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Kristen Arnett

Kristen Arnett is a queer fiction and essay writer. She won the 2017 Coil Book Award for her debut short fiction collection, Felt in the Jaw, and was awarded Ninth Letter‘s 2015 Literary Award in Fiction. She’s a columnist for Literary Hub and her work has either appeared or is upcoming at North American ReviewThe Normal SchoolGulf CoastTriQuarterlyGuernicaElectric LiteratureVolume 1 BrooklynBennington ReviewTin House Flash Fridays/The GuardianSalonThe Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her debut novel is Mostly Dead Things.

Also appearing at Festival partner events:

Northwest Film Center Presents: Film to Page

Friday, November 8
Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum
7:00 p.m.

FREE with a PBF wristband! $8 general admission. Tickets here.

Live Wire with Luke Burbank featuring Portland Book Festival authors Kristen Arnett, Casey Cep, and Saeed Jones!

Sunday, November 10
Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre
Doors: 11:30am / Show: 12:00pm


Upcoming Events

November 2019

Finding Home: Fiction of Place

November 9 @ 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
Portland Art Museum, Miller Gallery (Mark & Ann Edlen Family Stage), 1119 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Three books that create complex, irresistible portraits of their settings: Florida; Denver; a hair salon. In Kristen Arnett’s novel Mostly Dead Things, the humidity, insects, and downright weirdness of Florida pervade a story of dysfunctional families, art, death, and life.…

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Pop-up: The Rumpus presents Kristen Arnett, Jake Skeets, & Malcolm Tariq

November 9 @ 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Portland Book Festival presenting authors Kristen Arnett, Jake Skeets, and Malcolm Tariq join forces for a pop-up reading in the Portland Art Museum Galleries. This pop-up is presented in collaboration with The Rumpus.  The group is paired with Medium by…

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Live Through This: Heartbreak, Hope, & Humor

November 9 @ 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Portland’5 Winningstad Theatre (Poetry Foundation Stage), 1111 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205

These three books at once tender and unsentimental, heartbreaking and humorous. Exploring grief, love, and identity, you’ll cry till you laugh and laugh till you cry. Kristen Arnett’s debut novel, Mostly Dead Things, finds Jessa grieving for her father while…

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