LitPDX seeks to amplify marginalized voices, and welcomes all, their ideas, their events, and their words.

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!

The Moth: StorySLAM: Costumes

Holocene 1001 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR

COSTUMES: Prepare a five-minute story about playing the part. Holidays, parties or the school play. Stories of wearing the clothes to conform or stand out. Imposter syndrome or uniforms that itch. From ComiCon to Mardi Gras— Santa Clause to Spock, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle to Sexy Zombie Cat. Reveal yourself! COVID Requirements: See Holocene's COVID Policy for details. We will not be selling any tickets at the door. This venue is 21+ *Seating is not guaranteed and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the show. Admission is not guaranteed for late arrivals. All sales final. Media Sponsors: OPB and Literary Arts

$15

Slamlandia

Literary Arts 925 SW Washington Street, Portland, OR

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam that meets every month. This mic provides a creative, fun, and welcoming space for all literary communities in Portland. We encourage poets new and old to come share their work. We strive towards a safer space for poets to read their own poetry, witness others, and participate in community. This event takes place in-person. Proof of Covid-19 vaccine or a negative PCR test is required for admittance. Please see our Covid-19 guidelines for in-person events at Literary Arts. Hosted by Julia Gaskill. Julia Gaskill Julia Gaskill is a professional daydreamer hailing from Portland, Oregon. Her poetry examines the tightrope we sometimes walk of feeling our voices censored and also being unabashedly ourselves. Her poems touch on everyday…

Free

Kundiman Reading Salon

Literary Arts 925 SW Washington Street, Portland, OR

Kundiman creates a space where Asian Americans can explore, through art, the unique challenges that face the new and ever changing diaspora. We see the arts as a tool of empowerment, of education and liberation, of addressing proactively the legacy we will leave for our future. In partnership with Literary Arts, Kundiman brings you a reading salon for BIPOC writers. The theme is “Burden, Bliss, and Balance.” Hosts Jennifer Perrine and Frances Lu-Pai Ippolito will lead writing exercises and a community discussion based on the theme. Writers may then sign up to share in an open mic. This event is open to everyone, but only people identifying as Black, Indigenous, and/or people of color will be invited to read. Light snacks will be provided. If…

Free

Open Mic Night & Chill

IPRC (Independent Publishing Resource Center) 318 SE Main Street #175, Portland, OR

Save the Date!

Free

BIPOC Reading Series – October

Online N/A, Portland, OR

This bimonthly reading series is intended to prioritize the safety, creativity, and stories of Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color. Come listen to our featured readers, or sign up to share your work in our open mic. Readings will be followed by a short community discussion. The theme for October is “Shadow.” Click here to register for this event. This event is open to everyone, but only people who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color will be invited to read. If you have any questions, please contact our host Jessica at  jessica@literary-arts.org.  

Free

Poetry Reading and Open Mic on Zoom

Online N/A, Portland, OR

Open Mic and Poetry Reading event on Zoom sponsored by the Milwaukie Poetry Series. The featured readers are to be announced. An Open Mic will follow. Register with Tom Hogan at tomhogan2@comcast.net (link sends e-mail). You will receive a zoom link prior to the event. Please indicate if you want to read in the Open Mic. Plan to read 2 poems depending on attendance. If time permits additional poems will be allowed. The event will be recorded and available for viewing on demand on the Ledding Library YouTube Channel (link is external)after the event. Room Location: Zoom Video Conference

Free

Other People’s Poems

Mother Foucault's Bookshop 523 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR
Free

PBF Cover to Cover: Voices Like Thunder: An afternoon of poetry with the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

Online N/A, Portland, OR

Join us for the release of NACF’s first published anthology The Larger Voice – Celebrating Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Literature Fellows. This event will bring poetry readings by Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest (Lummi Nation), previous Oregon State Poet Laureate (2016-18) Liz Woody , Laura Da’ (Eastern Shawnee/Seneca/Miami), and emerging local Native poets. This program will be moderated by author Trevino Brings Plenty (Minneconjou Lakota). The readings will be followed by a Q&A panel and an open mic for Indigenous and BIPOC community poets. Event tickets will include free admission the day of to both the Jeffrey Gibson: They Come From Fire and the Dakota Modern: The Art of Oscar Howe exhibitions. This event is a partnership between the Portland Art Museum and…

Free

The Moth: StorySLAM: Leftovers

The Old Church Concert Hall 1422 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR

LEFTOVERS: Prepare a five-minute story of what remained. Feelings, dinners, or lingering guests; the time there was too much or not quite enough; or the moment you couldn’t quite end things clearly. Cold pizza for breakfast, the last appetizer on the plate, family heirlooms, seeds of resentment. COVID Requirements: See The Old Church's COVID Policy for details. We will not be selling any tickets at the door. This venue is 16+ *Seating is not guaranteed and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the show. Admission is not guaranteed for late arrivals. All sales final. Media Sponsors: OPB and Literary Arts

$15

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic *Hosted at Art at the Cave*

Birdhouse Books 1001 Main Street, Vancouver, WA

Ghost Town Poetry is an open mic that goes down on the second Thursday of every month at Art at the Cave. More information can be found on the Printed Matter Vancouver website: https://printedmattervancouver.com/tag/ghost-town-poetry-open-mic/

Free