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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The Bertha Vervain Series: Zines & Broadsides by Black [Womxn & Queer] Folks

Free Range Poetry: Phil Meehan, Penelope Scambly Schott, Betsy Fogelman Tighe

The Moth: StorySLAM: Bold

Lauren Kate

Reading: Heidi Diehl: Lifelines

Poetry Reading: John Sibley Williams and A. Molotkov

John Larison

Juggalo Country

TAPPY release party with Nou

Oregon Wine: A Deep-Rooted History


Black Feminist Summer School (PDX)

First Thursday: Aesthetics Without Borders

Unamerican Scum Launch Party

Other People’s Poems!

The Last Verse

Intro to Screeprinting

Storytime and Signing with Tonya Lippert

Re-Opening Bash

Wordlights: Saturday Poetry Evenings

Dovesong Labs Salon Series 002

Longreads Club: Behind the Lines in Syria, Part One

Poetry Slam and Open mic feat. Ceph

QTIPOC Draw Night

Tin House Summer Workshop Readings: Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Jamel Brinkley, and Kaveh Akbar

Tin House Summer Workshop Lectures: Patricia Smith, Claire Vaye Watkins, and Kaveh Akbar

Zine Making Night at Outlet!

Grief Rites Readers Series ~ July 8

Reading: Mary Lea Carroll: Saint Everywhere

Robert Beatty

Green Bean Books 10th Anniversary Celebration!!!

Tin House Summer Workshop Lectures: Mitchell S. Jackson, Laura van den Berg, and Maureen N. McLane

Teen Book Club

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club

You + Me Book Club: Phantom Tollbooth

Tin House Summer Workshop Lectures: Nicole J. Georges, Rebecca Makkai, Lan Samantha Chang, and Terese Marie Mailhot

Back Fence PDX: Summer 2019: Intro to Storytelling

Voices of a People’s History: A Movement of Movements

Incite: Queer Writers Read

Reading: Karl Marlantes: Deep River

Tin House Summer Workshop Lectures: Jamel Brinkley, Danielle Evans, R.O. Kwon, and Karen Shepard, with David Naimon

Writing Your Life Story with Christopher Luna

Slamlandia July Literary Arts Show ft. The Slamlandia Team

Beyond the Ripples – Dede Montgomery

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Toni Lumbrazo Luna

Tin House Summer Workshop Lectures: Kristen Radtke, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Michelle Tea, and Jim Shepard

Slamlandia Timbuk2 Show ft. Ryan Boyland

Whitenoise Project 20: BI/PoC Open Mic

Book Launch: “Prospects of Life After Birth” by David Hedges

Summer Generative w/ Lidia Yuknavitch and Domi Shoemaker: July 12-14

Tin House Summer Workshop Lectures: Natalie Diaz, D. A. Powell, Camille T. Dungy, Garth Greenwell, Kelly Link, and Justin Torres, with Elizabeth DeMeo

Channeling the Creative Self Through Tarot and Magic

Kids’ Storytime With Megan Wagner Lloyd

Drag Queen Story Hour

Free Seminar for Writers Hosted by Local Author Caroline Miller

True Crime Book Club

Nerd Slam feat. Ryan Boyland

Oh Word!?: QTPOC Writing Workshop

Reading: Caroline Kurtz: A Road Called Down on Both Sides

Infinite Baseball: Notes From a Philosopher at the Ballpark

Blake Nelson

The Adventure Zone Graphic Novel Live!

Portland Correspondence Co-op

The Moth: StorySLAM: Backfired

Chuck Wendig

Everything is Fine Series #11

Storytime with Mayor Bemis

Breweries for Books 2019

How I Tried To Be A Good Person book signing with Ulli Lust

HOCUS Reading

Spanish Translator & Author Jeff Diteman

Third Thursday | Shelf Talker Party

Mystery/Thrillers Book Club

15 Paintings of Mother Foucault’s Bookshop

For Colored Folks

Reading: Judith Teitelman: Guesthouse for Ganesha

Art Books Sale

Jewish Open Mic (presented by the Bigfoot Regional)

Queer Open Mic (presented by the Bigfoot Regional)

The Bigfoot Regional Poet Showcase

In-Visible Disabilities Open Mic (presented by Bigfoot Regional)

Art Books Sale

Portland Zine Symposium

Intro to Letterpress: Two Day Workshop

Improv Rules for Writers Workshop (presented by Bigfoot Reg.)

