July 19, 2021

If you and your bicycle are anywhere near Portland, Oregon, this Thursday, July 22, 2021, join Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani for a couple of hours and about four-and-a-half miles of poetry on wheels. Part of the three-month Pedalpalooza celebration (full calendar here), Spoke’n Words will begin at 6:00pm at Oregon Park and end at Revolution Hall.

another festival

September 20, 2020

The Portland Book Festival is back and this year it’s online, November 5-21, 2020. The full schedule will be published in October, but there’s already an impressive lineup of presenters.

For updates, go to Literary Arts and sign up.

zines, etc.

May 11, 2020

Portland, Oregon, based Antiquated Future is a trove of imagination-in-print. Eileen Myles on vinyl? Yup. “A Spell For Letting Go” patch? Yup. Postcards, notepads, journals, and greeting cards? Loads. And zines, zines, zines.

From the site:

A zine (pron.: /ˈziːn/ Zeen; an abbreviation of fanzine, or magazine) is a self-published, small circulation booklet or magazine, usually produced by one person or a few individuals. Zines come in all shapes, sizes, topics, and formats. They can include personal essays, political discussions, fiction, craft, or do-it-yourself advice. Articles or reviews about music, movies, comics, poetry, are also a common trait. In short: they can be anything!

And even if all you want is a fun browse, check out Antiquated Future.

warm up in Portland

January 6, 2020

Portland’s Second Annual Winter Poetry Festival is coming to the Pacific Northwest College of Art over the weekend of January 11 and 12, 2020. Activities include a poets’ market, workshops, panel readings/discussions, craft talks, multimedia poetry, interactive writing experiments, sensory-sensitive reading room, open mics, and more! Admission is free, but advance registration helps the planners with setup. Winter Poetry Festival on Facebook.

If you’re a down-to-the-line holiday shopper and you’re anywhere near Portland, Publication Fair 2019 is for you! On Sunday, December 22, 2019, from Noon to 7:00pm, you’ll have a chance to browse the work of local small presses and artists — and you’ll still have time left for gift-wrapping. More here.

If you’re shopping or giving at this time of year (well, at any time of year), put your gifts where they can make a difference.

Today in Portland

November 17, 2019

Today, Sunday, November 17, 2019, at 4:00pm, Lilla Lit presents its annual Fall Reading in the Manor House at Leach Botanical Garden. The all-Oregon lineup features Becca Clarren, Michelle DuBarry, John Larison, Jessica Mehta, Natalie Serber, and Leni Zumas, plus guest intros from Brian Benson and Jennifer Perrine.

Named for botanist Lilla Leach who with her husband, John, created the house and garden that is today Leach Botanical Garden, Lilla Lit is a quarterly literary reading series featuring poetry, fiction, and nonfiction on the evening’s theme. The fall theme, BRAVE, honors what it takes to be a writer, what it takes to have a voice at all, and the courageous works of literature that continue to show the way. See the Lilla Lit website for more information and 2020 dates.

last minute

October 23, 2019

If you happen to be in the area of Portland, Oregon, here’s a great idea for a writing intensive: Rhythm on the Rails Writing Retreat. Board the train in Portland at 8:00am on Friday, November 1, 2019, travel Business Class with writer/editor/teacher/coach/facilitator Johnnie Mazzocco and a group of writers. Write your way north, then de-train in Seattle for lunch at Matt’s in the Market and a visit to the Seattle Art Museum. Re-board in the evening, write your way south, and be back in Portland by 10:00pm with a bunch of drafts.

The caveat: sign-ups end October 25.

planning for Portland

September 7, 2019

The Portland Book Festival (formerly Wordstock) has posted lists of Authors & Presenters and Exhibitors & Vendors for the upcoming one-day festival, Saturday, November 9, 2019. Held at the Portland Art Museum and neighboring venues, the all-ages festival will include readings, performances, workshops, exhibits, and more.

Admission is $15 in advance / $20 at the door and includes a $5 book voucher redeemable at the book fair.

here comes Cirque

August 27, 2019

Volume 10, Number 1, of CIRQUE: A Literary Journal for the North Pacific Rim is on the road and set for launch in Portland, Oregon, and Bellingham, Washington. In addition to the magazine, Cirque is now a press, and the two readings will include the launch of the latest Cirque Press book, Holy Ghost Town by Tim Sherry.

Join Tim Sherry and Cirque in Portland on Thursday, August 29, 2019, 7:00pm, at Central Lutheran Church, along with poets Kristin Berger, Shawn Campbell, Maggie Chula, Diane Corson, Paul Haeder, Sandra Kleven, Alex Leavens, Rosemary Lombard, Ryleigh Norgrove, Paulann Peterson, Leah Stenson, Carey Taylor, and Nancy Woods.

Join Tim Sherry and Cirque in Bellingham on Friday, August 30, 7:00pm, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, along with poets Luther Allen, Susan Chase-Foster, Gerrie Ellen Davis, Sandra Kleven, Jerry McDonnell, Rainbow Medicine-Walker, John Morgan, Anne Nolting, Harvey Schwartz, Allen Weltzien, and Richard Widerkehr.

poetry podcast

March 31, 2019

Portland, Oregon, community radio station KBOO airs Talking Earth, interviews on poetry, spoken arts, and prose, on the second and third Monday of every month from 10:00 to 11:00pm Pacific. Programs are archived back to 2015. Have a listen.

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