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Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington

925 SW Washington Street
Portland, OR 97205, US (map)

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  • Monday
    Jan 22 2018
    New Poetic Activism (Five-week Delve Readers Seminar)

    This five-week reading seminar led by Shayla Lawson focuses on the first collections of two young poets working at the forefront of creating a new ‘American lyric’: Thief of the Interior by Phillip B. Williams and Of Being Dispersed by Simone White. Registration includes admission to a Portland Arts & Lectures author event (Claudia Rankine) on February 8.

    Mondays, January 22–February 19, 2018 (five meetings) 6:30-8:30 p.m. Guide: Shayla Lawson, Tuition: $210 This seminar registration includes admission to a Portland Arts & Lectures author event (Claudia Rankine).

    ACCESS RATE SPOTS are available and will be offered to those registrants who demonstrate financial need and an expressed interest in attending.

    Who can give an account of occasions … undo the work of a million years? -Simone White, Of Being Dispersed

    For those of us touched by language, there is, perhaps, no greater form of satisfaction than finding the right word at the right time to elevate our state of consciousness. We have witnessed poetry take a front seat in conversations surrounding our current cultural landscape with book like Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, but what’s next? What work is answering the call toward more dynamic, vulnerable, and demanding literary activism? During this Delve seminar, we will explore the first collections of two young poets working at the forefront of creating a new ‘American lyric’: Thief of the Interior by Phillip B. Williams and Of Being Dispersed by Simone White (quoted above). Both 2017 Whiting Award Winners, the poetry of Williams and White provide an exciting lens into the emerging experimentation and formal concerns of contemporary poetry. Since the dates of this seminar will intersect author Claudia Rankine’s February visit to Portland, we will devote some of our class discussion to comparisons of Williams and White’s work to Citizen, leading up to the event.

    Reading List: Thief of the Interior by Phillip B. Williams; Of Being Dispersed by Simone White.

    Supplemental materials to be provided include poems by Danez Smith, Shane McCrae, and Jericho Brown.

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  • Wednesday
    Jan 17 2018
    Unchaste Readers Series

    Unchaste Readers Series Presents: Teen Mamas - Mamas who became mamas as teens.

    • Jessica Standifird
    • Katie Kaput
    • Nina Packebush
    • Ariel Gore

    Children are invited. Mature content. No childcare provided.

    More details to come...

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  • Tuesday
    Jan 9 2018
    Octavia E. Butler (Six-week Delve Readers Seminar)

    Join guide Christopher Rose in exploring Nebula Award-winning author Octavia Butler’s Parable series are dystopian novels that resonate for our current times.

    Tuesdays, January 9—February 13, 2018
    6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
    Guide: Christopher Rose, Tuition: $210

    Nebula Award-winning author Octavia Butler’s Parable series are dystopian novels that resonate for our current times. The first in the series, Parable of the Sower, a Nebula Award nominee, is a dystopian novel that follows the journey of a young Black woman as she survives in a world that is slowly nearing its end. The story is continued in Parable of the Talents, where the narrative examines the dangers of religious fanaticism in the new world. The dystopian setting of the series, caused by a combination of environmental destruction and economic instability, discusses the failure of an ineffective government while focusing on a protagonist who allows the text to explore ideas of community, race, gender, empowerment, spirituality, and survival. These celebrated novels, which have recently soared in popularity due to similarities to the current sociopolitical climate in the United States, display the prophetic nature of speculative literature as the conditions of the novels eerily mirror our own.

    Octavia E. Butler is a multiple award-winning writer whose accolades include a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards, the Langston Hughes Medal, and many others.

    Reading List: Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler

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  • Wednesday
    Jan 3 2018
    Incite: Queer Writers Read

    INCITE. Because of queer stories. Because of these times. Because. Audience talk-back at the end of each event.

    Help us kick off the new year with readings from four kickass writers, Sam Roxas-Chua, Lisa Loewenthal, Gillian Herbert, and Emily Newberry. Join the community discussion afterwards.

