Apr
22
7:30 PM19:30

Oregon Book Awards - Finalist for the Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction

Join us for the 2019 Oregon Awards Ceremony, hosted by Cheryl Strayed on April 22 at the Gerding Theater at the Armory.

The Oregon Book Awards honor the state’s finest accomplishments by Oregon writers who work in genres of poetry, fiction, graphic literature, drama, literary nonfiction, and literature for young readers. Oregon Literary Fellowships provide financial support to Oregon’s emerging and established writers and publishers.

2019 OREGON BOOK AWARD FINALISTS

SARAH WINNEMUCCA AWARD FOR CREATIVE NONFICTION 
Judges: Amy Fusselman, Paul Lisicky, Terese Mailhot  

manuel arturo abreu, Incalculable Loss (Institute for New Connotative Action Press)
David Biespiel, The Education of a Young Poet  (Counterpoint Press) 
Apricot Irving, The Gospel of Trees (Simon & Schuster)
Dionisia Morales, Homing Instincts (OSU Press)
Meaghan O’Connell, And Now We Have Everything (Little Brown)

The winners will be announced live at the Ceremony on April 22.

For a list of the 2019 Finalists in all categories, and to buy tickets for the Oregon Book Awards, visit Literary-Arts.org

https://literary-arts.org/what-we-do/oba-home/

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May
19
4:00 PM16:00

Leach Botanical Garden: Lilla Lit reading, "Exile and Return"

A quarterly literary reading series at SE Portland’s Leach Botanical Garden featuring poetry, fiction, and nonfiction on the evening’s theme. Join us from 4–6 PM on the third Sundays of February, May, August, and November, for food, drink, books, nature, culture, community, and readings from Portland writers and beyond.

Whether it’s a winter reading held in the warmth of the Fireplace Room or a summer afternoon under the trees on the Manor House terrace, the landscape and environment of Leach Botanical Garden infuses each reading with beauty.

Admission is sliding scale, with a suggested donation of $10. Food and drink are served.

The series is named after botanist Lilla Leach who, with her husband John, created the house and garden that is today Leach Botanical Garden. Every aspect of Lilla’s life story is captivating—her adventures and discoveries, her dedication to exploration and education, and her long and loving relationship with John. It feels fitting that a reading series held in her home be a continuation of Lilla’s own story. 

www.lillalit.com

www.leachgarden.org

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Portland Book Festival 2018
Nov
10
3:15 PM15:15

Portland Book Festival 2018

  • Winningstad Theatre (Poetry Foundation Stage) (map)
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Sins of the Fathers: Memoirs of Inheritance

Who:

Jean Guerrero

Apricot Irving

Gregory Pardlo

Brian Evenson

When:November 10 @ 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Where:

Winningstad Theatre (Poetry Foundation Stage)
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

Three memoirs reckon with complicated family histories and the struggle to reconcile the past and the future. In Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir, Jean Guerrero delves deep into her family’s shadowy past as she investigates her father’s self-destructive and erratic behavior, straddling the border between truth and fantasy. The Gospel of Trees recounts Apricot Irving’s experience growing up a missionary’s daughter in Haiti, and her struggle to understand her father’s choices as an adult.  In Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America, Pulitzer Prize winner Gregory Pardlo learns to be a poet, a father, and a teacher as he grapples with the irresistible yet ruinous legacy of masculinity he inherited from his father. Moderated by Brian Evenson, author of A Collapse of Horses.

 

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Portland Book Festival 2018
Nov
10
1:30 PM13:30

Portland Book Festival 2018

I'm looking forward to spending the weekend in the company of these fabulous fellow writers.

The 2018 Portland Book Festival will feature 100+ authors presenting on 9 stagespop-up readings throughout the Portland Art Museum galleries, and 13 writing workshops. The festival includes activities for readers of all ages, an extensive book fair with 80+ vendorslocal food trucks, and partner events all weekend long.

Pop-up reading: Apricot Irving

Who:

Apricot Irving

When:November 10 @ 1:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Where:

Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205

Apricot Irving will read from her memoir, The Gospel of Trees. 

Irving is paired with Harvest by Michael Brophy; found in the Northwest Art on the 3rd floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.

 

 

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Baltimore: Mortified at Creative Alliance
Sep
22
6:00 PM18:00

Baltimore: Mortified at Creative Alliance

SAT SEP 22 | 6PM & 9PM | $20, $17 Members (+$3 At the door)

The wildly popular Mortified, produced by Alex Hewett and Adam Ruben, stars everyday adults sharing their most embarrassingly real teenage diary entries, poems, love letters, lyrics and locker notes ... in front of total strangers.

