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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Grief Rites Readers Series ~ September 9

September 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Free
Rose City Book Pub, 1329 NE Fremont, Portland, OR 97212 + Google Map

A monthly storytelling showcase about grief, loss and love. Gather in community with others who share grief in all forms and manifestations. Come ready to cry, laugh, listen and hold space for yourself and others.
*Trigger warning, because Grief. Content not edited for language or topic. Mature audience.
*Venue is accessible; gender-neutral restrooms on premises

Readings begin promptly at 7:30pm.

***This month’s event will include an open mic, in addition to our curated readers. If you have words to share about your grief, we welcome you.***

Open mic signups begin at 6:30, readings start at 7pm.
First priority will be given to those who’ve not previously shared at one of our events. You’ll have roughly 4 minutes.
If you have any questions about the open mic please message here on FB, or email us at info@griefritesfoundation.org

Curated Storytellers…
Caryn Brooks
Wayne Bund
Leanne Grabel
John Madson
David McIntire
Robin Oakman
Red O’Hare
Carolyn Travers

Curated/Hosted by Melissa Lynne & Mari Gonzalez

Venue

Rose City Book Pub
1329 NE Fremont
Portland, OR 97212
+ Google Map
Website:
http://rosecitybookpub.com

Organizer

Grief Rites
Email:
stories@griefritesfoundation.org
Website:
https://www.griefritesfoundation.org