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Pop-up: Susan Moore

Wed, Nov 18, 2020 from 3:00 pm - 3:20 pm PST
#PDXBookFest

Free

Portland-based poet Susan Moore shares selections from her poetry collection, That Place Where You Opened Your Hands, as well as new pieces, in this reading filmed at the Portland Art Museum.

Catch this reading on Literary Arts’ Instagram Stories on November 18th, or stream it anytime at PDXBookFest.org.


The pop-up readings are a partnership between the Portland Book Festival and the Portland Art Museum where Festival writers are thematically paired with artworks in the Museum. A celebration of creatives, the pop-ups highlight the intersections of visual art and the written word. For her pop-up reading, Moore was paired with The Red House by Camille Pissarro, in PAM’s Modern & Contemporary Art collection.


About That Place Where You Opened Your Hands:

Celebrating the tension between what we imagine and what we know the world to be, Susan Leslie Moore’s debut collection moves between certainty and doubt, dead seriousness and determined playfulness. Exploring identity and the exterior and interior selves we create through the natural world, language, and relationships, the poems of That Place Where You Opened Your Hands bring the ordinary rhythms of life and motherhood into coexistence with wilder truths. As Moore writes, “If I can’t be singular / in purpose, let me be quietly adrift,” but these are not quiet poems.


Purchase That Place Where You Opened Your Hands from ANNIE BLOOM’S BOOKS, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

ALL BOOKS PURCHASED THROUGH FESTIVAL EVENTS, FROM ANNIE BLOOM’S BOOKSBROADWAY BOOKSGREEN BEAN BOOKS, OR POWELL’S BOOKS SUPPORT THE AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS WHO SHARE THEIR WORK AT THE FESTIVAL AND THE BOOKSELLERS WHO HAVE WORKED HARD TO KEEP THEIR BUSINESSES OPEN DURING THESE DIFFICULT TIMES. BY PURCHASING BOOKS from these bookstores YOU ARE SUPPORTING THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THE FESTIVAL.

Susan Leslie Moore

Susan Leslie Moore’s poetry has appeared in The New York Times MagazineNew York QuarterlyPoetry Northwest, Willow Springs,and elsewhere. Her poem "Night of the Living" is included in Best American Poetry 2020. She is the author of two chapbooks from Dancing Girl Press, She Preferred to Read the Knives and How to Live Forever. She edited the online magazine Caffeine Destiny for thirteen years, and is one of the editors of the anthology Alive At The Center: Contemporary Poems from the Pacific Northwest, published by Ooligan Press. She is the winner of the 2019 Juniper Prize in Poetry and her first full-length collection, That Place Where You Opened Your Hands, was published by University of Massachusetts Press in April 2020.

Purchase That Place Where You Opened Your Hands from BROADWAY BOOKS or ANNIE BLOOM'S BOOKS, two of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners.

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