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. Schuyler Peck
November 9, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Wordlights Saturday poetry evenings presented by NovaPDX, Rocking Frog Cafe and hosted by Igor Brezhnev.
On Saturday November 9th, we’ll have a feature from Schuyler Peck, mini-features from Kate Leddy & Effy Bishop, and a short set poetry open mic!
OUR FEATURE: Schuyler Peck
Schuyler Peck is a writer, plant mom, and part-time daydreamer in Portland, Oregon. Schuyler’s work explores themes such as nature, spirituality, surviving and trauma recovery, and the many facets of mental health. She is the author of To Hold Your Moss-Covered Heart and A Field of Blooming Bruises, among other titles. Her work can also be found at Crooked Arrow Press, Rising Phoenix Review, JuxtaProse Magazine, Words Dance, Persephone’s Daughters, Thought Catalog, and Literary Sexts: Vol. 2. Schuyler enjoys all things swoon-worthy, including big band music, birthday cake, and one day disappearing into an ominous fog. She loves you. Follow at @hiitssky on Instagram.
Kate Leddy is a writer and mental health activist from Portland Oregon. She was born and raised in New York and still has strong opinions about bagels. Kate represented Portland at the 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam as well as the 2018 National Poetry Slam. She was thrilled to be on this years Portland Poetry Slam team again at the 2019 Bigfoot Regional Competition. Kate’s first chapbook “Homesick Season” explores nostalgia for people, places, and states of mind. You can now find it at bookstores in Portland and like it/roast it via Google Books Reviews. Kate enjoys ice cream sandwiches, a good cry, and excitedly pointing out the two constellations she knows.
Effy Bishop is a queer and chronically-ill writer and artist living in Portland, Oregon, whose pronouns are she/her. This is her first time writing a professional bio, so wanted to include her most important accomplishments in life: winning 1st place in a mandatory school-wide art contest when she was in kindergarten, and taking 13th overall in the Math-Science Olympiad in 3rd grade. The subject matter of her work revolves around the imaginary line humans try to draw between themselves and the rest of nature. When she isn’t busy photographing awkward aspects of humanity, Effy works as an advocate for houseless populations and those suffering from addiction. She’s a big believer in accepting everyone exactly where they’re at, and invites you to try it! Starting with yourself!
Sign-ups start at 5:30, show starts at 6PM. On second and fourth Saturdays each performer in the open mic gets 5 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