Notable Portland: 5/18–5/24


Thursday 5/18: Sung Yim and Kate Jayroe read from their latest work. Daedalus Books, 7 p.m., free.

The Comma Reading Series presents Penelope Scambly Schott and Marjorie Sandor as they read from their latest work. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 5/19: The Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry presents a dramatic performance of Matthew Rohrer’s forthcoming book, The Others, featuring guest readers Patricia No and John Beer. Literary Arts, 7 p.m., free.

Brandon Lamson, Jesse Donaldson, and Joseph Osmundson read from their latest writing. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 5/20: Celebrate twenty-five years of Broadway Books at their big anniversary party. Broadway Books, 2 p.m., free.

Sunday 5/21: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo and Ed Skoog read from their latest poetry. Powell’s City of Books, 12 p.m., free.

Come out for an afternoon reading in celebration of the Spring 2017 launch of VoiceCatcher. Contributors will read from their newly published pieces. Devil’s Den, 4 p.m., free

Each year, students throughout the watersheds of Oregon and beyond submit poems, essays, or artwork to be featured in the annual collection Honoring Our Rivers. In celebration of the seventeenth year of publication, students from across the state will be honored and have the opportunity to present their work alongside professional authors and artists. Powell’s City of Books, 4 p.m., free.

Celebrate the launch of the merging Last Sunday and MFA Alumni Reading series featuring readings by Portland State MFA students, alumni, and Portland author Aaron Gilbreath. Fieldwork Design & Architecture, 5 p.m., free.

Monday 5/22: The Poets on Broadway series presents Elizabeth Woody and David Biespiel as they read from their latest work. Antoinette Hatfield Hall, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 5/23: Join YA authors Amber J. Keyser and Elana K. Arnold in conversation about their latest novels, launching in April from Lerner Publishing Group’s Carolrhoda Lab. Literary Arts, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 5/24: Join the fourth meeting of the Portland Anarchist Reading Group, a monthly(ish) book club based around radical anarchist literature aimed at building our understanding of revolutionary struggle. Anarres Infoshop & Community Space, 6:30 p.m., free.

Oregon Book Award-winner John Daniel reads from his debut novel, Gifted. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Kendra Tanacea, Tonaya Craft, and Greg Berman read from their latest works. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Ada Calhoun reads from her new collection of essays, Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give, and is joined in conversation by Rene Denfeld, author of The Enchanted. 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 →