2019 Offsite Event Schedule

Join AWP's literary community for the following offsite events, hosted throughout the Portland, OR, area during our conference.

The organizers of these events have agreed to ensure that the offsite venues listed here are accessible according to the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

These events are not produced, moderated, or curated by AWP, and AWP is not responsible for their quality or accessibility services. We list these events as a courtesy to the literary field.

If you have any questions or concerns about specific offsite events, please contact the organizers of the event directly.

 

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Dig A Pony, 736 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Psychopomp Magazine & The Fabulist: Ferrying You Away from the Familiar
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Two publications pushing the boundaries of genre and form host a reading of contributors. Books by authors will be available for purchase and signing. Free journal swag for all. Readers include Jaclyn Watterson, Michael Shum, Molly Gutman, Madeline Sardina, Michelle Donahue, Kira Frank, and Hugh Behm-Steinberg.
Contact: Sequoia Nagamatsu
Organization: Psychopomp Magazine
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Crush Bar, 1400 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

West Branch Reading & Party
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Please join us for a celebration of West Branch’s contributors. This event will feature readings of original poetry by Sarah Rose Nordgren (Darwin’s Mother, Best Bones), Felicia Zamora (Instrument of Gaps, Of Form & Gather), and John Sibley Williams (As One Fire Consumes Another, Disinheritance). We look forward to seeing you there!
Contact: John Sibley Williams
Organization: West Branch
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215

Tupelo Quarterly & Fordham University Press: A Reading & Party
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Please join us for a celebration of Tupelo Quarterly's contributors and Fordham University Press's most recent authors. This event will feature readings of original poetry and prose by Victoria Chang, Kara Candito, Mary Biddinger, Rebecca Hazelton, Karyna McGlynn, Jennifer S. Cheng, and others. Light refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!
Contact: Kristina Marie Darling
Organization: Tupelo Press
Organization URL: website

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Ford Food & Drink, SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Unlikely Stories and Rigorous
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Unlikely Stories, an electronic magazine of art, and Rigorous, a journal by people of color, are joining forces to bring a unique poetry and literary event. The reading will immediately follow the fantastic Festival of Language, and will be hosted by Rigorous editor Kenning JP Garcia and Unlikely editor Jonathan Penton. Unlikely Stories has been running on the web since 1998, and spawned a print arm, Unlikely Books. Rigorous was unleashed on Inauguration Day, 2017, and has published art, literature, and interviews by people of color.
Contact: Jonathan Penton
Organization: Unlikely Stories
Organization URL: website

9:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Rose City Book Pub, 1329 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212

KERNPUNKT Reading at Rose City Book Pub
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join KERNPUNKT authors as they share some of their experimental work. Readers include Patrick Parks (author of Tucumcari), Chelsea Biondolillo (The Skinned Bird), Jason Daniels (Mount Fugue), Andrew Farkas (The Red Herring), Elizeya Quate (The Face of Our Town), and David Rice (Angel House). For more information, see KERNPUNKT's website./
Contact: Jesi Buell
Organization: KERNPUNKT Press
Organization URL: website

Thursday, March 28, 2019

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215

A Reading & Celebration: University of Akron Press & Noctuary Press
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Please join us for a celebration of Noctuary Press's and the University of Akron Press's latest titles. This reading and party will feature presentations of poetry by Denise Duhamel and Julie Marie Wade, whose book, The Unrhymables, launches this year, as well as readings by Brittany Cavallaro, Krystal Languel, and Tyler Mills.
Contact: Kristina Marie Darling
Organization: Noctuary Press & University of Akron Press

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

CARGO, 81 SE Yamhill St, Portland, OR 97214

PLUME Poetry Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Please join us for a reading to mark the official launch of our annual print anthology, this year's Plume Poetry 7. A stellar lineup of poets will read their work, including Annie Finch, Peter Cooley, Nicole Cooley, Alice Friman, Terese Svoboda, Patricia Clark, Scott Withiam, David Baker, Dennis Nurkse, Lloyd Schwartz, Daniel Tobin, Mark Irwin, and Clare Rossini, with perhaps a few others. Always a lively affair! This year we are at CARGO, a very short Uber or Lyft ride away. Afterwards, we'll repair to a nearby bar/restaurant, where, of course, the conversations and gossip continue.
Contact: Daniel Lawless. Editor, PLUME
Organization: Plume Poetry
Organization URL: website

Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215

Tupelo Press 30/30 and Conference Alumni Reading and Reunion
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join us at history Taborspace for the fourth annual reading of poet-alumni of the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project and Conferences. A stellar lineup of contributing poets will read from their poems and have the opportunity to meet one another, sometimes for the first time. Light refreshments will be available and we welcome the public to attend!
Contact: Kirsten Miles
Organization: Tupelo Press
Organization URL: website

Beulahland Coffee & Alehouse, 118 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

Northwestern University MA/MFA Faculty and Graduate Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Please join us for a prose and poetry reading with faculty and students from Northwestern University's School of Professional Studies MA in Writing and MFA in Prose & Poetry programs. The event is free and open to the public.
Contact: Amy Danzer and Christinte Sneed
Organization: Northwestern University, School of Professional Studies - MA in Writing, MFA in Prose & Poetry
Organization URL: website

Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232

University of Alaska Anchorage MFA Program Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join us for a reading of new work by UAA MFA faculty, alumni, and current students. The usual suspects will include Elizabeth Bradfield, Daryl Farmer, Erin Hollowell, Tamar Shai, Sherry Simpson, and many others. Support independent bookstores!
Contact: David Stevenson
Organization: University of Alaska Anchorage MFA Program
Organization URL: website

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Rontoms, 600 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Writers Resist Anthology Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join Writers Resist: The Anthology contributing writers—along with those from Rise Up and Poets Reading the News—for a marathon Resistance Reading at Rontoms. Catch the last 30 minutes of Rontoms' happy hour for yummy pub food and drinks, and stay for a few hours of rage, hope, bewilderment, activism, and camaraderie. For more information, contact WritersResist@gmail.com.
Contact: Kit-Bacon Gressitt
Organization: Writers Resist literary journal
Organization URL: website

Rontoms, 600 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Resistance Collective: A Collaborative Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Please join us for a rousing evening of political poetry. This collaborative event will include work from contributors to Rise Up Review, Writers Resist, and Poets Reading the News. Because resistance is fertile.
Contact: Sonia Greenfield

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Lucky Labrador Brewing Company, 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Strange Theater: A Menagerie of Fabulists
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join us for an evening of strangeness and magic as a group of writers in the fabulist vein read their work. The event will be punctuated by multiple raffle drawings. Books by authors will be available for purchase and signing. Readers include Anne Valente, Brenda Peynado, Micah Dean Hicks, Sequoia Nagamatsu, Jennifer Pullen, Anca Szilagyi, Michelle Zamanian, Joy Balio, and Lucas Church.
Contact: Sequoia Nagamatsu

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm

​Cassidy's Restaurant, 1331 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205

PEN Northwest Wilderness Residency Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
We welcome you to a gathering of former and current recipients of PEN Northwest’s Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency at the historic Cassidy’s Restaurant, a Portland institution. Sip a Queen of Spades or a local brew/wine while listening to a stellar lineup of alums share their work. Hear tales of off-the-grid adventures while residing in Southwest Oregon’s remote Rogue River Canyon, one of America’s last remaining wild places. Readers include John Daniel, Langdon Cook, Martha Silano, Keetje Kuipers, Henrietta Goodman, and Tessa Hulls. Full dinner menu. Come early to grab a seat!
Contact: Martha Silano
Organization: PEN Northwest, the Northwest branch of PEN American Center
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

ADX, 417 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Reading with Dorothy, Ellipsis, FC2, and Sidebrow
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
A night of readings by new authors from Dorothy, a publishing project, Ellipsis Press, FC2, and Sidebrow. Readers include Cristina Rivera Garza, Sabrina Orah Mark, Karen An-Hwei Lee, Evelyn Hampton, Carol Guess and Aimee Parkison, Aurelie Sheehan, Anna Maria Hong, and Joanna Howard.
Contact: Joanna Ruocco & Jason Snyder
Organization: FC2 & Sidebrow

The Big Legrowlski, 812 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209

Hastings College Press & Corpus Callosum Press Author Readings
Cost: Free
Join us for a beer and a literary buffet as fiction writer Ulrick Casimir, memoirist Brenna Wardell, and poet Michael Catherwood read from their latest work. This event is sponsored by Hastings College Press, Plainsongs Magazine, and Corpus Callosum Press.
Contact: Patricia Oman / Eric Tucker
Organization: Hastings College Press / Corpus Callosum Press
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Circa 33 (Speakeasy), 3348 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214

