Notable Portland: 2/28–3/6

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Thursday 2/28: The Reed College Visiting Writers Series welcomes Safiya Sinclair, author of Cannibal, to read from her latest work and discuss the craft of writing. Eliot Hall Chapel, 6:30 p.m., free.

Wendy Willis reads from her latest book, These Are Strange Times, My Dear: Field Notes from the Republic, and discusses protest rights with special guest Steven Wax, Legal Director of the Oregon Innocence Project. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Eva Hagberg Fisher reads from her new book, How To Be Loved: A Memoir of Lifesaving Friendship, and is joined in conversation by Sophia Shalmiyev, author of Mother Winter. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Siblings Dani and Hava Dannenberg read from their collaborative book, Mirrors and Closets: The Complex Journey of LGBTQ Twins & Their Siblings. Rose City Book Pub, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 3/1: Journalist Rebecca Robinson reads from her latest book, Voices from Bears Ears: Seeking Common Ground on Sacred Land, and is joined in conversation by Stephen Strom, whose photos are featured in the book. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Sunday 3/3: Each winter, the Spare Room Reading Series hosts a marathon reading of a long work, and this year the event will honor Bay Area poet Robert Duncan (1919–1988). Readers will include Sam Lohmann, Patrick Hartigan, Marilyn Stablein, Jesse Morse, Rodney Koeneke, Michael Weaver, James Yeary, Seann McCollum, Tom DeBeacuhamp, John Beer, Laura Feldman, Evan Corcoran, David Abel, and Chris Ashby. Passages Bookshop, 12 – 8 p.m., free.

Poets manuel arturo abreu and Julian Smuggles read from their latest work. Rose City Book Pub, 7:30 p.m., free.

Monday 3/4: Tom Barbash reads from his newest novel, The Dakota Winters. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 3/5: Irvine Welsh reads from his follow-up to Trainspotting, his latest book Dead Men’s Trousers. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 3/6: Mark Synnott reads from his new piece of creative nonfiction, The Impossible Climb: Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the Climbing Life. 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 oliviawrites.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter. More from this author →