Notable Portland: 1/5–1/11


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. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 1/6: O. Henry Prize-winning author Emily Ruskovich reads from her debut novel, Idaho. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Sunday 1/8: Three poets present their new collections: Matt Schumacher with Ghost Town Odes, Kirsten Rian with Life Expectancy, and James Grabill with Sea-Level Nerve, Book Two. Powell’s on Hawthorne, 4 p.m., free.

Monday 1/9: Rumpus contributor and author of Life Cycle, Dena Rash Guzman launches her newest collection, Joseph, and reads alongside other local poets in celebration of its release. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 1/11: Five members of the prestigious local writing group, The Guttery, speak on a panel and read from their books. Join this event to hear from Mo Daviau, Jamie Duclos-Yourdon, Tracy Manaster, Susan DeFreitas, and A. Molotkov. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free.

Joshua Mohr reads from his first complete book of nonfiction, Sirens, and is joined afterwards in conversation by Patrick deWitt, author of Undermajordomo Minor. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.


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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 →