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  • Wednesday
    Nov 8 2017
    Incite: Queer Writers Read

    INCITE. Because of queer stories. Because of these times. Because. Audience talk-back at the end of each event.

    Come listen to Jewels Pedersen, David Rutiezer, Dolores Maggiore and Karelia Stetz-Waters as they read on the subject of gratitude. Join the community discussion afterwards.

    Come early to grab a seat and complimentary hors d'oeuvres and fizzy water. Because what's a queer reading event without fizzy water?

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  • Wednesday
    Nov 1 2017
    Fireweed Blossoms: A Literary Celebration & Community Gathering

    Join us at Literary Arts for a multigenerational community celebration to honor the release of Fireweed Blossoms, a stunning collection of poetry by local writer Kazumi Heshiki. Kazumi was born on Okinawa Island in 1930 and his book reflects a lifetime of reflection in various states and countries. "In this breath-taking collection," says Lo Kwa Mei-En, "Kazumi Heshiki colors the human relationship to the world with natural gravity and creative luminescence. Every poem tilts the world into a unique quality of light."

    Taiko drumming will be woven with readings from "Fireweed Blossoms" by a dynamite cast of readers, artists, and activists, followed by sounds of the ukelele and book signings.

    Taiko drumming by:

    • Kana Heshiki
    • Valerie Otani
    • Megumi Uehara

    Readers:

    • Intisar Abioto
    • Neil Aitken
    • Ra Shaunda Brooks
    • Natalie Figueroa
    • Jenna Marie Fletcher
    • Stacey Tran
    • Vaughn Kimmons
    • Ryan Nakano
    • Sam Roxas-Chua
    • Jake Vermaas

    Ukelele: Des Anderson

    Kazumi Heshiki was born in Okinawa Island in 1930. He later attended Keio University in Tokyo, where he studied linguistics and cross-cultural communication. Heshiki later worked in both Japan and the United States as a translator and Japanese language instructor, and has authored textbooks and essays on the subject of language, culture and communication. He is the author of Kadena Story, a historical fiction based on the battle of Okinawa in 1945. After spending a portion of his life in Anchorage, Heshiki currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife.

    Praise for Fireweed Blossoms:

    "How lucky we are to have this book in the world." - Lo Kwa Mei-En (author of Yearling)

    "Kazumi Heshiki’s poems ring remarkably innovative in their spare form and sensibility . . . A welcome collection by a masterful poet." -Kimiko Hahn (author of Brain Fever)

    The project was made possible by a grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council

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  • Wednesday
    Sep 20 2017
    Unchaste Readers Series
    free

    September Unchaste lineup, in no particular order: - Ramiza Koya - Ally Harris - Carol Horwath Fischbach - Kate Ristau - Snigdha Roy - Jasmine Ekenbarger - Dia Blake

    Trigger Warning: The Unchaste Readers Series comes with a trigger warning for sexism and its children and racism and its monsters. There are stories that could involve a wide array of psychological, emotional, social, physical, and sexual violence. Please feel free to use the restroom to leave the space to a safe space. If you need to leave, please don't leave alone. If you'd like assistance, please ask.

    • The venue is wheelchair accessible:
    • No steps to the door. But there are steps inside (no ramps inside)
    • Aprox 3' width for the entrance
    • Gender neutral bathroom accessible from the main floor
    • Bathroom is wide and ADA accesible
    • No ramp needed to the stage.
    • Seating is folded chairs and benches along the wall

    There's no sign language interpreter.

    No onsite childcare (Readers receive a stipend for childcare if necessary)

    Content is mature. Performers may not be prepared to read particular work to children. Please be aware of varying sensitivities regarding content and children. This is not a fully censored reading.

    Donation only to pay the readers. No one turned away for lack of funds.

    Security staff on site.

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  • Wednesday
    Sep 6 2017
    Incite: Queer Writers Read
    free

    INCITE. Because of queer stories. Because of these times. Because. Audience talk-back at the end of each event.

