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

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Emiko Jean in Conversation With Kristina McMorris

Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton, OR, United States

One phone call changes everything. At 35, Mika Suzuki’s life is a mess. Her last relationship ended in flames. Her roommate-slash-best friend might be a hoarder. She’s a perpetual disappointment to her traditional Japanese parents. And, most recently, she’s been fired from her latest dead-end job. Mika is at her lowest point when she receives a phone call from Penny — the daughter she placed for adoption 16 years ago. Penny is determined to forge a relationship with her birth mother, and in turn, Mika longs to be someone Penny is proud of. Faced with her own inadequacies, Mika embellishes a fact about her life. What starts as a tiny white lie slowly snowballs into a fully-fledged fake life, one where Mika is mature, put-together,…

Free

In-Store Reading: Jeff Fearnside with Kim Stafford

Annie Bloom's Books 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR, United States

Annie Bloom's welcomes Oregon author Jeff Fearnside for the launch of his new book, Ships in the Desert. Jeff will be in conversation with Portland writer and Oregon poet laureate Kim Stafford. This in-store reading is first come, first served. Seating is limited. Please be mindful of any store health policies that might be in effect on the night of the reading. Signed and personalized copies are available for pre-order! Please, please, please include the name for personalization in the order notes; all orders without a name specified in the order notes will be signed only. About Ships in the Desert: In this linked essay collection, award-winning author Jeff Fearnside analyzes his four years as an educator on the Great Silk Road, primarily in Kazakhstan.…

Free

Trivia Night

Rose City Book Pub 1329 NE Fremont, Portland, OR, United States

Trivia is conducted hybrid online and in person. Join us at the bar or join us through Zoom. This is one of our most popular events. Come early to make sure you get a table, and come early so that you can order food and drinks and get settled in time. It is also important to come up with a clever team name. If you come as a single person or a pair and are looking to make new friends, let us know and we will place you with welcoming regulars, or we might place you with other new folks. Trivia night is a great way to make new friends, and they will be sure to be good people since Publiners are quality folks. The…

Free

Urban poetry workshop

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

The second of two poetry workshops by Clara-Julia Peru. Deepen your exploration of the poetical world and create an original poem. Single: $35. Bundle of 4: $100 https://www.afportland.org/events/ateliers/

$35 – $100

Reading: Andrew Farkas

Rose City Book Pub 1329 NE Fremont, Portland, OR, United States
Free

Oregon Literary Fellowship Application Deadline

Online N/A, Portland, OR, United States

Apply online for 2023 Oregon Literary Fellowships. Deadline to apply is Friday, August 5, 2022. Literary Arts will award 12 fellowships in the amount of $3,500. One of these fellowships is specifically for a writer of color. Three of these fellowships are funded by the Oregon Arts Commission. Applicants submit an application form, any addendums for specifically named fellowships, and a writing sample, as outlined in the guidelines. Literary Arts will also award two Career fellowships of $10,000 each. One of the career fellowships is specifically for a writer of color  

Free

Poetry Reading and Open Mic on Zoom

Online N/A, Portland, OR, United States

Open Mic and Poetry Reading event on Zoom. Co-sponsored by the Milwaukie Poetry Series and St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church. Featured Readers are the Ashland Poets Group: Steve Dieffenbacher, Amy Miller, Patty Wixon, and Vince Wixon. They will be reading from their own work or their favorite poets for about 45 minutes. The Open Mic will follow their reading. Email Tom Hogan at tomhogan2@comcast.net (link sends e-mail) to register. You will receive a zoom link prior to the event. Plan to read 1 or 2 poems depending on the number of participants and length of the poems. 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

First Friday with PoetryBox authors Joann Boswell, Rebecca Smolen, and John Miller

Birdhouse Books 1001 Main Street, Vancouver, WA, United States

Join us for the next installment of our First Friday Poetry series at Birdhouse Books! The Tiny Nest will be open this month to Joann Boswell, Rebecca Smolen, and John Miller of the Poetry Box, and they'll be bringing some fun, humorous, heartbreaking, and honest poetry to our reading room. Don't miss it! Show starts at 7pm.

Free

Open Mic: Poetry Post Roe

Rose City Book Pub 1329 NE Fremont, Portland, OR, United States

Featured readers: Judith Arcana, Gail Alexander and Katheryn Thurber-Smith 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

Free

The Punch-Up: Unleashing Your Humor on the Page

Online N/A, Portland, OR, United States

You have a sense of humor, but find it hard to translate that humor into your writing? You know what you’re going for, but feel like it’s falling flat? Explore methods and get tips on finding the funny in this “writers’ room” session. Bring your essays, stories, monologues, and screenplays to share. Access Program We want our writing classes and Delves to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. Our Access Program offers writing class and Delve tuitions at a reduced rate. The access program for writing classes covers 60% of the class tuition. Most writing classes have at least one access spot available. Please apply here for access rate tuition. Contact Susan…

$80