Notable Portland: 12/6–12/12


Thursday 12/6: Micah Perks reads from her latest linked story collection, True Love and Other Dreams of Miraculous Escape. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 12/7: Aileen Keown Vaux reads from her new poetry collection Consolation Prize, and Laura Read will present her latest poetry collection, Dresses from the Old Country. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 12/8: The Oregon Writers Colony hosts its annual festival for readers and writers, featuring readings, live discussions, and artwork. Taborspace, 1–5 p.m., free.

Sunday 12/9: Celebrate the release of the 2018 Street Roots vendor holiday zine, I Am and visit The American Future art installation by Abigail DeVille at this poetry reading and release party. Portland Institute For Contemporary Art, 12 p.m., free.

The Portland Poetry Slam hosts an open mic and poetry slam featuring the first four qualifiers of their second semi-final to pick their team for the next year. This reading will feature poet Brandon Leake, spoken word artist, artistic educator, and motivational speaker from Stockton, California. Tiny’s Coffee, 5:30 p.m., $5 suggested donation.

Monday 12/10: The Tell Me A Story storytelling series returns with local writers Eva Bertoglio, Amy Leona Havin, Vix Gutierrez, Nicole Worthington, Leah Baer, and Jessica Wadleigh. Crush Bar, 7 p.m., free.

Tuesday 12/11: Enjoy Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea novels along with her early short stories printed in one volume for the first time with new illustrations by renowned artist Charles Vess. Vess will be joined in conversation at the event by Le Guin’s son, Theo Downes-Le Guin, Molly Gloss, Tina Connolly, and Ebonee Bell. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 12/12: Poet and translator Carlos Reyes reads from his latest work. Chaparral Books, 6:30 p.m., free.

Ashley Nellis of The Sentencing Project reads from her latest book, The Meaning of Life: The Case for Abolishing Life Sentences, and is joined in conversation by Andy Ko, Executive Director at the Partnership for Safety and Justice. 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 →