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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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Premise Course: What makes humans the same and different? King’s Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out

(Learn about Premise classes here: https://www.premiseinstitute.com/premisefaq) Depending on how we identify (race, gender identity, socioeconomic class, etc.), the events of the past year, if not the past five hundred years, have unearthed the ways systems of oppression impact all of us quite differently. Those differences have deepened divides and made connecting authentically more challenging—particularly across lines of racial difference. Some of us are afraid to say the wrong thing or don’t know how to approach conversations about race, while others are tired of doing the emotional labor of educating people about racism. The teachings of Buddhism and the work of Buddhist practitioner Ruth King offer us tools to heal and transform the interactions we have across racial differences. Through understanding the two truths that govern…

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Submission Deadline: Tin House 2022 Winter Workshop

Applications Open: October 4th With ongoing concerns about the increase in Covid numbers and our ability to safely gather indoors, we have decided to hold our 2022 Winter Workshop online again. 2021 Winter Scholars: A. Meinen, Angelique Stevens, Christopher James Llego, Jeanetta Craigwell-Graham, Kimberly Reyes, Krys Malcolm Belc, Luke Dani Blue, Lydia Abedeen, Marissa Davis, Marlanda Dekine-Sapient Soul, Michaeljulius Y. Idani, Naphisa Senanarong, Reena Shah, Sabrina Imbler, Tatiana Johnson-Boria, Vincent Chavez [Apply Here]

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HOCUS Live Reading: TALISMANS

Join Portland’s best-publicized literary secret society for an evening of community, prose and poetry, and arcane rituals. This event is BYOT.* *Bring Your Own Talisman. [See also the Facebook Event Page]

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Premise Course: Do we have the ability to make ourselves free? de Beauvoir’s The Ethics of Ambiguity & Kafka’s The Metamorphosis

(Learn about Premise classes here: https://www.premiseinstitute.com/premisefaq) In her book The Ethics of Ambiguity, the philosopher Simone de Beauvoir asks us to consider what it means to exercise individual freedom and to live in community with others. Where does our individual freedom begin and end? Simone de Beauvoir wrote The Ethics of Ambiguity in 1947, in the wake of Nazi atrocities and totalitarianism. She questions and seeks to define personal ethics and freedom and claims that such freedom can be manifest only when we “will others free.” How do we create a life where we protect our individual freedom and work toward the freedom of our neighbor? Can both forms of freedom truly exist? At first glance, Franz Kafka may seem an odd pairing with Simone…

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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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Cecily Wong in Conversation With Liz Crain

Wonder is around every corner, and on every plate. The curious minds behind Atlas Obscura now turn to the hidden curiosities of food, which becomes a gateway to fascinating stories about human history, science, art, and tradition — like the first book, all organized by country, lavishly illustrated, and full of surprises. Covering all seven continents, Gastro Obscura (Workman) by Cecily Wong and Dylan Thuras serves up a loaded plate of incredible ingredients, food adventures, and edible wonders. Ready for a beer made from fog in Chile? Sardinia’s “Threads of God” pasta? Egypt’s 2000-year-old egg ovens? But far more than a menu of delicacies and unexpected dishes, Gastro Obscura reveals food’s central place in our lives as well as our bellies, touching on history (trace…

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Steel Yourself Before You Reveal Yourself

A good journalist reports the story, but never becomes the story. But as essayists and non-fiction writers, we’re not journalists. Sometimes our lives are, in fact, the story. What does it mean to write about ourselves and our lives, and then, to publish that writing? What does it mean when people read that writing, and discuss it—and us—publicly, as well as privately? Alexander Chee (How To Write an Autobiographical Novel), Morgan Jerkins (This May Be My Undoing), and Joseph Osmundson (Virology, forthcoming 2022) will discuss the choice to write about ourselves and dive into the public discourse as both writer and subject, and how to prepare for the unique scrutiny that comes with essay, memoir, and autobiographical writing. They will also offer tools to help…

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Sallie Tisdale

Sallie Tisdale, author of the acclaimed Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them) brings “her singular sensibility, her genius for language, her love of our deeply imperfect world” (Karen Karbo) to The Lie About the Truck: Survivor, Reality TV, and the Endless Gaze (Gallery), an insightful exploration of reality TV and the shifting definitions of truth in America. What is the truth? In a world of fake news and rampant conspiracy theories, the nature of truth has increasingly blurry borders. In her clever and timely cultural commentary, Tisdale tackles this issue by framing it in a familiar way — reality TV, particularly the long-running CBS show Survivor. With humor and in-depth superfan analysis, Tisdale explores the distinction between suspended disbelief and true authenticity,…

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2021 Tin House Virtual Craft Intensive: Land Beyond Map, with Laura Da’

This craft intensive is informed by the observational curiosities and imperatives of seasonality and land. This course uses the concept of the map and its inherent limitations as a central metaphor for crafting new work and evoking place. The creation, crossing, and elimination of boundaries of language and narrative will underpin writing prompts and extension activities designed to encourage new work and invigorate the revision process. Writing place has a long history in poetry, but this course will look closely at the ways that worldview shapes, guides, and hinders. Readings will include Cedar Sigo, Camille Dungy, and Megan Bang. Writers will leave this course with a variety of observational strategies and suggestions for future projects and ways of learning from the land. Tin House is…

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