Notable Portland: 1/19–1/25


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. Hotlips Soda, 6 p.m–9 p.m., $2 suggested donation.

Welcome issue 4 of Grand Mother zine into the world with featured poetry readings and music from local creators including Kat Salas, Zoe Zuchlag, Lili St. Anne, and more. In Other Words, 7 p.m., free.

Roxane Gay returns to Portland to read from her new collection, Difficult Women. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 1/20: All hell breaks out on this of inauguration days, but if you want to take a break from burning flags in the snow, check out Jon Raymond’s book launch for Freebird. Good luck parking downtown. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 1/23: Leif Whittaker reads from his memoir, My Old Man and the Mountain: A Memoir. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 1/24: Come celebrate the re-printing of Naked Against the Rain. The life work of local author Rick Rubin, this is a critically important history of the local Chinook. Rene Denfeld will be joined by Sam Robinson, Vice Chairman of the Chinook Indian Nation. Sam will be bringing his drum and honoring the community with song. Broadway Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Michael Eric Dyson reads from his moving new book, Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America. Powell’s City Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 1/25: Co-Founder and Editor-at-Large of the award-winning YES! magazine Saran van Gelder reads from her new book, The Revolution Where You Live. 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 →