Update 6: Literary Arts has launched the Booth Emergency Fund for Writers and Oregon Humanities is offering emergency funding for organizations. Both have deadlines coming up in May, which have been added to the calendar below.

Update 5: RACC has established an Emergency Artist Relief Fund to which you can apply and donate. They have also set up a page listing other relief resources.

Update 4: Two local Relief Funds for small businesses and artists have been set up if you’d like to apply for support or offer donations. They are the Portland Small Business Relief Fund and the Portland Area Artist Emergency Relief Fund. Literary Portland is not personally associated with either of the funds, so, please direct all questions etc. to their respective organizations.

Update 2: A “stay at home” order has been issued by Gov. Kate Brown. See also this FAQ from OPB. Until the order is lifted, you can assume all in-person readings and events have been cancelled. We’ll continue to update things to match organization and stores’ calendars etc., but heed Brown’s orders and updates from officials on proper actions. Hope you all can stay safe, healthy, and cozy with a good book at home!

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Slamlandia February Rocking Frog ft. Rob Gray

February 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free – $5
Rocking Frog Cafe, 2511 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214 + Google Map

Join us on FEBRUARY 6 for our Poetry Open Mic and Slam at the Rocking Frog Cafe!

This show is a qualifier for our 2020 Grand Slam.

Doors and sign-ups are at 6:00 PM
Get there on time to get a spot in the open mic or slam!
Show begins at 6:30 PM.

Rocking Frog Cafe
2511 SE Belmont St.
Portland, OR 97214

This show is all ages.
Please see our Accessibility and Safer Space info below.

There is a $1-5 suggested donation.

We will have an spotlight performance from the delightful Rob Gray!

Rob Gray is an artist, musician, and writer in Portland, Oregon. He is a founding member of the Lovely Book Club (lovelybook.club), a DIY arts and publishing collective/yacht club/drinking club/football club. For the past eleven years, Rob has worked at Full Life (www.fulllife.com), a day program for adults with developmental disabilities located in the heart of northeast Portland. Rob was born in London, England, grew up in Karlsruhe, Germany, lived in the Bay Area and Santa Barbara, California, before settling in the Pacific Northwest. He has been making and sharing art, music, and poetry in Portland since 2009. Keep up to date with his work at www.robertduncangray.com

★ •*´¨`*• O P E N • M I C •*´¨`*• ★

The open mic will start the show out. The open mic is a great way to share your wonderful poetry! You can share 1-2 poems lasting a maximum of 3 minutes.

★ •*´¨`*• T H E • S L A M •*´¨`*• ★

☆ The slam will be 2 rounds.
The first 12 poets to sign up will perform in the 1st round.

☆ Poems will be scored on a scale of 0-10. There will be 5 judges. The lowest score and highest score for each poet will be dropped and the middle 3 scores will be added together.

☆ There is a 3 minute time limit for poems performed in the slam – with a 10 second grace period. A 1/2-point time penalty will be subtracted from the poet’s score for every 10 seconds they go past the time limit.

☆ The 6 poets with the highest scores will move on to the 2nd round.

★ •*´¨`*• A C C E S S I B I L I T Y •*´¨`*• ★

This show will be held inside the Rocking Frog Cafe. There is one ADA single-occupancy bathroom inside. There are two entrances to get inside, one that has just stairs and the other with both stairs and a ramp. Any seating can be adjusted to make room for any accessibility equipment or to assist any required needs.

★ •*´¨`*• S A F E R • S P A C E • P O L I C Y •*´¨`*• ★

(1) – Slamlandia is committed to the safety of our community and all of its members. This includes but is not limited to performers, audience members, venue staff, volunteers, featured poets, and Executive Council members. We will not allow any act of hate, bigotry, harassment, or violence within our space and will prohibit the entrance of those who have committed these acts in or outside of our space.

(2) – The Slamlandia community is a community based in consent. It is the responsibility of individuals initiating contact to receive enthusiastic consent for the following activities:

☆ Physical contact
☆ Discussion of personal or heavy topics
☆ Discussion of poetry shared on stage

(3) – Slamlandia does not censor our mic and space – with the exception of hate speech. Hate speech includes, but is not limited to threats of violence, the use of slurs for a group you do not belong to, racism, sexism, transphobia, transmisogyny, homophobia, classicism, and ableism.

☆ Marginalized voices expressing anger toward the group of people oppressing them does not fall under the category of hate speech.

☆ In the event that a performer is using hate speech on stage, an Executive Council member will end their performance and ask them to leave the stage.

☆ In the event that a performer uses hate speech, it is the responsibility of the Executive Council to explain to the performer why this was a violation of our hate speech policy to the best of their ability and point them to resources for further explanation.


February 6
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free – $5
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Rocking Frog Cafe
2511 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214
+ Google Map