Notable Portland: 1/17–1/23


Thursday 1/17: Ten local poets will read poetry related to the theme, Winter in America. Gallery 114, 6:30 p.m., free.

Poet Peg Edera reads from her latest collection, Love Is Deeper Than Distance. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7 p.m., free.

Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage, Leaving Atlanta, The Untelling, and Silver Sparrow, reads and lectures from her experience as a writer as part of the 34th Season of Portland Arts & Lectures. Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 7:30 p.m., ticket prices vary.

Enjoy a selection of Portland’s exceptional poets, featuring readings by Alicia Jo Rabins, Allison Cobb, Ashley Toliver, and Hajara Quinn. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Author Jessica Brody brings her Save The Cat! Screenwriting methodology to the world of novel writing in a reading of her new book, Save the Cat! Writes a Novel. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

The Bone Tax Poem Club returns with a reading featuring Carol Ellis, Julian Smuggles, Matan Gold, Georgia Wood, and Amie Zimmerman. Rose City Book Pub, 8 p.m., free.

Saturday 1/19: Miss launches its 2018 anthology with a release party at Books with Pictures. Books with Pictures, 5 p.m., free.

Monday 1/21: Acclaimed journalist Dahr Jamail reads from his latest book, The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

The Turnout presents another night of their storytelling Front Porch Sessions, featuring Kisha Jarrett, Lavell Wood, and Darshanpreet Gill. The Secret Society, 8 p.m., $10.

Tuesday 1/22: Local poets Gerry Foote, Mike Langtry, and Dianne Stepp read from their latest work. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7 p.m., free.

Karen Thompson reads from her mesmerizing novel, The Dreamers, and is joined in conversation by Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia!Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 1/23: Sarah McColl reads from her brilliant memoir on her mother and herself, Joy Enough, and is joined in conversation by Margaret Malone, author of People Like You. 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 →