Iowa Young Writers' Studio 20th Anniversary Celebration & Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
A party and reading to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Iowa Young Writers' Studio, a creative writing program for high school students at the University of Iowa. In a secret speakeasy behind a nondescript book shelf we'll have food, a cash bar, and a reading featuring IYWS teachers, counselors and students from the distant past to the present, including Maria Kuznetsova, Anjali Sachdeva, Vu Tran, Margaret Reges, Patrice Hutton, and Adrienne Raphael. All are welcome!
Contact: Stephen Lovely

Blue Sky Center for Photographic Arts, 122 NW 8th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

From Your Mouth to God's Ear
Cost: By donation
Event URL: website
Interfaith Muse hosts writers and performers to respond playfully to spiritual questions and early photographic works by Barbara Kruger. Readers and performers include Sanderia Faye, Sara Mumolo, L. Ann Wheeler, Rajiv Mohabir, and others. Refreshments will be served. Hijinks may ensue.
Contact: Elizabeth Harlan-Ferlo
Organization: Interfaith Muse
Organization URL: website

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Imperial Restaurant, 410 SW Broadway, Portland OR, 97205

Lana Turner Poetry Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Come for finger food and great readers (Sara Deniz Akant, Rae Armantrout, Shane Book, Forrest Gander, Andrew Joron, Douglas Kearney, Rodney Koenecke, Joyelle McSweeney, Rusty Morrison, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Felicia Zamora, and Andrew Zawacki). Comfortable chairs. One mile from the Oregon Convention Center, downtown West Side, in the Hotel Lucia/Imperial (these names seem to overlap).
Contact: Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry & Opinion
Organization URL: website

8:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 523 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

Platypus Press Presents
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join your host, Jenny Sadre-Orafai, for an amazing night of words from two-time National Poetry Slam Champion Anis Mojgani, National Book Award longlistee Chen Chen, and Cave Canem fellow Xandria Phillips.
Contact: Michelle Tudor & Peter Barnfather
Organization: Platypus Press
Organization URL: website

9:00 pm to 10:30 pm

Voodoo Doughnut, 22 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204

Doughnuts and with Bat City Review and Black Warrior Review
Cost: Free
Carb up! Come to the original Voodoo Doughnut, a Portland landmark, for tasty literary treats—readings from great writers featured in the pages of Bat City Review and Black Warrior Review. Plus donuts, swag, and a central location. What's not to love? Load up on sweets with us before venturing out into the heart of downtown. Note: This is an outdoor reading (in Voodoo's on-site/sidewalk picnic area), so dress accordingly.
Contact: editorial staff of BCR and BWR
Organization: Bat City Review and Black Warrior Review
Organization URL: website

10:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Mother Foucault's Bookshop, 523 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

SEMO Press Presents...
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
We'll be hosting readings by current and future authors who have published or will be publishing book with our press. Readers include Maureen Aitken, Jeffrey Condran, Brad Aaron Modlin, and Rainie Oet.
Contact: James Brubaker

10:00 pm to 11:45 pm

The Triple Lindy, 1000 NW 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Late-Night Reading at The Triple Lindy
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join Burnside Review Press, Forklift, Ohio, and Slope Editions for a late-night reading at The Triple Lindy. Readers will include Abraham Smith, Caroline Cabrera, Darcie Dennigan, Shauna Hannibal, David Rutschman, Cassie Donish, BJ Soloy, Julianne Neely, and Thea Brown. Reading begins at 10:30 p.m. and goes into the wee hours. Full bar and food menu will be available.
Contact: Sid Miller
Organization: Burnside Review Press
Organization URL: website

Friday, March 29, 2019

4:15 pm to 6:15 pm

Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215

Tupelo Press Native Voices: Reading and Launch Party
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Please join us as we celebrate the launch of Native Voices: Indigenous American Poetry, Craft, and Conversations, edited by CMarie Fuhrman and Dean Rader. This reading and party will feature presentations of original poetry by anthology contributors. Light refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!
Contact: Kristina Marie Darling
Organization: Tupelo Press
Organization URL: website

4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Dig A Pony, 736 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214

