Literary Arts is your gateway to the vibrant literary community of the Pacific Northwest. They offer transformative literary experiences at the concert hall, on the radio, and throughout the community that inspire readers, writers, students, and adults.
Their robust season of programming provides many opportunities for patrons to enjoy literature together. Portland Arts & Lectures series, America’s largest literary lecture series, welcomes names such as The New York Times bestselling authors George Saunders and Viet Thanh Nguyen. Their Delve Readers Seminars invite dynamic discussion, emulating both a compelling college English course and a casual book club. Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships supports local writers and publishers, and their Youth Programs serve 4,000 public high school students with a variety of literary opportunities, including semester-long creative writing courses taught by professional writers.
Of all Literary Arts’ offerings, the highly anticipated event that anchors each year is Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival. This daylong event strengthens our community by promoting thought-provoking literature by local and national authors, engaging local writers to teach workshops, and providing literary programming for readers of all ages and interests.
The thousands of patrons who partake in Literary Arts events are a testament to the civic value of literature, reminding us that stories can deepen our understanding of the world and people around us. Author Louise Erdrich has praised the organization as “a model of community responsiveness that generates true intellectual excitement. Conducted with panache and jubilance, the programming sets the bar for excellence.” We couldn’t agree more!