Amanda Bullock joins Literary Arts as Wordstock Festival Manager

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Literary Arts, Inc. is pleased to announce that Amanda Bullock will join the staff as the Festival and Events Manager for the Wordstock Festival, Portland’s annual book festival. Bullock is currently the Director of Public Programming for the nonprofit cultural institution Housing Works Bookstore and Founder and Organizer of the Moby Dick Marathon in New York City. She will join Literary Arts in Portland starting January 5th.

This Fall, Literary Arts officially acquired Wordstock as part of their programming. The acquisition was made possible through grants from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, the Meyer Memorial Trust, and the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. Literary Arts will re-launch the Wordstock Festival on November 7th, 2015 at the Portland Art Museum in Downtown Portland.

Andrew Proctor, Executive Director of Literary Arts, says “Bullock’s impressive list of accomplishments in literary presenting was immediately exciting to us. She has programmed hundreds of world class events in New York at a wide range of venues for readers and writers of all ages.  She has displayed drive, entrepreneurship, and skillful collaboration in co-founding the Downtown Literary Festival among other projects. She also displayed keen sense of community and civic engagement through her willingness to sit on many committees and advisory boards for other literary organizations, in addition to her work supporting the mission of Housing Works. This mix of national literary work with an orientation to serving a diverse range of readers and writers is a perfect fit for Literary Arts and a re-launched Wordstock Festival.”

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Amanda Bullock (pictured above) says, she’s “absolutely thrilled to be joining Literary Arts and to be relaunching the Wordstock Festival. Wordstock 2015 will reflect the dynamic literary culture of Portland and the Pacific Northwest, as well as attract authors and attendees from across the country and around the world. I am excited to start the next chapter of my career and my literary life. I hope to bring my experience in New York City publishing, literary programming, and community building to reinvigorate Wordstock and collaborate with the amazing literary community to create a festival that will be bigger and better than ever: a destination event that is truly Portland.”

For additional information about the Wordstock Festival and Literary Arts, click here. Starting January 5th, you can reach Amanda at amanda@literary-arts.org. In the meantime,  publicists, publishers, vendors, and potential sponsors who want to stay up to date on the Festival’s progress, should click here to be added to Literary Arts’ list.

Read more about the Festival’s re-launch in Publishers Weekly and The Oregonian.