Okay, okay. I haven't used this blog in two years! Even though no one used blogs anymore because it's mostly social media these days, I have some plans to dust this one off and start posting once a week. That's not going to happen quite yet, but to help get it warmed up again, I wanted to post about how this December, 50% of all proceeds from purchases in my store will be donated to Literary Arts.
Why Literary Arts? Well, here's their mission statement from their website, with some more background:
The mission of Literary Arts is to engage readers, support writers, and inspire the next generation with great literature.
Find your story here.
Literary Arts is a community-based nonprofit literary center located in downtown Portland, with a 32-year history of serving Oregon’s readers and writers. Our programs include Portland Arts & Lectures, one of the country’s largest lecture series; Oregon Book Awards & Fellowships, which celebrates Oregon’s writers and independent publishers; Youth Programs, which inspires students to write, revise, edit, publish, and perform their own creative writing; and Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival, which builds community around literature through author events, workshops, a book fair, and more. We also host guided discussion groups around great works of literature through a program called Delve.
I was a writer-in-residence with Youth Programs' Writers in the School program from 2012-2015 and have served on the Youth Programs Advisory Council the last two years. You can actually see some of the work I've done with them documented on their blog:
Over these last six years, both working for and volunteering for Literary Arts, as well as attending numerous events they host, I've had the joy of seeing the impact that Literary Arts has on people firsthand, particularly students.
Whether it's at one of their smaller school readings for the residencies, that you can see in those links above, at the Wordstock Book Festival, or at Verselandia, when you see students who have been told that their voice is important and they have been provided the tools and venue to speak that voice, it's amazing.
You won't find a kinder, more dedicated group of people. Of all the organizations that I have had the honor of working with around Portland, Literary Arts is the best of the best.
I want them to keep doing what they do! If you want to pick up one of my last few copies of Americus, missed out on the Unversed Kickstarter and would like to pick up a copy, or missed out on my last publication, My Brother the Dragon, you can do so now and support this wonderful organization.
What are you waiting for? Head over to my online store!