Update 8: 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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Tin House Summer Workshop Lectures: Natalie Diaz, D. A. Powell, Camille T. Dungy, Garth Greenwell, Kelly Link, and Justin Torres, with Elizabeth DeMeo

July 13, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:20 pm

Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202 + Google Map

9:00 am – 9:50 am, Vollum Lecture Hall
The Necessary and Dangerous Differences Between Sense and Sensuality, with Natalie Diaz

2:30 pm – 3:20 pm, Vollum Lecture Hall
Spilling the Tea: A Conversation between D. A. Powell and Camille T. Dungy
How do ideas become poems and how do poets come up with ideas? Poets Camille Dungy and D. A. Powell talk about the role of conversation, influence, history, form, resistance, improvisation and stubborn independence in their own work and work they admire. Also, how to support and encourage poetry as a living art, an impactful and meaningful interaction between words, space, and humanity. What to listen to and what to shut out. How to address the chronic cruelties of the world with compassion. What to eat, what to drink, and what to leave for poison.

 3:30 pm – 4:20 pm Vollum Lecture Hall.
On Writing Towards Joy. A panel with Garth Greenwell, Kelly Link, and Justin Torres. Moderated by Elizabeth DeMeo
What does it mean to write towards joy, especially when dealing with emotionally difficult subject matter? How does joy in life (or lack thereof) affect what we do on the page, and how does joy enter into the ways we learn and teach writing? To answer these questions, we will look at the concept of joy on the level of sentence, scene, and plot.

Open to the public for a fee of $10 (Cash and Cards accepted at the door).


3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
+ Google Map


Tin House
Reed College