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2019/2020 Portland Arts & Lectures: Colson Whitehead (Sold Out)

Colson Whitehead is a novelist, essayist, and reviewer whose most recent works include 2019’s The Nickel Boys and 2016’s The Underground Railroad, a New York Times best seller which won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and the National Book Award and was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by theNew York Times Book Review. NPR hailed The Underground Railroad as “an American masterpiece, as much a searing document of a cruel history as a uniquely brilliant work of fiction.” Whitehead’s other books include The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and The Colossus of New York. He is a recipient of the MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, a Whiting Writers Award, the Dos Passos Prize, and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. The 35th season…

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Visiting Writers Series: sidony o’neal

sidony o’neal (b. 1988) is an artist and writer from Sacramento, CA. Previous exhibitions and performances include Fourteen30 Contemporary, Linfield Gallery, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Performance Space New York, and If I Can’t Dance. o’neal’s writings have been published at Arts.Black, Scrolldiving, The Capilano Review, Passages North, BATHHOUSE, SPOOK magazine, and the journal of Women & Performance. sidony is the translator of Prognosis: Descarga Poetica Decolonial (Quilomboarte 2013). Residencies include Literary In(ter)ventions Banff Center, Creative Exchange Lab, Arteles Center, and S1 Synth Library. sidony is an instructor in the Department of Music and Sonic Arts at Portland Community College.

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Visiting Writers Series: Rivers Solomon

Rivers Solomon writes about life in the margins, where they are much at home. Nominated two-years running for the John C. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and a winner of the Firecracker Award, they produce fiction that embraces alterity via queerness, disability, and Blackness. In addition to appearing on the Stonewall Honour List and in numerous best-of-the-year lists, Solomon’s debut novel AN UNKINDNESS OF GHOSTS was a finalist for a Lambda, a Hurston/Wright, a Tiptree, and a Locus Award. Their short work appears in or is forthcoming from Black Warrior Review, the New York Times, Guernica, Best American Short Stories, Tor.com, Gay Mag, and elsewhere. Their second book, THE DEEP, a project based on a song of the same title by Daveed Diggs-fronted experimental…

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Submission Deadline: McMenamins & Theatre 33’s Playwriting Competition

Enter a UFO-themed 10 minute play writing competition hosted by McMenamins and Theatre 33. Deadline for Submission is 3/1/2020. No more than 10 pages/minutes. Top three will be staged-read at the UFO festival in McMinnville in May. Winner receives $200 value gift card from McMenamins.

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Visiting Writers Series: Janice Lee

Janice Lee is a Korean-American writer, artist, and editor. She writes about the filmic long take, slowness, interspecies communication, plants & personhood, the apocalypse, architectural spaces, inherited trauma, and the concept of han in Korean culture, and asks the question, how do we hold space open while maintaining intimacy? She is the author of KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010), a multidisciplinary exploration of cyborgs, brains, and the stakes of consciousness, Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011), an experimental novel, Damnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), a book-length meditation and ekphrasis on the films of Hungarian director Béla Tarr, Reconsolidation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2015), a lyrical essay reflecting on the death of Lee’s mother, and most recently, The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016), a collection of travel essays inspired…

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HOCUS Reading: Familiars

A literary reading masquerading as a secret society. Join us for a chance to reaffirm your belief in the truth of fiction with readings, sharing, and perhaps your only opportunity ever to hear the names of your favorite fonts chanted in a quasi-religious manner.

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Booklover’s Burlesque: Erotica Edition

It’s time to celebrate smutty books as Lacy Productions presents… BOOKLOVER’S BURLESQUE: Erotica Edition Saturday, February 1, 2020 on the Crush Bar stage in Portland, Oregon! Booklover’s Burlesque is the Pacific Northwest’s sexiest literary salon which matches titillating, inspiring, and empowering book readings with burlesque performances all in one show! Professional readers, actors, and/or local authors & writers read aloud a three to five minute piece of erotica for this edition of Booklover’s Burlesque, which is then followed by a burlesque performance inspired by the piece. Burlesque Artists for this chapter of Booklover’s Burlesque include: Sandria Dore BeeBee Sanchez Resa La Revv (Theresa Hanson) Paige Rustles Luz de la Concha Whisper DeCorvo MissDoe Chanterelle Charm Velveteen Sweets Readers for this chapter of Booklover’s Burlesque include…

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Submission Deadline: Frontera Magazine, Vol. 3 “Natural States”

Frontera está abierta para recibir entregas hasta el 1 de febrero (tendremos una semana extra si nos avisas por email.) Frontera es una revista bilingüe, escrita en Inglés y Español, y queremos recordarte que esos son los únicos idiomas que se aceptan. El tema del Vol. 3 es ESTADOS SILVESTRES, deja que la esencia del tema, en cualquiera manera, te inspire.  Frontera Magazine is currently open for submissions until February 1st (we observe a one week grace period if sent to our email). Frontera is an English-Spanish bilingual literary magazine, and we happily remind you that those are the only two languages we accept. The theme of Vol. 3 is NATURAL STATES, so let the nature of the theme and whatever it means to you, inspire you. Guías básicas //…

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Submission Deadline: Submission Reading Series: BIPOC Writers

Presenting “Submission by and for BIPOC”: Submission Reading Series is run by blind online submission based out of Portland, OR. We will be open to poetry/prose submissions from BIPOC writers from January 1st – January 29th. As always, submissions are free, and writers may submit once in each genre. For this upcoming reading, BIPOC-identifying authors Janice Lee (prose) and Skyler Reed (poetry) will serve as guest editors and choose the winning readers. Thanks to a generous grant by Regional Arts & Culture Council, the winning submitters in each genre will receive $100 and an opportunity to read their work alongside the guest editors on Saturday, Feb. 22nd in Portland, OR. Extended submission guidelines: https://submissionpdx.submittable.com/submit Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions — our…

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Rene Denfeld and Kimberly King Parsons

Rene Denfeld and Kimberly King Parson, in Conversation We are thrilled to welcome Portland authors Rene Denfeld and Kimberly King Parsons to discuss their most recent books, The Butterfly Girl and Black Light, respectively. The authors will each read and then discuss writing, individual life experiences and influences, and the publishing process, as well as take questions from the audience. Rene Denfeld is the author of the acclaimed novels The Enchanted, The Child Finder, and The Butterfly Girl. After captivating readers in The Child Finder, Naomi–the investigator with an uncanny ability for finding missing children—returns in The Butterfly Girl. In addition to being an internationally bestselling author, Denfeld has also worked as a journalist and licensed investigator. She lives in Portland, where she is the…

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