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Chanel Miller appearing at Pop-Up Magazine’s Portland Show on Oct. 26

Chanel Miller, a celebrated illustrator and author of The New York Times bestselling memoir, Know My Name will be appearing exclusively for the Portland stop of the Love Stories tour, presented by Literary Arts.

Pop-Up Magazine is the acclaimed live magazine show, featuring original and unforgettable true stories, art, music, and performance from the world’s great and emerging storytellers and journalists, accompanied by illustration, animation, film, photography, and an original score performed onstage by our musical collaborators, Magik*Magik Orchestra. Imagine a comedy show, play, concert, podcast, and film—all wrapped into one night.

Pop-Up Magazine will embark on a themed tour this fall: Love Stories. First loves and blind dates, heartbreak and missed connections, life-long companionship and chosen family. What does love mean to you? Pop-Up Magazine: Love Stories will explore powerful, hilarious, and moving stories about love in different forms: marriage, friendship, self-love, redemption, longing, and so much more.

Many great contributors will be on tour for this special themed issue, including writer and actor Ryan O’Connell (Netflix’s Special; Peacock’s Queer as Folk; author of I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves), poet Sarah Kay (Project VOICE), musician Victoria Canal (Elegy EP), author and artist Chanel Miller (NYT bestselling memoir Know My Name), radio producer Rachael Cusick (Radiolab), filmmaker Nadav Kurtz (Paraiso, a Sundance Film Festival selection), comedian Pamela Rae Schuller (“What Makes Me Tic”), director Ben-Alex Dupris (“Sweetheart Dancers”) and more. However, Portland is the only stop Chanel Miller is making this time around!

Here is an interview Pop-Up Magazine did with Chanel while on tour with the Spring Issue in May.

Chanel Miller, from the Pop-Up Magazine:Spring Issue show at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, CA. Photo by Erin Brethauer

You co-host the podcast Childhood with Tiffany and Chanel with your sister. What’s it like to do a podcast with your sister, and what do you hope listeners take away from it?
It’s interesting that with a sibling there’s a witness to your upbringing. Tiffany can recall memories I’d long forgotten about and I can do the same for her. We have the special power to unlock a little door in each other that unleashes a stream of memories. At the end of each episode, we come up with questions for our listeners in hopes of unearthing overlooked, formative moments from their childhood–everything from their favorite after school snacks to running errands with parents. We hope you’ll find different access points to reexamine childhood through a warm and curious lens.

Your upcoming Pop-Up Magazine story, which will also feature your illustrations, is about how we as a society often ask the wrong questions. What are some questions you hope people will ask after watching your piece?
How is she so talented and hot at the same time? The answer is, I don’t know, but I’ll tell you that the origin of the idea for my Pop-Up Magazine piece came from the time that I was a literature major. I was always being asked, “What are you going to do with that?” I thought it was a boringly logical, unimaginative question. Why are you worried about my future prospects and source of income? Ask me what I like to read, what’s on my nightstand, my favorite books from childhood. You should be excited when you meet a bookworm!! 

What’s inspiring you lately?
Listening: Design Matters with Debbie Millman and Book Friends Forever podcast by Alvina and Grace. Reading: Permission to Come Home: Reclaiming Mental Health as Asian Americans by Jenny T. Wang, and of course I’m reading my fellow Pop-Up Magazine authors Jon Mooallem (Serious Face) and Ingrid Rojas Contreras (The Man Who Could Move Clouds). Watching: Out my window into other people’s windows in NYC.

Describe your Pop-Up Magazine story in 5 words. 
Togetherness, overcoming, buoyancy, jubilation, family.

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