In partnership with Oregon Public Broadcasting, Literary Arts is building a retrospective of some of the most engaging talks from the world’s best writers over the first 30 years of Portland Arts & Lectures in Portland. In conjunction with our 30th anniversary, Literary Arts is rolling out an archive of the most sought-after talks from our lecture series. Each month, we’ll be publishing new lectures available for streaming on this website for free. With over 250 original lectures by the most creative and articulate minds of our generation, these discussions offer special moments between world-famous authors and our local literary community.
Yaa Gyasi discusses her novels, Homegoing and Transcendent Kingdom, as well as the what and who have influenced her as both a reader and writer.
Joy Harjo, in conversation with Anis Mojgani
Joy Harjo discusses her recent projects as US Poet Laureate, plus crafting poetry and the importance of art, in this talk and conversation with Anis Mojgani.
Alison Bechdel, in conversation with Cheryl Strayed
Alison Bechdel discusses exercise, nature, creativity, and her graphic memoir The Secret to Superhuman Strength in this conversation with Cheryl Strayed.
Ross Gay: Everybody Reads 2021
Ross Gay shares his non-linear journey to becoming a poet, and the inspiration behind his essay collection The Book of Delights.
Hanif Abdurraqib, Clint Smith, & Anis Mojgani
Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani leads a conversation between poets Hanif Abdurraqib and Clint Smith, who discuss their recent nonfiction works.
2021 Oregon Book Awards
This special episode features the announcement of the 2021 Oregon Book Award winners, with hosts Elena Passarello and Omar El Akkad.
Hear the top literary figures of the 20/21st century
I love these podcasts. It is beautiful to hear the voices and ideas of these great thinkers and writers. It is the most satisfying talk program for me.