Notable Portland: 3/8–3/14


Thursday 3/8: Authors and contributors to the People’s Colloquium anthology read and present their work to the general public as the anthology launches its sales to the public. Rendez Vous Cafe, 7 p.m., free.

Apricot Irving reads from her new memoir, The Gospel of Trees. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 3/9: Dan Kaplan celebrates the launch of his new poetry collection, Instant Killer Wig, by reading alongside Chrys Tobey and Endi Bogue Hartigan, author of Pool [5 Choruses]. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Local author Patsy Hand reads from her new book, Lost Dogs of Rome. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free.

Shobha Rao reads from her debut novel set in India and America, Girls Burn Brighter. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 3/10: Full Bleed, a brand-new quarterly published in Portland, launches with readings by Mark Russell, Erin Nations, Shawna Gore, Dirk Wood, and many more. Floating World Comics, 4 p.m., free.

The Filament Reading Series presents readings by Tessa Livingstone, Jill McKenna, Andrew Longhofer, Cynthia Gomez, James Bezerra, and Catherine Johnson. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 6 p.m., free.

Natalie Singer reads from her lyrical self-interrogation of obsession, emigration, and identity, California Calling. Singer will be joined in conversation by Jenny Forrester, author of Narrow River, Wide Sky. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Sunday 3/11: Kitty Stryker reads from her book, Ask: Building Consent Culture, and is joined in conversation by JoEllen Notte, writer, speaker, researcher, and mental health advocate. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 3/12: Kristy Leissle reads from her book on one of our beloved human indulgences, Cocoa. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Portland’5 Centers for the Arts and Literary Arts present the latest edition of Poets on Broadway, featuring Jane Wong and Shayla Lawson. Newmark Theatre, 7:30 p.m., free.

Sarah McBride reads from her memoir, Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equity. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 3/13: Booker Prize-winning author Peter Carey reads from his new novel, A Long Way from Home, and is joined in conversation by Omar El Akkad. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 3/14: Mary Pilon, author of The Monopolists, reads from her new book, The Kevin Show: An Olympic Athlete’s Battle with Mental Illness. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Celebrate Shayla Lawson’s newest poetry collection, I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean, with a live reading and Frank Ocean tribute concert dance party. Holocene, 8 p.m., $8, 21+ only.


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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 →