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Wendy Willis

Wendy Willis

Wendy Willis is a writer living in Portland, Oregon. Winner of the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize, she has published two books of poetry, and in journals, including New England ReviewOregon HumanitiesPoetry NorthwestThe RumpusZócalo Public Square, and ZYZZYVA. Her most recent book is the essay collection These Are Strange Times, My Dear. Willis is a lawyer, the executive director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, and the founder and director of Oregon’s Kitchen Table. 

Events, Classes, and Seminars

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Saturday

Nov 11

Pop Up Events  

Pop-up: Wendy Willis

Wendy Willis pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her recent book of poetry, A Long Late Pledge.  Willis is paired with Santiam River by Charles C. McKim; found in the Northwest Art, floor 3, gallery 304.  A Long Late Pledge, Wendy Willis's second book of poems and the first from Bear Star Press,

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Saturday

Nov 11

You Can’t Go Home Again: Memoir of the Past and Present

Unflinchingly honest memoirs about mothers, money, anxiety, and dealing with the place you come from. Featuring Gabrielle Bell, whose graphic memoir Everything Is Flammable takes place over one year in which she tries to help her mother rebuild after her house burns down; Jenny Forrester, whose debut memoir Narrow River, Wide Sky is the story

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Saturday

Nov 9

Pop Up Events  

Pop-up: Wendy Willis

Wendy Willis pops-up in the Portland Art Museum galleries with her essay collection, These Are Strange Times, My Dear.  Willis is paired with the artwork Refusal by Hank Willis Thomas; found in the Hank Willis Thomas special exhibit, on the 1st floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to

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Saturday

Nov 9

Portland Book Festival  

Indivisible: Politics & Protest

Three poets offer personal perspectives on the state of the nation. In Hybrida, Tina Chang confronts the complexities of raising a mixed-race child during an era of political upheaval in the United States, ruminating on the relationship between her son’s blackness and his safety, exploring the dangers of childhood in a post–Trayvon Martin era, and

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