Twice a year, in May and December, Write Around Portland holds readings featuring participants in our free community writing workshops. Our readings promote respect for diverse groups and provide an opportunity to hear the powerful stories of gifted writers in our workshops. Few Portland events include so many diverse voices.
Readings are free, ADA-accessible and open to the public.
Raise Your Pen
Thank You to Everyone Who Cozied Up to Join Us for Raise Your Pen!
Thank you again to everyone who joined us for our virtual 2021 Raise Your Pen event! We heard from Write Around Portland writers; wrote together in small groups led by our trained facilitators; heard from slam poet and Write Around Portland Board Member Marisol Tawadros; and felt inspired by the power of writing to connect us and heal us. Together, we surpassed our goal and raised $48,300 to support mental health, reduce isolation and amplify stories we need to hear.
Relive the magic by checking out the event videos on our YouTube channel. There you will find:
- Slam Poem, “Rainbows,” by Marisol Tawadros
- Readings from 6 Featured Writers
- “Saudade” Keynote Speech by Executive Director, Elizebett (Liz) Eslinger
- 2021 Raise Your Pen Appeal Video