The Zeitgeist: Being a Writer of Color in Today’s Portland

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

6pm-8:30pm

PICA (Downtown Office)

In 2015, according to the recent U.S. Census Bureau data, 87.6% of people living in Portland were White. If you Google “Best Literary Cities” you’ll frequently find Portland on those “Best of…” lists both nationally and internationally.

What does it mean to be a writer of color in such a white space?

If we believe that art and language reflect culture, that art in response can influence culture, even, make culture, than what does it mean to live in a city where people of color have been historically missing from that conversation?

What does it mean to be a writer of color in Portland, OR, today?

Event Details:

• This event is FREE, all ages, and is ADA accessible.

• Everyone, whether you identify as a writer or not, is welcome to attend (please see below for specific details)

+ If you identify as a “person of color” (please look it up if you don’t know what this means), you are welcome to share your experiences and to speak-out in the salon-style conversation.

+ If you are a “person of color,” please feel free to bring books or articles you want to reference or share during the conversation, materials you want to give out about literary projects or reading series, books you have written and are selling, flyers, pamphlets, a typed-up list of books written by authors of color ¬– basically anything you want to share that will forefront and celebrate the literary and creative work by people of color!

+ If you identify as a “white person” or a “white ally” (please look it up if you don’t know what being an “ally” means) your participation consists of listening and holding space respectfully and silently for people of color to share their experiences.

• The conversation will start promptly at 6:30 pm, and will run for 1.5 hours. For the last 15-30 minutes, people of color will have a chance to promote their books, to highlight various projects led by people of color, and to make book and author recommendations to the group – anything that forefronts and celebrates the literary and creative work by people of color.

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