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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Virtual IPRC: Youth Poetry Workshop

August 1 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

$15 – $20
Online, N/A, Portland, OR 97207

Teen Poetry Workshop

Sliding scale: $15-20

These youth poetry workshops are for everyone, whether you currently write, or are curious to try! We are going to be focused on reading, listening, and discussing poems from many different poets and writers. This will help get our creative inspiration flowing and help us to learn about the different styles of poetry, which there are many! Most of the written work we will do is free form unless we choose to delve into a specific style together. We will work with prompts, group writing exercises, and explore free/continuous writing! We will experiment with tools in our writing practice, this includes oracle cards, objects, and spoken word! In addition to a notebook and headphones, if you have objects that inspire creativity, poems you love, and want to share, have them with you when we begin! Finally, find a quiet private place where you can write/ reflect without any interruption or inhibition! Sharing and engagement are helpful but are always optional… this is a safe pressure-free space to learn and create together. Let’s get free!

RSVP here


August 1
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
$15 – $20
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Portland, OR 97207