Portland, OR. After two years online, the Portland Arts & Lectures series resumed in-person events on January 27th. Author Cathy Park Hong was featured at a Literary Arts lecture held at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Cathy Park Hong was born to Korean immigrants in 1976 and raised in a bilingual home. Her book, Minor Feelings, explores Asian American identity through essays. Hong was  honored by Time Magazine.

Portland Arts & Lectures will host Brit Bennett on February 17th and will offer remote live-streaming into the remaining Portland Arts & Lectures events this Spring. 

Below are more Portland Arts & Lectures events:

Mira Jacob on March 10 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall for the culminating event of Everybody Reads, Multnomah County Library’s community reading program, followed by our Oregon Book Awards Ceremony on April 25 at Portland Center Stage, then back to the Concert Hall for Verselandia on April 28.

Lectures in February and May.

  • Wednesdays, February 9–March 16, from 6:00–8:00 p.m. | Online via Zoom | Guide: Kesha Ajose Fisher
  • Wednesday, Feb. 9: One Page Wednesday—February
    6:30–8:00 p.m. | Online via Zoom | FREE | Register in advance
    Here is an opportunity to share or listen to one page of work in progress from talented writers from everywhere. Come with a single page of work and sign up to read—or come to listen and prepare to be inspired! Hosted by Jessica Meza-Torres. This month’s featured reader is Amy Baskin.
  • Monday, Feb. 14: 2022 Oregon Literary Fellowships announced
    Oregon Literary Fellowships are intended to help Oregon writers initiate, develop, or complete literary projects in poetry, fiction, literary nonfiction, drama (including scripts for television and film), and young readers literature. The 2022 Oregon Literary Fellowships will be announced via email and on our website on Monday, February 14, 2022.
  • Thursday, Feb. 17: Slamlandia
    7:00–9:00 p.m. (sign ups at 6:30 p.m.) | Online via Zoom | FREE | Register in advance
    Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam that meets every month. This mic provides a creative, fun, and welcoming space for all literary communities in Portland. We encourage poets new and old to come share their work.
  • Thursday, Feb. 17: Portland Arts & Lectures: Brit Bennett
    7:30 p.m. | Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall | Single tickets: $29
    This event is part of our Portland Arts & Lectures 2021/22 season. Our 2021–22 season is sold out but limited tickets have been made available to this lecture.
  • Sunday, Feb. 20: February BIPOC Writers Workshop
    Searching for a space to create new work with fellow BIPOC writers? A variety of prompts will be presented as avenues for generating and sharing new work in an informal setting. Open to BIPOC writers at all levels writing in poetry, fiction, or nonfiction.
    Sunday, February 20, from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Online via Zoom | Instructor: Jacqueline Fitzgerald
  • Tuesday, Feb. 22: Writing Class | Nature Writing Now: Intensive
    Together, we will consider some historical and contemporary nature writing in order to learn how the genre has changed over time alongside our cultural conceptions of self and nature.
  • Tuesday, February 22–April 26, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. | Online via Zoom | Instructor: Daniela Molnar
  • Wednesday, Feb. 23: Writing Class | Poetry of Place
    This class will focus on how poetry stems from, evokes, or creates place. A place can be imaginary, material, or a combination of the two; most often, it is the latter.
  • Wednesdays, February 23–March 30, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. | Online via Zoom | Instructor: Daniela Molnar

    The Archive Project features the most sought-after recordings from our Portland Arts & Lectures series, Portland Book Festival, and other community events, from over 37 years of presenting.

    Each week, new lectures are available to stream for free. Episodes also air every Sunday at 7:00 p.m. (Pacific) on OPB Radio.

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