The Writers Place

The Writers Place is a literary community center, library, and gathering place for writers, readers, and the general public. The center hosts workshops for teens and adults, as well as readings and open mic nights. In addition to three regular reading series, additional readings are held throughout the year by local, regional, and visiting writers of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.

Passages Bookshop

Passages Bookshop & Gallery specializes in unusual, fine, and rare books and graphic art, focusing on poetry, modern art and literature, fine printing and artist’s books, and related materials. They host readings, book launches, music, and receptions for artists.

Passages Bookshop

Newmark Theatre

The Newmark Theatre, located in Antoinette Hatfield Hall at the Portland’5 Centers for the Arts, is an 880-seat theater that hosts theater productions, concerts, author readings and talks, literary events, lectures and discussions, and other events throughout the year.

Newmark Theatre

Mother Foucault’s Bookshop

Mother Foucault’s Bookshop is a serious book lover’s haven with a curated collection of literature, philosophy, literary criticism, foreign language books, and more. They regularly host literary events such as readings, talks, panels, and performances.

Lan Su Chinese Garden

Lan Su Chinese Garden is a nonprofit botanical garden that frequently hosts a variety of workshops, classes, lectures and readings, performances, and exhibits. During the year, members and visitors alike have the opportunity to experience a variety of activities, including Tea & Poetry, which enhance visitors’ understanding of Chinese culture and provide opportunities to learn and play. All activities, unless otherwise noted, are free with membership or admission.

Independent Publishing Resource Center

The Independent Publishing Resource Center’s mission is to facilitate creative expression, identity, and community by providing individual access to tools and resources for creating independently published media and artwork. Since its inception in 1998 the center has been dedicated to encouraging the growth of a visual and literary publishing community by offering a space to gather and exchange information and ideas, as well as to produce work. The IPRC regularly holds workshops, classes, talks, readings, performances, presentations, and book release events.

Powell’s Books on Hawthorne

Powell’s Books on Hawthorne is a smaller, more relaxed counterpart to Powell’s City of Books flagship location. Located in the heart of Southeast Portland, Powell’s Books on Hawthorne covers more than 10,000 square feet of retail space and offers more than 200,000 used and new books. They host lively author readings several times each week in the Tabor Room, and the Kids’ Room is a popular family destination for both locals and out-of-towners.

Bowery Poetry

Bowery Poetry is home to poets, writers, and artists of diverse talents and skill sets. The venue is run by Bowery Arts + Science, a nonprofit organization that encourages cooperation and advancement among artists and cultural workers, aims to develop and produce works by emerging poets and performers, and promote the exploration, improvement, and advancement of the arts as a changemaking force in society.

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Avid Bookshop (Five Points)

Avid Bookshop is a locally-owned, Athens, Georgia-based business. The original location opened on Prince Avenue in 2011, and their second location opened in Five Points in November 2016. The shops regularly hold events such as readings and book signings, kids’ story times, poetry nights, workshops with authors, and more. 

Avid Bookshop (Prince Avenue)

Avid Bookshop is a locally-owned, Athens, Georgia-based business. The original location opened on Prince Avenue in 2011, and their second location opened in Five Points in November 2016. The shops regularly hold events such as readings and book signings, kids’ story times, poetry nights, workshops with authors, and more. 

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