Notable Portland: 6/13–6/19


Thursday 6/13: Join Emmy-winning host Luke Burbank for a live recording of Live Wire, featuring W. Kamau Bell, Karen Russell, Franny Choi, Kishi Bashi, and more. Alberta Rose Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $20–$35.

Slamlandia hosts its June Literary Arts Show featuring an open mic, slam, and feature poet Nastashia Minto. Literary Arts, 6:30 p.m., free.

Erica Ferencik reads from her new book, Into the Jungle. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

Robert Macfarlane reads from his new book, Underland: A Deep Time Journey, and is joined in conversation by Barry Lopez, author of Horizon. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 6/14: The Rose City Book & Paper Fair hosts its 13th annual event, featuring book dealers from Oregon, Washington, California, and further still. DoubleTree Hotel, Friday from 2–8 p.m and Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m., $3 entry.

Saturday 6/15: 1001: A Literary Journal hosts its fifth issue launch party and benefit to cover printing costs, featuring readings by  contributors Kate Jayroe, Jessica Yen, Ian Carr, Julia Wohlstetter, and Emily Montagno. Independent Publishing Resource Center, 7 p.m., free.

The Bigfoot Regional Poetry Slam comes to Portland for a benefit show, featuring poets Briana Grisby, Avery Gadling, Robert Lashley, Jane Belinda, and many more. Cider Riot, 7:30 p.m., $5–$15.

Tuesday 6/18: Laila Lalami reads from her latest novel, The Other Americans. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 6/19: Rachel DeWoskin discusses her latest novel, Banshee, with New York Times-bestselling author Cheryl Strayed. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., tickets by waitlist.


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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 →