Notable Portland: 3/9–3/15


Thursday 3/9: Portland State University’s Chicano/Latino Studies Department hosts Frida-Fest in celebration of Frida Kahlo. Activities will including showing a documentary on Frida’s life, a poetry slam open mic, a photo booth, and fun political postcards. Casa Latina Student Center, 4 p.m., free.

Professor and author Fred Moten shares discusses poetry and poems in his lecture, I Wanted to Write a Poem. Eliot Chapel, 6:30 p.m., free.

Christina Baker Kline reads from her new book, A Piece of the World. Powell’s at Cedar Hills Crossings, 7 p.m., free.

Daniel Pinchbeck reads from his new book, How Soon is Now: From Personal Initiation to Global Transformation. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 3/10: Morgan Parker reads from her new book that explores 21st-century Black American womanhood, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 3/11: Join the Homeless Education Committee in the Rotary office for a discussion on Evicted by Matthew Desmond. Appetizers and drinks will be provided. Jack Knife, 5:30 p.m., free.

Hear poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from Multnomah Arts Center instructors and students at this Literary Arts Reading. Multnomah Arts Center, 7 p.m., free.

Two Plum Press and Antiquated Future bring back their biannual reading series. There will be twenty short readings of recent releases throughout the night. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7:30 p.m., free.

Back Fence PDX presents their first storytelling show of 2017. This year, every show will feature a local nonprofit, and portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to them. This show will have proceeds from this show will go to Youth, Rights, & Justice. Storytellers this time include Dan Kennedy, Shannon Balcom Graves, Jordan Hayles, Heather Augello, and Joe Gibbons. Alberta Rose Theatre, doors at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. show, $16–$28.

Sunday 3/12: The Mountain Writers Series and Concordia University Libraries’ Arts & Culture Program welcome Holly Karapetkova for a poetry reading and book launch of her latest collection, Towline. George R. White Library & Learning Center, 1:30 p.m., free.

Monday 3/13: Heather Lyn Mann reads from her memoir of six years living afloat, Ocean of Insight: A Sailor’s Voyage From Despair to Hope. Powell’s on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 3/14: Patricia Kullberg reads from her new book, On the Ragged Edge of Medicine: Doctoring Among the Dispossessed for a special reading, Storytelling in the Exam Room. OHSU, 7 p.m., free.

Jim McDermott reads from his debut novel, Bitter is the Wind. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 3/15: Kevin Canty reads from his new book, The Underworld. 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 →