Notable Portland: 3/2–3/8


Thursday 3/2: Join Alex Chiu, Sophie Franz, Josh Simmons, Lark Pien, Jacon Sturgill, Erin Nations, and others for the launch of the seventh issue of Vision Quest, Portland’s free comic newspaper. Floating World Comics, 6 p.m., free.

Robin Coste Lewis reads from her latest book, Voyage of the Sable Venus. Reed College, 6:30 p.m., free.

Los Porteños will read original poetry and prose in response to the preponderance of “alternative facts” shaping the current state of affairs. The read will feature Octaviano Merecias Cuevas, Mary Meredith Drew, Catherine Evleshin, Cindy Williams Gutierrez, Pat Rumer, Ivonne Saed, Juan Antonio Trujillo, and Joaquin Lopez. Literary Arts, 7 p.m., free.

The Bipartisan Café hosts a brown bag book exchange. You bring a book and you get a book, but you must not reveal what you bring. The book you bring must be disguised and briefly described. Bipartisan Café, 7 p.m., free.

Amy Sutherland reads from her memoir, Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest to Find Them All Homes. Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing, 7 p.m., free.

L.A. Kauffman reads from her latest book, Direct Action: Protest & The Reinvention of American Radicalism. Powell’s on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

The Diversity & Multicultural Programs at University of Portland brings together students to perform original poetry and passages from their favorite Black literature. There will be free food and giveaways. Bauccio Commons, 8:30 p.m., free.

Friday 3/3: Joel Berg reads from his new book, America, We Need to Talk: A Self-Help Book for the Nation. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 3/4: Dr. Patricia McConnell reads from her memoir, The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman to a Dog. Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossing, 2 p.m., free.

Join PURRR—Poets United to Read, Rouse, Resist—for their new collaborative writing event, “The Vote.” This event will feature fifteen poets to compose a collaborative poem of 270 lines. Independent Publishing Resource Center, 6:30 p.m., $5–$10 suggested donation.

The Spare Room Reading Series presents Steven Seidenberg and Norma Cole as they read from their latest work. Passages Bookshop, 7:30 p.m., free.

Sunday 3/5: Sister Spit comes through Portland on its 20th Anniversary tour, featuring Maya Ivy Spencer Benton, Joshua Jennifer Espinoza, Celeste Chan, Cathy de la Cruz, and Denise Benavides. Hosted by Juliana Delgado Lopera and featuring special guests Ben McCoy and Cooper Lee Bombardier. Portland State University, 4 p.m., $5–$10 suggested donation.

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.

Peter McCoy reads from his new book, Radical Mycology: A Treatise on Seeing and Working With Fungi. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 3/6: Grief Rites brings together local writers for their monthly storytelling showcase about grief, loss, and love. Post 134, 7 p.m., free.

Kathleen Dean Moore reads from her debut novel, Piano Tide. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 3/7: Janis Cooke Newman reads from her book, A Master Plan for Rescue. Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 7 p.m., free.

Join the inaugural reading of a new curated series for queer writers hosted by Kate Caroll de Gutes and Kate Gray, featuring local writers Domi Shoemaker, Kelly Jeske, David Skilton, Julianna Gonzalez, and Stephanie Glazier. Literary Arts, 7 p.m., free.

Join Pop-Up Magazine for a night of true stories, films, photography from some of your favorite writers, performers, and musicians, including New York Times Magazine writer Jon Mooallem, Emmy Award-winning writer Kelley L. Carter, Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and essayist Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, New York Times bestselling author Laurel Braitman, essayists Ben and Rhonda Partain, and more. Revolution Hall, doors 6:30, show 7:30 p.m., $25.


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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 →