Rendezvous with Risk: A Literary Festival

June 14-16, 2019

Join us for Rendezvous with Risk, a literary festival in Bend presented by OSU-Cascades' MFA in Creative Writing.
Celebrate nationally-recognized storytellers and Oregon-based artists who work at the intersection of art-making and risk-taking. The festival is designed for readers and writers to come together and learn what’s exciting in the world of contemporary literature, and also find inspiration for your own craft.

All events are open to the public.

Keynote: The Eternal Conversation with T. Geronimo Johnson

Join novelist and National Book Award finalist T. Geronimo Johnson as he shares thoughts on “being” after a year in Rome as a Rome Prize Winner.

Bend Creative Laureate MOsley WOtta

Jason Graham, aka MOsley WOtta, will lead the keynote conversation on Friday and a writing workshop: "walls as bridges" on Saturday.

Art Installation: DACA Lounge: A Dream Sanctuary

One of the two interactive art installations at the festival. "DACA Lounge" by Horatio Law is inspired by the courage of DACA students, who dare to dream in this time of uncertainty.



Art Installations
Beer & Books
Keynote Lecture
Readings & Conversation
Writing Workshops

The festival is held at OSU-Cascades and locations around Bend.

Full Schedule of Events

Festival Authors & Artists


T. Geronimo Johnson
Jason Graham aka MOsley WOtta
Nicole J. Georges
Christopher Boucher
Horatio Hung-Yan Law
Trevino L. Brings
Lindsay Wong
Jamila Osman
Emily Carr
Beth Alvarado


Festival Packages

A. Free Events

  • Friday evening keynote with T. Geronimo Johnson & MOsley WOtta and reception (includes appetizers but no drink ticket)
  • Art installations
  • Saturday reading & panel conversations
  • Saturday evening Beer & Books (includes appetizers but no drink ticket)
  • Saturday evening Workhouse Last Saturday
  • Sunday film screening (includes brunch)
  • Deschutes Public Library events on Sunday and Monday (Christopher Boucher reading, Christopher Boucher writing workshop - sign up here, & Christopher Boucher writing consultations - sign up here)

B. All Access, $30

  • 2 writing workshops on Saturday
  • 1 writing workshop on Sunday
  • 1 drink ticket to opening reception
  • 1 drink ticket for Beer & Books
  • All free events listed above

C. Saturday Only, $25

  • 2 writing workshops on Saturday
  • 1 drink ticket for Beer & Books on Saturday
  • All free events listed above

D. Sunday Only, $10

  • 1 writing workshop on Sunday
  • All free events listed above

All events are open to the public.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Lead Festival Sponsor

Supporting Festival Sponsor

Other Festival Sponsors

Deschutes Brewery
Deschutes Public Library
Oregon State University – Cascades Faculty Executive Committee
Oregon State University – Cascades Student Fee Committee
Oregon State University Graduate School
Oregon State University President’s Commission on the Status of Women
The Source Weekly