Notable Portland: 9/20–9/26


Thursday 9/20: The Reed College Visiting Writer Series presents award-winning artist, writer, and activist Gregg Bordowitz for this month’s reading and discussion. Eliot Hall Chapel, 6:30 p.m., free.

Local author Dora M. Raymaker reads from her new novel, Hoshi and the Red City Circuit. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free.

Elliot Reed reads from his latest book, A Key to Treehouse Living, and is joined in conversation by Arthur Bradford, filmmaker and author of Turtleface and Beyond. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Jane Mount shares from her new book, Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany, and is joined in conversation by Lisa Congdon, illustrator and author of A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Celebrate the launch of Jamondria Harris’s debut poetry collection release along with companion LP, quaerere. Polaris Hall, 8 p.m., free.

Friday 9/21: Bay Area poet Susie Meserve reads from her latest collection, Little Prayers, and is joined by Portland writer Stephanie Adams-Santos. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Eli Saslow reads from his new book, Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White SupremacistPowell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 9/22: Oregon’s ninth Poet Laureate, Kim Stafford, hosts a reading, conversation, and brief writing practice. Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, 9:30 a.m., free.

Verbal Escape in collaboration with the Central Library present an interactive spoken word poetry performance featuring local Portland artists, including Noah Schultz and the Morpheus Youth Project. Central Library, 2:30 p.m., free.

Ashley Toliver launches her latest poetry collection, Spectra, alongside Portland poet Hajara Quinn, author of Coolth. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 9/23: Students from all over Oregon read from the annual anthology, Honoring Our Rivers. Contributors will have the opportunity to present their work alongside professional authors and artists. Powell’s City of Books, 4 p.m., free.

Monday 9/24: Susan Froderberg reads from her daring and lyrical new novel, Mysterium. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

J. Reuben Appelman reads from his latest memoir and investigative piece, The Kill Jar: Obsession, Descent, and a Hunt for Detroit’s Most Notorious Serial Killer. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 9/25: James Frey reads his new novel, Katerina. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 9/26: Portland-based publisher The Poetry Box hosts a reading featuring a selection of their local writers, including Sherri Levine, Liz Nakazawa, and Rebecca Smolen. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7 p.m., free.

Investigative journalist Shane Bauer reads from his new work, American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Back Fence PDX hosts Russian Roulette, a series where storytellers get five minutes to come up with a true five-minute story based on a randomly drawn prompt. This edition will feature Caitlin Weierhauser, Eden Dawn, Katie Nguyen, Dayvid Figler, Kisha Jarrett, and Nick Condon. Curious Comedy Theater, 7:30 p.m., $16–$22.


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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 →