Poets on Broadway

Literary Arts and Portland’5 Centers for the Arts are partnering to present Poets on Broadway – a free poetry series hosted by Portland'5. Three poetry events will be presented February – April 2018 in the Antoinette Hatfield Hall Rotunda. All readings are free and open to the public and take place on Mondays beginning at 7:30pm. Each evening’s readings will feature national and local poets as well as local high school students.


February 12, 2018  Javier Zamora and Stephanie Adams Santos

March 12, 2018  Jane Wong with Shayla Lawson

April 9, 2018  Forrest Gander and Joe Wilkins

*Schedule subject to change

All readings begin at 7:30pm in the Antoinette Hatfield Hall Rotunda- located at 1111 SW Broadway Ave., Portland, OR 97205. The ArtBar & Bistro will be open with food and drinks available to purchase.

On Monday, February 12, the series opens with Javier Zamora and Stephanie Adams-Santos.

Javier Zamora is the author of Unaccompanied (Copper Canyon, 2017). This dramatic and hope-filled poetry debut humanizes the highly charged and polarizing rhetoric of border-crossing; assesses borderland politics, race, and immigration on a profoundly personal level; and simultaneously remembers and imagines a birth country that’s been left behind. Zamora is a 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and is a 2016 Ruth Lilly/Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow. He holds fellowships from CantoMundo, MacDowell, Macondo, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Yaddo. In 2016, Barnes and Noble granted him the Writers for Writers Award for his work in the Undocupoets Campaign. 

Stephanie Adams-Santos is a 2017 Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient. She is a Guatemalan-American writer, educator, and tarot reader, and the author of Swarm Queen’s Crown (Fathom Books, 2017), and several chapbooks, including Little Fugues (Sola Books, 2015) and The Sundering (Poetry Society of America, 2009), which was selected by Linda Gregg as winner of the New York Chapbook Fellowship. Adams-Santos’ poems have appeared in many print and online journals and magazines, including Guernica Magazine, The Boston Review, and Orion.

The reading on Monday, March 12 features Jane Wong and Shayla Lawson.

Jane Wong is the author of Overpour (Action Books, 2016).  Her poems have appeared in places such as Best American Poetry 2015, Best New Poets 2012, Pleiades, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The VoltaTupelo Quarterly, and others. She is a Kundiman fellow and has received fellowships and scholarships from the U.S. Fulbright Program, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Squaw Valley, and the Fine Arts Work Center.  She is a professor at Pacific Lutheran University.

Shayla Lawson is a 2017 Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient and the author of three poetry collections: A Speed Education in Human Being (Sawyer House Press, 2013), PANTONE (Miel, 2016), and the forthcoming I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean (Saturnalia Books, 2018).  Her work has appeared in Guernica, Colorado Review, The Journal, Indiana Review, and MiPOesias. She is the former Nonfiction Editor of Indiana Review.  

The final reading on Monday, April 9, features Forrest Gander and Joe Wilkins.

Forrest Gander is a writer, translator, and editor of several anthologies of writing from Spain and Mexico. His 2011 poetry collection Core Samples from the World (New Directions) was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books include two novels, the poetry collections Eye Against EyeTorn Awake, Science & Steepleflower; and the essay collection Faithful Existence: Reading, Memory & Transcendence. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim, Howard, United States Artists, and Whiting Foundations.

Joe Wilkins is the 2017 Oregon Book Award winner of the Stafford/Hill prize in poetry for his book, When We Were Birds (University of Arkansas Press, 2016), part of the Millers Williams Poetry Prize Series, edited by Billy Collins. He is the author of two other poetry collections, several nonfiction books and a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers (Counterpoint, 2013). His essays, poems, and stories have appeared in a host of magazines and literary journals, including The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, OrionThe SunThe Utne Reader and Slate. He teaches at Linfield College in McMinnville.

Founded in 1984, Literary Arts is a community-based nonprofit literary organization dedicated to 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; our 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.

The Portland'5 Centers for the Arts Foundation is dedicated to ensuring a strong cultural arts presence in the community by supporting Portland'5 Centers for the Arts through advocacy, fundraising and region-wide community outreach.