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CANCELED – Delve Readers Seminar: Graphic Literature as Autobiography

In this Delve seminar, we’ll explore autobiographies executed in the medium of comics, and in doing so sample from a few of the world’s most respected illustrator-storytellers. In turn, Lynda Barry, Alison Bechdel, Marjane Satrapi, Art Spiegelman, and Yoshihiro Tatsumi will each inspire and challenge participants as we examine graphic literature’s unique perspective on created identity. READING LIST: ONE! HUNDRED! DEMONS! by Lynda Barry FUN HOME by Alison Bechdel PERSEPOLIS by Marjane Satrapi MAUS by Art Spiegelman: A DRIFTING LIFE by Yoshihiro Tatsumi Delve Access Program We want Delve seminars to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that our tuition structure can present obstacles for some people. We are happy to offer an Access Program which provides reduced tuition to…

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CANCELED – BIPOC Reading Series

Theme: “Family” Featuring: Olufunke Grace Bankole Brianna Renae Armin Tolentino Hosted by Jessica Meza-Torres The BIPOC Reading Series at Literary Arts grew out of writing workshop and Delve participants requests to share their work in a BIPOC-centered space. We conducted a survey to see if there was larger support and interest in this series. The survey went to 213 writers who had either applied for our Writer of Color fellowship, or attended a workshop for Writers of Color at Literary Arts. Although open to the public, this reading series is intended to prioritize the safety, creativity, and stories of Black people, Indigenous people, and People of Color. We hope this series can evolve into whatever shape its participants see fit-be it a space for networking,…

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Slamlandia March Literary Arts ft. SJ

Join us on MARCH 12TH for a Thursday Poetry Open Mic and Slam! Doors and sign-ups are at 6:30 PM Get there on time to get a spot in the open mic or slam! Show begins at 7:00 PM Literary Arts 925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205 This show is all ages. Please see our Accessibility and Safer Space info below. No door admission. We will have a feature from the incredible Cheryl Maddalena! Sarah Jean Valiquette is a Canadian actor, poet, photographer, fight director, and Pisces, as well as the creator and curator of (re)markable project. SJ has studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Banff Centre for the Arts and has a BFA in theatre from the University of…

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Incite: Queer Writers Read

Brash, baudy, beautiful, these readers will wow you, make you weak. Leah Baer, Henry Alley, Missy Ladygo, and Evan Knapp will read around the theme of “Marching…” in, …well…, March. This is the time to get yourself to this reading. Serious.

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Spec Script: Boy Meets World

Spec Script is back with an episode of Boy Meets World by Lee Cox, a phenomenal comic who has never seen the show! Reading the episode we have: Deira Bowie before she leaves for Australia! Tiffany McGuire Jake Simonds and more! Hosted by Shane Hosea, Lydia Manning, and Chris Khatami! Free, Sunday, Kelly’s Olympian, doors at 7!

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ONE PAGE Wednesday: March

Writers, escape the solitude of your desk. Readers, come hear great fresh work. Here is an opportunity to share or listen to one page of work in progress from talented Portland writers.Come with a single page of work and sign up to read – or come to listen and prepare to be inspired! March’s One Page Wednesday is hosted by Natalie Serber. The featured readers are Matthew Dickman and Karen Karbo. The reading begins at 7:00. Doors open around 6:30 p.m. Potential readers can sign up to read and after the list is full, they can add their name to the fishbowl and Natalie will draw as many additional names to read as we have time for before 8:30 p.m. One Page = one page,…

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Collage Your Writing Project: A New Way Into Your Work

For writers at all levels This class includes a $10 materials fee When you hit a wall, find another door In this two day workshop we will spend our time exploring and developing central questions about our writing projects. Some considerations may be: What is the heart of the heart of the story? Who are my characters? What is your/your characters’ biggest fear? What are the obstacles? What is the universal truth that you are exploring in you work? These are just a tiny sample of how we’re going to dig deep and investigate our projects through a visual art form. Come with a big project, come with a story, come with an idea about something you want to begin. Natalie will provide images, glue,…

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Delve Readers Seminars: The Autofiction of Rachel Cusk

This Delve seminar will explore the recent trilogy—Outline, Transit, and Kudos—by Rachel Cusk and contextualize it within the developing literary form of autofiction. In reading these novels, we will continually ask a series of questions that the publication of these novels poses. Why are so many contemporary writers turning to fictionalized autobiography that refuses the constraints of narrative convention? What is it about the current moment that has made authors embrace autofiction? What does this new form of writing allow authors to accomplish that more established forms of fiction do not? READING LIST: Outline by Rachel Cusk Transit by Rachel Cusk Kudos by Rachel Cusk Delve Access Program We want Delve seminars to be accessible to everyone, regardless of income and background. We understand that…

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Grief and the Lyric Essay

For writers at all levels It can be a challenge to access grief, not to mention represent it in word and forms, yet writers like Claudia Rankine, Ann Carson, and Maggie Nelson pull it off beautifully and in wildly different ways. We will try different ways into the conversation with grief, first through reading other writers, then in our notebooks. Writing exercises will allow you to explore memory, specifically as it can be accessed through the body. You will leave with a solid start into a new piece of writing or a fresh take on an older draft. Saturday, February 22 from 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Sunday, February 23 from 2:00–5:00 p.m. (two sessions) CLASS LIAISONS: All classes have one liaison position. Liaisons receive free tuition in…

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February Writer of Color Sunday Afternoon Workshop

For writers of color at all levels Searching for a space to create new work with fellow writers of color? This two-hour workshop meets once a month on Sundays. Writers can register for one or more sessions. A variety of prompts will be presented as avenues for generating and sharing new work in an informal setting. Open to writers of color at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. You can also bring your own prompts and questions about the writing process, and explore them with the group. Emilly Prado is an award-winning multimedia journalist. A Chicana native of the San Francisco Bay Area, she has been writing and photographing since she was a child though she studied education, social work, and library sciences…

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