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Since 1984, Portland Arts & Lectures has been bringing the world’s most celebrated writers, artists, and thinkers to our community. As part of Literary Arts programming, this lecture series has grown from a humble basement gathering in the Portland Arts Museum to sold-out shows at the Arlene Schnitzer concert hall.

In conjunction with their milestone anniversary, OPB is partnering with Literary Arts to launch The Archive Project: A retrospective of some of the most engaging talks from the world’s best writers over the first 30 years of Literary Arts in Portland. Tune in every Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. for a live broadcasting of one of their most sought-after Portland Arts & Lectures discussions.

Just like Portland Arts & Lectures, each talk is unique to Oregon. With an audio archive of over 278 original lectures from the most creative and articulate minds of our generation, tune in for special moments between world-famous writers and our local literary community. The Archive Project aims to make original lectures by the likes of J.M. Coetzee, Joyce Carol Oates, and Salman Rushdie available to everyone across our state. Hear Wallace Stegner breakdown his formulas in fiction, Margaret Atwood talk about female villains, and Ursula K. Le Guin discuss how fantasy improves our lives.

For more information and recordings from The Archive Project, visit