Literary Arts has a 37-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 write, revise, edit, publish, and perform their own creative writing; Portland Book Festival which builds community around literature through author events, workshops, a book fair, and more; and Delve, a series of discussion groups led by experienced scholars that engage readers in exploring challenging books.
Our work builds a more inclusive and empathetic community by providing the space for diverse voices to be heard. Storytelling and literature asks 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. 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 connection and discussion around the most important issues of the day.
Bottom Line for Portland
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. A donation to our organization will enable us to support, promote, and celebrate Oregon’s writers and publishers through the Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships program; inspire public high school students to write, revise, publish, and perform their own creative writing through Youth Programs; bring the world’s most celebrated writers, artists, and thinkers to Oregon to engage with our community in Portland Arts & Lectures; and build community around literature through the Portland Book Festival.
"Literary Arts is exciting, inspiring, invigorating, exhilarating. The air around it crackles -- this is literary engagement at its very best, proving the vitality and importance of storytelling in the community. What a delight to take part in it!" - Susan Orlean, 2019/2020 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.
CLAIMED $500: 21/22 Literary Arts Season Pass
A pair of VIP tickets to Everybody Reads 2022 with Mira Jacob on March 10, 2022, our annual youth poetry slam Verselandia! on April 28, and the Oregon Book Awards Ceremony in Spring 2022. Included in this package is a copy of Mira Jacob's book Good Talk, a copy of the 2021 OBA winner The Great Offshore Grounds by Vanessa Veselka, and a nice bottle of wine hand delivered to you!
–Limit 1 (must be 21+)
CLAIMED $300: Two spots in a Delve Readers Seminar of your choice.
These seminars are a perfect combination of a book group and a college English class. Find our current schedule here
$200: Access to our Moth Event
Receive a pair of tickets to The Moth Mainstage and join us at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall for an evening of storytelling on Tuesday, December 14. This incentive must be claimed before Friday, December 10.
$75: Literary Arts Tote Bag
Receive a Literary Arts tote bag.
$25: Literary Arts enamel pin
Receive a limited edition Find Your Story pin.
Donate on December 16 to be entered to win our Tin House Holiday package filled with over 25 titles from their catalogue!