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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Wordlights Poetry ft. Brian S. Ellis
February 15 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Wordlights Saturday poetry evenings are presented by NovaPDX & Rocking Frog Cafe and curated by Portland poet Igor Brezhnev.
On Saturday, February 15th, we’ll have a feature from Brian S. Ellis and a long set poetry open mic! This show is hosted by Igor Brezhnev!
OUR FEATURE: Brian S. Ellis
Brian S. Ellis is the author of four collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Often Go Awry from University of Hell Books. He lives in Portland, Ore.
YOUR HOST: Igor Brezhnev
Igor Brezhnev is a poet and a book designer among his other sins. He is the founder of Wordlights poetry reading series and of Lightship Press, a small press focused on publishing poetry. Igor has two full length collections of poetry published by Liquid Gravity Publishing, a spoken word album ‘Good Days & Bad Days’ (Lightship Press, 2018), as well as a couple of self-published chapbooks in ‘nights since’ series. You can support Igor at patreon.com/igorbrezhnev and learn more about him at www.igorbrezhnev.com.
Sign-ups start at 5:30, show starts at 6PM. On first and third Saturdays each performer in the open mic gets 7 minutes, there are only 8 slots available and the list order is randomized.
Come share your words and join us for a night of open mic, great poetry features and get nourishment & libations from Rocking Frog Cafe (home of the best donuts)! 🙂
Rocking Frog Cafe is an independently run, local gem in the lower Belmont District of southeast Portland. Nestled in a lovely early-century Craftsman-style bungalow, we offer a comfortable place to study, eat and socialize. Find out more about The Rocking Frog at rockingfrogpdx.com.
NovaPDX is a talent and production company based in Portland, Oregon. We organize and host performance and educational events, showcasing local and visiting musicians, poets and comedians. Our mission is to create spaces where talent thrives. Learn more about us at novapdx.org.
Your host, Igor Brezhnev is a poet, an author, an artist and a book designer among his other sins. He is roaming the West Coast thinking up new art, books and helping shape creative projects. You can find out more about Igor at igorbrezhnev.com