Notable Portland: 12/13–12/19


Thursday 12/13: Slamlandia hosts its Second Thursday poetry open mic and slam, featuring Brianna Grisby as their headline poet. Literary Arts, 6:30 p.m., free.

Historian Val C. Ballestrem reads from her new book on Portland history, Lost Portland, Oregon. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 12/14: Enjoy a presentation and panel discussion of Melanie Stevens’s long awaited graphic novel, WaterShed, Volume 1: PostModern. Stevens will be discussing her work with Rubén García Marrufo. Chingada Gallery, 6–8 p.m., free.

Saturday 12/15: Felicity Fenton celebrates the launch of her latest book, User Not Found, by reading alongside authors Rebecca Schiff (The Bed Moved) and Jay Ponteri (Darkmouth Strikes Again), accompanied by music from Milk Bandits. Turn Turn Turn, 6–8 p.m., free.

The Independent Publishing Resource Center hosts its regular reading for writers and artists from their Certificate Program. IPRC, 7 p.m., free.

Sunday 12/16: The Stacks Coffeehouse celebrates its grand opening with an all-day rotating selection of live readings by local authors, including Mo Daviau, Liz Prato, Laura Stanfill, Melissa Duclos, Amber Keller, Alicia Jo Rabins, and so many others. The Stacks Coffeehouse, 6:30 a.m.–6 p.m., free.

Co-authors and partners in crime Professor Errare and S.W. Campbell read from their latest work. Rose City Book Pub, 2 p.m., free.

Monday 12/17: Experience Invisible Spectrum, the storytelling series exclusively by writers of color in Portland. The Secret Society, 7 p.m., $10.

Tuesday 12/18: Local authors Jason Arias and Samuel Snoek-Brown read from their latest works. Books Around the Corner, 6 p.m., free.

Wednesday 12/19: Enjoy the annual Publication Fair, a showcase and sale of publications by Portland area writers, artists, and small presses. The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel, 12 – 7 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 →