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Oregon Literary Fellowships Information Session

Online N/A, Portland, OR

Questions about applying to this year’s Oregon Literary Fellowships? Join us at this information session! Drop-in anytime between 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Register in advance for this meeting here. Please contact Susan Moore (susan@literary-arts.org) or Jessica Meza-Torres (jessica@literary-arts.org) if you have any questions.  

Free

Incite: Queer Writers Read – July

Literary Arts 925 SW Washington Street, Portland, OR

Incite: Queer Writers Read is a curated, bimonthly reading series for Queer writers. Incite’s hope is to create conversation, connection, and greater understanding both within the Queer community and with other communities. Hosted by Vinnie Kinsella and Jennifer Perrine. This event will take place in-person at Literary Arts’ downtown center. Please review our Covid-19 guidelines.  The theme for July is “Catching Fire.”  Nicky Nicholson-Klingerman A Northwestern University journalism graduate, Nicky has been published in various media forms and outlets, including the Buckman Journal, Fertile Ground Festival and the Oregon Children’s Theatre. Her work focuses on life as an mixed Black queer artist navigating a system not made for her. Tashon Phoenix Born in Tucson, Arizona, Tashon is a Black Queer Non-Binary Transmasc Creative and Spoken Word Artist.…

Free

Portfolio Program Info Session

Online N/A, Portland, OR

Portfolio Program Info Session July 14th, 7-8pm Register here Join IPRC Staff and Portfolio Program Core Instructors for a virtual info session. We’ll talk about Program Curriculum, Outcomes & Expectations, as well as key dates to keep in mind. We’ll have examples of print projects, and will leave time for a Q&A. More about the 2022 / 2023 program here, and application here.

Free

2022 Tin House Summer Workshop Reading Series: Patrick Cottrell, Sarah Gerard, Ruben Quesada, Lesley Nneka Arimah

Reed College - Cerf Amphitheater 3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, OR

We are excited to once again be offering in-person readings as part of our 2022 Summer Workshop programming. Starting at 7:30 pm, these events will take place in Reed College’s Cerf Amphitheater and are free and open to the public. Faculty books will be available for purchase at the Reed Bookstore, with authors signing after the event. Masks are not required in the outdoor amphitheater. Patrick Cottrell was born in South Korea and raised in the Midwest. He is the author of Sorry to Disrupt the Peace (McSweeney's), which has been translated into French, Italian, Turkish, and Korean. He is the 2018 winner of a Whiting Award in Fiction and a 2017 Barnes and Noble Discover Award. His work has appeared in Ploughshares, Granta, Guernica and other places. He served as…

Free

2022 Tin House Summer Workshop Reading Series: Omar El Akkad, R.O. Kwon, Faylita Hicks

Reed College - Cerf Amphitheater 3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, OR

We are excited to once again be offering in-person readings as part of our 2022 Summer Workshop programming. Starting at 7:30 pm, these events will take place in Reed College’s Cerf Amphitheater and are free and open to the public. Faculty books will be available for purchase at the Reed Bookstore, with authors signing after the event. Masks are not required in the outdoor amphitheater. Omar El Akkad is an author and journalist. He was born in Egypt, grew up in Qatar, moved to Canada as a teenager and now lives in the United States. The start of his journalism career coincided with the start of the war on terror, and over the following decade he reported from Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and many other locations…

Free

Summer | Write from Life w David Biespiel | July 16 + 17 | In-Person + Online FULL for in-person; ONLINE available

Online N/A, Portland, OR

Praise for Writing from Life: "It was unbelievable. I feel like I just skied down Mt Hood." ~ Phil Meehan This popular tune-up workshop will be run twice this summer, in July and August. It's the kind of study every writer needs, an opportunity to write from studying your own life experiences and then seeing what new subjects that leads you to. The supportive approach emphasizes observation as the route to achieve new material, new possibilities, and new pieces, whether you are writing fiction, memoir, or poems. The approach teaches you new skills that you can use for all your future writing, as well as how to transfer your observations into clear notes, jottings, studies, and pieces of new writing. This method of writing is one of the foundational skill sets that all…

$215 – $244

2022 Tin House Summer Workshop Reading Series: Saeed Jones, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Paisley Rekdal

Reed College - Cerf Amphitheater 3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, OR

We are excited to once again be offering in-person readings as part of our 2022 Summer Workshop programming. Starting at 7:30 pm, these events will take place in Reed College’s Cerf Amphitheater and are free and open to the public. Faculty books will be available for purchase at the Reed Bookstore, with authors signing after the event. Masks are not required in the outdoor amphitheater. Saeed Jones is the author of the memoir How We Fight for Our Lives, winner of the 2019 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction, and the poetry collection Prelude to Bruise, winner of the 2015 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry and the 2015 Stonewall Book Award/Barbara Gittings Literature Award. The poetry collection was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Critics…

Free

Write Your Rant with Lisa Loving

Rose City Book Pub 1329 NE Fremont, Portland, OR

"Whatever stories in your community most need to be told, the best person to tell them is you." What really burns your toast? And what’s the best way to tell the world about it? Rose City Book Pub is extremely thrilled to host Lisa Loving's first of three writing workshops: "Write Your Rant." Join journalist and retired talk radio host Lisa Loving for the basics of online research, writing tips, narrative structure and where to bring it. Tickets are 25$ and include a copy of Street Journalist: Understand and Report the News in Your Community as well as a drink and some phenomenal shared appetizers. Get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/374866454657 Lisa Loving’s Website: http://www.street-journalist.com/ Lisa Loving’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Media4thepeople

$25

Reclaiming Our Lost Selves with Gerette Buglion

Rose City Book Pub 1329 NE Fremont, Portland, OR

RECLAIMING OUR LOST SELVES How understanding undue influence builds compassion and resilience In this presentation four questions are presented and aimed to be answered through personal anecdotes, quoted resources and from reading brief sections from An Everyday Cult, Gerette’s memoir. These questions are: What is Undue Influence and Coercive Control? How does indoctrination take place? Who is vulnerable to cultic influence? And perhaps most relevant: how can this exploration support the health and resilience of our communities, neighborhoods and families? IGotOut.org is pleased to sponsor this event. The #igotout movement empowers survivors of cultic abuse to share their stories online as a catalyst for education, prevention, and healing. Learn more at igotout.org

Free

Chris Belcher in Conversation With Katherine Morgan

Powell's City of Books 1005 W Burnside Street, Portland, OR

The dominatrix is the id of American femininity. She says the words that we all wish we could say when we find ourselves frozen in the presence of men. No is principal among them. So writes Chris Belcher, who appeared destined for a life of conventional femininity after she took first place in an infant beauty contest — a minor glory that can follow you around a working-class town of 1,600 people in rural West Virginia. But when she came out as queer, the conservative community that had once celebrated its prettiest baby turned on her. A decade later, living in Los Angeles and trying to stay afloat in the early years of a PhD program, Belcher plunges into the work of a pro domme.…

Free