The Portland Book Festival is a glorious, jam-packed day where you’re invited to choose your own adventure. But we know all the choices can be a little overwhelming. To help you plan your Festival day, we’ve curated a few handy guides for you, depending on what you’d like to see.
After stopping by Museum Grounds cafe for some poetic caffeination and carbohydrates, start your day at the Festival book fair, featuring many great poetry publishers and organizations, including the Poetry Foundation, Copper Canyon Press, YesYes Books, Wave Books, and many more! Don’t forget, your $5 voucher is good at any exhibitor booth or Festival bookstore.
The book fair is at the Portland Art Museum, so you’ll be in good position to make your way to the Miller Gallery to catch award-winning poet Jake Skeets (Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers) in conversation with Julian Smith (Aloha Rodeo) and moderator Justin St. Germain (Son of a Gun) for “Frontiers: Reconsidering the American West.” [PAM Miller Gallery, 11:30 a.m.]
Lunch time! Take your pick from great food trucks on the Festival grounds.
Head to the Portland Parks Foundation Tent to catch “Three Poets Laureate: A Conversation,” featuring Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang (Hybrida), Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal (Nightingale), and Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford (Wild Honey, Tough Salt). [Portland Parks Foundation Tent, 2:45 p.m.]
Make your way across the street to the Portland Art Museum to explore the pop-up readings in the galleries. Be sure to catch the YesYes Books poets at their pop-ups: Matt Hart (Everything Breaking/For Good), KMA Sullivan (Inclined to Riot), Diannely Antigua (Ugly Music), and Brandon Courtney (This, Sisyphus). [PAM European Art galleries, 3:30 p.m.]
End your Festival day with an all-star poetry panel, featuring Diannely Antigua (Ugly Music), Jericho Brown (The Tradition), Malcolm Tariq (Heed the Hollow), and moderator Erika Stevens (poetry editor, Coffee House Press) in “Dangerous Love: Desire & Obsession.” [Winningstad Theatre, 5:00 p.m.]
If you haven’t done so already, we recommend ordering your advance pass now. Advance passes can be picked up at the Portland Art Museum on Thursday or Friday from 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. By picking up your pass in advance, you’ll skip the box office line on Festival day and hit the ground running!
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