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March 2018

Wednesday

Mar 14

Free Events

PDX JAZZ: Like a Finger Pointing to the Moon: The History of Jazz Criticism

Wed, Mar 14, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Rick Mitchell is the author of Jazz In the New Millennium: Live and Well, published in 2014 by Dharma Moon Press. He has been writing professionally about all types of music for more than forty years. In the 1970s and Eighties, he was a music critic for Willamette Week, The Oregon Journal and The Oregonian. From 1983 to 1987, he led the avant-garde funk-jazz band Le Bon. In the 1990s, Rick was music editor at the Houston Chronicle and the jazz columnist for…

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Wednesday

Mar 21

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Unchaste Readers: March

Wed, Mar 21, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This month's event focuses on the theme of the Asian Pacific American Unchaste Experience. Readers include Pamela Santos, Jennifer Perrine, Lilian Ongelungel, Alyssa Ogi, Rose Nabehet, Stacey Tran, and Fonda Lee. curated by Jenny Forrester

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April 2018

Wednesday

Apr 4

Free Events

One Page Wednesday

Wed, Apr 4, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Writers, escape the solitude of your desk. Readers, come hear great fresh work. One Page Wednesday is  a series hosted by Natalie Serber. An opportunity to share or listen to one page of work in progress from talented Portland writers. Come with a single page of work and sign up to read  - or come to listen and prepare to be inspired!  Please, no reading from electronic devices. April's featured readers are Sam Brighton and Stacey Tran Sam Brighton writes creative…

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Thursday

Apr 12

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Portland Review 2018 Issue Launch

Thu, Apr 12, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Portland Review is pleased to announce its 2018 issue! Come celebrate with them! The new volume features writing by Dani Burlison, Christopher Coake, William Virgil Davis, Susan DeFreitas, Christine Kitano, Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Eugene Lim, Molly Patterson, Anna Joy Springer, Jenny Forrester, Jacob White, an interview with Dani Shapiro, and art by Anni Wilson. Copies of the 2018 issue will be available to purchase (cash only) and are $16. Can't come but still want a copy? Visit their online store…

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Wednesday

Apr 18

Free Events

Unchaste Readers: April

Wed, Apr 18, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

curated by Jenny Forrester

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Thursday

Apr 19

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LOOK ALIVE OUT THERE: Sloane Crosley in Conversation with Chuck Klosterman

Thu, Apr 19, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

UPDATE: Pre-Orders for Guaranteed Entry have closed.   Standing room will be available first-come first-served at the door.     Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2018 by Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, Buzzfeed, Elle, Cosmopolitan, The Millions, InStyle, Bustle, BookRiot, and Southern Living Sloane Crosley returns to the form that made her a household name in really quite a lot of households: Essays! Sloane Crosley is the author of I Was Told There’d Be Cake, a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor, and How Did You…

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Wednesday

Apr 25

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Oregon Book Awards Fiction and Poetry Finalists reading

Wed, Apr 25, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Featuring: manuel arturo abreu Omar El Akkad Samiya Bashir Allison Cobb Stephen Lackaye Matthew Robinson Ed Skoog Lidia Yuknavitch

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May 2018

Wednesday

May 2

Free Events

Incite: Queer Writers Read

Wed, May 2, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Featuring: A. Adams Mark David Gerson Ila Suzanne Gray Naomi Littlebear Moreno   The theme for May is celebration. Hosted by Kate Gray and Kate Carroll de Gutes.

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Thursday

May 3

Free Events

Anis Mojgani, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz & Derrick Brown

Thu, May 3, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Anis Mojgani, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz and Derrick Brown

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Sunday

May 6

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Memoir Students End of Year Reading

Sun, May 6, 2018 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

A reading featuring students from Jay Ponteri's year long memoir class: Matthew Dickman Betsy Freeman Rick Hampton Lori Kaul Alice Lloyd Luka Rainbourne Wayne Scott Mary Shannon Suzi Sutherland-Martin Nancy Wernecke

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Wednesday

May 9

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Dao Strom, Shayla Lawson, Elena Passarello

Wed, May 9, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In partnership with the Northwest Academy Visiting Writing Series  Shayla Lawson is (and / or, at times, has been) an amateur acrobat, an architect, a Dutch housewife & dog-mother to one irascible hound. Her work has appeared in print & online at Tin House, GRAMMA, ESPN, Salon, The Offing, Guernica, Colorado Review, Barrelhouse, & MiPOesias.  She is the author of: A Speed Education in Human Being, PANTONE & I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean. Dao Strom  is the author/musician of…

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Tuesday

May 15

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Words That Burn: Staged Reading

Tue, May 15, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Words That Burn brings to life the distinctive voices of conscientious objector William Stafford, Japanese-American internee Lawson Inada, and Chicano Marine Guy Gabaldón. This dramatic work juxtaposes the history and perspectives of three World War II figures through a blend of poetry and  prose written in their own words.  Words That Burn by Cindy Williams Gutiérrez was the 2017 winner of the Oregon Book Award in drama.

