Notable Portland: 9/5–9/11

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Thursday 9/5: Slamlandia’s September Poetry Open Mic and Slam features a spotlight performance by poet Stephanie Dogfoot. Sign-ups begin at 6 pm, followed by an open mic and slam competition at 6:30. This competition is also a WOWPS qualifying slam! Rocking Frog Cafe, 6:30 p.m., free ($5 suggested donation).

Friday 9/6: Mother Foucault’s Bookshop hosts Other People’s Poems, a chance to recite someone else’s poem from memory, or just listen. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Lydia Kiesling reads from her debut novel The Golden State, following a young mother and her daughter attempting to start over in the California desert. She is joined in conversation by Meaghan O’Connell, author of And Now We Have Everything. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 9/7: Bestselling author Mary H.K. Choi reads from her new novel Permanent Record, a YA romance exploring social media’s everyday impact on modern relationships. Laini Taylor, author of the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, joins Choi in conversation. Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 2 p.m., free.

Monday 9/9: Melissa Lynne and Mari Gonzalez host Grief Rites Reader’s Series, a monthly storytelling showcase about grief and loss in which audience members are invited to share and listen to stories exploring grief in all of its manifestations. Event will include an open mic and a curated reading series featuring Caryn Brooks, Wayne Bund, Leanne Grabel, David McIntire, Robin Oakman, Red O’Hare, and Carolyn Travers. Due to subject matter, this series is intended for mature audiences. Rose City Book Pub, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 9/11: Oregon-based author Caroline Kurtz reads from her memoir A Road Called Down on Both Sides, detailing her life growing up in both America and Ethiopia. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

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Emily Nelson is a writer, editor, and directionless postgrad based in Portland. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Fiction Attic, Ayaskala, and Writers Magazine. She is an ongoing contributor for the music blog half&half and for Drizzle Review, and recently served as an editorial intern with Tin House Books. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram. More from this author →