The Half-Queer. All Southern. All Really Short Readings happy hour (with snacks)
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Start the night off with a hoot—free snacks and southern readings (half queer, all really short) by Nick White, tammy lynne stoner, Samuel Snoek-Brown, and Bradley Bazzle, MC'd by hilarious stand-up comedian Belinda Carroll! RSVP on Facebook to get the lowdown.
Contact: God, or their executive assistant

5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

The Nightwood Society, 2218 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232

Coast to Coast Dinner: A Meal to Celebrate 60 Years of Poetry Northwest
Cost: $35
Event URL: website
We're dining Portland-style to celebrate Poetry Northwest's 60th anniversary along with friends from BOA Editions and the UBC MFA program. Join us for a West Coast meets East Coast dinner cooked up by chef Sarah Schneider, including drinks and dessert. Brief readings by Ellen Bass, Geffrey Davis, Erika Meitner, Keetje Kuipers, Leila Chatti, Alix Ohlin, Nancy Lee, and David Hernandez will punctuate the evening, along with music by Ed Skoog's bluegrass band The Hill Williams. Expedition Press will commemorate our night with letterpress swag for each guest to take home. Reserve your ticket now!
Contact: Poetry Northwest
Organization: Poetry Northwest
Organization URL: website

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Ford Building, 2505 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Atelier26 Books & Friends
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join us at Portland's historic Ford Building for a reading featuring three Atelier26 authors: PEN/Hemingway finalist Margaret Malone (People Like You), PEN/Bingham semifinalist Woody Skinner (A Thousand Distant Radios), distinguished poet Sidney Wade (Bird Book), as well as a few additional guests TBA! Readings begin at 6:30 p.m. Venue is readily accessible by Portland MAX and/or streetcar; food/drink available for purchase.
Contact: M. Allen Cunningham
Organization: Atelier26 Books
Organization URL: website

Another Read Through Bookstore, 3932 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

Portland Experience
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Portland is known for books, tea, wine, and kombucha. We'll have all four! Browse books in a PDX bookstore, while sampling free tastes of local tea (Townshend's), wine (Three Brothers Vineyard & Winery), and kombucha (Brew Dr.). All makers will be on hand to talk about their product, share samples, and facilitate purchase if desired—all while spending time in a cozy and very Portland bookstore.
Contact: Another Read Through

Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215

TriQuarterly's Annual Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Immediately preceding readings from Northwestern University Press, TriQuarterly will celebrate sixty years in publication with readings from recent contributors, including Jericho Brown, LaTanya McQueen, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Gabriela Garcia, Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, and Bonnie Nadzam. Appetizers and beverages will be provided. The Northwestern University Press reading will follow at the same location from 7:30–9:00 p.m.
Contact: TriQuarterly
Organization: The Litowitz Creative Writing Graduate Program at Northwestern University

Portland Northwest Hostel Cafe, 1810 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

WTAW Press Authors and Reading Series Coordinators Together
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
WTAW reading series coordinators Virginia Bellis Brandabur, Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet, and Barbara Roether join WTAW Press authors Anita Felicelli, Louise Marburg, Angela Mitchell, Sarah Stone, and Olga Zilberbourg for a night of “why there are words.” Reading is free and open to the public, and the venue offers food and drink before, during, and after the reading.
Contact: Peg Alford Pursell
Organization: WTAW Press / Why There Are Words
Organization URL: website

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Rose City Book Pub, 1329 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR, 97212

Politics & Pints
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
East Coast poet Leah Umansky and West Coast poet Dena Rash Guzman cohost an evening of political poetry from both coasts for "Politics & Pints" at Rose City Book Pub. Readers include Chiwan Choi, Meg Day, Jen Fitzgerald, Dena Rash Guzman, Robert Lashley, Faisal Mohyuddin, and Leah Umansky.
Contact: Leah Umansky

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

1122 Gallery, 1122 SE 88th Ave, Portland, OR 97216

Dough: Art and Poetry
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Please join us at 1122 Gallery for a poetry reading and the opening of Dough, by Los Angeles artist Stacy Elaine Dacheux. Dacheux's drawings investigate simple processes: small gestures which awaken the power of aesthetics. Her films sweep these illustrations into live-action performances mirroring imagery and quotes from other artists to develop a personal multigenre narrative. At 1122, she will screen her latest Super 8 film. Readers include Cynthia Arrieu-King, Carmiel Banasky, Adrienne Walser, Melissa Benham, Liz Greenhill, Lily Landers, and Richard Froude.
Contact: Stacy Elaine Dacheux / Jesse Morse
Organization: 1122 Gallery
Organization URL: website

