job?

October 17, 2021

We don’t often post job openings here, but this one seemed too good to pass by.

Literary Arts, often seen on these pages, is a dynamic “community-based nonprofit with a mission to engage readers, support writers, and inspire the next generation with great literature.”

Based in Portland, Oregon, Literary Arts is currently seeking a full-time Senior Executive Assistant, reporting to the Executive Director. The application deadline is October 31, 2021, so if you’re interested visit the Open Positions page and follow the link for complete details.

your literary summer

May 22, 2021

Not sure about your plans for the next few months? Check out the Event Calendar at Portland’s Literary Arts. There are loads of activities — classes, workshops, book discussions, open mics, and more — starting with One Page Wednesday, on (yup) Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 6:30-8:30pm, hosted by Natalie Serber with guest poet Kelli Russell Agodon (free with advance registration). The events page includes the Portland Arts & Lectures series running from October 2021 to May 2022. Have a look.

finalists announced

April 3, 2021

Congratulations to the writers who have been selected as finalists for the 2021 Oregon Book Awards.

The finalists for the Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry (judged by Tyree Daye, Erika Meitner, and Kathryn Neurnberger) are:

  • Anna Elkins of Jacksonville, Hope of Stones (Press 53)
  • Eman Hassan of Portland, Raghead (New Issues Poetry and Prose)
  • Floyd Skloot of Portland, Far West: Poems (LSU Press)
  • Ed Skoog of Portland, Travelers Leaving for the City (Copper Canyon)
  • Joe Wilkins of McMinnville, Thieve (Lynx House Press)

The winners will be announced on a special episode of The Archive Project, Sunday, May 2, 2021, on OPB Radio at 7:00pm Pacific.

The poetry finalists will read at a free online event on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at 7:00pm. Further information on the poets and the event here.

finalists

January 29, 2020

Literary Arts has announced the 2020 Oregon Book Awards finalists. The finalists for The Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry, judged by Megan Fernandes, Nick Flynn, and Marcus Wicker are:

  • Carl Adamshick of Portland, Birches (Four Way Books)
  • Shaindel Beers of Pendleton, Secure Your Own Mask (White Pine Press)
  • Lynn Otto of Newberg, Real Daughter (Unicorn Press)
  • Allan Peterson of Ashland, This Luminous: New and Selected Poems (Panhandler Books)
  • Ashley Toliver of Portland, Spectra (Coffee House Press)

See the complete list of finalists, and mark your calendar for the 33rd annual Oregon Book Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 27, at Portland Center Stage at the Armory.

Congratulations, poets!

good listening

December 7, 2018

It has been a couple of years since we talked about The Archive Project, and since it is ongoing and worthwhile, we’re giving it another mention.

A co-production of Literary Arts and Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), The Archive Project streams weekly podcasts from the archives of the Portland Arts & Lectures series. Season Five includes the voices of Tom Hanks, DeRay Mckesson, a Tribute to Ursula K Le Guin, as well as the Verselandia! city-wide youth poetry slam, the Portland Book Festival, and other community events.

You can browse the entire list or search by season, topic, tone, or genre. It’s all free at Literary Arts, OPB, and iTunes.

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