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HOCUS Reading: The Tarot

HOCUS is a quarterly reading event in the guise of a secret society. Our reading events are simultaneously silly and serious. “Hilarious,” “profound,” “close to the bone,” and “goofy” are all words which were bandied about by attendees of our last event.

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CANCELED – Harry Dodge reads at PSU

Harry Dodge is an American visual artist and writer whose interdisciplinary practice is characterized by its explorations of relation, materiality and ecstatic contamination. He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017. His first book, a work of literary nonfiction entitled My Meteorite, or Without the Random There Can Be No New Thing, is forthcoming from Penguin in 2020. Dodge’s sculpture, drawing, and video work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. He co-founded the now-legendary San Francisco community-based performance space The Bearded Lady, which served as a touchstone for a pioneering, queer, DIY literary and arts scene. Dodge’s narrative feature film, By Hook or By Crook, premiered at Sundance in 2002 and won five Best Feature awards. He is permanent faculty of the School…

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Submission Deadline: The Gravity of the Thing: Spring 2020

Our Spring 2020 reading period is open until April 30th. The Gravity of the Thing accepts defamiliarized works in the following general categories: Short: tell us a story in 3,000 words or less; we are interested in fiction, creative nonfiction, self-contained excerpts, and genre-bending forms. Flash: a fiction, creative nonfiction, or genre-bending story under 500 words. Poetry: share up to three poems, prose poems, or multimedia works for a combined count of 500 words or less. Six Words: a story in six words; you may share up to five stories per submission, but only one will be chosen. Baring the Device: brief essays for our Baring the Device column; click here to learn more. [See the website for more info.]

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Book Club: Gender Queer

Maia’s intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction, and facing the trauma and fundamental violation of pap smears. Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity—what it means and how to think about it—for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere. Read a preview on Maia’s page, here: Join us for our every-other-week graphic novel book club for tea and sweets and this amazing read!

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Pediatrician Storytelling Night #2

Join us for a unique and brand new monthly series hosted by an awesome group of local physicians. Please come listen–or share!

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Gentrification in Portland and the city’s redlining past go under the microscope in Darrell Grant’s jazz-classical chamber opera, Sanctuaries, with a libretto by two-time National Poetry Slam Champion Anis Mojgani and directed by Alexander Gedeon. Focusing on personal stories from the Albina neighborhood, this latest site-specific commission challenges Portland as a community to truly listen to and acknowledge marginalized voices while addressing issues of white privilege, racial equity and inclusion, and economic disparity. Work DARRELL GRANT | Sanctuaries Creative Team DARRELL GRANT | composer ANIS MOJGANIi | librettist ALEXANDER GEDEON | director EZRA WEISS | conductor YUKI IZUMIHARA | set designer CARL FABER | lighting designer BRANIC HOWARD | sound engineer Vocalists DAMIEN GETER | bass-baritone EMMANUEL HENREID | baritone MARILYN KELLER | ITHICA TELL…

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Delve Readers Seminar: Delve Online: Still and Unstill: Objects and Landscapes as Human Metaphors

This Delve will take place online via Zoom. Participants will receive information about how to connect with Zoom online. This Delve takes place virtually, at the Portland Art Museum, and coincides with the exhibition Volcano!, which marks the 40th anniversary of the eruption of Mount Saint Helens. This Delve will explore museum galleries, pages of books, and the realm of memory, discovering commonalities in ways writers and visual artists recreate human experience through their hyper-realistic descriptions of material objects and natural places. Through a multi-sensory examination of objects, images, and texts, we will become fluent in this symbolic language of concrete detail. We will also look at various ways text and image interact, including how illustration functions as form of creative adaptation of a text, influencing our…

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Delve Readers Seminar: Delve Online: Memory and Ancestors: Paula by Isabel Allende

This class meets via Zoom teleconferencing, Participants who register will receive information on how to log onto the Zoom meeting. “What actually happened isn’t what matters, only the resulting scars and distinguishing marks. My past has little meaning; I can see no order to it, no clarity, purpose, or path, only a blind journey guided by instinct and detours caused by events beyond my control. There was no deliberation on my part, only good intentions and the faint sense of a greater design determining my steps.” – Isabel Allende, Paula   Allende wrote this memoir for her daughter Paula when she became gravely ill and fell into a coma. In typical Allende fashion, it is a work that accepts the magical and spiritual worlds, and…

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