• December 7, 2021
          Maxine Scates and Joseph Millar
          December 8, 2021
          One Page Wednesday: December
          December 9, 2021
          Bagley Wright Lecture Series: “Is That A Real Poem Or Did You Just Make It Up?”
          December 14, 2021
          The Moth Mainstage in Portland
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John Freeman

John Freeman is the editor of Freeman’s, a literary annual published by Grove Press, and executive editor at Alfred A. Knopf. He has written several books of nonfiction including, How to Read a Novelist and Dictionary of the Undoing, as well as three collections of poems, Maps , The Park, and the forthcoming Wind, Trees. Between 2014 and 2020, he edited a series of anthologies on inequality, concluding with Tales of Two Planets, which focuses on the climate crisis and global inequality. His latest books are The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story and, with Tracy K. Smith, There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love, in which poets, novelists and essayists create a space to respond to catastrophes and racialized violence of 2020. Freeman’s work has been translated into more than 20 languages and appears in The New YorkerThe Paris Review, and Zyzzyva. He lives in London.

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Events, Classes, and Seminars

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Saturday

Nov 11

Portland Book Festival  

Border Crossing: Poetry and Place

Poetry, as a form, can exploit and explode literary boundaries; and these poets explore borders of all kinds in their work: the political boundaries between countries, the space between the world we know and the unknown, the edges of language—and what we leave behind when we cross these borders. Featuring poets John Freeman (Maps), Erika

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Saturday

Nov 11

Portland Book Festival  

Innocence Lost: Maile Meloy and Claire Messud in Conversation

Two best-selling authors discuss their new books, psychological mysteries where children go missing and painful truths are revealed in crisis, exploring the spaces between childhood innocence and the hard realities of adulthood. In Maile Meloy’s Do Not Become Alarmed, the children go missing while two families are vacationing in Latin America, sending the parents into

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Saturday

Nov 10

Portland Book Festival  

Outside In: Poetry and Politics

Three of our most exciting contemporary poets discuss their new collections, which experiment with language and form as they critique the status quo and the social order. A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems presents three decades of Marilyn Chin’s poetry, from love lyrics to Asian-American identity anthems, from political and

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Saturday

Nov 10

Portland Book Festival  

Dangerous Places: Women and Power

Women who find themselves confined to wild places, trapped in a cell, by circumstance, by lack of means, by animals and men; and haunted by the past and present alike. The short stories in Lauren Groff’s Florida are set in a landscape of physical and environmental dangers, where panthers and snakes lie in wait and

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Saturday

Nov 9

Portland Book Festival  

Ordinary Life: Exploring the Spaces Between

Three books that find the extraordinary in the ordinary. Award-winning poet Michael Dickman’s new collection, Days & Days, is an exhilarating and far-ranging mediation on days and how we live in them in the twenty-first century. Pulitzer finalist Karen Russell’s comedic genius and mesmerizing talent for creating outlandish predicaments that uncannily mirror our inner lives

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Saturday

Nov 9

Portland Book Festival  

Discussion of the Undoing

For John Freeman—literary critic, essayist, editor, poet, “one of the preeminent book people of our time” (Dave Eggers)—it is the rare moment when words are not enough. But in the wake of the election of 2016, words felt useless, even indulgent. Action was the only reasonable response. He took to the streets in protest, and

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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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Wednesday

Nov 11

Tuesday

Nov 17

Monday

Nov 8