Wordstock Returns In 2015

Andrew Proctor, executive director of Literary Arts, recently announced that the popular Oregon book festival will become a program of his organization and relaunch in November 2015. Previously the festival organizers had suggested after taking 2014 off that they would move onto a a college campus and become more of a writing convention. Now it appears those plans have been changed.

“We will re-launch the festival Saturday, November 7, 2015 at the Portland Art Museum,” Proctor said in a recent email to Wordstock supporters. “I invite you to join the conversation about Wordstock, as you are all important stakeholders. Literary Arts values your feedback as we prepare for the year ahead. You can find important information on our website, as well as a form to contact Literary Arts directly. For the most current news and updates, follow Literary Arts on Facebook and Twitter.”

In an earlier press release, it also was announced that Powell’s Books will be a community partner of the festival. Emily Powell said, “We believe that Literary Arts’ stewardship of Wordstock will bring a vibrant, world-class literary festival to Portland, one that delves deeply into Oregon’s rich community history and connects to a global literary conversation.”

Founded in 1984, Literary Arts is a community-based nonprofit literary organization located in downtown Portland, Oregon. Their 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; and Writers in the Schools, which hires professional writers to teach semester-long creative writing workshops in Portland’s public high schools. They also host guided discussion groups around great works of literature through a program called Delve.

The Wordstock Festival began nine years ago to bring readers together with small presses, independent publishers, nonprofits, independent booksellers, and authors.