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.

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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Spring Used Book Sale

Garden+ Lecture Series: Christian Tagsold

Indie Comix Reading

Lewis & Clark Senior Student Fiction Reading

The Work Poetry Workshop: Monday Night Edition

Children’s Book Week Read Aloud Pajama Party

Lewis & Clark Senior Student Poetry Reading

Niche Book Club: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Henry Thomas – CANCELLED

Miriam Toews in Conversation With Leni Zumas

The Poet’s Toolkit Part 3: Sense – Kate Gray

The Nib “Empire” Magazine Issue Release Party

Transmit Culture: Graduate Research Symposium

Plonk presents Daniel H. Wilson and Stevan Allred

SFWA Portland Publishing Happy Hour – May 2019

Deep Happening

Slamlandia May Guilder Slam

All Time Comics release party and art exhibit with Josh Simmons

First Thursday: Book Art by Melody

Chelsea Biondolillo in conversation with Justin Hocking

Spare Room reading: Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Phoebe Wayne, & Trevino Brings Plenty

Guy McPherson on Climate Change

Julie M. Albright

The Verse featuring Jonie Blinman

Bill McKibben in Conversation With Adriana Voss-Andreae

Free Comic Book Day TFAW Portland!

Free Comic Book Day at Books with Pictures

Intro to Letterpress: Two Day Workshop

Star Wars Day! May the 4th Be With You

Free Comic Book Day 2019 at Bridge City Comics!

Salt and Straw Ice Cream Cookbook

The Voice of Empathy: John Sibley Williams and Paulann Petersen

The Poisoner’s Handbook

Deep Artwork 3D book release party with Pat Moriarity

QTIPOC Draw Night

Portland State Faculty Author Exhibition

Free Range Poetry: Kristin Berger, Joannie Stangeland, Carey Taylor

Grant High School WITS

Grief Rites Readers Series – May 6

Seanan McGuire

Niche Book Club: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Story Setting with Rosanne Parry and Willamette Writers

Lauren Myracle

Michael Beschloss

Shawn Levy

Joshua Williamson Flash #70 Signing!

Joe Wilkins

Christine Riccio

INCITE: Queer Writers Read: May

Red State Revolt – Eric Blanc

Beneath the music from a farther room: manuel arturo abreu

Celebration of Mothers! With Leanne Grabel and more

For Colored Folks

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring John Burgess

Heather B. Armstrong

Mother’s Day Weekend Sale at Cosmic Monkey Comics!

IN FLUX: Sarah Zapata & Travis Boyer

Composers in the Poet’s Cabinets: Works on Paper #1

Michael Collier in Conversation with David Biespiel

A.J. Franks, Stephen T. McCrea, Leah Stenson (Inkwater Press)

Mother’s Day Weekend Sale at Cosmic Monkey Comics!

Intro to Risograph Printing

Find Your Golden Thread: A Writing Workshop with Madeleine Eno

The Work Poetry Workshop: Saturday Edition (New Starting Time)

World Collage Day Afternoon Cut-Up

Mother’s Day Weekend Sale at Cosmic Monkey Comics!

Longreads Club: The Underground Railroad of North Korea

Slam Team Battle feat. bassam

Pop-Up Magazine – Spring Issue 2019

SFF Book Group – May

A Deadly Wind: The 1962 Columbus Day Storm

Green Buddhism: Practice and Compassionate Action in Uncertain Times

No Adults Allowed Teen Book Club

Garden+ Lecture Series: Balazs and Botond Bognar

Collage Night

2019 Orpheus

Pop-Up Magazine – Spring Issue 2019

ANI DIFRANCO in Conversation With Cari Luna – SOLD OUT

Paulann Petersen

A Dog Named Beautiful: A Marine, a Dog, and a Long Road Trip Home

Teachers Summer Reading Night

Julie Orringer in Conversation With Karen Thompson Walker

Verselandia! East Side Slam

Orpheus 2019 Night Two

Free Community Reading and Book Release Party

Tea with the Author: Leni Zumas

QUEER PDXpression

Comedy vs. Tragedy #15

Birth Without Fear

Science Fiction Book Group

Young Adult Book Club (Hawthorne)

Our Weather Our Sea: Samuel Ace and Marcus Lund

Compose Creative Writing Conference 2019

Intro to Screenprinting

Choose Your Own Adventure Spies: Mata Hari

Diary Comics with Liz Yerby

STRAY Record Release Party

Autism Art-in

Tess Gallagher in Conversation With Greg Simon & Danielle Vermette

Choose Your Own Adventure SPIES Mata Hari Book Release Party

Lilla Lit Launches on May 19!

WTAW Portland Presents Exile and Return

Book Club @ The Stacks

The Turnout presents Front Porch Sessions feat Nishat Akhtar, Andrew Holguin, and Lindsey E. Murphy

Jill Biden

Less of More: Pursuing Spiritual Abundance in a World of Never Enough

Sunnyside Streetcars: The Streetcars of Southeast Portland

Portland Correspondence Co-op

Orpheus 2019 Night Three

Poetry Reading: Tess Gallagher and Paulann Petersen

The Moth: StorySLAM: Flawed

Pico Iyer

BTTM FDRS release party with Ezra Claytan Daniels and Ben Passmore

Apricot Irving in Conversation with Sony Ton-Aimé

Ooligan Press Writers of Color Spring Showcase

Readers Choice Book Club

Oregon Humanities presents Think & Drink with Danielle Allen

Telltale Community Night

Street Books presents: A Celebration of the Book

Orpheus 2019 Night Four

Save Yourself – Julie Grandstaff

Everything is Fine Series #9

An Armful of Words: Celebrating the Belmont HMart

Objection! Poetry Slam 2019

PZS Zine Anthology Release and Reading

Old Pal Issue 2 Reading

Karen Russell in Conversation With Leni Zumas

Book Launch for The Supernormal Legacy book 3, Emerge

Wordlights: Saturday Poetry Evenings

Poetry: Walter Moore, David Turkel & Jesse Donaldson

Longreads Club: Suicide of the Ceasefire Babies

Chase Darkness Meetup and Discussion

Poetry Slam and Open Mic feat. Sage Lilac

Last Sunday Writing Workshop

The Hour That Stretches: May 26, 2019


On Call in the Arctic

The Mouths of Others: Author Diana Kirk

Helen Zia in Conversation with Putsata Reang

Poetry Practice Space

Rebecca Robinson and Stephen Strom

Annie Jacobsen

QUEER PDXpression

Christopher X. Shade

Reading: Thomas J. Sims: On Call in the Arctic

Whitman at the Whitsell

Slow Media – Jennifer Rauch

Nights Since Chapbook Release

This Will Destroy You – Pedram Navab and Janice Lee

Young Adult Book Club (Burnside)

Whitman at 200: Words of Resistance

Future Prairie Screening + Q&A

This Will Destroy You – Pedram Navab

Wordlights: Saturday Poetry Evenings

2019 Certificate Program Graduation

Reading: Casandra Lopez, Sam Roxas-Chua, John Sibley Williams

Portland Storytellers’ Guild: The Sarah Hauser Festival of Stories – Storython –

Oregon Battle of the Books 25% Sale

Original Plumbing: The Best of Ten Years of Trans Male Culture

Poetry Slam and Open Mic feat. Raggedy Andey

KAREN KILGARIFF & GEORGIA HARDSTARK – Creators and Hosts of the Hit Podcast My Favorite Murder – SOLD OUT

QTIPOC Draw Night

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