Notable Portland: 2/23–3/1


Thursday 2/23: Celebrate the launch of Mercy Strongheart’s debut novel, A Boy Named Trout, with a live reading complete with snacks and beverages. 20% of book sales will go to the p:ear gallery. p:ear, 6:30 p.m., free.

Enjoy a free writing sampler on women writing for (a) change. Open to men and women, this event welcomes you to spend time with your own writing and meeting other writers. Hillsboro Public Library, 6:30 p.m., free.

Edward Hershey reads from his memoir, The Scorekeeper. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen reads from his new collection of short stories, The Refugees. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tim Dorsey reads from his new book, Clownfish Blues. Powell’s on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 2/24: Enjoy the inaugural reading of Tender Table, a platform for marginalized voices on food, nourishment, inheritance, tradition, and survival. Featured readers will include Pamela K. Santos, Becky Win, and Bonnie Dad. Independent Publishing Resource Center, 7 p.m., $5–$10 suggested donation.

Peter Vidito reads from his debut novel, Pacific. Cardinal Club, 7 p.m., free.

National Book Award-winning author Colum McCann reads as part of the 32nd season of Portland Arts & Lectures. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m., ticket prices vary.

Emily Fridlund reads from her daring literary debut, History of Wolves. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 2/25: Celebrate the Portland release party for A Beautiful Resistance: Left Scared! The event will feature reads and a political discussion afterwards. In Other Words, 5 p.m., free.

Sunday 2/26: Two poets present their new collections: Allison Cobb with After We All Died and Kaia Sand with A Tale of Magicians Who Puffed Up Money That Lost Its Puff. Powell’s on Hawthorne, 4 p.m., free.

No Ban/No Wall Poetry Reading invites the community to a night of radical poetry and prose in defiance of borders. Unite Oregon, 6 p.m., free.

The Portland State University MFA program hosts its monthly Last Sunday Reading featuring student writers. Independent Publishing Resource Center, 6 p.m., free.

Every last Sunday The Big Legrowlski hosts the community for a literary event reading and competition, 450 Words or Less. Bring an original fiction story written in 450 words or less. Winners are chosen by the participating readers and audience. No prompt! The Big Legrowlski, 8 p.m., free.

Monday 2/27: Portland Prisoner Support welcomes the community a letter writing night for current political prisoners and Oregon prisoners of consciousness. Supplies will be provided, but stamp and material donations such as paper, pens, envelopes, and postcards, are appreciated. Guests are welcomed to bring a dish to share! Anarres Infoshop & Community Space, 6 p.m., free.

Manjula Martin shares interviews and essays from established and rising authors to confront the age-old question: How do creative make money? in her new book, Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living, Martin will be joined for a panel discussion by authors Cheryl Strayed, Cari Luna, Kevin Sampsell, and A.M. O’Malley. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 2/28: Amy Leona Havin launches her latest illustrated book of poems with drawings by Hailee Va. Both are joined by prominent local readers for the release party. Jade Lounge, 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 →