6:30 pm to 8:15 pm

Powell's City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St Portland, OR 97209

The Resistance is Femme (AF)
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism anthology reading, hosted by the editors, Dani Barnhart and Iris Mahan. Join Denice Frohman, Amanda Johnston, Ada Limón, and Anastacia-Renée for a powerhouse reading in celebration of all of the poets who breathed life into to this anthology. As our resistance rises, the term femme has come to represent an expansive range of intersecting identities and gender expressions, inclusive to all who embrace their feminist power and energy.
Contact: Dani Barnhart
Organization: Adelphi University MFA Program in Creative Writing
Organization URL: website

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Union/Pine, 525 Pine St, Portland, OR 97214

Diode Editions Author Readings & Reception
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join us on Friday, March 29, 2019 at Union/Pine to celebrate the brilliance of our authors and forthcoming catalog with an evening of readings from Dorothy Chan, Jehanne Dubrow, Paul Guest, Jared Harél, Randall Mann, Philip Metres, Simone Person, Emilia Phillips, Ricky Ray, sam sax, and KC Trommer. Free food and cash bar.
Contact: Patty Paine, Editor-In-Chief
Organization: Diode Editions
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Mother Foucault's Bookshop, 523 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

Featherless Series
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Tonight at Mother Foucault's! Readings from Joe Milazzo, author of Crepuscule with Nellie and two poetry collections; Andrea Lambert, author of Jet Set Desolate and mistress of the trauma porn personal essay; Tiffany Promise, celebrated slam poet, author of Broken and many chapbooks; Alana Saltz, editor of Blanket Sea and Disability activist with writing in the Huffington Post, Bustle, and elsewhere. This reading is in memorial of Katie Jacobson who ran featherless: a reading series with her domestic partner Andrea Lambert from 2010 to 2012. Please come hear our screams, cries, and words!
Contact: Andrea Lambert
Organization: featherless: a reading series
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Crush Bar, 1400 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

Cheers! Gertrude Turns 21
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Gertrude doesn’t look a day over 20! Join Gertrude literary journal in celebrating 21 years bringing queer lit and art into your lives, with readings from American Book Award winner, and NEA and Guggenheim grant fellow, Jericho Brown; internationally recognized performance artist, visual artist, and writer Wayne Bund; and award-winning poet and scholar Arisa White, alongside last year’s Gertrude chapbook winners, Joe Jimenez, Wendy Oleson, and Malcom Tariq. In between the words, records will spin and strange, free raffle items will be given away.
Contact: Gertrude rabble rousers
Organization: Gertrude Press
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Strum Guitar Bar, 1415 SE Stark St #C, Portland, OR 97214

Switchback Books and Counterpath Book Launch Party
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Switchback Books and Counterpath invite you to celebrate the launch of three new books: The Body In Language: An Anthology, edited by Edwin Torres, from Counterpath; Kristen Case's Principles of Economics from Switchback; and Irène Mathieu's Grand Marronage from Switchback. Join us at Strum Guitar Bar for drinks and readings by Rae Armantrout, Cynthia Arrieu-King, Kristen Case, Brandon Downing, Stefania Heim, Jen Hofer, Irène Mathieu, Tracie Morris, Urayoán Noel, Jenn Marie Nunes, and Edwin Torres.
Contact: Switchback Books and Counterpath
Organization: Switchback Books and Counterpath
Organization URL: website

Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215

Tupelo Press Reading & Party
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Please join us as we celebrate Tupelo Press's most recent titles. This reading and party will feature presentations of new work by Nomi Stone, Joseph Campana, David Huddle, Geri Doran, Gregory Spatz, Jesse Lee Kercheval, Kevin McIlvoy, Jake Levine, Kristin Bock, Chaun Ballard, and Marlon Fick. Light refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you there!
Contact: Kristina Marie Darling
Organization: Tupelo Press
Organization URL: website

