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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Slamlandia Digital Open Mic ft. Gigi Bella + Marty Adamsmith
July 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Slamlandia is hosting another digital poetry open mic. This open mic – only poetry, no music please – will take place on July 16th. We’ll be hosting this event with the help of Literary Arts.
You can access our Zoom link in advance. Here is the link to register:
Sign ups for the open mic will be posted at 6:30pm PT day of via Facebook posts and an Instagram story. Comment / reply to get your name on the list. Open mic will promptly begin at 7pm. Poets gets 3 minutes to share poetry – please do not go over time.
We will have a feature from Gigi Bella and Marty Adamsmith.
gigi bella // has been ranked the tenth woman poet in the world, the two time Project X Bronx Poetry Champion as well as a literal mermaid. She is also a Pink Door Fellow, a National Poetry Slam Semifinalist & Champion. She has been featured on stages with Andrea Gibson, Sabrina Benaim, Olivia Gatwood and many others. Her chapbook, weird things, was featured on the instagram of pop singer/songwriter, Sara Bareilles. Her other work is featured on Button Poetry, Slamfind and in a variety of literary journals. Her book, big feelings, is available through Game Over Books and has been recommended by Small Press Distribution. gigibellapoetry.com
Marty Adamsmith // is an improv performer, standup comedian, and radio dj. he makes psychotherapeutic memes for teetotaling teens at “how to survive without memes”. Based out of Albuquerque, he has appeared on stages across the country and frequently performs joint material with performance poet, gigi bella. He has also been featured alongside Ann Gora, Mishka Shubaly, Hannibal Burress, and many others. He is a current Afternoon Freeform and Spoken Word Hour dj on KUNM and creates radio that is eclectic and thought provoking with a strong central voice. His standup comedy is dark but points toward a healed world.
A quick run down of Zoom: click the link we’ve shared, register, and that will give you access to the Zoom chat space on the 25th. During the show the host will keep everyone except the person currently reading muted – and then will unmute everyone for 5 seconds after poems are over for everyone to cheer.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! We look forward to seeing your faces on all our laptops / phones this Thursday evening.