Notable Portland: 3/29–4/4


Thursday 3/29: The Reed College Visiting Writers Series welcomes Brian Blanchfield, author of Proxies: Essays Near Knowing. Eliot Hall Chapel, 6:30 p.m., free.

Another Read Through hosts its monthly poetry night, featuring Sam Roxas-Chua, Stephanie Adams-Santos, and Armin Tolentino. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free.

Pulitzer Prize finalist Luis Alberto Urrea reads from his latest book, The House of Broken Angels. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Curtis White reads from his new novel, Lacking Character, and is joined in conversation by Cheston Knapp. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 3/30: Tabitha Blankenbiller reads from her new book, Eats of Eden: A Foodoir. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 3/31: The Spare Room Reading Series presents a launch reading for the new narrative anthology, Writers Who Love Too Much, with readings by editors Kevin Killian and Dodie Bellamy. Passages Bookshop, 2 p.m., free.

Deep Overstock, the Bookseller’s Journal, is hosting a late night of collaborative writing games. Quality Bar, 11 p.m., free.

Sunday 4/1: The Annares Infoshop and Community Space is hosting an open mic to benefit the location. Annares Infoshop, 6 p.m., donations encouraged but nobody turned away for lack of funds.

The Unchaste Reading Series presents a night of stories by local writers. Madrona Hill Cafe, 6:30 p.m., donations welcomed but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Monday 4/2: The Grief Rites reading series brings together writers for its monthly storytelling showcase on grief, loss, and love. Featured performers will include Kurtis Drake, Tabitha Blankenbiller, Amanda Ferrat, Eric Hein, Amelia McDanel, and Hollie Sundin. Post 134, 7 p.m., free.

From body positivity to sexual empowerment to overcoming adversity and beyond, Nasty! is a collection of bold essays reflections by local women writers. Hear contributors read, including Tara Dublin, Cervante Pope, Diana Kirk, Kathryn Louise, and more. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 4/3: Willy Vlautin reads from his new novel, Don’t Skip Out on Me. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 4/4: One Page Wednesday is a new series hosted by Natalie Serber.  It’s an opportunity to share or listen to one page of work in progress from talented Portland writers. Come with a single page of work and sign up to read, or come to listen and prepare to be inspired. Literary Arts, 7 p.m., free.

Karen Karbo and Lidia Yuknavitch read from their latest books. Broadway Books, 7 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 →