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WITS End of Residency Readings: Parkrose High School Students

Come celebrate the next generation of writers during our Writers in the Schools end-of-residency readings. See the brilliant results of our in-depth writer-in-residence program in local public high school students: This event will feature Benson High School students performing work they produced during their semester-long residency this fall.

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Plato’s Phaedrus: Love, Truth And The Power Of Speech

Speech has the power to transform the soul. It can reveal, enlighten, and heal. Or it can deceive, manipulate, and defile. In Plato’s Phaedrus dialogue, Socrates is in a battle for Phaedrus’ soul as he attempts to show Phaedrus the difference between the true love of a friend and the false love of a manipulator. This seminar explores the intimate connection of speech and love, and their relevance in our personal and political lives. This seminar accompanies Plato’s Symposium (see Fall 2018), but may also be taken as a stand-alone. Reading List: The Symposium and the Phaedrus: Plato’s Erotic Dialogues (trans. William S. Cobb, SUNY Press) SEMINAR GUIDE: Monica Vilhauer earned her Ph.D. in philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. After a decade…

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Slamlandia

Slamlandia is at Literary Arts this Thursday, January 10th! We will have a special feature from the phenomenal Laura Houlberg. Laura Houlberg ( @lo__lands ) is a Portland writer & filmmaker who sharpened their teeth in Los Angeles. She has competed twice at the College Union Poetry Slam Invitational and has won the Portland Poetry Slam three times. Their poetry has appeared in Michelle Tea’s Radar Productions: GLOW Queer Poetry Feature, Big Big Wednesday, SUSAN the Journal, and archived on Oregon Poetic Voices. Her films have premiered on Ones to Watch, Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, and the Reel Music Festival. She is usually dancing in front of the PhotoBooth app like it’s 2008. View their work here: laurahoulberg.party [from the Slamlandia Instagram] Slamlandia is a poetry…

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INCITE: Queer Writers Read

As we approach Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we’re examining the theme of justice. Join Amy Schutzer, Erin Gurley, Shloimy Notik, and TBA, for a powerful evening of poetry and prose. Get (queer) lit in the New Year. [from the Facebook event page] Hosted by Kate Carrol De Gutes and Kate Grey. [from the Literary Arts website]

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British Perspectives: Amis, McEwan, Barnes

English authors Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, and Julian Barnes, all born in the 1940s, present us with contemporary perspectives of the world through writing styles that originate in the classic literary tradition, only to explode into unsettling resolutions that mirror the contemporary human experience. With elegant prose, they weave history and personal relations into thought-provoking narratives. In Time’s Arrow, Martin Amis does an exercise of history “revision” by playing with the concept of time, and thus forcing the reader to view a historical character from an impossible perspective. In doing so, Amis confronts us with a disconcerting view of evil. Ian McEwan’s Atonement, which has been adapted for the big screen as several of his novels, explores the complications of childhood, love, class and responsibility. It’s…

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E.M. Forster: The Italian Novels

In this five-week Delve we will examine Forster’s first novel, Where Angels Fear to Tread, and his third novel, A Room With A View (judged one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century by Modern Library). These two early works, brighter and sunnier than his later masterpieces, already contain the elements that define Forster’s unique greatness: a strong sense of place, rich interior and exterior spaces dense with allusion and symbols, and peopled with quirky characters whose motives are often opaque to both the characters themselves and occasionally to the reader. Forster is always interested in the subtle gradations of class and culture among Europeans in the late Victorian/Edwardian era when he composed most of his fiction, and both of these novels…

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We Shall Risk the Dimensions: Experiments in Poetry Revision

In this unique revision class, students will experiment with a variety of approaches that move beyond mere editing for the sake of discovery. With the goal of opening up possibilities, sharpening vision, and reinvigorating one’s poetic practice, students will spend each class exploring new techniques on old poems. Instructor: Stephanie Adams-Santos, Tuition: $275 (Scholarships available!) [from the Facebook event page]

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The Wisdom of Sun Ra: Music, Myth, and the Altered Destiny

Sun Ra was many things: master jazz pianist, bandleader, composer, as well as an activist, philosopher, and poet. He was also one of the world’s great, if unacknowledged, Mythologists. His work, an expansive space music built on a poetics of the ancient, was intended to transform the consciousness of the people of planet Earth. “My job,” he said “is to change five billion people to something else”. The Human Race needed an alternate destiny – a better world initiated by way of Music, Poetry, and Myth. This was Sun Ra’s offering.  In this Delve we explore the life, work, and poetics of Sun Ra in search of the altered destiny he professed.   A curated selection of Sun Ra’s music will be provided and a portion…

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One Page Wednesday January

Writers, escape the solitude of your desk. Readers, come hear great fresh work. One Page Wednesday is a series hosted by Natalie Serber. An opportunity to share or listen to one page of work in progress from talented Portland writers. Come with a single page of work – one-sided, double-spaced .- and sign up to read – or come to listen and prepare to be inspired! Please, no reading from electronic devices. January’s featured readers are Cheston Knapp and Robin Romm. [from the Facebook event page] [see also the Literary Arts website]

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Slamlandia: featuring Brianna Grisby

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam which meets on the second Thursday of each month. This mic provides a space that is creative, fun, and welcoming to all literary communities in Portland. We encourage poets new and old to come share their work. We strive towards a safer space for poets to read their own poetry, witness others, and participate in the community. [from Literary Arts’s website]

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