Hailed a "cultural phenomenon" by Newsweek and celebrated by This American Life, Entertainment Weekly, Time, Wired, The AV Club, The Today Show (twice), and beyond, Mortified celebrates stories revealed through the strange and extraordinary things we created as teens. 

Since 2002, Mortified has been curating teen angst artifacts from people like you. The project began when founder David Nadelberg discovered an unsent love letter he wrote us as a teenager. The letter sparked an idea and he sent an email to friends asking if anyone wanted to share their childhood writings on stage. That email went viral and soon, responses poured in from strangers near and far. Over a decade later, what started with a single letter transformed into a movement that included a range of participants (ad execs, architects, stand-ups, salesmen, writers, receptionists, actors, and attorneys) excited to "share the shame" from LA to DC to Amsterdam. We encourage people everywhere - even those with no interest in appearing on stage - to unearth the strange stuff they created as kids and share them with at least one person. You'd be surprised what you discover in the process.

Travel to this event was made possible by a generous grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council

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DC: Mortified at the Black Cat
Sep
21
8:00 PM20:00

DC: Mortified at the Black Cat

The wildly popular Mortified stars everyday adults sharing their most embarrassingly real teenage diary entries, poems, love letters, lyrics and locker notes ... in front of total strangers.

Hailed a "cultural phenomenon" by Newsweek and celebrated by This American Life, Entertainment Weekly, Time, Wired, The AV Club, The Today Show (twice), and beyond, Mortified celebrates stories revealed through the strange and extraordinary things we created as teens. 

Since 2002, Mortified has been curating teen angst artifacts from people like you. The project began when founder David Nadelberg discovered an unsent love letter he wrote us as a teenager. The letter sparked an idea and he sent an email to friends asking if anyone wanted to share their childhood writings on stage. That email went viral and soon, responses poured in from strangers near and far. Over a decade later, what started with a single letter transformed into a movement that included a range of participants (ad execs, architects, stand-ups, salesmen, writers, receptionists, actors, and attorneys) excited to "share the shame" from LA to DC to Amsterdam. We encourage people everywhere - even those with no interest in appearing on stage - to unearth the strange stuff they created as kids and share them with at least one person. You'd be surprised what you discover in the process.

Travel to this event was made possible by a generous grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

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Durham, NC: Reading and conversation with Krista Bremer
Sep
16
2:00 PM14:00

Durham, NC: Reading and conversation with Krista Bremer

  • Barnes & Noble at New Hope Commons (map)
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A reading from The Gospel of Trees and a conversation with Krista Bremer, fellow Rona Jaffe Writers' Awards recipient and associate publisher at The Sun magazine, author of A Tender Struggle.

Fifteen years ago, Krista Bremer, a California-bred feminist, surfer, and aspiring journalist, met Ismail Suayah, sincere, passionate, kind, yet from a very different world. One of eight siblings born in an impoverished fishing village in Libya, Ismail was raised a Muslim—and his faith informed his life. When Krista and Ismail made the decision to become a family, she embarked on a journey she never could have imagined, an accidental jihad: a quest for spiritual and intellectual growth that would open her mind and, more important, her heart.

Apricot Irving grew up as a missionary’s daughter in Haiti. Her father was an agronomist, a man who hiked alone into the hills with a macouti of seeds to preach the gospel of trees. Beautiful, poignant, and explosive, The Gospel of Trees is the story of a family crushed by ideals, and restored to kindness by honesty. Told against the backdrop of Haiti’s long history of intervention—often unwelcome—it grapples with the complicated legacy of those who wish to improve the world. Drawing from family letters, cassette tapes, journals, and interviews, it is an exploration of missionary culpability and idealism, told from within.

This event was made possible by a generous grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

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NYC: Rona Jaffe Foundation reading with the Brooklyn Book Festival
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

NYC: Rona Jaffe Foundation reading with the Brooklyn Book Festival

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 7 p.m.
KGB Bar Red Room-Admission Free

85 East 4th Street NYC

Ama Codjoe was raised in Youngstown, Ohio, with roots in Memphis and Accra. She has been awarded support from the Saltonstall and Cave Canem Foundations, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and MacDowell Colony. Her recent poems have appeared in Callaloo, Virginia Quarterly Review, Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. She is a two-time Pushcart nominee. In 2017, Ama was awarded a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award.

