Notable Portland: 6/7–6/13


Thursday 6/7: The Portland State University Creative Writing Program and Tin House present a discussion on the career and work of the late Ursula K. Le Guin. A three-person panel, featuring her son and literary executor Theo Downes-Le Guin, fellow writer and former pupil Molly Gloss, and scholar and Manuscripts Librarian at the University of Oregon, Linda Long. The panel will be facilitated by Professor Gabe Urza. The Little Church, 6 p.m., free.

Join the Willamette Writers and Timberline Review for the reading and celebration of their sixth issue launch, featuring readings by Tim Raphael, Rick Attig, Tim Gillespie, Steve Denniston, and more. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Annie Bloom’s welcomes nonfiction authors Jan Redford, Rachel Rose, and Carol Shaben for readings from their latest books. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7 p.m., free.

Celina Su launches her new chapbook, Landia, and is joined by fellow Portland poets Jessica Johnson and Consuelo Wise. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 6/8: Celebrate the opening of of Mother Foucault’s painter-in-residence Brook Budy’s Painting Foucault: A Year at the Bookshop with a reading, featuring poems by local writers Joanna Rose, Donna Prinzmetal, Andrea Hollander, and Suzanne Sigafoos. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Journalist Corey Pein reads from her new book, Live Work Work Work Die: A Journey Into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 6/9: Submission Reading Series presents a one-off reading featuring poets Jamondria Harris, Dan Hoy, and Abraham Smith. High & Low Art Space and Gallery, 3:30 p.m., $10 suggested donation.

Ariel Gore’s School for Wayward Writers hosts a participant reading, featuring Nina Packebush, Jenna Powers Fox, Jessica Ann, Alyssa Graybeal, Sara Jeanne, Dot Hearn, Missy Ladygo, Jenny Forester, Sara Blackthorne, and Meg Weber. Nirvana Cafe, 7 p.m., free.

Rodney Koeneke launches his latest book of poems, Body & Glass, with a reading, featuring fellow poets Samiya Bashir and Allison Cobb. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 6/10: Celebrate the launch of Amie Zimmerman’s new chapbook, Oyster, with a reading featuring her guest Sam Roxas-Chua, Ashley Toliver, and Adam Tedesco. Turn! Turn! Turn!, 6 p.m., free.

The Independent Publishing Resource Center celebrates the launch of their second annual journal, Route, featuring readings by contributors Jaya Blackburn, Carol Ellis, Craig Foster, and more. Independent Publishing Resource Center, 7 p.m., free.

Williamson Knight is pleased to announce publishing/poetics, a night of poetry presented by Stockholm-based OEI Press with writers Helena Eriksson, Cecilia Grönberg, Jonas J. Magnusson, Peder Alexis Olsson, and Gustav Sjöberg. Williamson Knight, 7 p.m., free.

Madeline Miller reads from her new suspenseful tale, Circe. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 6/11: Pendleton author Bette Lynch Husted reads from her debut novel, All Coyote’s Children, published by Oregon State University Press. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Ruth Ware, author of In a Dark, Dark Wood, reads from her anticipated fourth novel, The Death of Mrs. Westaway. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Hugo Award-winning author and music journalist Jason Heller reads from his new book, Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 6/12: National Book Award winner and journalist Masha Gessen delivers his companion lecture, “Totalitarianism and the New Russia,” to his latest book, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 7 p.m., ticket prices vary.

Judith Barrington reads from her newly launched collection of poetry, Long Love: New and Selected Poems. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Acclaimed essaying Steven Church reads from his new nonfiction book, I’m Just Getting to the Disturbing Part. He is joined in conversation by Aaron Gilbreath, author of Everything We Don’t Know. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 6/13: If you haven’t scored tickets to Literary Arts’s sold out Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin, there’s good news for you courtesy of the Portland Art Museum. Enjoy a free simulcast with a 900-person seating capacity, and enjoy the event which will feature tributes from writers and friends including Margaret Atwood, Molly Gloss, Walidah Imarisha, Jonathan Lethem, Kelly Link, China Miéville, and Daniel José Older, to name a few. Portland Art Museum, 6:30 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. streaming, first come, first serve, 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 →