Thursday 4/27: Come celebrate Portland’s creative youth during the sixth annual Verselandia! poetry slam. This city-wide event features students from local high schools competing for poetic glory. National and International Poetry Slam Champion Anis Mojgani will host this year’s competition....more
Thursday 4/6: The Writers in and as Art panel, presented by the BFA in Writing program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, will feature a panel of curators, publishers, artists, and poets talking about the many ways writing functions in art practices....more
Thursday 3/30: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Watson reads from his new book, Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.
Poet Christopher Merrill reads from his memoir, Self-Portrait with Dogwood....more
Thursday 3/9: Portland State University’s Chicano/Latino Studies Department hosts Frida-Fest in celebration of Frida Kahlo. Activities will including showing a documentary on Frida’s life, a poetry slam open mic, a photo booth, and fun political postcards. Casa Latina Student Center, 4 p.m., free....more
Thursday 3/2: Join Alex Chiu, Sophie Franz, Josh Simmons, Lark Pien, Jacon Sturgill, Erin Nations, and others for the launch of the seventh issue of Vision Quest, Portland’s free comic newspaper. Floating World Comics, 6 p.m., free.
Robin Coste Lewis reads from her latest book, Voyage of the Sable Venus....more
In fraught times, AK Press comes forward with a launch reading for its latest release, Against the Fascist Creep....more
Thursday 2/2: Reed College Professor and PDX Jazz Board Member Pancho Savery will host a reading and lecture on the music that shines through the eras, “The Political Implications of James Baldwin’s ‘Sonny’s Blues.’” Literary Arts, 7 p.m., free.
Local author Deni Starr reads from her new book, Below the Belt....more
Thursday 1/26: James Galvin reads from his poetry, hosted by the Portland State University Creative Writing Department. Literary Arts, 4:30 p.m., free.
Rob Spillman, cofounding editor of Tin House, reads from his new memoir, All Tomorrow’s Parties, and is joined in conversation afterwards by Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart and the forthcoming Abandon Me....more
Thursday 1/19: Celebrate at the press party for the January edition of PQ Monthly. Scandals, 5 p.m., free.
Experience the long-awaited showdown between Portland’s two most active slam-poetry scenes: Slamlandia vs. Portland Poetry Slam! Hosted by Robyn Bateman, this face-off will feature Nikki Burian, Kojo, Jill Greenseth, and Clementine Von Radics representing the Portland Poetry Slam and Jane Belinda, Jamie Mortara, Josselyn Haldeman, and TK Layman representing Slamlandia....more
Thursday 1/5: The Slamlandia Open Mic and Slam returns for 2017 with a special reading from Kay Kassirer. Hot Lips Pizza Hawthorne, 6 p.m., $1 suggested donation.
Author Diane Simmons shares from her research on a notorious bigamist who predated on women during late WWII in her book, The Courtship of Eva Eldridge....more
Thursday 12/8: Join Susan DeFreitas for the Northwest launch of her debut novel, Hot Season. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.
Friday 12/9: Enjoy an evening of cross-genre entertainment by The Brody Ensemble and selected guest poets Neil Aitken, Nathan Wade Carter, and Kjirsten Severson....more
Saturday 11/26: Celebrate Indies First Day with Cheryl Strayed, author of Torch and Wild. Other authors joining the celebration include Estela Bernal, Randy Blazak, Peter Ames Carlin, Curtis Chen, Rene Denfeld, Monica Drake, Jamie Duclos-Yourdon, Laura Foster, Casey Jarman, Karen Karbo, Joe Kurmaskie, Pamela Lindholm-Levy, Whitney Otto, Arn Strasser, Pauls Toutonghi, Suzy Vitello, Ruth Wariner, Alan Wieder, Carolyn Wood, and Lidia Yuknavitch....more
Thursday 11/10: The Reed College Visiting Writers Series welcomes Nathaniel Mackey to read from his poetry, including his latest collection, Blue Fasa. Eliot Chapel, 6:30 p.m., free.
Enjoy a night of the bawdy, the indecent, the delightful, and the total opposite of sexy at Hussy Tales and Whore’r Stories: A Night of Live Sex Worker Storytelling....more
Thursday 10/6: Slamlandia hosts its Dead Poet Slam featuring an open mic with a spotlight on local writer, Cynthia French. Hot Lips on Hawthorne, 6 p.m., $1 suggested donation.
Enjoy a special poetry reading featuring visiting and local poets Caroline Crumpacker, Jason Zuzga, and Rodney Phillips....more
Thursday 9/1: Reading Frenzy celebrates its Copper Anniversary with special literary guests, signings, snacks, specials, and other surprises. Support one local bookshop surviving twenty-two years! Reading Frenzy, 11–7 p.m., free.
Dmae Roberts reads from her book, The Letting Go Trilogies: Stories of a Mixed-Race Family....more