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Starting the Memoir

Literary Arts 925 SW Washington Street, Portland

John D’Agata describes memoir as “an agitation of memory,” which suggests memory-based writing as not just the expression of memory but volatile, vital consideration of memory. In this workshop, participants will look at examples of prose memoir in which the writer uses the poet’s tools of meditation, dream, and lyricism, and then do their own memory-based writing. Access Program We want our writing classes and Delves to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. Our Access Program offers writing class and Delve tuitions at a reduced rate. The access program for writing classes covers 60% of the class tuition. Most writing classes have at least one access spot available. Please apply…

$80

Opening Singalong!

Online N/A, Portland

Emily Arrow opens the festival day with a singalong! Portland Book Festival General Admission Passes are required for entry into all events. Passes are $15 in advance and $25 day of Festival. Youth 17 & under, or with a valid high school ID get in FREE. All full-priced General Admission Passes include a $5 book fair voucher and entry into Portland Art Museum. Passes admit attendees to the Festival; individual events are first-come, first-served. More info here. Emily Arrow Emily Arrow creates songs about books! Formerly a K-6 music educator, Emily’s passion for books led her to create music that promotes literacy. Formerly in Tennessee, now based in Texas, Emily brings picture books to life by collaborating with bestselling authors and publishers. Emily’s YouTube Channel is…

Free

Storytime: Arab Arab All Year Long!

Online N/A, Portland

Celebrate the beauty and diversity of life in the Arab diaspora throughout the year. Wrapping grape leaves, playing doumbek, drawing henna tattoos, we’re Arab, Arab, Arab, the whole year through! Yallah! From January to December, join some busy kids as they partake in traditions old and new. There’s so much to do, whether it’s learning to write Arabic or looking at hijab fashion sites while planning costumes for a local comic convention. With details as vivid as the scent of jasmine and honeysuckle perfume (made to remind Mom of Morocco), children bond with friends, honor tradition, and spend loving time with family. Accompanied by buoyant and charming illustrations, this portrait of Arab life and childhood zeal is sure to bring joy all year round. Portland Book Festival…

Free

Storytime: Too Early

Online N/A, Portland

A gentle, cozy story following a family’s bleary-eyed wake-up routine, a little one who’s eager to start the day, and the quiet magic of early mornings. I wake up very early. Good morning, Sun, on your way at last. You don’t wake up nearly as early as I do. Now the wind is waking. Tickle tickle on my cheeks, rustle rustle through the leaves. Birds untuck and start to coo, Whooo whooo, you wake up too early, yes you doooo . . . In sweet, melodic verse written from the perspective of the earliest riser, Too Early follows a family’s morning routine, exploring both the groggy haze and the everyday magic inherent in the predawn hours of a loving household. Portland Book Festival General Admission Passes are…

Free

This is Portland: An Evening of Poetry & Music

Honey Latte Cafe 1033 SE Main St, Portland

Perhaps the most wild and unique reading Portland has seen in years. Clear your calendar for this event! Presented collaboratively by Buckman Journal and Future Prairie, This is Portland brings together creativity across medium, making for a multi-genre performance. Local poets will share short-form work and will be joined by musicians offering instrumental accompaniment and interludes throughout the evening. All in attendance, including the audience, will be encouraged to contribute to a collaborative piece of writing, by offering a line in a crowd-sourced poem which will be composed in real-time during the event and then compiled and printed in the next issue of Buckman Journal. We believe poetry belongs in nightlife! Doors at 7:00pm. Show 7:30pm-9:30pm

Free