Literary Arts of Oregon has focused its monthly reading series onto the fitting themes of “Repair/ Rebuild” for the month of March. Hosted by Vinnie Kinsella and Jennifer Perrine, the Incite: Queer Writers Read will feature readings from diverse writers, hoping to convey the conversations and stories of the Queer community, as well as inform the greater public. Writers Ajai Terrazas Tripathi, Megan Alpert, Natashia Minto, and Daniel Gyu will delve into their work in terms of rebuilding, followed by a fostered discussion for deeper understanding on March 10th at 7PM PST. Please register in advance for this event by clicking here.
Oregon State University graduate Ajai Terrazas Tripathi has worked as a playwright, actor, director, and producer. In addition to writing three multilingual shows ¡Corre! ¡Corre!, Sueños de Fútbol, and Mijita Fridita, Tripathi aims to make theatre and the arts more accessible in marginalized communities.
Megan Alpert, recipient of the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Orlando Poetry Prize and Airlie Prize, will read selections from her award winning pieces. Her first book of poetry, The Animal at Your Side, subverts classical structures of literary form to urge readers to cherish things found “in weirdness, queerness, the ecstatic, and the erotic”.
Acclaimed author Natashia Minto, draws upon the traumas of her adolescence to ultimately rediscover herself in the healing pursuit of writing. Her memoir, Naked: The Rhythm and Groove of It. The Depth and Length to It, an honest yet poetic exploration of identity proves how we are always reinventing ourselves, so that we may continue to grow.
Activist and artist Daniel Gyu (he,they), will use his experience and role in the queer community to faciliate connections between the readings and prompt further dialogue. Daniel has also contributed to the production of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Arts Festival and the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon’s East Portland Arts and Literary Festival.
Monday, March 8, 7:30pm EST -- Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center
The Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center is presenting a unique and interactive experience for fiction writers in their free weekly community writing workshops. Hosted by CSU Postcolonial Literature Assistant Professor, Raquel Baker, participants are asked to bring 2-3 pages of original fiction for constructive feedback and critique in a like minded community. To register for this week’s event, click here.
Tuesday, March 9, 7:00pm EST -- University of Vermont
Join author and surrealist illustrator Joy Houlder for a virtual reading of her children’s book, Calvin Dreams: And that He Will Be Bigger than the Moon! Houlder published this book in hopes of including more diverse representation in the genre of children’s literature. In addition to the reading, attendees will also get to participate in a conversation regarding inclusion for young black readers. For more information about this event, click here.
Thursday, March 11, 7:00pm EST -- The PEN/Faulkner Foundation
This installment of Literary Conversations tackles the idea of refuge, seeking safety, and the search for home and identity with authors Aleksandar Hemon and Abdi Nor Iftin, and moderator Matthew Davis. This talk will challenge preconceptions on pressing issues like immigration and their influence on society and literature today. Click here to register.