    Come listen to Qwo-Li Driskell, Vinnie Kinsella, Stephanie Adams-Santos and Ashley Brittner-Wells as they read on the subject of abundance (or the lack thereof). Join the community discussion afterwards.

    Come early to grab a seat and complimentary hors d'oeuvres and fizzy water. Because what's a queer reading event without fizzy water?


    Incite: Queer Writers Read - A curated reading series for Queer writers.

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  • Tuesday
    Jul 11 2017
    Incite: Queer Writers Read
    free

    INCITE. Because of queer stories. Because of these times. Because. Audience talk-back at the end of each event.

    Join Sossity Chiricuzio, Nan Collie, Judith Barrington, and Qwo-Li Driskill reading into/around the theme of freedom. July 4th and all. Join the community discussion afterwards.


    Incite: Queer Writers Read - A curated reading series for Queer writers.

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  • Thursday
    May 11 2017
    Poetry & Politics II: Reading & Panel on Literary Activism

    Join Allison Joseph, Margaret Rhee, Sam Roxas-Chua, and Neil Aitken for a reading followed by moderated panel discussion and audience on the subject of literary activism, social justice, intersectionality, feminism, and allyship.

    Allison Joseph lives in Carbondale, Illinois, where she directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University. She serves as poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review. Her books and chapbooks include What Keeps Us Here (Ampersand Press), Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon University Press), In Every Seam (University of Pittsburgh Press), Worldly Pleasures (Word Tech Communications), Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon UP), Voice: Poems (Mayapple Press), My Father’s Kites (Steel Toe Books), Trace Particles (Backbone Press), Little Epiphanies (Imaginary Friend Press), Mercurial (Mayapple Press), Mortal Rewards (White Violet Press), Multitudes (Word Poetry), The Purpose of Hands (Glass Lyre Press), Corporal Muse (Yellow Chair Press), Double Identity (Singing Bone Press) and What Once You Loved (Barefoot Muse Press). She is the literary partner and wife of poet and editor Jon Tribble.

    Margaret Rhee is the author of chapbooks Yellow (Tinfish Press, 2011) and Radio Heart; or, How Robots Fall Out of Love (Finishing Line Press, 2015). She co-edited Glitter Tongue: queer and trans love poems and Mixed Blood, a literary journal on race and innovative poetics edited byCS Giscombe. She is a Kundiman Fellow and held the Kathy Acker Fellowship at Les Figues Press. In 2014, she received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in ethnic and new media studies. Currently, she is a visiting assistant professor in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon.

    Sam Roxas-Chua is a poet and visual artist from Eugene, Oregon. He has been called “a man who can take any kind of physical material and transform them into art,” his writings have been called “tidal,” and Poet Dorianne Laux says, “Like Jack Gilbert before him, Roxas-Chua reaches beyond the imagery and emotions we expect—creating his own universe, logic, and definitions of the beautiful.”

    His first book Fawn Language was published by Tebot Bach in 2013 and his current manuscript, Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater was a finalist for the Kundiman/Tupelo Press book prize. His poems have appeared in various journals including Narrative Magazine, December Magazine, Cream City Review, and the forthcoming issue of Basalt Magazine. His collection of poems, Diary of Collected Summers, won the first place award in the 7th Annual Missouri Review Audio Competition in poetry. In 2014, Sam was commissioned by the poet Marvin Bell to create, design, and publish a book: The Dorothy Poems. He is the owner of The Poetry Loft, a small business dedicated to community writing workshops and the promotion of poets and writers. He holds an MFA from Pacific University.

    Neil Aitken is the author of two books of poetry, The Lost Country of Sight (Anhinga 2008), which won the Philip Levine Prize, and Babbage’s Dream (Sundress 2017), as well as a chapbook of poetry, Leviathan (Hyacinth Girl Press 2016). He is the founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review and his own poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, American Literary Review, The Collagist, Crab Orchard Review, Ninth Letter, Southern Poetry Review,and many other literary journals.

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