Literary Arts Welcomes Many Voices

Literary Arts does it again! In three upcoming events, this nationally recognized center provides a forum for Latino writers, Queer writers, and writing about the economically dispossessed. So much to do in February and March! Join and celebrate this multiplicity of voices. 


March 2: "Alternative Facts / Hechos Alternativos Literary Reading"

7 PM at Literary Arts (925 SW Washington Street, Portland). No cost.

Los Porteños will read original poetry and prose in response to the preponderance of “alternative facts” shaping the current state of affairs. In a climate rampant with fake news, unsubstantiated statements, and the denial of evidence, join us for an evening of resistance against the disappearance of truth.  

Readers include: Octaviano Merecias Cuevas, Mary Meredith Drew, Catherine Evleshin, Cindy Williams Gutierrez, Pat Rumer, Ivonne Saed, Juan Antonio Trujillo, and Joaquin Lopez.

Los Porteños is a Latino writers’ collective dedicated to raising their voices in the Portland community and to raising awareness of their diverse languages, canons, stories, and cultures as an integral part of Oregon’s literary legacy.

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March 7: "Incite: Queer Writers Read"

7 PM at Literary Arts (925 SW Washington Street, Portland). No cost.

Announcing a new curated reading series for Queer writers hosted by Kate Carroll de Gutes and Kate Gray. Incite will hold readings every other month on the first Tuesday. No surprise, this month’s theme is resistance. At each reading, we’ll distribute cards with pre-populated questions to foster audience discussion. We’ll use 15 minutes or so at the end to moderate a talk-about. Our hope is to create conversation, connection, and greater understanding both within the Queer community and with other communities.

March readers include: Domi Shoemaker, Kelly Jeske, David Skilton, Julianna Gonzalez, and Stephanie Glazier.

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March 9: Lecture by Matthew Desmond, author of "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City"

7:30 PM at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (1037 SW Broadway, Portland). Cost: $15

This year’s Everybody Reads selection is Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. In partnership with Multnomah County Library and The Library Foundation, Literary Arts is proud to present a lecture by Desmond as the culminating event of the 15th annual Everybody Reads.

Through the lives of eight low-income families, Evicted sheds light on the complex issues surrounding housing and its link to poverty. The book was selected as a New York Times Editor’s Choice, and Wall Street Journal’s Hottest Spring Nonfiction Books.

Desmond, a Harvard sociologist and MacArthur Fellowship recipient, offers a national perspective on one of the most pressing issues facing Portland. Through tireless reporting, Desmond exposes the truth about housing in America and offers fresh ideas for solving the devastating problem of eviction. The 2017 Everybody Reads shared reading experience is an opportunity for Portland to discuss these issues, learn from each other, and create tangible solutions for our community.

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