Notable Portland: 5/3–5/9


Thursday 5/3: Art Market PDX hosts their new reading series, IRL, featuring Chelsea Martin, Katie Piatt, and Anna Vo. Art Market PDX, 6:30 p.m., free.

Poets Derrick C. Brown, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, and Anis Mojgani read from their latest work. Literary Arts, 7 p.m., free.

Expert in the fields of Africana thought, postcolonialism, and African Studies Nigel Gibson reads from his new book, Frantz Fanon: Psychiatry and Politics. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Rodrigo Fresán reads from his new book, The Bottom of the Sky. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 5/4: Check out the Dialogue Arts Project in Portland, featuring Desiree C. Bailey, author of In Dirt or Saltwater, Jon Sands, author of The New Clean, and local poet and professor Christopher Rose. Independent Publishing Resource Center, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 5/6: Jess Kidd reads from her latest novel, Mr. Flood’s Last Resort. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 5/7: Ece Temelkuran reads from her new book, The Time of Mute Swans. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Three-time world champion spoken word performer Buddy Wakefield returns to Portland with special guests Mindy Nettifee and Brian Ellis. Holocene, 7:30 p.m., $15.

Tuesday 5/8: Nomi Prin reads from her latest book, Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 5/9: Enjoy an unapologetically womanist night of poetry called Mother Tongue, featuring Dominique Christina and Rachel McKibbens. PSU Lincoln Performance Hall, 7 p.m., free.

Apricot Irving reads from her memoir, The Gospel of the Trees. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Jamondria Harris celebrates the debut of her first full-length book, Quaerere. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Sheila Heti reads from her latest novel, Motherhood, and in joined in conversation by Meaghan O’Connell, author of And Now We Have Everything. 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 →