Notable Portland: 8/17–8/23


Thursday 8/17: Join DUG Portland for an open mic at Woodlawn Park. Woodlawn Park, 6 p.m., free.

Join the Queer Poetry Takeover every third Thursday at the Devil’s Den. This month’s prompt is: “I love Dick.” Devil’s Den, 6:30 p.m., free.

Join Slamlandia for their 3rd Thursday monthly reading, No Mic Open Mic. Hot Lips Pizzas Hawthorne, 6:30 p.m., free.

Excited for that amazing eclipse on its way? Learn something early at Tyler Nordgren’s reading of his new book, Sun Moon Earth: The History of Solar Eclipses from Omens of Doom to Einstein and Exoplanets. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 7 p.m., free.

Singer and poet Tai Woodville, writer/teacher Alissa Hattman, and singer-songwriter Sara Jackson-Holman share from their latest collection of poems, Her Animal Inheritance. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Join Two Plum Press for a night of poetry and prose, featuring readings by Delphine Bedient and Michelle Overby. Association Shop, 7 p.m., free.

Brian K. Friesen reads from his thoughtful memoir, At the Waterline. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Matthew Zapruder reads from his new book, Why Poetry, and is joined in conversation by Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan and The Small Backs of Children. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 8/18: Michelle Tea reads from her new book, Modern Tarot: Connecting with Your Higher Self Through the Wisdom of the Cards. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 8/19: Zachary Schomburg’s first novel, Mammother, will be officially published by Featherproof Books in September 2017. To celebrate his novel’s release, he is reading the entirety of his 350-page novel from sunrise to sunset. Outlet, 6:16 a.m., free.

Sunday 8/20: Poets Anastacia-Reneé, Donald Dunbar, and Jane Wong read from their work. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 4 p.m., free.

Join the Portland Poetry Slam’s first show of the season featuring the city’s own Noah Schultz. Alberta Street Pub, 4:45 p.m., $5 suggested donation.

Monday 8/21: Jonny Sun reads from his latest title, everyone’s an aliebn when ur a aliebn too, and is joined in conversation by Bill Oakley, Emmy and Peabody award-winning television writer and producer best known for his work on The Simpsons. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 8/22: Benjamin Percy reads from his new techno-thriller, The Dark Net. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 8/23: Yale legal scholar James Forman, Jr. reads from his new book, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America, and is joined in conversation by Mitchell S. Jackson, author of The Residue Years. 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 →