Notable Portland: 2/2–2/8

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

Claudia Rowe reads from her thrilling memoir, The Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, A Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder. Powell’s on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 2/3: Steven Karl, author of Dork Swagger, and Ed Skoog, author of Run the Red Lights, read from their latest poetry. This event is hosted by the Portland State University Creative Writing Program. Smith Memorial Student Union, 6:30 p.m., free.

Steph Jagger reads from her personal story, Unbound: A Story of Snow and Self-Discovery. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 2/4: The Queen Of The Night series focuses this month’s efforts on local writers reading the work of Angela Carter. Readers will include Vanessa Veselka and Kelly Link. Ford Food + Drink, 7 p.m., free.

Monday 2/6: Join Voz Hispana Cambio Comunitario for “Migrant Tales: Our Message to the Oppressor.” This storytelling event addresses the issues facing the immigrant and refugee community in the US and invites those who have crossed to share their stories. Taborspace, 6 p.m., free.

Grief Rites reading series hosts its monthly reading on loss, love, and healing featuring a host of local poets and writers. Post 134, 7 p.m., free.

Eric Scott Fischl reads from his latest novel, Dr. Potter’s Medicine Show, and is joined in conversation by Wendy N. Wagner, author of Pathfinder Tales: Starspawn. Powell’s on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 2/7: Nathalia Holt reads from his amazing history, Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 2/8: Canadian author Frances Backhouse reads from her book, Once They Were Hats: In Search of the Mighty Beaver. Broadway Books, 7 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 oliviawrites.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter. More from this author →