Friday, March 12, 2010

Spotlighted Literary Events

Mar. 13th, 3:00 pm: Join Alan Dubinsky and the growing team of Indigo Editing & Publications for the first Mini-Sledgehammer Writing Contest of 2010. After a reading by Dubinsky—the winner of the last year's Sledgehammer Writing Contest—the audience will receive prompts and have 36 minutes to write their own short stories. All entries will be judged on the spot and winners will take home prizes. The Mini-Sledgehammer is free and open to the public. This event is hosted at Sweetpea Baking Company (1205 SE Stark, Portland).

Mar. 15th, 5:00 pm: Powell's Books presents the third annual Smallpressapalooza, a five-hour reading marathon featuring both zine authors and writers working with independent publishers. With over a dozen speakers, this year's line-up includes poets, artists, novelists, publishers, and zinesters. The Portland Mercury provides a peak at a few of the selected speakers. The writers will gather at Powell's City of Books on Burnside (1005 W Burnside, Portland).

Mar. 18th, 7:00 pm: Oregon author Martha Gies and Jules Boykoff, Associate Professor of Political Science at Pacific University, present "'We're going to defend ourselves': The Portland chapter of the Black Panther Party & local media response." Special guests Kent Ford and Percy Hampton, original members of the Portland chapter of the Black Panther Party, will also help lead the discussion of Portland's political past. Sponsored by the Northwest History Network, this lecture will be at the Architectural Heritage Center (701 SE Grand, Portland).

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