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!

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

Oregon Humanities Live

Rontoms 600 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR

Join the editors of Oregon Humanities magazine for an evening of readings by recent magazine contributors. We'll hear essays and poems by Sallie Tisdale, Daniela Molnar, Paul Susi, and Laura Gibson. The event is copresented with Literary Arts as part of the Cover to Cover series and sponsored by Lyceum Agency. No RSVP is required.

Free

TAP@PBF: Motherhood Is Psychedelic

Online N/A, Portland, OR

Stay tuned for a special podcast-only Portland Book Festival episode of Literary Arts’ The Archive Project! This podcast will explore the myths and realities of raising children while writing; whether the desire for motherhood is a creative desire, and how intersectional identities impact both motherhood and creativity. Featuring a stellar line-up novelists, poets and memoir authors and witches: Kendra DeColo (Enchantments), Kaitlyn Greenidge (Libertie), Mya Spalter (I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers From the World), and Michelle Tea (Knocking Myself Up). This event is podcast only, and will be released on The Archive Project wherever you get your podcasts as part of the 2022 Portland Book Festival. Kaitlyn Greenidge Kaitlyn Greenidge's debut novel is We Love You, Charlie Freeman (Algonquin Books), one of the…

Free

Writing the Complicated Self

Online N/A, Portland, OR

There is a great temptation to airbrush ourselves on the page, to fill in the pockmarks of our flaws—and yet this leaves us not only less trustworthy, but less interesting. Students will explore how the contradictions in their personalities—the gaps between dirty laundry and grace—are the most interesting spaces for both readers and writers. Together, we’ll discuss how craft choices around persona and structure can help us harness this charge and write into our gorgeous, complex selves. 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…

$80

Anniversary Party

Rose City Book Pub 1329 NE Fremont, Portland, OR

Celebrating 4 years of the Book Pub!

Free

Sallie Tisdale and Elizabeth Fournier Death Trivia

Broadway Books 1714 NE Broadway, Portland, OR

Death is the start of a great adventure—never mind that you might not be around for it. Did you know there are more than 200 corpses of failed climbers frozen on Mount Everest, and that you're more likely to be killed at a dance party than while skydiving? Or in Japan, a burial site is sometimes offered as an employee benefit? There are three inevitable things in life: taxes, death, and wacky trivia about death. Join us for a macabre round of froth led by the Dames of Deathly Delights, writers Sallie Tisdale and Elizabeth Fournier, the Portland authors who brought you Advice for Future Corpses (And Those Who Love Them): A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying and The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You…

Free

Pushpins & Portals: Experimenting with Short Forms

Online N/A, Portland, OR

Pushpins & Portals: Experimenting with Short Forms This workshop is virtual, PST Register here Pushpins & Portals: Experimenting with Short Forms In this 6-week class, we will experiment with short form creative writing. Our focus—whether it’s flash fiction, lyric essay, prose poetry, or hybrid—will be on the art of compression. Each week, participants will be given a writing exercise, a short reading, and two workshop submissions from their peers. Class time will include workshop as well as discussion of readings and craft. Our workshop will be guided by observations, questions, and possibilities. We will be thinking less about how to “fix” a piece of writing and more about what we see, our curiosities, and how to recognize hidden opportunities. Each participant will receive feedback from…

$80 – $200

In-Store Reading: Rosanne Parry, Trudy Ludwig, Mark Fearing

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

Annie Bloom's welcomes our own Rosanne Parry for a reading from her new picture book, Big Truck Day. Rosanne will be joined by local authors Trudy Ludwig, whose new picture book is Calling the Wind: A Story of Healing and Hope, and Mark Fearing, whose new middle grade book is Welcome to Feral. This event is presented in coordination with Portland Book Festival's Cover to Cover program. 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. About Big Truck Day: Get ready for Big Truck Day! Celebrate trucks, reading, sharing, and community with award-winning and New York Times–bestselling author Rosanne Parry and debut illustrator…

Free

TAP@PBF: Cookbooks

Online N/A, Portland, OR

Stay tuned for a special podcast-only Portland Book Festival episode of Literary Arts’ The Archive Project! Acclaimed, award-winning cookbook author Naomi Duguid discusses her new book, Taste of Persia: A Cook’s Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan with Liz Crain (Dumplings Equal Love). This event is podcast only, and will be released on The Archive Project wherever you get your podcasts as part of the 2022 Portland Book Festival. Liz Crain Liz Crain is the author of Food Lover’s Guide to Portland, and coauthor of the cookbooks Toro Bravo and Hello! My Name Is Tasty, as well as Grow Your Own: Understanding, Cultivating, and Enjoying Cannabis. Her latest is the cookbook Dumplings Equal Love. She is a longtime writer on Pacific Northwest food and drink, and her writing has appeared in Lucky Peach, Food…

Free

Creating Vibrant and Complex Characters

Online N/A, Portland, OR

This generative workshop will focus on the skills involved in creating and sustaining vibrant and complex characters. Through a series of in-workshop prompts and exercises participants will create and bring to life vivid characters. We will focus on physical description, internal life, setting, scene, action, and dialogue to round out and bring our creations to life. Close attention will be paid to literary and poetic devices. Supportive in-workshop sharing and feedback will be part of the process. 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…

$80