Portland Arts & Lectures

UPDATED COVID-19 ATTENDANCE POLICY

All ticket holders, regardless of age, are required to show proof of full COVID vaccination or a negative test result (within 48 hours) from a healthcare provider for entry into the theatre. “Fully vaccinated” means that ticket holders have received their final vaccination dose of either the two-dose regimen of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of Johnson & Johnson at least 14 days before your performance date.

Also, in accordance with state and local guidelines, face masks are required for entry. Masks must completely cover nose and mouth. Gaiters and bandanas are not acceptable. If wearing a face mask that does not comply with Metro policy, Portland’5 will provide a face mask for patrons. Masks must be worn at all times except while eating or drinking for brief periods. Prolonged periods of mask removal are not permitted for eating or drinking – masks must be worn between bites and sips.

All Literary Arts staff and volunteers are fully vaccinated.

Read Literary Arts’ full vaccination policy here.


Literary Arts presents the 37th annual Portland Arts & Lectures. Join us for five unforgettable nights featuring some of the world’s best authors, giving original talks at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Tickets start at just $90 for the five-part lectures series. All events are scheduled for in-person at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, however all subscriptions come with a full digital pass should you prefer to watch from home. Please contact our Box Office at 503-227-2583 ext 2, or email la@literary-arts.org with any questions.

Portland Arts & Lectures 2021/22 Season

  • Daniel James Brown | October 14, 2021
  • Cathy Park Hong | January 27, 2022
  • Brit Bennett | February 17, 2022
  • Richard Powers | April 21, 2022
  • Edwidge Danticat | May 12, 2022

For more information about each lecture, please visit the event pages listed below.

Join Literary Arts for another five-part season of engaging talks from some of the world’s best writers and thinkers.

Series subscription ($90 - $355) available at Literary Arts: https://literary-arts.org/product/pal/

Since 1984, Portland Arts & Lectures has brought leading authors, historians, artists and critics to our community to discuss their work and the trajectory of contemporary culture, connecting readers and writers of all ages in a spirit of intellectual curiosity and engagement with events, classroom visits, and forums. Portland Arts & Lectures brings the world’s most celebrated writers, artists and thinkers to our community. Five preeminent voices of contemporary literature are coming to the stage of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall for one-night only presentations and you are invited.

Portland Arts & Lectures is a program of Literary Arts, a community-based nonprofit literary center located in downtown Portland, with a 35-year history of serving Oregon’s readers and writers.