Notable Portland: 1/9–1/15

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Thursday 1/9: E. J. Koh reads from her new memoir, The Magical Language of Others. She is joined in conversation by Mary Szybist, author of Incarnadine. 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 selection is Zadie Smith’s Swing Time. Powell’s City of Books, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 1/10: Mother Foucault’s Bookshop hosts the Northwest Academy Visiting Writer’s Series, featuring Washington, DC poet Kyle Dargan (Anagnorisis). Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 1/11: The second annual Portland Winter Poetry Festival kicks off, featuring readings, panel discussions, workshops, open mics, and a poets’ market. Runs through January 12th. PNCA, 12 p.m., free.

Poet and book artist MC Hyland reads from her latest collection, THE END. She will be joined by New York artist and public practitioner Chloë Bass. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Monday 1/13: Rose City Book Pub presents Story Time for Grownups, featuring a special Blackout Party with stories from Ambrose Pierce read by David Loftus. Rose City Book Pub, 8 p.m., free.

Tuesday 1/14: Dan Raphael reads from his new poetry collection, Manything. Broadway Books, 7 p.m., free.

Astrologer and psychic Jessica Lanyadoo reads from her guidebook, Astrology for Real Relationships. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m, free.

Wednesday 1/15: Northwest poet Linda Bierds reads from her new collection, The Hardy Tree. She is joined by Portland’s David Biespiel, who will read from his most recent collection, Republic Cafe. Discussion to follow. Annie Bloom’s Books, 7 p.m., free.

Brian M. Biggs reads from his memoir Prove My Soul: Another Side of the Vietnam War. 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 →