Notable Portland: 3/14–3/20


Thursday 3/14: The Reed College Visiting Writers Program presents Jess Arndt, author of Large Animals. Eliot Hall Chapel, 6:30 p.m., free.

Reema Zaman reads for the launch of her new memoir, I Am Yours. Wildfang West, 7 p.m., free.

Helen Oyeyemi reads from her latest novel, Gingerbread, and is joined in conversation by Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Book of Joan. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 3/15: The Switch Reading Series presents manuel arturo abreu, author of Incalculable Loss, and Samantha Giles, author of Total Recall. Stumptown Coffee Division, 5:30 p.m., free.

Enjoy a reading for “The Two Judiths”—featuring poets Judith Barrington, author of Long Love: New and Selected Poems, and Judith H. Montgomery, author of Litany for Wound and Bloom. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 3/16: Enjoy a reading featuring local writers Kerry Cohen, Leanne Grabel, and John Dooley. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

The Spare Room Reading Series presents multimedia poet Jac Nelson and Deborah Woodard, author of Plato’s Bad Horse. Passages Bookshop, 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation.

Monday 3/18: Kate Hope Day reads from her new novel, If, Then, and is joined in conversation by Lindsey Lee Johnson, author of The Most Dangerous Place on Earth. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Wednesday 3/20: Poets Wendy Chin Tanner, Jennifer Perrine, and Pamela Santos read from their latest work. Literary Arts, 7 p.m., free.

Whitney Scharer reads from her debut novel, The Age of Light. 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 →