Notable Portland: 3/22–3/28

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Thursday 3/22: Local poets Casey Bush and dan raphael read together for the Students of Hippocampus reading. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Kory Stamper cracks open the obsessive world of dictionary writing in the new book, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Mark Sarvas reads from his new novel, Memento Park. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 3/23: An Occasional Reading Series, curated by Dena Rash Guzman, debuts with featured readers and performers Leah Umansky, Olivia Olivia, Amy Temple Harper, Phoenix Singer, and musical guests Complimentary Colors. Jade Lounge, 7 p.m., free.

Leah Stenson reads from her recently released collection of poems, Everywhere I Find Myself, alongside Portland poet Andrea Hollander, author of Landscape with Female Figure. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Victor Lodato reads from his rich new novel, Edgar and Lucy. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 3/24: Jude Angelini reads from his new collection of essays, Hummingbird. Powell’s City of Books, 2 p.m., free.

Donut Mind Readers, under the auspices of Underworld Press, invites the community to a reading featuring Robert Torres, Ivan Zoric, and Jaime Dunkle. Big Ben Donuts, 6 p.m., free.

Sunday 3/25: Red Bird Chapbooks presents a Literary Zoo reading to celebrate the launch of James R. Gapinski’s new flash collection, Messiah Tortoise. Readers will include James R. Gapinski, Alissa Hattman, Kevin Sampsell, Rose Swartz, and Chrys Tobey. Beech St. Parlor, 6 p.m., free.

Comedian and writer Laurie Kilmartin reads from her new book, Dead People Suck: A Guide for Survivors of the Newly Departed. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 3/26: To celebrate National Small Press Month, Powell’s presents the 11th annual marathon reading of authors published by local and national small presses, Smallpressapalooza. This year’s lineup features Amy Lawless, Jeff Alessandrelli, Leah Umansky, Sam Roxas-Chua, Angela Veronica Wong, Nick Gregorio, Hobie Anthony, Richard Chiem, Anders Nilsen, Micheline Marcom, Matthew Minicucci, and Tatiana Ryckman. Powell’s City of Books, 6 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 oliviawrites.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter. More from this author →