Ursula K. Le Guin Visits Dallas

Ursula K. Le Guin Ursula K. Le Guin appeared at the Dallas Civic Center on Tuesday, April 22, as part of the Oregon Book Awards Author Tour. Le Guin is the 2014 winner of the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction for her selected short stories The Unreal and The Real. This…

“When I Say Poetry, You Say Slam!” at Franklin HS

[by WITS Intern Jamie Carr] On Tuesday, students, teachers, and parents gathered in the Franklin High School library to hear the school’s third annual poetry slam. Franklin’s slam is one of many taking place at local high schools this month in preparation for Verselandia!, the all-PPS High School Poetry Slam hosted by Literary Arts. The top two…

Join us for a WITS Spring Reading!

We’re excited to announce the spring schedule for our WITS student readings! Thanks so much to our community partners for providing great local venues for students to showcase their work in front of a supportive audience! Wednesday, May 7, 5:00 p.m. Roosevelt High School at Cathedral Coffee (7530 N. Willamette Blvd)   Tuesday, May 13, 6:30…

Julia Alvarez visits Benson High School

About fifty students from Ilsa Bruer’s classes at Benson High School gathered to hear renowned Latina author  Julia Alvarez  talk about her work and life as a writer. These students were reading her novel In the Time of the Butterflies and had lots of questions about Alvarez’s inspiration, process, and the real-life Mirabal sisters. Alvarez explained that…

30th Anniversary season of Portland Arts & Lectures announced

Since 1984, Portland Arts & Lectures has brought the world’s most celebrated writers, artists, and thinkers to Oregon. In addition to live events that are broadcast statewide on OPB radio, the program connects readers and writers of all ages with classroom visits and workshops. The 2014/2015 Portland Arts & Lectures Season: James McBride (The Good…

Vern Rutsala 1934-2014

Literary Arts is saddened to hear of Vern Rutsala’s passing. Rutsala was a nationally recognized poet, the 2014 recipient of the CES Wood Award for an “enduring and substantial career”, and a friend to our organization. Rutsala won the Stafford/Hall Award for poetry in 1992 for his Selected Poems, and was a finalist in 1987,…

WITS Reading for Meek Pro-Tech HS at Miss Zumstein’s

Thanks to Miss Zumstein’s Bakery & Coffee Shop, there were delicious baked goods and teas to accompany the powerful student work shared at the WITS Reading for Meek Pro-Tech High School. Students in Amy Taramasso and Tom Kane’s class worked with WITS writer Laura Moulton on poems and prose, which they shared with an audience…

Tobias Wolff to be presented with OSU’s Stone Award

Wolff will be presented with the Stone Award at the Portland Art Museum on May 21, and will visit the OSU campus in Corvallis on May 22 to give a public reading. Click here for more information. Acclaimed author Tobias Wolff is the second winner of Oregon State University’s Stone Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement.…

Delve Seminar Summaries: Crime and Punishment Week 6

[by Phillip Coates] As opposed to reviewing what we have read thus far, this week started from the end and we worked our way backwards. One of the first questions we had was, what was the purpose of the epilogue? Throughout the later-added ending the tone alters, the writing style shifts, and the message most…

Delve Seminar Summaries: Crime and Punishment Week 5

[by Phillip Coates] The discussion this week began with a review of sorts, of how far we have come with these characters, and how far we still have yet to go. We retraced the footsteps of the murder and subsequent fallout by discussing the discoveries we have experienced as opposed to what we expected to…