Looking for something fun AND literary to do this month? Check out these events:
December 4th, 7:30p – WITS Student Anthology Reading @ Powell’s Burnside (free)
In 2011-2012, Writers in the Schools (WITS), a program of Literary Arts, hired 21 writers to teach creative writing in 44 public high-school classes in Portland. Students read and wrote poems, plays, fiction, creative nonfiction, and comic arts. Join us for a celebratory reading from the newest WITS anthology, There Is a Fire/Que Hay un Fuego.
December 9th, 7p – Studio Series Poetry @ Stonehenge Studios (free)
Featured readers are Dennis McBride and Dennis Bernstein
December 11th, 7:30p – Calvin Trillin @ Powell’s Burnside (free)
For 40 years, Calvin Trillin has committed funniness all over the place — in the New Yorker, in one-man off-Broadway shows, in his “Deadline Poetry” for the Nation, and more. Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin (Random House) features the best of his humor and organizes it into topics such as high finance and the literary life. In Dogfight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse (Random House), Trillin satirically skewers Obama and all his Republican challengers.
December 14th, 4:30p – Book Fan Friday @ Powell’s Cedar Hills (free)
Book Fan Friday is a workshop for kids 10 to 18 years old who love to write. This month, author/illustrator Barry Deutsch will talk about creating comics and graphic novels. Join us.
Until December 16th – A Poet’s Letters: The Correspondence of William Stafford @ Central Library (free)
Poet William Stafford (1914-1993), National Book Award winner and United States Poet Laureate, was one of the last of the generation of writers who greatly valued the preservation of correspondence. This exhibition draws from some 30,000 original letters housed at the William Stafford Archives at Lewis & Clark College, where Stafford taught for 30 years. The letters illustrate the many facets of a successful and productive writing life.
Correspondence on exhibit includes exchanges with editors, trade and fine press publishers, illustrators, academic colleagues, writers of all ages seeking advice, and fellow poets (among them, Marvin Bell, Robert Bly, Gerard Burns, James Dickey, Donald Hall, Lawson Inada, John Haines, Richard Hugo, Ted Kooser, Philip Levine, W.S. Merwin, Naomi Shihab Nye and James Wright).
December 20th to February 3 – Minuscule & Movable: An Exhibition of Pocket-Sized & Pop-Up Books @ Central Library (free)
In the world of book arts, there are two kinds that are among the most charming: small books and pop-ups. Both genres test the limit of bookmaking. Small books at times appear exactly like their oversize relatives having fine bindings and gilded-edged pages but with miniscule texts and images. Pop-ups appear as regular books until they are opened and their movable pieces reveal delightful three-dimensional surprises. Some smaller books were originally made for portability or to accommodate the small hands of children, while others were made small because their content was controversial and they needed to be easily concealed. Pop-ups bring images to life as three-dimensional models hidden inside the pages of a book but are also made simply to entertain.
Have a literary event you’d like to publish here? Do you know of a fun event that’s missing from this list? Please comment on this post & I’ll update for our readers.