Thursday 4/13: Paige McKenzie will be at Voodoo Doughnut Too for a book signing of her new work, The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl, and interaction with fellow doughnut lovers. Voodoo Doughnut Too, 5 p.m., free.
Jason R. Richter launches his latest book, L.I.F.E. in the 23rd Century, with a party. Entry includes an autographed book and a heavy acoustic set by local doom band Menin. Half the proceeds go to Planned Parenthood and the event is sponsored by Dystopia Vodka. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., $20.
The Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic hosts its April edition, featuring April Bullard and Ian Caton and hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Partington of Printed Matter Vancouver. Angst Gallery, 7 p.m., free.
Friday 4/14: The Latte Da Coffeehouse and Wine Bar host their monthly writer’s open mic night. This month’s themes are Utopia and Dystopia. Poetry and short stories may be read. Latte Da Coffeehouse and Wine Bar, 5:30 p.m., free.
Join Apocalips in welcoming Devi Gonzales for an evening of community building through poetry. The Rusty Nail Student Co Op, 5:30 p.m., free.
Portland State University’s Creative Writing Program present a reading by faculty members John Beer and Gabe Uzra. PSU, 6:30 p.m., free.
Writers Chelsea Werner-Jatzke, Robert Lashley, Rebecca Schiff, Dena Rash Guzman, James Gapinski, and Kate Garklavs read from their latest works for this Adventure in Literary Reading event. Likewise, 7 p.m., free.
Join Sidony O’Neal and Manuel Arturo Abreu for a presentation of sound, poetry, and ritual in conjunction with their collaborative writing project, Windows. After the performances, Abreu will DJ as people drink and mingle. Yale Union, 7 p.m., free.
The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center along with The Asian American Literary Review and Kundiman present the 2017 edition of Literaoke, the best kind of mashup of Asian American lit and karaoke, and booze, featuring Floyd Cheung, Betsy Huang, Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, Augusto Espiritu, Jane Wong, Adriel Luis, Mimi Khúc, Neelanjana Banerjee, Andrew Leong, Emily H., and Stacey Tran. Kell’s Irish Restaurant & Pub, 9 p.m., free.
Saturday 4/15: Be inspired by mythic poet Niema Lightseed she offers most of her emergent medicinal poetry book, with live music by Kristin Brown and Ryan Powell of One Root. Sun Gate, 7:30 p.m., $10–$20.
Sunday 4/16: Workers World Party PDX hosts a reading and breakout discussion group in honor of Rosa Luxemburg’s work, The Mass Strike. In Other Words, 5 p.m., free.
Tuesday 4/18: What better way to celebrate National Poetry Month and Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month than to join a writing workshop taught by acclaimed Portland slam poet Alex Dang? There will also be a performance and open mic. The Rusty Nail Student Co Op, Workshop starts at 5:30 p.m., Open mic and performance by Alex Dang starts at 7 p.m., free.
Spend National Poetry Month writing a letter to long-time political prisoners and those in custody. Bring snacks and stamps and share an intentional space to write, discuss, and think. 4019 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 7 p.m., free.
Wednesday 4/19: The Society Hotel welcomes you to their monthly open mic. Music, poetry, songs, beats, and vibes are invited. The Society Hotel, 6 p.m., free.
The Unchaste Readers Series presents Multi Generational Voices of Black Women, featuring Jordan Dinnwiddie, Margaret Jacobsen, Jewels, Aisha Edwards, Shayla Lawson, and Rashida Shani Young. Literary Arts, 7 p.m., free.
Jeff Guinn delivers his comprehensive, authoritative, and tragic take on Jim Jones in his latest book, The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and Peoples Temple. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.
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