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Time Fuck: A face2face Collaboration w/ Lidia Yuknavitch

Linear time not only doesn’t always make sense on the page, I’m not sure it even makes sense in anyone’s life anymore. If you are writing in any form and you are driven to create time distortions, disruptions, fragmentations, displacements, rearrangements, liminalities, loop-de-loops, repetitions, layers, then join us on July 17th and 18th. In person. On the first day, Lidia and the entire Corporeal Squad will each run you through some portals around writing with time disruptions, and on the second day Lidia and Domi will throw some mean on it, get down to it, show you four strategies for why, when, and how to write against the grain of linear time. We’ll eyeball some great examples, too. Participants will walk away with works in…

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2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Yaa Gyasi (RESCHEDULED)

Yaa Gyasi is the author of the forthcoming novel, Transcendent Kingdom (Knopf, August 2020). Her best-selling debut novel, Homegoing (2016), is an intergenerational saga following two split branches of a Ghanaian family through three hundred years of history. Homegoing won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Award for best first book, was shortlisted for the British Book Award – Debut of the Year, was named a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book, and was included on numerous Best Books of the Year lists. National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates praised Homegoing as “an inspiration” and “what happens when you pair a gifted literary mind to an epic task.” Gyasi was born in Ghana and raised in Huntsville, Alabama.…

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2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo is a renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and was named the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States in 2019. Harjo is the author of nine books of poetry—most recently An American Sunrise—several plays and children’s books, and a memoir, Crazy Brave. She has received numerous prominent awards, including the 2017 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and 2015 Wallace Stevens Award. The Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, says: “Her work powerfully connects us to the earth and the spiritual world with direct, inventive lyricism that helps us reimagine who we are.” Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Harjo earned her MFA at the Iowa Writ­ers’ Work­shop and has taught Eng­lish, Cre­ative Writ­ing, and Amer­i­can Indi­an Stud­ies at numerous universities, while per­form­ing music and poet­ry…

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ARMCHAIR ADVENTUERE SERIES: NANSEN OF THE NORTH

Nansen of the North is the story of Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930), a Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, and humanitarian. Nansen’s story caught the imagination of Portland Story Theater co-founder and creator of the Armchair Adventurer series, Lawrence Howard. For the first time, Lawrence is telling an epic tale of the Arctic. A captivating performer, Howard holds audiences spellbound and has been called “the Homer of Portland” and “the master of nonfiction on the stage.” Nansen of the North is the seventh installment of his highly successful Armchair Adventurer series. Click here to learn more about Portland Story Theater and Lawrence Howard. Parking​ We encourage patrons to use public transportation or ride-sharing services. Our 50 space parking lot is open on a first-come, first-served, basis and limited street parking is available on SW 89th & 90th Avenues. Accessibility ​Nordia House…

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2020/21 Portland Arts & Lectures: Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi is a New York Times bestselling author and the founding director of The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. A professor of history and international relations, Kendi is a contributing writer at The Atlantic. He is the author of The Black Campus Movement and Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Kendi was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and he was honored on The Root 100 in 2019. Kendi’s third book, How to Be an Antiracist, debuted at no. 2 on the New York Times bestseller list and was hailed by the New York Times as “the most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western…

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Rosanne Parry Book Signing: A Whale of the Wild

Best-selling author and Annie Bloom’s bookseller Rosanne Parry will be signing copies of her brand new Middle Grade novel, A Whale of the Wild. The signing will take place outside, in front of the store, between 4pm and 6pm on Thursday, September 3. Books will be available to purchase at the door, or you may prepay here online. (To make sure your online order is processed before the signing, please place your order prior to end-of-day on Wednesday 9/2.) Rosanne will also be on AM Northwest on Thursday 9/3, sometime between 9am and 10am. Tune in! About the book: In the stand-alone companion to the New York Times–bestselling A Wolf Called Wander, a young orca whale must lead her brother on a tumultuous journey to be reunited…

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WRITING & THE BODY: SUMMER II, 2020, July 30 – August 2

Jennifer Pastiloff and Lidia Yuknavitch are now running their infamous workshop four times a year! Lucky for us since this workshop has been selling out a year in advance for a while now. Jenn & 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. WRITING and the BODY: SUMMER II, 2020 WHEN: Thursday,…

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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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The Tesla City Stories – Season 6 Premiere!

A monthly night of vintage radio comedy and drama — live onstage in Portland, Oregon! Straight outta 1944! Laughs! Chills! Romance! Danger! Booze! Eats! Cash bar! Live Foley! 1940’s live music! Prizes! Audience participation! Jealousy is the theme when The Tesla City Stories brings you a night of laughs and light-hearted intrigue on March 28th with all-new (for this century anyway) episodes of a pair of your favorite shows! Join us as we kick off 2020 with: March 28th, 2020 shows: New installment of “Blevins to Betsy“. Threatened by crooner Bobby Villanova’s attentions towards Betsy, Blevins takes comfort in the knowledge he’s still first in the hearts of radio fans. He is, isn’t he? “Blevins to Betsy” is a romantic-comedy set in the world of…

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The 2020 Brazilian Literary Spring in the U.S.

The Printemps Littéraire Brésilien is part of a research and educational initiative that is also aims to promote Lusophone literatures around the World. This annual colloquium was originally idealized by professor Leonardo Tonus (Sorbonne Université) to promote and to expand the training of students in institutions of higher education. Since its inception in 2014, the event has become an important space for debates on Brazilian literature, fomenting new readings and enriching experiences around the Portuguese language. In the 2020 U.S. edition, readings and panels will take place in several cities across the country between February 16th and April 16th. The event is organized in partnership with universities and cultural organizations: Columbia University, Brown University, Indiana University, University of New Mexico, University of Washighton, Oregon Center…

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