Notable Portland: 1/31–2/6


Thursday 1/31: Scottish-born, Portland-based poet Sean Cumming reads from his latest work, including Leave to Remain. Another Read Through, 7 p.m., free.

Local author Stevan Allred reads from his debut novel, The Alehouse at the End of the World. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7 p.m., free.

Whiskey Emerson reads from his book, West of Hell, and hosts a book signing and Q&A session for readers and fans alike. Rose City Book Pub, 7:30 p.m., free.

Backfence PDX hosts its latest storytelling event, Russian Roulette, featuring Derrick Brown, Eden Dawn, Chris Williams, Shelley McClendon, Oz du Soleil, and Katie Piatt. Curious Comedy Theater, 7:30 p.m., $16–$26.

Friday 2/1: Megan Griswold reads from her latest book, The Book of Help: A Memoir in Remedies. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Sunday 2/3: Poets Kristin Berger and Carl Adamshick read from their latest work for the Voice of Empathy Poetry Series. The Tiny Theater PDX, 4 p.m., free.

Monday 2/4: Tosh Berman reads from his self-titled memoir, Tosh, and is joined in conversation by Kevin Sampsell, author of This Is Between Us. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 2/5: Brian Hart reads from his new novel, Trouble No Man. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 2/6: Contributors Daniel H. Wilson and Omar El Akkad share work from the newly published anthology, A People’s Future of the United States, and are joined in conversation by Wendy N. Wagner (An Oath of Dogs). Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 7 p.m., free.

The Plonk Reading Series returns with featured writers Shannon Brazil, Daniel Elder, Tanya Jarvik, and Wayne Scott. Corkscrew Wine Bar, 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 →