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Wednesday

May 16

Free Events

Unchaste Readers: May

Wed, May 16, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

curated by Jenny Forrester

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Thursday

May 24

Thursday

May 31

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The Ever-Shifting Diaspora: Kundiman Writers in the Pacific Northwest

Thu, May 31, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This event is presented in partnership with Kundiman. Come hear the diverse and empowered voices of some of the finest Asian American writers in the Pacific Northwest, brought together by Kundiman, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing generations of writers and readers of Asian American literature. Through its annual writing retreat, Kundiman provides a space that facilitates the creation of new work, fosters mentoring relationships, and addresses the particular challenges facing Asian American writers. The Retreat has taken place…

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June 2018

Wednesday

Jun 20

Free Events

Unchaste: June

Wed, Jun 20, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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July 2018

Wednesday

Jul 11

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Incite: July

Wed, Jul 11, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Wednesday

Jul 18

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The final Unchaste: July

Wed, Jul 18, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Unchaste Readers is curated by Jenny Forrester. Unchaste Readers Series Presents the Same Ongoing Theme. Readers will be Reading Their Minds and interpreting Unchaste in whatever way they see fit.  This is a going-away party reading for Jenny Forrester, co-founder and curator of Unchaste. Readers include: Amy Souza Lee Taulbee Rashida Young Jenny Forrester The venue is ADA accessible (no stairs to the stage or anywhere in the event space or to the restroom). There's a gender-free restroom that is fully…

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Monday

Jul 23

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Tavern Books: Wendy Chen

Mon, Jul 23, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wendy Chen is the author of Unearthlings, published by Tavern Books as their 2017 Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series selection. She is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Most Promising Young Poet Prize, and fellowships from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Her work has been accepted in numerous publications such as Crazyhorse, Rattle, American Poets, and Hayden’s Ferry Review. She earned her MFA in poetry from Syracuse University. She is…

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September 2018

Wednesday

Sep 5

Free Events

INCITE: Queer Writers Read

Wed, Sep 5, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Jessica Wadleigh Nathan Wade Carter Nastashia Minto Risa Denenberg Hosted by Kate Gray and Kate Carroll De Gutes

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Wednesday

Sep 12

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Joshua Beckman: On The Porous Experience of Poems In Physical and Imaginative Space

Wed, Sep 12, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a talk by Joshua Beckman. During 2014, Wave Books editor Joshua Beckman traveled around the country giving talks on poetry for the Bagley Wright Lecture Series. In his newly published The Lives of the Poems and Three Talks, these lectures are collected as two books in conversation. The Lives of the Poems illuminates the intimate experience of making a particular set of poems, while Three Talks explores the fluid social dynamics of poetry as it lives between…

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Thursday

Sep 13

Free Events

Slamlandia

Thu, Sep 13, 2018 from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam which meets on the second Thursday of each month. This mic provides a space that is creative, fun, and welcoming to all literary communities in Portland. We encourage poets new and old to come share their work. We strive towards a safer space for poets to read their own poetry, witness others, and participate in the community.

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October 2018

Friday

Oct 19

Free Events

Reading and conversation with Anastacia-Reneé and Ashley Toliver

Fri, Oct 19, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for a reading and conversation with Ashley Toliver and Anastacia-Reneé  Anastacia-Reneé’s words frame so many questions: what is sacred, what is beauty, what is tragedy, what rites of passage have we endured to be initiated into the complexities of our humanity? The poems in her new book (v.), published by Gramma Books, read like rituals, invoking ancestors and Becky alike in a nuanced honest reflection of this time in life. Established in 2016, Gramma is an independent poetry…

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Thursday

Oct 25

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Stranger in the Pen

Thu, Oct 25, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

panel discussion featuring Mohamed Asem, Dana Ghazi, Ramzy Farouki, and Dr. Priya Kapoor   July, 2016: Three days after the terror attack on Bastille Day, Mohamed Asem is detained overnight by British immigration officials without cause. In an elegantly digressive, self-interrogative style, Asem describes the boredom and uncertainty of confinement, and how this specific kind of helplessness leads, inevitably, to a self-reckoning. What series of events has led to this moment? As a teenager, he was stranded in Paris with his…

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November 2018

Thursday

Nov 1

Wednesday

Nov 7

Free Events

Incite: Queer Writers Read

Wed, Nov 7, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Christopher Lord Adam Swanson Mel Wells Amy Schutzer Hosted by Kate Gray and Kate Carroll De Gutes

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Friday

Nov 9

Free Events

Lit Crawl @Literary Arts!

