Notable Portland: 5/2–5/8


Thursday 5/2: The Free Range Poetry Series hosts a reading featuring writers Kristin Berger, Joannie Stangeland, and Carey Taylor. Northwest Library, 6 p.m., free.

manuel arturo abreu launches their new chapbook, obsequies, and reads alongside Bogosi Sekhukhuni and Laura Camila Medina. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

David Wade presents the iconic book written by his late brother, Simeon Wade, Foucault in California: A True Story Wherein the Great French Philosopher Drops Acid in the Valley of Death. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 5/3: The Spare Room reading series presents writers Trevino L. Brings Plenty, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, and Phoebe Wayne. Passages Bookshop, 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation.

Bill McKibben reads from his new book, Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?, and is joined in conversation by Adriana Voss-Andreae, cofounder of 350PDX. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Sunday 5/5: The Voice of Empathy poetry series hosts writers Paulann Petersen and John Sibley Williams for a reading and live Q&A session. The Tiny Theater PDX, 4 p.m., free.

Kiese Laymon reads from his lauded memoir, Heavy. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 5/7: Shawn Levy reads from his latest tribute to Hollywood, The Castle on Sunset: Life, Death, Art, and Scandal at Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont. 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 →