This Week is Lit

This week, Literary Arts is highlighting the voices and experiences of BIPOC creators as a part of their bimonthly reading series. Focused on the theme of “visions”, featured writers Valerie Yvette Peterson and Juan Antonio Trujillo will offer story readings of their recent works. Click here to register for this event.

Playwright and poet Valerie Yvette Peterson focuses her vision on the collective stories of women of color. The Portland native has performed her various plays and prose all over the country, and now joins Literary Arts for a reading of her debut book, Fruits of Our Labor-My Words, My Harvest: A Compilation of Poetry and Prose. Her work has appeared in Kontrol Magazine,, Wild Sound Festival Review, Ethically Immoral Podcast, Portland Observer Magazine, and the LA Poets Society Press’s Voices for Justice Anthology.

Her book, a complex collection of short stories and poetry details the deep generational idiosyncrasies that exist in communities of color. How do the harsh realities of our society reconcile with these relationships? “Each poem and story are complete in itself; collectively they create an [intricate] tapestry,” as Peterson urges readers to find their own voice.

In addition, Portland based writer and filmmaker Juan Antonio Trujillo will also be reading from his selection of bilingual poems. Juan Antonio Trujillo is a retired university educator currently working on a documentary about the lives of queer Latino men. Influenced by his own background, he plans to speak on the importance of creative writing and his role supporting diverse communities. 

After listening to selected readings, the event will open up to a short Q&A/ discussion. For more information on this event please click here.  

More Literary Events

Monday, February 22, 6:00pm EST -- Brooklyn Public Library 

The Brooklyn Public Library will be hosting an “Author Talk” virtual event with New York Tiems bestselling author, Noami Klein for a reading of her empowering new book, How to Change Everything: The Young Human’s Guide to Protecting the Planet and Each Other. Through the inspiring stories from worldwide young environmental leaders, Klein issues a call to action in the fight for climate justice that will make you take a genuine look at the state of our planet. To register for this event, click here.

Thursday, February 25, 5:00pm EST -- Zell Visiting Writers Series, University of Michigan

The Zell Visiting Writers Series of the University of Michigan is presenting a reading and Q&A with award winning author, Jericho Brown. Brown will read from his Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poems, The Tradition. Click here for more information.