at 7.30 p.m. Details on the virtual meeting space to come ūüôā



Since we may have new participants here’s more information about the club:

WHAT IT IS: A book club geared to cultivating joy and empowerment for people of color.


1. This group is being led by two femmes and the articles we chose will be works by authors who a part of the BIPOC community. Please be aware of intersectional privilege. We will not tolerate colorism, sexism, ableism, or homophobic or transphobic comments.

2. Even if you don’t like reading, or reading physical books isn’t the best learning style for you, you’re welcome to still join us for the conversation and community ♥.

3. Some of these books have heavy topics so we will be using trigger and content warnings —

4. Finally, we are open to feedback! So if you have suggestions on articles to add to the list, let us at ’em! Also, if not all the books interest you or are the best for you to read at this time — just come to the meetings that would best feed your spirit.

Allies are encouraged to donate to keep the causes that Stay Litt focuses on funded. Causes such as this book club, our storytimes, and our probono tutoring.


Portland, OR 97207


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