Update 10: 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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Heaux Stories: Part Deux at Polaris Hall
February 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$28 – $30
We invite you to attend what some people anticipate to be the “steamiest night of the year”- Heaux Stories:Part Deux.
This show is the sequel to sold-out storytelling showcase Heaux Stories.
Heaux Stories is a production that was created as a space for women of color and femmes to gather and share their most intimate sexual truths through the art of storytelling.
This event was born with the intention of being as a sex-positive safe space that will foster intimacy within community by centering femmes of color through the empowering act of authentic vulnerability.
Due to the overwhelming lack of diverse perspectives in Portland’s local storytelling art scene, this show is a production created out of necessity by renowned storyteller and The Moth Storyhour producer Jagger Blaec.
Heaux Stories is hosted by local dynamo and comedienne Aneesah Rasheed.
Theme: Who Do You Love?
Tell us about an encounter when you met someone who in that very instant you knew you were going to fuck. Or share with us the first time you knew you had found a home in your lover’s arms. Perhaps the love you’ve found is yours alone or shared amongst several partners.
The show will feature six storytellers telling tales of love and lust.
This production is made possible by the sponsorship and endorsement of Quill CBD. This brand believes in supporting and prioritizing safe spaces for people of color.
There will be raffle giveaways and partner support from:
Quim, Happy Camper Tattoo, Sub Rosa PDX, Oracle Infused Wellness, Lagom Teas, Portland Ashwaganda Farms, SheBop, Cascade Aids Project, and Charcuterie Me.
Guests will receive an automatic entry into a raffle that will include prizes from our sponsors along with a complimentary CBD drink at the conclusion of the event.
Follow @basic.blaec.girl for more information leading up to the event and the announcement of the official storyteller lineup.
Musical Vibes provided by DJ No.Bi.Es
Anyone who does not identify as a person of color should be mindful of their conduct and the space that they take up when engaging in this space. There will be community agreements for this same group of people and anyone who violates those boundaries will be asked to leave.
QTPOC To the Front meaning that the seating and every other context throughout the evening will prioritize our LGBTQ and POC family.
Do not comment on anyone’s appearance without consent (emphasis on excluding comments about weight, skin color, physical appearance, gender identity and hair).
There will be no hair touching of any kind.
There should be no physical contact without consent.
Make space for those who are not able-bodied.