Fri, Nov 9, 2018 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Lit Crawl at Literary Arts features: 6:00 p.m. Listen Up! Public School Teachers Rock the Mic Short readings/performances by Susan Anglada Bartley Jacque Dixon Kelly Gomes Mercedes Munoz Mary Rechner Chris Smith Desmond Spann Dana Vinger   7:00 p.m. Unchartable: An Evening of Environmental Unknowns Samiya Bashir M. Allen Cunningham Anne-Marie Kinney Janice Lee Portland Review and The Accomplices (Entropy, CCM, and Writ Large Press) co-host Unchartable: An Evening of Environmental Unknowns. It is the nature of the human mind to seek, to touch,…

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Thursday

Nov 15

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PDX JAZZ: Capturing Jazz

Thu, Nov 15, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

100 years of recording technology has increasingly changed the way we listen to, perform, and consume music.  Highlighting select recordings and technologies from the “phonograph era” of the first half of the 20th century, PDX Jazz board member and educator Martin Mueller will present a lecture and discussion on how recording technology has changed the very experience of jazz as musical art and listening culture.  A native of Kansas City, KS and raised in Oregon, Martin Mueller and wife Sally…

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Monday

Nov 19

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Salah Badis with International Writing Program

Mon, Nov 19, 2018 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A reading with Salah Badis. Algerian poet, journalist, and translator Salah Badis is a Fall 2018 Resident at the International Writing Program, University of Iowa, and the inaugural IWP@OICR Writer-in-Residence.  A freelance journalist since 2012, he is a musical and cultural researcher for both print and radio and a founding member of Nafha,the most important cultural magazine in Algeria.  His poems and essays in Arabic have been translated into French, English, and Turkish, with his first volume of poetry, ضجرالبواخر, published in 2016 by…

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January 2019

Wednesday

Jan 9

Free Events

INCITE: Queer Writers Read

Wed, Jan 9, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This month's theme is Justice. Featured readers include Amy Schutzer, Erin Gurley, Geeta Lewis, and Shloimy Notik. Hosted by Kate Carrol De Gutes and Kate Grey.

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Thursday

Jan 10

Free Events

Slamlandia

Thu, Jan 10, 2019 from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam that meets on the second Thursday of each month. This mic provides a creative, fun, and welcoming space for all literary communities in Portland. We encourage poets new and old to come share their work. We strive towards a safer space for poets to read their own poetry, witness others, and participate in the community.

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Wednesday

Jan 16

Free Events

Sweet Dreams, Story Catcher

Wed, Jan 16, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Editor Janna Lopez discusses the concept, curation process, and creative evolution of Sweet Dreams, Story Catcher: A Commemorative Collection of Portland Magazine essays by Brian Doyle." This stunning collection of author Brian Doyle's work is complemented by exquisite artwork and published by University of Portland. This one-of-a-kind book created by Lopez and her team pays tribute to Doyle's life and work through an intentionally-vetted selection of essays, and combined painted, photographic and illustrative artwork. Special guests will read aloud essays from this book. 

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Wednesday

Jan 23

Free Events

PDX JAZZ: Carnival to Mardi Gras: A New Orleans Tradition

Wed, Jan 23, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Carnival is a season; Mardi Gras is a day. Join former New Orleanian Deborah DeMoss Smith in celebrating this 300-year Crescent City tradition. From masking, krewes, balls, parades, throws, flambeaux carriers, the iconic Mardi Gras Indians and classic holiday tunes, get to know the story of Carnival and Mardi Gras. Laissez les bon temps rouler! (Let the good times roll!)

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February 2019

Wednesday

Feb 6

Free Events

One Page Wednesday: February

Wed, Feb 6, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Writers, escape the solitude of your desk. Readers, come hear great fresh work. Here is an opportunity to share or listen to one page of work in progress from talented Portland writers.Come with a single page of work and sign up to read – or come to listen and prepare to be inspired! Doors open at 6:30. Please, no reading from electronic devices.  February's One Page Wednesday's featured readers will be Kate Gray and Ashley Tolliver. The evening will be hosted…

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Thursday

Feb 7

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Northwest Academy: Erin Hoover and Jennifer Perrine

Thu, Feb 7, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A reading with Erin Hoover and Jennifer Perrine Erin Hoover’s debut poetry collection, Barnburner, was selected by Kathryn Nuernberger as winner of the Antivenom Poetry Award and published by Elixir Press in 2018.  Her poems have appeared in The Best American Poetry, Best New Poets, and in journals such as Prairie Schooner, Narrative, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Pleiades. Hoover has served as past editor of the Southeast Review, volunteer for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and co-founder of the literary organization Late Night Library. She earned a…

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Thursday

Feb 14

Free Events

Slamlandia

Thu, Feb 14, 2019 from 6:30 am - 9:00 pm

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam that meets on the second Thursday of each month. This mic provides a creative, fun, and welcoming space for all literary communities in Portland. We encourage poets new and old to come share their work. We strive towards a safer space for poets to read their own poetry, witness others, and participate in the community.

