LitPDX seeks to amplify marginalized voices, and welcomes all, their ideas, their events, and their words. Resources for support, protests, and relief funds can be found here and here.

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!

Sueyeun Juliette Lee

PSU - Smith Memorial Student Union 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR

Sueyeun Juliette Lee lives in Denver, Colorado. Her books include Underground National (Factory School Press, 2010), Solar Maximum (Futurepoem, 2015), No Comet, That Serpent in the Sky Means Noise (Kore, 2017), and Aerial Concave Without Cloud (Nightboat, 2022). A former Pew Fellow in the Arts for Literature, she's held international residencies in video art and poetry, and presented work at the Denver Art Museum, Artworks Center for Contemporary Art, Chicago’s city-wide performance arts festival IN>TIME, and the Asian Arts Initiative. Her essays on race, contemporary poetics, trauma, and the avant-garde have appeared with Cambridge University Press, Iowa University Press, The Poetry Foundation, Entropy Magazine, and elsewhere. Find her at silentbroadcast.com. Location: SMSU 327 NOTE: This is an in-person event. We ask that all attendees be vaccinated and wear a mask.

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Submission Deadline: Pathos Literary Magazine: Spring 2022

Online N/A, Portland, OR

Pathos Literary Magazine submissions for the Spring 2022 issue are open until April 29th! did you have any bright ideas over spring break? 💡we want to read them! submissions for our spring 2022 issue are now open 🌿🌸 You must be a current student at Portland State University to be considered for publication. We are funded by PSU and serve as a creative outlet for its students. We are happy to point non-students toward local publishing resources, but cannot publish non-students at this time. Please only put your name and identifying info in the specified section of the form. All submissions are blind — only the managing editor will know the identity of the submitter until after selections have been made. This eliminates conflicts of interest and…

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Submission Deadline: Old Pal: Issue 5

Online N/A, Portland, OR

Old Pal is open for submissions until April 30th, 2022! We publish poetry, fiction, critical non-fiction, audio, mixed-media, and various mediums of art. We encourage artists from all experience levels and communities to submit. Simultaneous submissions welcome, but please let us know if your submission is accepted elsewhere. Multiple genre submissions are also welcome (e.g., if you’d like to submit a combination of poems and art, or poems and a fiction piece, etc.). Contributors will be compensated upon publication. If interested, please send up to 15 pages of written work or 6 pieces of other media to submissions@oldpalmag.com.

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Broadway Books: Independent Bookstore Day

Broadway Books 1714 NE Broadway, Portland, OR

Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) just hasn't been the same the past couple of years, since Covid reared its ugly head and put a lid on in-store events, but we're happy to announce--with only a slight bit of trepidation--IT'S BACK!!! We are thrilled to once again welcome you into the store to party like it's, well, 2019, before all this nonsense began. On Saturday, April 30th (which also happens to be Jacqueline Winspear's birthday) we will celebrate all that is indie with a party at the store--consider it a warm-up party to our 30th anniversary celebration on May 14th. We will have IBD specialty items created just for this day, including special Blackwing pencils, mugs, tote bags, and other items. We have limited quantities of most…

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Pile Press Meet & Greet + Anniversary

Nalu Kava and Tea Lounge 722 N Sumner St, Portland, OR

Pile Press is an alternative publishing collective for women, non-binary + gender fluid creatives. And we are having an 1 year anniversary meet and greet! Open mic, food, drinks, Pile Press merch, and contributors past/present, friends and family. All welcome.

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Reagan M. Sova Reading and Music

Revolutions Bookshop 8713 N Lombard St, Portland, OR

Mark your Calendars For May 5th at 7:00 PM with Reagan M. Sova and musical guests Sunday Mornings and Abbot Daimler! We’re super excited to hear Reagan read and Play music from his new book ; Wildcat Dreams in the Death Light published by @firsttoknock Wildcat Dreams in the Death Light is an incantatory work of narrative poetry. Infused with hobo melancholy, Jewish lore, bloodshed, and hilarity, this poem is nothing short of a contemporary masterpiece. It traces young Mort Sloman’s odyssey to honor his jockey uncle—the only dead man ever to have won a horse race. But before Mort can organize a worthy funeral, he must acquire “the Locksmith keys”—a form of esoteric knowledge beyond the understanding of even graybeard rabbis. Undeterred, Mort sets…

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Sam Roxas-Chua

PSU - Fariborz Maseeh Hall 1855 SW Broadway, Portland, OR

Sam Roxas-Chua is the author of Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater, Echolalia in Script, and Fawn Language. His poems, artworks, and asemic writings have appeared in journals including Narrative, December Magazine, Cream City Review and an essay/review of his two recent books appears in the Georgia Review and Rhino Poetry. His poetry sequence Diary of Collected Summers was awarded the Missouri Review’s Miller Audio Prize and most recently he was interviewed by Gulf Coast Journal. In his writing process, Sam is interested in discovering the invisible poem. These are images and thoughts conjured up by asemic or open-form writing, a writing practice using non-sensical script. Here’s how he described it in an interview: "In between stanzas of a poem, or when I can’t quite get to an image or a phrase, I pull out a piece of paper and start writing this…

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FE Magazine Reading

North Star Civic Foundation 1016 SW Clay St, Portland, OR

Fonograf is holding a reading for their recent magazine FE! Readers: Ryan Mills, Harper Quinn, Charles Valle, Megan Savage, Joshua Pollock, Veronica Martin.

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Open Mic

Rose City Book Pub 1329 NE Fremont, Portland, OR

This is the open mic that used to be at The Attic Institute.  Hosted by Sarah Bokich

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Co-Dependencies: On Healing, Remembering, Breathing & Writing Trauma with Janice Lee —Begins June 5th

Online N/A, Portland, OR

Co-Dependencies: On Healing, Remembering, Breathing & Writing Trauma June 5 - July 2, 2022 (Synchronous Zoom sessions Mondays 6/6, 6/13, 6/20, 6/27) ***SOLD OUT! Email Daniel at registration@corporealwriting.com to add your name to the waitlist*** “What really exists is not things made but things in the making.” –William James “How other kinds of beings see us matters. That other kinds of beings see us changes things.” –Eduardo Kohn On han: “A feeling of unresolved resentment against injustices suffered, a sense of helplessness because of the overwhelming odds against one, a feeling of acute pain in one's guts and bowels, making the whole body writhe and squirm, and an obstinate urge to take revenge and to right the wrong—all these combined.” –Suh Nam-dong "Death needs a…

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