Taxonomy Based Writing Workshop (presented by Bigfoot Regional)

Portland Zine Symposium

Intro to Letterpress: Two Day Workshop

Submission Deadline: Loose Cornrows

Longreads Club: Behind the Lines: Part Two

For Colored Folks

Reading: Shawn Levy: The Castle on Sunset

Rev. Lenny Duncan Dear Church Book Tour

Oregon’s Ancient Forests: A Hiking Guide

Kristen Arnett in Conversation With Karen Russell

Classic Poetry Open Mic

Bookish Happy Hour at Vertigo Brewing

Happy Hour Writers’ Workshops

Nonbinary / Trans / Gender Nonconforming Writing Group

Reading: Kim Stafford: Wild Honey, Tough Salt

Fonda Lee

Marvels Epilogue release with Kurt Busiek

Daniel Nieh

Getting Help with your Oregon Literary Fellowship application: Drop-in session

Horror Book Club

Slamlandia July Picnic PDX Poetry Open Mic

What Is Justice? A Personal Exploration – Bill Denham

Gabriel Urza in Conversation With Leni Zumas

Young Adult Book Club (Hawthorne)


Reading: Brittany Masterson

The Tesla City Stories – Summer Special!

Storylesque: A Storytelling & Burlesque Medley

Landscapes as Characters with Kerstin La Cross

Intro to Risograph Printing

Signs, Seals and Sigils: The Occult Science of Magic Script

Free Writing Seminar Hosted by Local Author Caroline Miller

Wordlights: Saturday Poetry Evenings

PNCA Low-Res MFA in CW Talks: Rachel Jamison Webster: Polyphonic Texts: Hybridity as Conversation

Parallel Play Writers’ Group

Poetry Slam and Open Mic feat Bri G and Kate Leddy

PNCA Low-Res MFA in CW Readings: Vi Khi Nao and Brandon Shimoda

Issue 1 Launch Party

PNCA Low-Res MFA in CW Talks: Brandon Shimoda, Jay Ponteri, and Emily Kendal Frey

PNCA Low-Res MFA in CW Readings: Emily Kendal Frey and Rachel Jamison Webster

The Work Poetry Workshop: Monday Night Edition

Bohemian Dream Cafe Music Hour & Literary Fun

Last Sunday Writing Workshop (Summer)

PNCA Low-Res MFA in CW Talks: Vi Khi Nao and Daniela Naomi Molnar

Sh-ARC Week

Writing Through It: A Reading and Celebration

PNCA Low-Res MFA in CW Readings: Daniela Naomi Molnar, Brandon Shimoda, and Taylor Eggån

Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic

Submission Deadline: The Gravity of the Thing

The Ultimate Harry Potter Birthday Party

PNCA Low-Res MFA in CW Talks: Sara Jaffe: All Hooks, No Chorus: Pop Music and Plot

Manor Black #1 Signing w/ Tyler Crook!

PNCA Low-Res MFA in CW Readings: da Carter, Sara Jaffe, and Jay Ponteri

Submission Deadline: Deep Overstock #6: Westerns

Submission Deadline: Windfall

Tiffany Jenkins: This Show is Awkward AF

Delve Seminar: Narratives in the Tarot: The Fool’s Journey

Slamlandia August Revolution Hall ft. Stephen Meads

Submission Deadline: Bitch Magazine #85: Sanctuary

Submission Deadline: Oregon Literary Fellowship

Willamette Writers Conference

PNCA Low-Res MFA in CW Talks: Reema Zaman: More than a Memoir; a Movement

The Unseen

Willamette Writers Conference

Terese Marie Mailhot – Writing Trauma, Making Art: August 3

Dead End Kids & Manor Black Signing Tyler Crook & Frank Gogol

Horror Comics with Emily Lewis

Gallery Closing Party

Willamette Writers Conference

Longreads Club: Viktor Orbán’s War on Intellect

Intro to Hand-Drawn Animation: Two Day Workshop

Summer Snack: A Day Party Presented by YGB x Tender Table

Poetry Slam and Open Mic feat. Erin Moran

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