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The Moth Mainstage in Portland

The Moth is true stories, told live and without notes. The Moth celebrates the ability of stories to honor both the diversity and commonality of human experience, and to satisfy a vital human need for connection. It seeks to present recognized storytellers among established and emerging writers, performers and artists and to encourage storytelling among communities whose stories often go unheard. Presented by Literary Arts.

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The Moth: StorySLAM: Wisdom

WISDOM: Prepare a five-minute story about lessons born of experience. Advice from elders, gurus, and sages. Knowledge gleaned from hard knocks or fortune cookies. Mistakes and successes, Confucius or Dr. Phil. *PLEASE NOTE THAT PROOF OF VACCINATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY.* Your last dose must be administered at least 14 days prior to date of arrival. Proof of a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours of the event will also be accepted in lieu of proof of vaccination.  We will not be selling any tickets at the door. This venue is 16+ *Seating is not guaranteed and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the show. Admission is not guaranteed for late arrivals. All sales final. Media Sponsors: OPB and Literary…

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Portland Audubon’s Wild Arts Festival

Portland Audubon’s Wild Arts Festival — The Northwest’s premier show and sale of nature-related art and books is back in person on the PSU campus – just in time to kick-start holiday shopping Nov. 20-21. Something for everyone, all weekend long [Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.] [Kids under 12 get in free] This year’s Wild Arts Festival at PSU’s Viking Pavilion will highlight dozens of artists and authors plus a robust silent auction. Find the perfect gift or something for yourself, with proceeds benefiting Portland Audubon’s education and conservation efforts. Meet some of your favorite nature writers at the Book Fair! It’s a fun, safe weekend celebrating nature through the arts. [See the Wild Arts Festival website…

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Transmit Culture: Diversity and Inclusion in the Children’s Publishing Workspace

A conversation on how the children’s publishing industry handles diversity and representation through their employees and authorship. With guest speaker Nakita Simpson, Designer and Art Director for Portland-based company A Kids Company About. Moderated by the publisher, author, and illustrator Brian Parker from Believe In Wonder. Nakita is an art director, designer, and illustrator—someone who draws words for a living. She’s a now Portland-based Creative by way of Georgia, Florida, and Toronto (her hometown) who works as an Art Director at A Kids Company About. She’s a lifelong learner who loves to explore creativity through work, travel, crafts, and cooking. The conversation will be moderated by PSU’s very own Brian Parker. Brian is the current adjunct instructor for Children’s Book Publishing. In 2015, Brian started an…

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Portland Book Festival 2021

Portland Book Festival 2021 will be a hybrid event. There will be virtual events from November 8–12, leading up to an in-person festival day on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Portland Art Museum and Portland’5, as well as in-person writing workshops at our downtown Literary Arts space. We will announce this year’s lineup of authors and events and tickets will go on sale on September 22. Youth 17 and under (and/or with a valid high school I.D.) will receive free entry. Although this continues to be an uncertain time, Literary Arts remains committed to the safety of all readers and writers and will follow all health and safety guidelines. Whether you join us online or in-person, we are excited to build community and celebrate books, storytelling, and the power of…

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The Moth: StorySLAM: Fortune

FORTUNE: Prepare a five-minute story about Lady Luck. The unexpected discoveries or a peek into the future. A one in a million chance, the flip of a coin or the spin of a wheel. Wishing well wins or four leaf clover fails. The tea leaves say the next one will be THE ONE, so when opportunity knocks, open the door. *PLEASE NOTE THAT PROOF OF VACCINATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY.* Your last dose must be administered at least 14 days prior to date of arrival. Proof of a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours of the event will also be accepted in lieu of proof of vaccination.  We will not be selling any tickets at the door. This venue is 16+ *Seating is not guaranteed and is available…

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2021/22 Portland Arts & Lectures: Daniel James Brown

This event is part of our Portland Arts & Lectures 2021/22 season.  Daniel James Brown will be appearing via telecast from Seattle. Daniel James Brown will not be traveling to Portland for his event. Instead, he will appear live via telecast from a studio in Seattle and will be joined in conversation after his lecture with Tom Ikeda, executive director of Densho (Ikeda penned the introduction to Brown’s Facing the Mountain). We will still hold an in-person presentation of the telecast at 7:30 p.m. on October 14 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland. Subscribers are welcome to view the event virtually from their own homes, or to join us in-person at the Schnitzer, and watch the event projected on a large screen in…

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WRITING & THE BODY w/ Lidia Yuknavitch and Jen Pastiloff

Jennifer Pastiloff and Lidia Yuknavitch were running their infamous workshop four times a year before the pandemic hit. Covid-19 led to the cancellation of three of these in 2021…Lucky for us, we’re back! Jen & Lidia are both renowned in their fields in their own right, and both of them are known for their inventive, non-traditional methods. Together they lead you to your most creative place by tapping into your body first, and then picking up the pen. But don’t worry! You do not have to be a published or experienced writer or yogi- we are looking for people who have heart. You have a desire to write? You have a body? Then this weekend is for you. IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to continued concerns about the spread…

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Inquiry as Narrative w/ Lilly Dancyger

Tuesday, October 12th, 5-8pm Pacific Cost: $150 payment plans available, email Daniel at registration@corporealwriting.com Where: Corporeal Center, 510 SW 3rd Avenue, suite 101, Portland, Or. 97204 Description: There’s often so much emphasis on plot and narrative, but there are other ways to move a story forward. Sometimes the most interesting thing isn’t what happened, and then what happened next, and then what happened next—but what we have to say about what happened, and how our perspective on a single event can shift and change over time. How the very process of writing about an experience—and the research and inquiry that goes into writing about our own lives—can change our relationship to the thing we’re writing about. In this session, we’ll talk about how to shape…

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The Moth: StorySLAM: Legends

*PLEASE NOTE THAT PROOF OF VACCINATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY.* Your last dose must be administered at least 14 days prior to date of arrival. Proof of a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours of the event will also be accepted in lieu of proof of vaccination.  LEGENDS: Prepare a five-minute story about lore. Hometown heroes or larger than life icons. Spending the night in a haunted house, family secrets uncovered, senior pranks that went down in history. Deep-seated superstitions that fly in the face of reality checks. Every myth has to start somewhere. We will not be selling any tickets at the door. This venue is 16+ *Seating is not guaranteed and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to arrive at least 10…

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