Notable Portland: 5/22–5/28


Thursday 5/22: Kiera Cass, Kevin Emerson, and Amanda Maciel read from their respective works, The One (May 2014), Exile (April 2014), and Tease (April 2014). Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing, 7 p.m., free.

Literary Arts welcomes Grant High School students as they read from work completed through the Writers in the Schools program. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Peterson shares her poetry along with Portland writer and teacher Annie Lighthart. Daedalus Books, 7 p.m., free.

David Howitt shares life lessons on choosing the right career and avoiding the pitfalls of unloved work in his book Heed Your Call (February 2014). Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Campfire’s monthly storytelling series welcomes Bill Cernansky, Nate Duke, Matthew Faranda, Sean Larkin, Kelley Tyner McAllister, and Garrett Palm to share stories on tonight’s topic: Bare Essentials. Curious, 8 p.m., $5.

Friday 5/23: Join acclaimed poets Kelli Russell Agodon and Susan Rich for a three-hour poetry workshop. Experienced and beginner poets alike are welcome, and the workshop will conclude with a salon-style discussion on poetry publication and finding homes for your poems. In Other Words, 12 p.m., $86.

Saturday 5/24: Action/Adventure Theatre asked some of their favorite Portland writers to submit short fiction, then assigned the results to local performance groups and visual artists, who then created original work inspired by the written pieces. Featuring work by Chelsea Cain, Alexis M. Smith, Portland Playhouse, Live Wire!, Tears of Joy Theatre, and more. Secret Society, 9 p.m., $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Sunday 5/25: A Reading Series welcomes Arya David Imig, Julia Clare Tillinghast, Russ Woods, Wendy Chin-Tanner, and Matty Byloos to read from their latest works. Valentine’s, 5 p.m., free.

National Book Award finalist Joshua Ferris reads from his new book on losing faith, seeking nicotine, and general dentistry, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (May 2014). Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 5/26: Memorial Day! Yes, even the writers won’t be working!

Tuesday 5/27: Jenny Milchman and Lauren Sweet share their experiences as diverging writers who met together in a workshop years ago. One went into the world of MFAs and self-publishing, the other into the world of agents and publishers. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7 p.m., free.

Sean Davis reads from his debut memoir on his time in Iraq and the infinite sadness of war, The Wax Bullet War (April 2014). Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 5/28: Senator Elizabeth Warren shares two decades worth of experience on how Washington really works—and really doesn’t—in her latest book, A Fighting Chance (April 2014). Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing, 7 p.m., free.

Portland’s very own Clyde Common bartender and cocktail blogger Jeffrey Morgenthaler and Modern Sauce author Martha Holmberg read and speak about their latest work, The Bar Book (June 2014). Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Olivia Olivia comes from the same place all sad things come from—the sea. Her writing has appeared in Salon, The Rumpus, The Establishment, Ex-Berliner, and the Portland Mercury, among other places. Her speculative memoir set in the afterlife, No One Remembered Your Name But I Wrote It Down, is available through Impossible Wings Press. Prepare yourselves. You can follow her work at, on Facebook, and on Twitter. More from this author →