Notable Portland: 11/29–12/5


Thursday 11/29: The Writers in the Schools program hosts a reading featuring instructors including Michelle Keil, Favian Harper, Jules Ohman, Bettina de Leon-Barrera, Mark Pomeroy, Matt Smith, Ramiza Koya, Alex Behr, Ryan Nakano, Angus Callam, and Emily Prado. Literary Arts, 7 p.m., free.

Chaya Bhuvaneswar reads from her new short story collection following women of color along with the sexual harassment and racial violence that befalls them, White Dancing Elephants, and is joined in conversation by Reema Zaman, author of the forthcoming memoir, I Am Yours. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 11/30: Dorsa Brevia hosts local writers Melissa Amstutz, Ally Harris, Sascha Krader, Rob Schlegel, and Jay Aquinas Thompson for its latest reading. Dorsa Brevia, 7 p.m., free.

Two Plum Press hosts a reading celebrating its authors and their newest releases, including Joshua James Amberson, Delphine Bedient, Carol Ellis, Ross Robbins, Izzy Ferguson, Zachary Schomburg, Michelle Overby, and Chris Maday. Independent Publishing Resource Center, 7 p.m., free.

Chris McGreal reads from his latest nonfiction book, American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts, and is joined in conversation by Joe Sacco, author of Footnotes in Gaza. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Sunday 12/2: Experience Holiday Cheer: A Celebration of Oregon Authors, which features Oregon’s literary talents at a holiday book sale and signing with over ninety authors. The event will feature hot cocoa, Dickens carolers, and a visit from Santa. Oregon Historical Society, 12–4 p.m., free.

Three Oregon poets present their new collections: Bill Siverly with Nightfall, Penelope Scambly Schott with House of the Cardamom Seed, and Barbara Drake with The Road to Lilac Hill. Powell’s City of Books, 2 p.m., free.

Charles Belfoure reads from his new novel, The Fallen Architect. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 12/3: Writer and professor Johnnie Mazzocco offers a free one-hour writing workshop on description to the community. Rose City Book Pub, 1 p.m., free.

The Grief Rites storytelling showcase presents Jewelie Randall, Anatoly Molotkov, Amie Zimmerman, Ashley Toliver, Krista Dabakis Price, and Kathlene Postma for this month’s reading. Post 134, 7 p.m., free.

PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award-winning poet and translator Jeffrey Yang reads from his new collection, Hey, Marfa and is joined in conversation by poet John Beer, author of Lucinda. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 12/4: Enjoy Postal Social, a day to gather and celebrate the magic of mail, complete with tea, treats, and typewriters. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 4 p.m., free.

Randy Shaw reads from his new nonfiction book, Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 12/5: The Mouths of Others readings series presents spoken word artist Noah Schultz for this month’s reading. Mt. Hood Community College, 12 p.m., free.

The Plonk Reading Series presents the VoiceCatcher Fall 2018 issue release party, featuring readings by contributors. Corkscrew Wine Bar, 7 p.m., free, 21+ only.

Octavio Solis reads from his new collection, Retablos: Stories From a Life Lived Along the Border. 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 →