Notable Portland: 12/12–12/18


Thursday 12/12: WriteAround Portland celebrates the release of their 57th anthology, Close-up Mirrors, featuring readers from some of this year’s workshop participants. TaborSpace, 6:30 p.m., free.

The Slamlandia Women of the World Poetry Slam finals will feature readings by California poet Bella. There will be no open mic during this slam. Literary Arts, 6:30 p.m., free.

Don Waters reads from These Boys and Their Fathers, a blended memoir and investigative story about fatherhood and masculinity against the backdrop of professional surfing. Powell’s City of Books,7:30 p.m., free.

Black women and Black nonbinary people are invited to join the Well-Read Black Girl Book Club every second Thursday of the month. This month’s pick is Kindred by Octavia E. Butler. Powell’s City of Books, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 12/13: Two Rivers Bookstore hosts local authors Rene Denfeld (The Butterfly Girl) and Willy Vlautin (Don’t Skip Out on Me) for “Tales from Home,” a selection of readings by both authors followed by conversation with Matt Minicucci (Small Gods), Taylor Zajonc (The Maw), and Martha Shelley (A Meteor Shower). Two Rivers Bookstore, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 12/14: Powell’s hosts Holiday Kid’s Storytime featuring an appearance by Dr. Seuss’s the Grinch and a reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Powell’s City of Books, 11 a.m., free.

Oregon poet Tom Blood (Sky Position) read with other literary locals. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Monday 12/16: Wildwood Saloon hosts Third Monday Poetry. Signup at 8 p.m., reading starts at 8:30 p.m. Wildwood Saloon, 8:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 12/17: Deep Overstock celebrates the release of Issue #7: Horror with readings, drinks, and refreshments! Dorsia Brevia, 7:30 p.m., free.


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Emily Nelson is a writer and editor from the Pacific Northwest currently pursuing an MFA in Fiction at the University of Montana. Her work has been published in Ayaskala, Drizzle Review, and Writers, and she is an ongoing contributor for the music blog half&half. You can find her on Twitter, where she mostly soliloquizes about Mad Men and other shows that are long off-air. More from this author →