Notable Portland: 1/2–1/8

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Thursday 1/2: Kevin Sampsell and Bry Hoeg present the first installment of their First Word showcase, featuring readings curated by local publishers and organizations. This week’s showcase, organized by Antiquated Future, will feature readings from Karleigh Frisbie Brogan, Christopher Sutton, Danny Noonan, Candi Floss & Bryce Canyon, and Joshua James Amberson. Plus, music from Guidon Bear. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Friday 1/3: Writer and mental health advocate Anna Borges reads from The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Sunday 1/5: Portland-based writer and journalist Emily Prado leads a two-hour workshop for writers of color looking for a space to create new work in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Open to writers of color at all levels of experience, this workshop will meet once a month on Sundays. Literary Arts, 10 a.m., $15.

Tuesday 1/7: Two Rivers Bookstore welcomes local teen writers for “V is for Vulnerable,” an opportunity to share work at an open mic showcase. Two Rivers Bookstore, 6:30 p.m., free.

The first 2020 meeting of the Willamette Writers Portland Chapter will feature keynote speaker and local author Rene Denfeld, presenting “Writing from Real Life: Everyone Has a Story.” Nonmembers are welcome, with a suggested entry fee. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 6:30 p.m., $5 suggested donation.

Wednesday 1/8: Portland poet Shawn Aveningo reads from her latest collection What She Was Wearing. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7 p.m., free.

Noted culture writer Shea Serrano shares his new collection of pop culture criticism, Movies (And Other Things). 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 →