Notable Portland: 2/21–2/27


Thursday 2/21: Digital theorist and writer Douglas Rushkoff reads from his latest book, Team Human. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

The Bone Tax Poem Club returns with a reading featuring Colin Keating, Olivia Olivia, Julia Laxer, Robert Torres, and Isabel Zacharias. Rose City Book Pub, 8 p.m., free.

Friday 2/22: The Portland Review hosts its winter issue release party featuring readings by contributors Camellia Freeman, Elizabeth Pickard, Daniel Elder, and Brian Gard. Independent Publishing Resource Center, 7 p.m., free.

The Whitenoise Project hosts its second year anniversary reading featuring local writers Christopher Rose, Maryam Miri Gabriel, Mike Copperman, and Roland Dahwen Wu. Milepost 5, 7 p.m., $5–$10 suggested donation.

Dani Shapiro reads from her latest memoir, Inheritance. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 2/23: Submission prose editor Kate Garklavs reads from her latest chapbook, Diffusely Yours, and reads alongside Nathan Wade Carter and Jennifer Perrine. Dorsa Brevia, 7 p.m., free.

Christopher Luna celebrates the launch of his debut poetry collection, Message from the Vessel in a Dream, and will read alongside Judith Arcana and Dan Raphael. Like Nobody’s Business, 7 p.m., free.

In honor of the late poet Mary Oliver, all are invited to an open mic reading of her poetry. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., donations accepted but not required and go to SOLVE—a local organization which brings people together to care for our natural spaces.

Sunday 2/24: Tender Table hosts stories on food by writers Jewels, Leo Ariel, and Janessa Bautista. Art Haus, 3 p.m., $10–$15 suggested donation.

Monday 2/25: Portland State University’s Creative Writing Program presents a reading with Paul Collins and Ted Van Alst. Smith Memorial Student Union, 6:30 p.m., free.

Legal scholar and writer Alexandra Natapoff reads from her new book, Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America Unequal. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 2/27: The Mouths of Others Reading Series presents a reading and talk by Diana Kirk, author of Licking Flames. Mt. Hood Community College, 12 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 →