Literary Arts

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Literary Arts has a 39-year history of engaging readers, supporting writers, and inspiring the next generation with great literature. Our programs include Portland Arts & Lectures, one of the country’s largest lecture series; Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships, which celebrates Oregon’s writers and independent publishers; Youth programs, which inspires public high school students to revise, edit, publish, and perform their own creative writing; Portland Book Festival, which builds community around literature through authors events, workshops, a book fair, and more; Delve, a series of discussion based groups led by experienced scholars that engage readers in exploring challenging books; and The Archive Project, our radio show on Oregon Public Broadcasting and a podcast that presents the best of our live readings, conversations, and talks completely free to listeners in Oregon, SW Washington, and throughout the world. 

The Portland metro area has a thriving arts community, and we ensure that writing and reading are included in that proud tradition. Each year, Literary Arts provides the space for 20,000 Portlanders to share their stories and engage in meaningful conversations about some of the most important ideas of our time. Our work builds a more inclusive and empathetic community by providing the space for diverse voices to be heard. Storytelling and literature ask a reader to experience what it means to be another human being, encouraging tolerance and understanding. By serving both readers and writers, we are bringing together content creators and consumers, and providing the space for difficult conversations. We believe literature is essential to the well-being our community. Whether you read two books a year or twenty, if you are an aspiring poet or a seasoned novelist, or if you are 16 or 60, we provide programming that creates meaningful connections through a shared love of stories.

Bottom Line for Portland

By supporting Literary Arts, you help us offer diverse programming to our community and bring together readers and writers of all ages. Together we will build bridges and ignite conversations that will create a more engaged, empathetic, inclusive, and strong community.  


“Literary Arts does an excellent job of connecting readers and writers. It is a mix of literary salon and community gathering, merging the best of both worlds. The staff and audience are among some of the most passionate and engaged readers I have come across, including the high school students, whose love of reading and writing blew me away. Chapo ba, as we say in Creole, or hats off to Literary Arts.” -Edwidge Danticat, 2021-2022 Portland Arts & Lectures author

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Literary Arts staff and board are committed to continuing and advancing our equity work, and serving our whole community. Each of our programs have their own diversity, equity, and inclusion goals that support larger organizational goals that are detailed in our Strategic Framework. Over the past few years, we have made great strides towards our equity goals including implementing a $10,000 Writer of Color fellowship, ensuring a diverse lineup of authors for the Portland Book Festival, and formalizing an internal DE&I workgroup to keep us accountable for progress towards our equity goals. 


$50-$99: Win the full 2023 new book collection from Tin House!

The first 50 gifts of $50-$99 through Give!Guide will be entered into a raffle to win a collection of books released by Tin House publishers this year. Titles including The Language of Trees: A Rewilding of Literature and Landscape by Katie Holden, A Wild Promise: An Illustrated Celebration of the Endangered Species Act by Allen Crawford, plus memoirs, poetry, novels, and more.The fine print: Qualifying entries will be added to a raffle, with entries capped at the first 200 qualifying donations. Donors entered into the raffle will receive an email with full details. Gifts must be made by 11:59 pm on December 31st, 2023. The winner will be notified by email. As per Oregon law, entrants must be in Oregon when entering the raffle. Qualifying gifts made prior to this incentive announcement will be entered into the raffle. Limit one Literary Arts incentive per gift; if you have already received an incentive for your gift, it will not be counted as a qualifying entry. Fair market value of raffle prize: $520.

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$100: Access to Our Moth Event 

The first TEN donors to give $100 will receive a pair of tickets to The Moth Mainstage and join us at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall for an evening of storytelling. Free tote bag upon ticket pickup at night of event. This incentive must be claimed by 12/6/2023.

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$200: Access to An Evening with Charles Yu on February 29, 2024

The first TEN donors to give between $200 and $249 will each receive a pair of tickets to An Evening with Charles Yu on February 29, 2024 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Literary Arts is proud to present an evening with the National Book Award for Fiction award-winning author of Interior Chinatown.

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$250: Two Spots in a Writing Class of Your Choice

The first TWO donors to give between $250 and $300 will each receive a spot in a writing class. Our classes allow students of all skill levels to achieve short-term and long-term goals and deepen their writing practice. Find our current schedule here

Note: this incentive cannot apply to the six-month screenwriting intensive or six-month short story intensive.

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$300: Two Spots in a Delve Reader Seminar of Your Choice

The first TWO donors to give between $300 and $500 will each receive a pair of spots in one of our Delve Seminars, which are discussion-based groups led by experienced scholars and are a perfect combination of a book group and a college English class. Find our current schedule here.

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$500: Spring 2024 Literary Arts Season Pass 

The first TWO donors to give $500 will each receive a pair of VIP tickets to Everybody Reads 2024 with Gabrielle Zevin, our annual youth poetry slam Verselandia!, and the Oregon Book Awards Ceremony AND a bundle of books and goodies.

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Tin House is a publisher of award-winning books of literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; home to a renowned workshop and seminar series; and partner of a critically acclaimed podcast, Tin House champions writing that is artful, dynamic, and original.

$30,459 raised of $30,000 goal
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Year Founded: 1984

Tax ID: 930909494

Literary Arts is in the Creative Expression category which is sponsored by The Oregon Cultural Trust.

They're a large-sized organization with activities in Multnomah Co.

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