Notable Portland: 8/2–8/8


Thursday 8/2: Join Slamlandia for a feature show to determine who will be the Slamlandia representative in competing at the Individual World Poetry Slam in San Diego. This closed slam will feature performances by Jane Belinda, Matt Bendert, Nikki Burian, Faith Gadling, Bri Gowdy, Kate Leddy, Trillian Lynn, Stephen Meads, Ms. Niki, and Bella Trent. Guilder, 6 p.m., $1–$5 suggested donation.

Local author Jeff Stookey reads from Chicago Blues, the second book in his Medicine for the Blues trilogy. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free.

Joanna Luloff reads from her debut novel, Remind Me Again What Happened. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7 p.m., free.

Deep Overstock launches its second issue with readings by featured writers Andy Anderson, Maya McOmie, Jaya Blackburn, Ariel Kusby, and more. Dorsa Brevia, 7:30 p.m., free.

Ken Bensinger reads from his definitive, shocking account of the FIFA scandal, Red Card. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 8/3: The Willamette Writers proudly launch the 7th issue of their literary magazine, The Timberline Review, featuring readings by Jacqueline Marie Briggs, Janel Brubaker, Casey Killingsworth, Colette Tennant, Leland Seese, Sara Balsom, Douglas Cole, and Devon Balwit. Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, 7 p.m., free.

Alexandra Mattraw celebrates the launch of her debut full-length book of poems, small siren, by reading alongside fellow poets Valerie Witte, Jen Coleman, and Steffi Drewes. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 8/5: Enjoy poetry at the Lent Streets Fair by Judith Arcana, Jon Boisvert, Darlene Pagan, and Tim Whitsel. Lents International Farmers Market, 9:30 a.m., free.

The Portland Poetry Slam hosts its weekly open mic with feature performance by Jane Belinda. The Ranger Station, 6 p.m., $5 suggested donation.

Monday 8/6: The Free Range Poetry series welcomes Helen Puciloski, Pat McConnell, and Marilyn Stablein for this reading, before opening up to an open mic. Northwest Library, 6 p.m., free.

The Whitenoise Project returns and features readings by Margaret Rhee, Neil Aitken, Janice Lee, Darius Kazemi, Juleen Johnson, and Jung Hu Lee. Independent Publishing Resource Center, 7 p.m., free.

Carol Muske-Dukes reads from her new collection, Blue Rose, alongside Jane Mead, author of the new collection, World of Made and Unmade. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 8/7: Lee McIntyre reads from his new book, Post-Truth. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 8/8: Nathaniel Popkin, editor of the new anthology, Who Will Speak for America?, Is joined conversation by contributor Rene Denfeld, author of The Child Finder. 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 →