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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.  

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Matthew Dickman in Conversation With Chelsea Bieker

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

Guided by acclaimed poet Matthew Dickman’s signature “clarity and ability to engage” (David Kirby, New York Times), Husbandry (W. W. Norton) is a love song from a father to his children. Written after a separation and during overwhelming single-fatherhood in the early days of COVID-19 lockdowns, Husbandry refuses romantic notions of parenting and embraces all its mess, anguish, humor, fear, boredom, and warmth. Dickman composes these poems entirely in vivid couplets that animate the various domestic pairs of broken-up parents, two sons, love and grief. He explores the terrain of his children’s dreams and nightmares, the almost primal fears that spill into his own, and the residual impacts of his parents’ failures. Threading his anxieties with bright moments of beauty and gratitude, the volume delights…

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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.…

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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.

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Open Mic: Poetry Post Roe

Rose City Book Pub 1329 NE Fremont, Portland, OR

Featured reader: Sara Quinn Rivara, followed by an open mic.  “If you’re going to hold someone down, you’re going to have to hold on by the other end of the chain.  You are confined by your own repression.” –Toni Morrison

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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…

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Ursula K. Le Guin and Her Legacy: Panel Discussion

Literary Arts 925 SW Washington Street, Portland, OR

As modern life and literature focus more on material gains and marshall conflicts, the work of Ursula K. Le Guin stands out for her commitment to depicting pacifism and environmentalism in her speculative fiction. Join Becky Chambers (A Prayer for the Crown-Shy), Juhea Kim (Beasts of a Little Land), and Michelle Ruiz Keil (Summer in the City of Roses, All of Us With Wings) for a discussion moderated by Theo Downes-Le Guin about Ursula K. Le Guin’s literary legacy–and the authors who are carrying it forward today.  

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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…

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The Great Word Regatta with Shawn Aveningo-Sanders, Michael Schein, Annie Lighthart, and Matthew Brouwer

Rose City Book Pub 1329 NE Fremont, Portland, OR

Come hear four festive writers bring life to hallowed Portland pub space through their wily and resplendent words. Opened by the briefest of open mics and followed by the pouring of libations. No cover, but please support your venue that so kindly hosts poets and other weirdos at no charge. Vaccination required. Michael Schein wrote Liquid Perishable Hazardous (2019) (poetry), John Surratt: The Lincoln Assassin Who Got Away (2015) (historical), The Killer Poet’s Guide to Immortality by AB Bard (2012) (hysterical), historical novels Bones Beneath Our Feet (2011); Just Deceits (2005). Schein edited Poets UNiTE! The LiTFUSE Anthology (2015). His poetry appears in many journals and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times. Schein is the founder of LiTFUSE Poets’ Workshop (litfuse.us), & has taught at Port Townsend…

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