Meehan Crist is writer-in-residence in biological sciences at Columbia University. Previously she was editor at large at Nautilus and reviews editor at the Believer. Her work has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, The Nation, Tin House, Nautilus, Scientific American, and Science. Her awards include a 2015 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award and fellowships from MacDowell, The Blue Mountain Center, Ucross, and Yaddo. She is the host of Convergence: a show about the future.

Kristin Dombek is the author of The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism (FSG, 2016). Her essays and reviews can be found in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, Harper’s, Vice, and n+1, for whom she writes a philosophical advice column called The Help Desk. She is a MacDowell Fellow and the recipient of a 2013 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award and a n+1 Writer’s Fellowship. Originally from Indiana, she lives in New York City, and has taught at Queens College, Queens University of Charlotte, Princeton University, and New York University.

Apricot Irving is the author of The Gospel of Trees (Simon & Schuster, 2018), a memoir of a missionary’s daughter in Haiti, and has taught writing in Indonesia, Oregon, Ireland and the UK. She is the recipient of a 2012 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award and an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship, and her work has appeared in Granta and on This American Life

Travel to this event was made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

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May
20
7:00 PM19:00

Mortified Portland

 

"Witness a night of adults telling stories about their lives by sharing their most mortifying childhood artifacts (diaries, letters, lyrics, poems, home movies)… in front of total strangers."

http://getmortified.com/live/

If you're looking for an evening of cathartic laughter, this reading series does not disappoint. I'll be reading mortifying teenage diary entries from the missionary compound in Haiti, and I promise there will be at least one performer who confesses to a cringe-worthy moment that you thought you were alone in remembering. Tickets still available for May 19 at 9 p.m. and May 20 at 7 p.m. at the Alberta Rose. Mortified Portland - a night to celebrate having survived adolescence.

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Mortified Portland
May
19
9:00 PM21:00

Mortified Portland

 

"Witness a night of adults telling stories about their lives by sharing their most mortifying childhood artifacts (diaries, letters, lyrics, poems, home movies)… in front of total strangers."

 

If you're looking for an evening of cathartic laughter, this reading series does not disappoint. I'll be reading mortifying teenage diary entries from the missionary compound in Haiti, and I promise there will be at least one performer who confesses to a cringe-worthy moment that you thought you were alone in remembering. Tickets still available for May 19 at 9 p.m. and May 20 at 7 p.m. at the Alberta Rose. Celebrate with us: we survived adolescence.

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Apr
27
6:30 PM18:30

Portland State University: Apricot Irving and Kristin Kaye

  • Smith Memorial Student Union, Portland State University (map)
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A shared evening with a dear friend and fellow author, to include readings from our books and a conversation that will no doubt touch on loss, trees, and the writing process with Kristin Kaye, author of "Tree Dreams," and Apricot Irving, author of "The Gospel of Trees"--at our alma mater, the Portland State University MFA program.

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Mar
8
7:30 PM19:30

Portland: Book Launch at Powell's City of Books

In her compelling new memoir, The Gospel of Trees (Simon & Schuster), Apricot Irving recounts her childhood as a missionary's daughter in Haiti during a time of upheaval – both in the country and in her home. Beautiful, poignant, and explosive, The Gospel of Trees is the story of a family crushed by ideals, and restored to kindness by honesty. Told against the backdrop of Haiti's long history of intervention, it grapples with the complicated legacy of those who wish to improve the world and bears witness to the defiant beauty of an undefeated country.

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Feb
16
11:00 AM11:00

Interview with Publisher's Weekly Radio

In this lush, emotional debut memoir, Irving tells of her life as a missionary’s daughter in Haiti. Irving was born in California, but in 1982, at age six, her parents moved her and her sisters to Haiti. Years of destructive colonization had left Haiti with severe deforestation, and her father began an ambitious mission to plant trees. Irving unflinchingly evaluates the consequences of well-meaning humanitarian work, which often included the perpetuation of oppressive colonial structures. She writes, “There is, in colonial literature, a recurring image: a foreign man, emboldened by his authority and by the lack of accountability, takes on a native mistress as a token of both his unquestioned power and his affection.” Amid the poverty in Haiti, Irving finds a “more complicated world where sorrow and beauty lived under the same leaky roof.” There, Irving wrestled with the prescriptions of her Christian beliefs, ultimately discovering a deeper faith in something else—that of beauty. “Beauty, it seemed, had been here all along: a wild summons, a name for God that did not stick in my throat.” This is a beautiful memoir that shows how a family altered by its own ambitious philanthropy might ultimately find hope in their faith and love for each other, and for Haiti. 

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