EKPHRASTIC WORLDBUILDING (GRADES 9-12)

In this workshop, we’ll learn how to build a fictional world and add texture to imaginary settings. Whether our story takes place on a modern-day Earth or on a planet […]

WRITING POETRY FROM ART (GRADES 9-12)

In this workshop, we’ll discover parallels between visual and written art, and use pieces in the museum collection to inspire poetry. Our activities will include practicing imagery, form, metaphor, and […]

Pop-Up: NBF presents Charif Shanahan & Justin Torres

2023 National Book Award nominees Charif Shanahan and Justin Torres pop-up with a reading in the Portland Art Museum galleries. Shanahan will share his poetry collection, Trace Evidence, and Torres will share his novel, Blackouts.

Pop-Up: Matthew Zapruder

Matthew Zapruder pops-up with a reading in the Portland Art Museum galleries with his memoir Story of a Poem.

Pop-Up: Brennan DeFrisco

Brennan DeFrisco pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with his poetry collection Honeysuckle & Nightshade.

Pop-Up: Matilda Bickers

Matilda Bickers pops-up with a reading in the Portland Art Museum galleries with the collection Working On It: Sex Workers on the Work of Sex.

Pop-Up: Mary Rechner

Mary Rechner pops-up for a reading in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her short story collection Marrying Friends. 

Pop-Up: Nicole Chung

Nicole Chung pops-up for a reading in the Portland Art Museum galleries with the YA adoptee anthology When We Become Ours and her memoir A Living Remedy.

Pop-Up: Joshua James Amberson

Joshua James Amberson pops-up for a reading in the Portland Art Museum galleries with his collection Staring Contest: Essays About Eyes.

Pop-Up: Tim Lane

Tim Lane pops-up for a reading in the Portland Art Museum galleries with his thriller, The Neighbors We Want.

Pop-Up: Zaji Cox

Zaji Cox pops-up for a reading in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her memoir-in-essays collection Plums for Months. 

Pop-Up: Shilo Niziolek

Shilo Niziolek pops-up for a reading in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her memoir, Fever. 

Pop-Up: Charity E. Yoro

Charity E. Yoro pops-up for a reading in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her poetry collection ten-cent flower & other territories.

Pop-Up: Jazmina Barrera

Jazmina Barrera pops-up for a bilingual reading in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her debut novel Cross-Stitch. 

Pop-Up: Rebecca Clarren

Rebecca Clarren pops-up for a reading in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her book The Cost of Free Land: Jews, Lakota, and an American Inheritance.

Pop-Up: Carla Crujido

Carla Crujido pops-up for a reading in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her short story collection The Strange Beautiful.

Writing Books for Kids

A conversation about the process of creating children’s books with authors Andrea Beaty, Amy Seto Forrester, Andy Griffiths, and Joanna Ho, with moderator Carrie Tillotson.

Illustrator Drawoff: Chapter Two

Picture book and middle grade illustrators face off in a live drawing competition. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry with laughter, you’ll cheer as Breena Bard, Ben Clanton, Jim Di Bartolo, Shawn Harris, Andy Chou Musser, and Salina Yoon face off at the drawing easel. Host and emcee Aron Nels Steinke.

Illustrator Drawoff: Chapter One

Picture book and middle grade illustrators face off in a live drawing competition. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry with laughter, you’ll cheer as Cátia Chien, Charise Mericle Harper, Pedro Martín, Nikkolas Smith, and Zachary Sterling face off at the drawing easel. Host Jonathan Hill

Family Bonds: Safiya Sinclair & Jane Wong

Safiya Sinclair’s memoir is the the stunning story of her struggle to break free of her rigid Rastafarian upbringing, ruled by her father’s strict patriarchal views and repressive control of her childhood, to find her own voice as a woman and poet. Jane Wong’s incandescent, exquisitely written memoir is about family, food, girlhood, resistance, and growing up in a Chinese American restaurant on the Jersey shore. Moderated by Alicia Jo Rabins.

Unbroken: Angela Sterritt

A remarkable work of memoir and investigative journalism focusing on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, written by Angela Sterritt, an award-winning Gitxsan journalist who survived life on the streets against all odds. Sterritt will be interviewed by Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe.