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.
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Monday 7/6, Last Stand LIVE Open Mic on GetVokl, 8-10 PM
July 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pmFree
In these times of plague and revolution, where are you? How are you? We are here.
Poetry! Humor! Mythology! Smut! Rage! Portland’s longest running open mic goes VIRTUAL this Monday, July 6, at 8 PM. Jennifer Robin hosts.
Do you want to read your private collection of hundreds of cut-up cereal box ingredient lists? A break-up email? A page from your Pandemic Diary? The final chapter of your history of lint? Maybe you’d like to read from another writer’s work which is especially resonating with you right now. Oh, you may! Stuck wondering if your writing is suitable for the show? Look at the above declaration! The Last Stand treasures diversity, passion, and experimentation.
The open mic is on the video conference site GetVokl, with the link also posted on Facebook to watch, you filthy voyeurs and glorious participants.
IF YOU WANT TO BE ON THE READING LIST IN ADVANCE, please COMMENT ON THIS PAGE…or PRIVATE MESSAGE ME (Jennifer) or…JUST SHOW UP LIVE ON THE BROADCAST TO GET IN LINE. 🙂
Do you know what’s neat about this? The Last Stand is no longer limited to Portland performers—it can serve as a grand soiree for poets from all over the planet during a single show. Go to the (easy to use) GetVokl website, make an account using your email, and click on the event link Monday at 8. When it nears your turn to read, I will ask you to “grab spot”—that’s what it’s called on Getvokl—then I’ll put you on LIVE, babyface!!!
Here is the link to start a Getvokl account: https://getvokl.com/dashboard
Here is the link to my GetVokl Page with the listing for the show: https://getvokl.com/channel/jennifer-29
Performers have up to 10 minutes to showcase their phenomena! Per the Last Stand Tradition, no instruments allowed other than your face, voice, and throbbing bod! See you very soon.