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BIPOC Reading Series- June

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 June is “Roots & Branches.” Our featured reader is Jessica Tyner Mehta. 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. Jessica (Tyner) Mehta Jessica (Tyner) Mehta is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, interdisciplinary artist, multi-award-winning poet, and author of several books.…

Free

Spare Room Reading: Lindsey Boldt, Jacob Kahn, & Turner Canty

Passages Bookshop 1801 NW Upshur, Suite 660, Portland, OR

Spare Room presents a poetry reading by JACOB KAHN, LINDSEY BOLDT, & TURNER CAPEHART CANTY Passages Bookshop 1801 NW Upshur Street, Suite 660, Portland, OR 97209 Admission free Covid precautions: Proof of vaccination and masks required PLEASE NOTE: Doors will open at 7:30; reading will start promptly at 8:00, with no late admissions. (See the Facebook Event Discussion for poems by the poets.) Lindsey Boldt is the author of Weirding (Dogpark Collective), the chapbooks Some Ennui (Portable Press @ Yoyo Labs) and <(( ))> (Couch Press), and the novella Overboard (Publication Studio). With Steve Orth, she wrote & performed plays for San Francisco Poets Theater and co-edited the chapbook series Summer BF Press. She is currently the editorial director of Nightboat Books and lives in…

Free

Poetry Postcard Fest

Your Home 1234 WhereverYouAre Lane, Portland, OR

Do you love to write? Want to expand your horizons? Join the Poetry Postcard Fest! Organized by the Cascadia Poetics Lab, the Poetry Postcard Fest is an annual event where writers dedicate 56 days to composing original 31 poems and sending them to other participants. The Fest was initiated in 2007 by poets Paul Nelson and Lana Ayers, and has grown to include poets participating worldwide. Writers are asked to create a daily, spontaneous poem on the back of a postcard that is then mailed to a fellow poet. At the same time, the sender will also receive a postcard with a poem from a fellow participant. It’s a great way to jump-start your creative spirit and enhance your writing career. The fest is open…

$20

Write Around Portland: Bi-Monthly BIPOC Online Writing Workshop

Online N/A, Portland, OR

"I love being witnessed, and I absolutely love witnessing the words of everyone else in the group. It’s our own kind of magic." —BIPOC Online Workshop Participant For people who identify as Black, Indigenous or People of Color (BIPOC). 2nd & 4th Friday of every month from 4 to 5:30 pm (Pacific Time), Free. Workshops are held via Zoom. Pre-registration is required. Registration opens the 1st of the month every month and closes when filled or at 12noon the day before the workshop. Pre-register for our 2nd Friday workshop here. Pre-register for our 4th Friday workshop here.  Click here for more workshop details. 

Free

Ledger Editions Reading Series

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

*This event is in-person. Masks + Proof of Vaccination Required. See more about the IPRC’s COVID Policy here. July 9th 7-9pm Register here Please join the IPRC for the first reading of our Ledger Editions Readings. We’ll be joined by poets & writers Warren C. Longmire, Jeff Alessandrelli and Janice Lee. This event is made possible with support from the Kinsman Foundation. Warren C. Longmire is a poet, artist, software engineer, and an educator from the bad part of  North Philadelphia. He is a former co-editor of Apiary Magazine, a board member for Blue  Stoop and teaches when he can at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He’s been  published in journals including Prolit, American Poetry Review, Cartridge Lit and The  Painted Bride Quarterly…

Free

The Dandelions Are Prophesizing: A Writing Workshop Through Plant & Mycelial Encounters with Janice Lee —begins July 10th

Online N/A, Portland, OR

The Dandelions Are Prophesizing: A Writing Workshop Through Plant & Mycelial Encounters July 10 - August 6, 2022 (Synchronous Zoom sessions Mondays 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1) ***SOLD OUT! Email Daniel at registration@corporealwriting.com to add your name to the waitlist*** “The world is not a problem to be solved; it is a living being to which we belong. It is part of our own self and we are a part of its suffering wholeness. Until we go to the root of our image of separateness, there can be no healing. And the deepest part of our separateness from creation lies in our forgetfulness of its sacred nature, which is also our own sacred nature.” – Thich Nhat Hanh  “If we are interested in livability, impermanence, and…

$50

Wellspring Open Mic

Rose City Book Pub 1329 NE Fremont, Portland, OR

John Carter hosts this very open mic. You’re welcome to share any of your talents from any field of art or other interest. Music and poetry, of course, but also comedy, magic, dance. You can give an art talk about a piece of visual art. You can read a chapter of your dissertation. Let’s share our creative endeavors so that we can all grow through shared inspiration. Starting in March, Wellspring will be on 2nd and 4th Sundays right after Community Art Day. Sign ups start at 6:00 or so.

Free

2022 Tin House Summer Workshop Reading Series: Megan Giddings, Anis Mojgani, Lidia Yuknavitch

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. Megan Giddings has degrees from University of Michigan and Indiana University. She is a senior features editor at The Rumpus. In 2018, she was a recipient of a Barbara Deming Memorial fund grant for feminist fiction. Her novel, Lakewood, was published by Amistad in 2020. It was one of New York Magazine’s 10 best books of 2020, one of NPR’s…

Free

2022 Tin House Summer Workshop Reading Series: Casey Plett, T Kira Madden, Nafissa Thompson-Spires

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. Casey Plett is the author of A Dream of a Woman, Little Fish, A Safe Girl to Love, the co-editor of Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Science Fiction and Fantasy From Transgender Writers, and the Publisher at LittlePuss Press. She has written for The New York Times, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, the Winnipeg Free Press, and other publications. A winner of the Amazon First Novel Award, the…

Free

Forest Bathing and Writing: Hoyt Arboretum

Hoyt Arboretum 4000 SW Fairview Blvd., Portland, OR

This class, held outdoors at Hoyt Arboretum, will guide you in practicing skills associated with shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing—a gentle, meditative approach to being with nature. The class will include several invitations to explore your senses and your relationship with nature, time for written reflection, and opportunities to share your observations and your writing, if you wish. In each class, you’ll learn approaches to writing and to being with nature that you can use in your everyday life to help promote a sense of relaxation, connection, and wonder. No prior experience with writing is required. All forest bathing and writing prompts may be practiced seated, standing, or walking, depending on your comfort, ability, and interest. Classes will be held rain or shine, so please dress…

$75