Notable Portland: 2/6–2/12


Thursday 2/6: Anna Wiener reads from her new memoir Uncanny Valley. She is joined in conversation by Meaghan O’Connell, author of And Now We Have Everything. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.

First Word is a new monthly reading series held on the first Thursday of each month. February’s First Word is hosted by Grief Rites, an artistic community dedicated to personal stories of grief. Readers will share their work in an intimate gathering to honor and give a voice to grief in its many forms. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Spare Room presents poetry readings by Martha Silano, author of Gravity Assist, and Michele Glazer. $5 suggested donation, but no one will be turned away. Passages Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Friday 2/7: Mother Foucault’s hosts their monthly Other People’s Poems reading series, where guests are invited to memorize and recite someone else’s poem. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 2/8: Multnomah County Libraries celebrate Black History Month with the African American Read-In, featuring readings by local leaders, teachers, and celebrities from their favorite works by African American writers. North Portland Library, 1 p.m., free.

Join authors Pam Houston (Deep Creek) and Stephanie Land (Maid) in conversation at Corporeal Writing. They will also answer questions focused on their weekend workshop, including writing and the publishing process. Corporeal Writing, 6:30 p.m., free.

Monday 2/10: Award-winning author Garth Greenwell reads from his new novel Cleanness. He is joined in conversation by Omar El Akkad, author of American War. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.

Tuesday 2/11: Emma Copley Eisenberg reads from her debut book, The Third Rainbow Girl. She is joined in conversation by Vanessa Veselka, author of Zazen. Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free

Wednesday 2/12: Sophia Shalmiyev celebrates the paperback release of her feminist memoir Mother Winter with readings from the book by fellow authors, including Chelsea Bieker, Leni Zumas, Matthew Dickman, Cari Luna, and Mary Szybist. Signing to follow. The Stacks Coffehouse, 7 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 →