Rontoms, 600 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Sleepless in Portland: A Reading
Cost: Free
Join two lit mags and two presses for a life-changing reading. Boulevard, Cloudbank Books, Willow Springs Books, and Willow Springs Magazine will bring a wide range of talented authors to read their work in the lovely Rontoms in downtown Portland. The reading will feature Robert Long Foreman, Heikki Huotari, Amorak Huey, Holly Karapetkova, Laura Kasischke, Dennis Nurkse, Laura Reed, Dennis Schmitz, Dariel Suarez, and more. Come have a drink with us and listen to the sweet sound of prose and poetry being delivered straight to your own beautiful ears.
Contact: Leona Vander Molen

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Hotel Rose, 50 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204

Gival Press 20th Anniversary Reading Celebration
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Please come and join Gival Press as we celebrate our 20th year on Friday, March 29, 2019 at Hotel Rose. Thaddeus Rutkowski, Cecilia Martinez-Gil, Tyler McMahon, Seth Brady Tucker, John Domini, Teri Cross Davis, CM Mayo, Elaine Ray, William Orem, and Jeff Walt will read from their work. Light refreshments and cash bar will be available.
Contact: Robert L. Giron
Organization: Gival Press
Organization URL: website

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Devil's Den, 1520 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Airlie Press Poetry & Pinot
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join Oregon's Airlie Press for a free night of poetry and pinot (or whatever vino you prefer). All ages are welcome to attend this evening of words, wine, and community.
Contact: Jessica Mehta
Organization: Airlie Press
Organization URL: website

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Rose City Book Pub, 1329 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212

Partnered Reading with the Broader Community
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Partnered reading where publishing and book PR professionals create work in response to and inspired by other writers and creatives around Portland. This is a chance for professionals to first shut up and listen to, then consider and engage with, work from the greater community. We are seeking participants and have recruited guest readers from the POC, neurodiverse, LGBT, disabled, homeless and low-income communities. So far the lineup includes Elyana Ren, Ross Robbins, Hilary Tsai, Melissa Russell, Cristina Deptula, Gina DeVries, and Leticia Garcia Bradford. We will order food to share! Please email Cristina Deptula (cedeptula@sbcglobal.net) or Ross Robbins (rossrobbinspoetry@gmail.com) if you are interested in reading.
Contact: Cristina Deptula and Ross Robbins
Organization: The Beyond Publicity panel

8:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Daedalus Books, 2074 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR 97209

Six Poets Walk Into a Canvas…
Cost: Free
Poetry and visual art have been hanging out together forever. Where’s the spark in that relationship given today’s image-saturated world? F. Douglas Brown, Jericho Brown, Dana Teen Lomax, Sawako Nakayasu, Sarah Rosenthal, and Valerie Witte will read from work that offers a contemporary take on the ekphrastic tradition.
Contact: Sarah Rosenthal and Dana Teen Lomax

Saturday, March 30, 2019

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

6th Annual Rock and Roll Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
A dozen writers—including Jenn Baker, Dan Nester, Jean Chen Ho, and Amy Silverberg—will read rock-and-roll-inspired work for three to four minutes each, the length of a song. DJ to follow.
Contact: Daniel A. Hoyt

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

The Big Legrowlski, 812 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209

Lavender Ink and River Writers Present the Krewe de Louisiane
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Lavender Ink (New Orleans) and the River Writers Reading Series (Baton Rouge, LA) bring you masters of poetry and prose from Louisiana, Dixie, and beyond! We’ll bring you a diverse set of literary styles from a varied group of authors. The lineup includes Maurice Carlos Ruffin reading from his novel and Rodger Kamenetz reading from his new book of poetry. Come hear some literature, drink an afternoon beer, and have some fun!
Contact: Jonathan Penton
Organization: Lavender Ink
Organization URL: website

4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Cup & Bar, 118 NE Martin Luther King Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97232

Ohio University Friends and Alumni Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Come and visit an awesome cafe and coffee house, and hear graduates of the Ohio University graduate Creative Writing program read poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Readers are: Jennifer Pullen, Sarah Minor, Gary Thomas Smith, Claire Eder, Kat Saunders, Brad Aaron Modlin, and Katie Berta.
Contact: Jennifer Pullen

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Ristretto Roasters Coffee, 555 NE Couch St, Portland, OR 97232