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March 2019

Wednesday

Mar 13

Free Events

INCITE: Queer Writers Read

Wed, Mar 13, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

March's theme is "Female Forebearers" Amber Flame Flint Daniel Elder Pamela Santos Hosted by Kate Carrol De Gutes and Kate Gray

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Thursday

Mar 14

Free Events

Slamlandia

Thu, Mar 14, 2019 from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam that meets on the second Thursday of each month. This mic provides a creative, fun, and welcoming space for all literary communities in Portland. We encourage poets new and old to come share their work. We strive towards a safer space for poets to read their own poetry, witness others, and participate in the community.

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Tuesday

Mar 19

Free Events

Oregon Book Awards Author Tour Visits Eugene

Tue, Mar 19, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Windfall Reading Series Featuring Omar El Akkad and Aaron Gilbreath Omar El Akkad  is the author of American War, winner of the 2018 Ken Kesey Award in Fiction and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award.  El Akkad is also a journalist and has covered some of the biggest stories of the past decade, including the Arab Spring revolutions, the Black Lives Matter movement and the repercussions of the war on terror. Aaron Gilbreath is the author of Everything We Don't Know, a collection of personal essays about…

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Wednesday

Mar 20

Free Events

Wendy Chin Tanner, Jennifer Perrine and Pamela Santos

Wed, Mar 20, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A reading featuring the poets Wendy Chin Tanner, Jennifer Perrine and Pamela Santos Wendy Chin-Tanner is the author of the poetry collections Turn (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Awards and Anyone Will Tell You (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019), and co-author of the graphic novel American Terrorist (A Wave Blue World). She is a founding editor at Kin Poetry Journal, poetry editor at The Nervous Breakdown, and co-founder at A Wave Blue World. Jennifer…

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Wednesday

Mar 27

Free Events

Cave Canem Fellows Reading: Off-site AWP event

Wed, Mar 27, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Experience Cave Canem's annual Off-Site Reading at AWP Portland, hosted by Literary Arts! This year’s reading is headlined by Portland and Seattle-based Cave Canem fellows Quenton Baker, Ashaki M. Jackson, Bettina Judd, Anastacia-Renee and Christopher Rose, who will open the night before an additional 15+ fellows share their work in four-minute, rapid-fire intervals. Fellow and Portland resident Samiya Bashir emcees.  

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Thursday

Mar 28

Free Events

INCITE: AWP off-site reading

Thu, Mar 28, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A reading featuring: Cooper Lee Bombadier Barrie Jean Borich Sam Roxas-Chua Violet Defiant Amber Flame Penny Guisinger Brionne Janae Rosamond S. King Ana-Maurine Lara Hosted by Kate Carroll de Gutes and Kate Gray

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Friday

Mar 29

Free Events

VONA’s 20th Birthday reading: Off-site AWP event

Fri, Mar 29, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

VONA is celebrating 20 years of supporting writers of color. VONA, The Voices of our Nations Arts Foundation, is the only multi-genre workshop for writers of color in the nation, brings writers of color from the margins to a community where their work is centralized and honored. The reading features: Faith Adiele Samiya Bashir Aye De Leon Reyna Grande JP Howard Dickson Lam David Mura Beth Nguyen Alan Pelaex Elmaz Abinader hosted by M. Evelina Galang

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Saturday

Mar 30

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SMC MFA, Omnidawn, and McSweeney’s: AWP off-site reading

Sat, Mar 30, 2019 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

a reading with: Victoria Chang Christine Hyung-Oak Lee Sara Mumolo Jesse Nathan Joseph Rios Tamsin Smith Lysley Tenorio Matthew Zapruder sponsored by Saint Mary's college MFA in Creative Writing, Omnidawn Publishing, and McSweeney's

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April 2019

Sunday

Apr 14

Free Events

Oregon Book Awards: Poetry, Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Finalists reading

Sun, Apr 14, 2019 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A reading with some of the Oregon Book Awards finalists in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction: David Biespiel Nick Dybek Apricot Irving John Larison Matthew Minicucci Dionisia Morales Meaghan O’Connell Wendy Willis Taylor Zajonc Leni Zumas

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