Notable Portland: 2/15–2/21


Thursday 2/15: The Clark College Columbia Writers Series invites Cheston Knapp, Managing Editor of Tin House and author if the new essay collection, Up Up, Down Down. Clark College, 10 a.m., free.

Cave Canem poet and PEN Open Book Award finalist francine j. harris reads for the Reed College Visiting Writers Series. Eliot Hall Chapel, 6:30 p.m., free.

Local author Nathaniel Barber reads from Luck Favors the Prepared, his latest collection of short stories and essays. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free.

Diana Saltoon-Briggs reads from her memoir, Wife, Just Let Go. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7 p.m., free.

Journalist Scott Tong reads from his new book, A Village with My Name, and is joined in conversation by Paul Solman, business and economics correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Oregon Book Award finalist Scott Nadelson reads from his latest collection, The Fourth Corner of the World. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 2/16: Rachel Lyon reads from her new novel, Self-Portrait with Boy, and is joined by Portland’s own Sophia Shalmiyev and Kevin Sampsell. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 2/17: Jessica Pollard and Karleigh Frisbie read from their latest work for the Submission reading series. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 2/18: Celebrate the launch of the Why There Are Words PDX literary series with light refreshments and readings by David Biespiel, Elyse Fenton, Jacqueline Keeler, Margaret Malone, Sara Quinn Rivara, and Wendy Willis. Leach Botanical Garden, 4 p.m., $10 suggested donation.

Francisco Cantú reads from his urgent and very personal memoir, The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 2/19: Anca L. Szilágyi reads from her debut novel, Daughters of the Air, and is joined in conversation by Susan DeFreitas, author of Hot Season. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 2/20: Willy Vlautin reads from his wrenching new novel, Don’t Skip Out on Me. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Shayla Lawson leads a discussion and workshop on Maggie Nelson’s Bluets. PNCA, 6 p.m., free.

Wednesday 2/21: Keith Rosson reads from his new book, Smoke City, and is joined in conversation by Cat Rambo. 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 →