Reimagining Borders: A Poetry Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join the UW Bothell MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics for an evening of poetry. This reading attempts to revisit and rework relationships to the many borders we cross, blur, turn away from, or throw stones at, and the multitude of ways in which we realign our own boundaries and flows in an attempt to survive in a bordered world. Featuring Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Michael Flatt, Derrick Mund, Jane Wong, Travis Sharp, dana middleton, and Woogee Bae.
Contact: Woogee Bae, dana middleton
Organization: University of Washington Bothell
Organization URL: website

5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Turn! Turn! Turn!, 8 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211

Nouns & Verbs: A Poetry Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Join us for an evening with Florida International University MFA poets Campbell McGrath, Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello, Ariel Francisco, Emma Trelles, Alexandra Lytton Regalado, and special guests. Beers and ciders on tap, full bar, and food will be available for purchase.
Contact: Emma Trelles & Alexandra Lytton Regalado

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Rose City Book Pub, 1329 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212

New Works of Environmental Nonfiction
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Grab a pint and listen in on dispatches from the Great Lakes and the Big Ice, important stories of environmental justice, history, and activism. Anna Clark, author of The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy by Metropolitan Books, will be reading alongside fellow Warren Wilson MFA alumni Justin Gardiner, author of Beneath the Shadow: Legacy and Longing in the Antarctic by the University of Georgia Press.
Contact: Justin Gardiner

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Rontoms, 600 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Tennessee in Portland
Cost: Free
Tennessee in Portland features authors from four presses out of Tennessee: Grist, Nashville Review, Silver Needle Press, and Zone 3 Press. The event will take place at Rontoms. We look forward to seeing you there!
Contact: Zone 3 Press
Organization: Zone 3 Press
Organization URL: website

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Local Lounge, 3536 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97212

Queer Syllabus Celebration with Foglifter and The Rumpus
Cost: Free
Join Foglifter and The Rumpus for an offsite event celebrating the Queer Syllabus, a collaborative project with the goal of identifying the foundational texts of queer literature. This is an act of community and education, but it’s also an act of resistance: When we identify our roots and point to the work that shaped us as writers and as people, we demonstrate that our stories are timeless, essential, and important—and so are we. Enjoy new work by contemporary queer writers, and go home with an underrated queer read courtesy of our gay book swap.
Contact: Luiza Flynn-Goodlett
Organization: Foglifter Press
Organization URL: website

Ford Food & Drink, 2505 SE 11th Ave, Portland 97202

Women Writers Against Trump
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Women Writers Against Trump is a Portland-based biannual reading series hosted by poets Chrys Tobey and Allison Tobey. This evening's lineup will feature Armine Iknadossian, Nikia Chaney, Carol Potter, Nicelle Davis, Autumn Konopka, Xochitl Bermejo, and Leni Zumas.
Contact: Women Writers Against Trump

7:00 pm to 10:30 pm

1122 Gallery, 1122 SE 88th Ave., Portland, OR 97216

Essay; Wonder; Ugly Duckling; Nightboat; Les Figues
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Please join us at 1122 Gallery for a reading and celebration of five presses that publish innovative, boundary-pushing, necessary work. Two readers will represent each press. Readers include Essay Press: Mary-Kim Arnold and Rebecca Brown, Wonder Press: Shiv Kotecha and Bridget Talone, Nightboat Books: Brian Teare and Rosamond S. King, Ugly Duckling Presse: Kristin Dykstra and Ed Steck, and Les Figues Press: Alexis Almeida and Andrea Abi-Karam. Dough by Los Angeles artist Stacy Elaine Dacheux will adorn the walls. Snacks and beverages will be on hand. Sure to be a great and inspiring evening!
Contact: Jesse Morse
Organization: 1122 Gallery
Organization URL: website

8:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Mother Foucault's Bookshop, 523 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

This Side of the Divide: Baobab Press Anthology Reading
Cost: Free
Event URL: website
Baobab Press, an independent publisher based in Northern Nevada, presents a reading by the authors of This Side of the Divide, a new short-fiction anthology attempting to capture the newness, vastness, territoriality, and sense of transience alive in the American West. "This Side of the Divide welcomes readers into the vast landscape of worries and wonders dogging some of the most gifted writers of today’s American West," wrote Claire Vaye Watkins in her foreword. Readers include Melinda Moustakis, Leah Griesmann, Linda Lenhoff, David Gillette, and Cathy Warner.
Contact: Baobab Press

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March 27–30, 2019
Portland, OR

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