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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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Events for June 6, 2019
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Join p:ear gallery as we launch an interactive art installation we have dubbed the “p:ear street poem”. This festive event will transform the p:ear gallery into a giant canvas for individuals who have been or are currently part of Portland’s homeless community. This canvas will be designated for individuals to share their stories, poems and inspirations with. The p:ear street poem will be up for two months and serve as a growing sounding board for communications artistic and otherwise. Based upon the “Manchester Street Poem” this two-month event will be coordinated with support from p:ear youth and other old town social service agencies including Street Roots and Friends of Noise.Find out more »
We have had such an amazing, wonderful year and a half calling Guilder our home, and we are truly honored to have brought so much art into their beautiful, welcoming space. While it is bittersweet to say goodbye to such a terrific venue, we are excited for our last at Guilder hoorah with one last poetry open mic and slam. Come to our last Guilder show on Thursday, JUNE 6TH - featuring Portland's very own Doc Luben. Doors and sign-ups are at 6:00 PM Get there on time to get a spot in the open mic or slam! Show begins at 6:30 PM. Guilder 2393 NE Fremont St Portland, OR 97213 This show is all ages. Please see our Accessibility and Safer Space info below.…Find out more »
Gresham High School students read their inspiring and original creative writing, celebrating the end of their Writers in the Schools residencies.Find out more »
Portland's new chill-n-chat literary hotspot, the Rose City Book Pub, will host Unsolicited Press authors, John Biscello and Frances Badalamenti, who will be reading from their respective novels: Nocturne Variations and I Don't Blame You. Books will be available for purchase, and the evening will also include a special musical performance by Elite Beat. NOCTURNE VARIATIONS: Dystopic Peter Pan meets surrealist noir in this cinemythical tale about love, loss and the illusions of shadow-play. Los Angeles, December, 1989, is when we first meet seventeen-year-old Piers, runaway, savant puppeteer, spiritual love-child of Holden Caulfield and Edie Sedgwick. Addicted to Sike, an experimental drug which promises a surrogate return to Childhood, Piers, in an act of revenge, robs a briefcase full of Sike from her dealer and…Find out more »
Please come out and support Jessie Kwak as she launches Double Edged, her first full length novel in the Bulari Saga. Join us for live music by Three for Silver, and readings from Double Edged and other of Jessie's creations. Visit jessiekwak.com/party to pre-order a special signed launch party edition of Double Edged, and pick it up at the party! (There’s a limited number, so get one quick!) About the series: The Bulari Saga series is part of Jessie Kwak’s Durga System universe, a fast-paced series of gangster sci-fi stories set in a far-future world where humans may have left their home planet to populate the stars, but they haven’t managed to leave behind their vices. And that’s very good for business.Find out more »
Amy Mason Doan's second novel, Summer Hours, is set in the mid '90s and 2008 and revolves around a secret affair, the summer it all unravels, and the reunion a decade later that will be one woman's happy ending or her biggest mistake. Becc was the good girl: a dedicated student, an aspiring reporter, always where she was supposed to be. That is, until a secret affair with the charming Cal one summer in college cost her everything she held dear: her journalism dreams; her relationship with her best friend, Eric; and her carefully imagined future. Summer Hours is a warmly told novel about the idealism of youth, the seductive power of nostalgia and what happens when you realize you haven't become the person you'd…Find out more »
A group for anyone writing nonfiction or memoir who would like company, support, and, most of all, accountability. Whether you’ve never written a word or you’re a published author, join us!Find out more »
Annie Bloom's welcomes Seattle author Aaron Hamburger to read from his novel Nirvana Is Here. For Ari Silverman, the past has never really passed. After 20 years, the trauma from a childhood assault resurfaces as he grapples with the fate of his ex-husband, a colleague accused of sexually harassing a student. To gain perspective, Ari arranges to reconnect with his high school crush, Justin Jackson, a bold step which forces him to reflect on their relationship in the segregated suburbs of Detroit during the 1990s and the secrets they still share. An honest story about recovery and coping with both past and present, framed by the meteoric rise and fall of the band Nirvana and the wide-reaching scope of the #metoo movement, Nirvana is Here…Find out more »
Join us for a reading from Liz Scott’s new memoir, This Never Happened. This Never Happened is a genre-bending memoir, told in a non-linear way using photographs, letters, and lists. This is a spare work…alternatively heartbreaking and darkly comic. Like an archeological dig, Scott’s memoir goes in search of the answers to the mysteries of her family. In her relentless quest to uncover the truth, she leaves no one, including herself, unexamined. In the end, it is about the challenge of making peace with questions that will never be answered and the struggle to forgive. Liz Scott has been a practicing psychologist for 40 years, helping clients to identify life themes and make sense of the puzzle of their lives. She has brought this focus to her…Find out more »
Rediscover the simple pleasures of a day trip with Kim Cooper Findling’s Day Trips From Portland, Oregon (Globe Pequot). Findling’s guide is packed with hundreds of exciting things for locals and vacationers to do, see, and discover within a two-hour drive of the Portland metro area. Go biking, hiking, kayaking – or swimming! – on Sauvie Island, or visit the recreational wonderland around the town of Silver Lake, where you can get a glimpse of Mount St. Helens. Do something (mildly) intoxicating: Go on a tasting tour at one (or more) of the 200 wineries in the Willamette Valley. Do something historical: See people in period clothing reenact mid-19th-century daily life at Fort Vancouver, or 1920s farm life at Pomeroy Living History Farm in Yacolt.Find out more »