Notable Portland: 5/31–6/6


Thursday 5/31: The Meadow writing residency and the Submission Reading Series are proud to present a reading to fundraise for both groups, featuring Catie Hannigan, Erin Howe, Ally Harris, Kate Garklavs, Rob Schlegel, Mark Leidner, and Jae Choi. Entry is $5–$10 sliding scale to support Meadow and Submission. No one turned away due to lack of funds. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m.

Poetry Night at Another Read Through presents Wayne Lee, Claudia Savage, David Rutiezer, and Jennifer Foreman. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free.

Lucy Jane Bledsoe reads from her new book, The Evolution of Love. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

The IRL reading series hosts a number of writers on their “Paradise” tour, including Florida poet Maya Martinez; Baltimore poet Kelly X, New York writer and filmmaker Whitney Mallett; Asheville, North Carolina writer and performer Maryanne Hannemann; and Los Angeles visual artist, writer, and performer Renee Clark. Art Market PDX, 7:30 p.m, free.

Friday 6/1: Aja Gabel reads for her debut novel, The Ensemble, and is joined in conversation by Leni Zumas, author of Red Clocks. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Enjoy a live audience recording of Live Wire, featuring Emmy-winning host Luke Burbank along with special guests writer/comedian Paul F. Tompkins, author Ijeoma Oluo, and hip-hop artist/comedian Open Mike Eagle. Alberta Rose Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $20.

The Loggernaut Reading Series presents a night on Space, with readings by Robert Lashley, Janice Lee, and Cari Luna. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 6/2: Women Writers Against Trump present a reading featuring Alissa Hattman, Suzanne Sigafoos, Amy Temple Harper, and Lara Messersmith-Glavin, along with hosts Allison and Chrys Tobey. Ford Food + Drink, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 6/3: Brightside Coworking hosts a free all-day writing retreat, complete with breakout sessions, multiple private writing rooms, gathering space with media, coffee, snacks, and more. Brightside Coworking, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., free.

Monday 6/4: Free Range Poetry presents writers Carolyn Adams, Linda Ferguson, and Penelope Scambly Schott. Northwest Library, 6 p.m., free.

Grief Rites Readers Series welcomes local storytellers Debby Dodds, Judith van Praag, Linda Resca, Money Sutch, Bianca Kleinebreil, Mirror Rose, Durga Fuller, and Kathryn Peterson. Post 134, 7 p.m., free.

Heather Abel reads from her debut novel, The Optimistic Decade, and is joined in conversation by Leni Zumas, author of Red Clocks. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Lucas Mann reads from his new book, Captive Audience: On Love and Reality TV, and is joined in conversation by Elena Passarello, author of Animals Strike Curious Poses. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 6/5: Experience a night of poetry, featuring Leanne Grabel, author of Gold Shoes, Casey Bush, author of Student of the Hippocampus, and Jewels Pedersen, performer and writer. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar reads from her moving debut novel set in Syria, The Map of Salt and Stars. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 6/6: The New Poet Challenge brings writers Nancy Dear, Josie Kostylo, Caitlin Carlton Barnes, Rachel Zakrasel, Jareb Lee Knapp, Megan Saint Marie, and Haley Isleib to the stage. Pairings Portland Wine Shop & Bar, 6 p.m., free.

Unchaste Readers Series presents Eva Bertoglio, Kelly Wallace, Devon Balwit, and Debby Dodds. Jade Lounge, 7 p.m., free, 21+ up.

Jason M. Colby reads from his latest book, Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean’s Greatest Predator. 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 →