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Constellation #14 (4/11): Kiesling, Patel, Wong

April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

View Venue Website, 2617 NW Thurman Street, Portland, OR 97210 + Google Map

After an amazing and special BIPOC Adoptee showcase at the Armory in March, we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming at Tin House/Bishop&Wilde (NW 26th and Thurman)! On Thursday April 11th, we’re excited to host local luminaries Lydia Kiesling and Ami Patel and welcome Jane Wong who is traveling from Seattle to be with us. 

Lydia Kiesling (she/her) is a novelist and culture writer. Her first novel, The Golden State, was a 2018 National Book Foundation “5 under 35” honoree and a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. Her second novel, Mobility, a national bestseller, was named a best book of 2023 by Vulture, Time, and NPR, among others. It is a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. Her essays and nonfiction have been published in outlets including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker online, and The Cut.

Ami Patel (she/her) is a queer, diasporic South Asian poet and young adult fiction writer. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Tin House YA Fiction alum, an IPRC re/source resident, and an Oregon Literary Fellowship recipient. Ami’s poetry is published in Beloit Poetry Journal, Moss, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, & others. She finds writing inspiration from parenting, grief, ancestry, and nature. Ami’s recent joys include watching crows on neighborhood walks, her spouse’s baked goods, and her living child learning how to say “Ta-da!”

Jane Wong (she/her) is the author of the memoir Meet Me Tonight in Atlantic City (Tin House, 2023). She also wrote two poetry collections: How to Not Be Afraid of Everything (Alice James, 2021) and Overpour (Action Books, 2016). She grew up in a take-out restaurant on the Jersey shore and is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Western Washington University.

About Constellation

Constellation is a local-Portland reading series celebrating local and visiting writers of all genres. Constellation centers writers who are underrepresented in mainstream literature and aims to provide a friendly, warm, and inclusive place for Portland’s reading and writing communities to gather together regularly. Readings are held every second Thursday of each month (except Dec and July) at Tin House in NW Portland.

COVID Policy

Masks are required in the downstairs reading space. Readers may unmask while reading. Tin House has an upstairs space for socializing where masks are optional. We ask that you enjoy Constellation from home via livestream if you have symptoms or are testing positive for COVID.


At this time, the indoor reading space is accessible by stairs and by a ramp. There are no wheelchair-accessible restrooms. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact us by replying to this message.

Readings will be livestreamed with YouTube automated captions, and we will ask readers to provide text copies for accessibility purposes on request. If you need an accessibility copy, please request it 48 hours in advance by emailing constellationreading at gmail dot com.

We will be live-streaming the reading portion of our events starting around 7:15 p.m. on our YouTube channel:

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Tin House
2617 NW Thurman Street
Portland, OR 97210
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(503) 473-8663
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