Notable Portland: 11/7–11/13

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Thursday 11/7: Contributors from Windfall magazine’s Fall 2019 issue gather for a group reading. Featuring Melody Leming-Wilson, Melissa Madenski, Lex Runciman, and Mark Thalman. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 11/8: A collaboration between Litquake and Literary Arts, Lit Crawl Portland kicks off Portland Book Festival weekend with a citywide lineup of readings, talks, book launches, and events. Here are a few highlights (find the full schedule here):

Join The Rumpus, Corporeal Writing, and Yes Yes Books for Our Words Are a Bridge, featuring readings from Diannely Antigua, Jennine Capó Crucet, Steph Cha, Brandon Courtney, Ross Gay, Matt Hart, and T Kira Madden. Hosted by Marisa Siegel. Corporeal Writing, 8 p.m., free.

Burn It Down x All of Me x Lit Crawl is a collaborative reading event featuring editors and contributors from two new anthologies on women’s anger, Burn It Down and All of Me. Hosted by Lilly Dancyger and Dani Burlinson and featuring readings by Ariel Gore, Marissa Korbel, G. Ravyn Stanfield, and our very own Editor-in-Chief, Marisa Siegel! Corporeal Writing, 7 p.m., free.

ZYZZYVA hosts contributors Robin Romm, Don Waters, Lydia Kiesling, and John Sibley Williams to share future and past pieces from ZYZZYVA. Dorsa Brevia, 6 p.m., free.

Saturday 11/9: The Rumpus presents Deep Roots: Crafting Place, featuring discussion on the craft of writing setting by T Kira Madden (Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls) and Elizabeth McCracken (Bowlaway). This reading will be moderated by Marisa Siegel and will be located in the Portland Parks Foundation Tent. Josie G Mendoza & Hugh Mackworth Stage, 10:30 a.m., free with purchase of Portland Book Festival pass.

The Rumpus hosts Kristen Arnett (Mostly Dead Things), Jake Skeets (Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers), and Malcolm Tariq (Heed the Hollow) for a pop-up reading at the Portland Art Museum. Located in front of MEDIUM by Heather Watkins on the 4th floor. Portland Art Museum, 2:30 p.m., free with purchase of Portland Book Festival pass.

Author Emily Thuma reads from the new book All Our Trials: Prisons, Policing, and the Feminist Fight to End Violence, and will be joined in conversation by local activists. Dismantle Change Build Center, 6 p.m., free.

Monday 11/11: Celebrate the release of The Hard Times: The First 40 Years with The Hard Times Live!, a comedy showcase featuring stand-up, skits, and storytelling. Featuring Nariko Ott, Wendy Weiss, Chris Nakis, Dylan Jenkins, and many more. Hosted by Hard Times Editor-in-Chief Bill Conway. Kickstand Comedy, 9 p.m., $10.

Wednesday 11/13: Local author Claire Rudy Foster reads from their new story collection Shine of the Ever, a literary mixtape of queer voices out of 1990s Portland. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 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 →