Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient: Matthew Robinson

Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient: Matthew Robinson

We’re excited to be featuring the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship recipients on our blog this spring! The applications for 2017 fellowships are due Friday, June 24, 2016 and you can read the guidelines and download an application by clicking here. 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient Matthew Robinson Category Fiction Bio Matthew Robinson’s words have appeared in War Stories 2015 (Blue Skirt Press),…

WITS Residency: Cooper Lee Bombardier at Grant High School

WITS Residency: Cooper Lee Bombardier at Grant High School

WITS recently visited Grant High School to document writer Cooper Lee Bombardier’s work with students in Dylan Leeman’s ninth grade writing workshop. It was Friday morning and students joked and chatted as they took their seats in a classroom with bright yellow walls hung with student artwork–specifically, hilarious Shakespearian insults. On the board at the front…

Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient: Sonja Thomas

Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient: Sonja Thomas

We’re excited to be featuring the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship recipientson our blog this spring! The applications for 2017 fellowships are due Friday, June 24, 2016 and you can read the guidelines and download an application by clicking here. 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient Sonja Thomas Category Young Readers Bio Sonja Thomas is a recovering CPA who writes for children of all…

WITS Reading for Franklin HS at Bipartisan Café

WITS Reading for Franklin HS at Bipartisan Café

[by Molly Simas] On May 17, family and friends of Franklin HS students crowded into SE Portland’s Bipartisan Café for a reading of student work, celebrating the conclusion of spring WITS residencies at Franklin. As they waited for the event to start, attendees enjoyed Bipartisan’s tasty pies and Italian sodas, seated at tables beneath kitschy,…

Phil Knight Visits Cleveland High School

Phil Knight Visits Cleveland High School

[by WITS Intern Niko Rivas] Last Wednesday, Writers in the Schools brought Nike creator Phil Knight to his alma mater, Cleveland High School, for an author visit. In a pair of black Air Max sneakers, Knight returned to his old campus and made his way to the school library. For the discussion, Knight was joined by…

Delve Seminar Summary: The Works of Mohsin Hamid

Delve Seminar Summary: The Works of Mohsin Hamid

[by Kaye Exo] This very stimulating seminar, facilitated by Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, considered two novels—The Reluctant Fundamentalist and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia—and a few essays by Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid. Hamid was one of five authors in Literary Arts’ 2015-2016 Portland Arts & Lectures series, and he spoke at the Arlene Schnitzer…

Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient: Siobhan Ruby McConnell

Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient: Siobhan Ruby McConnell

We’re excited to be featuring the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship recipients on our blog this spring! The applications for 2017 fellowships are due Friday, June 24, 2016 and you can read the guidelines and download an application by clicking here.   2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient Siobhan “Ruby” McConnell Category Literary Nonfiction Bio Siobhan Ruby McConnell is a registered geologist, environmental educator,…

Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient: John Brehm

Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient: John Brehm

We’re excited to be featuring the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship recipients on our blog this spring! The applications for 2017 fellowships are due Friday, June 24, 2016 and you can read the guidelines and download an application by clicking here. 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient John Brehm Category poetry Bio John Brehm is the author of Help Is On the Way and…

Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient: E.M. Lewis

Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient: E.M. Lewis

We’re excited to be featuring the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship recipients on our blog this spring! The applications for 2017 fellowships are due Friday, June 24, 2016 and you can read the guidelines and download an application by clicking here. 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship Recipient E.M. Lewis Category Drama Bio E.M. Lewis is an award-winning playwright and librettist. She received the Steinberg…

WITS Reading for Meek ProTech HS

WITS Reading for Meek ProTech HS

[by Niko Rivas] Last Wednesday, 12 high school students gathered in their neighborhood café for the Writers in the Schools student reading. Miss Zumstein Bakery & Coffee Shop was warm and inviting; watercolors of animals filled the walls, a periwinkle cake—emblazoned with doves and Prince’s “Love Symbol”—stirred joy in any pastry case passerby, and a brick…