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“From South Street to Not Doctor Street: Historicism and the African American Novel” with Kenneth Warren

Join us for “From South Street to Not Doctor Street: Historicism and the African American Novel,” a lecture with Kenneth Warren. Prof. Warren’s lecture will be followed by a question and answer session. Kenneth Warren is Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of English at The University of Chicago. His work focuses on American and African American literature from the late nineteenth through the middle of the twentieth century, in particular the way debates about literary form and genre articulate with discussions of political and social change. He is the author of three books: What Was African American Literature? (2010), So Black and Blue: Ralph Ellison and the Occasion of Criticism (2003), and Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism (1993).

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Making Comics with Ebony Flowers

Join award-winning comics creator Ebony Flowers, author of Hot Comb, for a hands-on and generative workshop. Participants will develop their ability as a writer, picture-maker, and observer while exploring spontaneous storytelling practices. By the end of the workshop, each participant will have a working draft of a short creative non-fiction comic. No drawing experience necessary! The synchronous workshop will be held on April 28 at 4pm on Zoom. An additional asynchronous (complete at your own pace) workshop will be available to registrants on April 5. Register here. Meet Your Instructor: Ebony is a cartoonist and an ethnographer. She was born and raised in Maryland. She holds a BA in Biological Anthropology from the University of Maryland College Park and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the…

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Oregon BIPOC Writers Publishing Event

Literary Arts, Ooligan Press, and Portland State University’s English Department partner to present the Oregon BIPOC Writers Publishing Event. This event is designed to connect Oregon’s most talented, diverse writers to the publishers and authors seeking to hear their voices. Pitching a Book 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (PST) Distilling the important elements of a book into a concise and gripping pitch is a true art. In this presentation, seasoned literary agent Fiona Kenshole lays out the fundamentals of good pitching. This webinar is intended to aid writers in preparing for a pitching session with a publisher or agent later on in the day. Demystifying Book Publishing Panel 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PST) So much of the process of getting published, finding an agent,…

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Captions and Corpses: How to read an EC Comic

Join PSU’s Comics Studies program for a talk with Professor Qiana Whitted. In her talk, Prof. Qiana Whitted draws from her recent book on EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest to explore the 1950s publisher’s effort to distinguish between “entertaining” and “educational” reading practices that were mindful of the public’s anxieties over how comic books could influence young readers. Her discussion will consider the ways that EC’s writers and artists arranged the verbal and visual dynamics of the comics page to steer the potential impact of notorious crime and horror titles such “The Whipping” and “The Guilty.” Evaluating these creative choices raises important questions about the taboo combination of explicitness, incredulity, and reading pleasure that EC branded as “shock comics,” engaging complex social messages amid the…

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Comics Publishing

What does a career in comics publishing look like? Join alumni from the PSU book publishing program and comics certificate as they talk about comics publishing in Portland: their career trajectories, thoughts on the latest developments in comics, and time as students at PSU. Featuring: Jenny Blenk – Assistant Editor at Dark Horse Melissa Gifford – Content Manager at Image Comics Konner Knudsen – Assistant Editor at Dark Horse Comics Erika Schnatz – Senior Production Artist at Image Comics

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Will Eisner and the Business of Comics

In honor of Will Eisner Week, PSU hosts this panel discussion featuring Dark Horse Comics founder Mike Richardson, IDW’s Ted Adams, and moderator Charles Brownstein of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

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Brian Michael Bendis and Kelly Sue DeConnick in Conversation: Presented by the PSU English Department

The Portland State English Department is pleased to present the 55th Annual Nina Mae Kellogg Lecture, featuring comics creators Brian Michael Bendis and Kelly Sue DeConnick in converation. Brian Michael Bendis is an award-winning comics creator, Amazon and New York Times bestseller, and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For the last twenty years, Brian’s books have consistently sat on top of the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.  Bendis’s many achivements include the introduction of the multiracial Spider-Man, Miles Morales, and the creation of the character of Jessica Jones.  Bendis has won five Eisner awards, including ‘Best Writer of the year’ two years in a row and was honored with the prestigious Inkpot award for comic art excellence. Kelly Sue DeConnick is…

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Author Mat Johnson on His Novel, Loving Day

Black Studies presents this talk by Mat Johnson, author of Loving Day, Pym, Drop, and other books, as part of its Black Bag Speakers Series.  Co-sponsored by the English Department. LOCATION:  SMSU 328/9 In an effort to develop a forum for people and organizations doing work that addresses issues related to the community of Black people in Portland, the Black Bag Speaker Series began in October of 2006. We have featured many key people and organizations speaking on important issues in Portland, including but not limited to former Oregon Senator Avel Gordly, Joann Hardesty from Oregon Action, and Dr. Joy Leary from PSU. Our series has focused on the following issues: race and sustainability, slavery, police violence, segregation and gentrification, education, the Black Panthers, & AIDS and health in Portland –…

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