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Spare Room Presents: In-person outdoor reading with Cobb, Kawano, Hartigan, & Morse

July 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

1122 Outside, 7629 SE Harrison, Portland, OR 97215 + Google Map

*A Triple Book Launch!*
*An Outdoor Poetry Reading!*
*The First In-Person Spare Room Event in 16 Months!*

Spare Room Presents


Sunday, July 18 2021
4:00 p.m.
at 1122 Outside, 7629 SE Harrison, Portland, OR

free / buy books / outdoors / masks and social distancing encouraged

Please help us celebrate a (tentative) return to in-person events and three (not tentative) new books by the readers!

Walking Mountains, an art exhibit by Erika Rier, will be on view in the outdoor gallery, and there is a “Paint Your Own Mountains” event earlier in the day, from 1 to 3 pm. Visitors are encouraged to come for the mountains and stay for the reading!


Allison Cobb (pronouns she/her) is the author of Plastic: an Autobiography from Nightboat Books. Her other books include After We All Died (Ahsahta Press); Born2 (Chax Press); and Green-Wood, originally published by Factory School with a new edition in 2018 from Nightboat Books. Cobb’s work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, and many other journals. She was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and National Poetry Series; has been a resident artist at Djerassi and Playa; and received fellowships from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Allison lives in Portland, Oregon.

Yukiyo Kawano is a third-generation hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor) who grew up decades after the bombing of Hiroshima. Her work is personal, reflecting lasting attitudes toward the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Kawano received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Art in 2012. Since then, Kawano’s work has been seen in U.S., Japan and Australia. Kawano has also given lectures at Aspen Institute in Tokyo, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Main, Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans, Louisiana among many others and also appeared in radio shows, such as OPB Radio, Portland, Oregon and 3CR Community Radio, Melbourne, Australia. Kawano has received numerous grants, including the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant in 2012 and Project Grant in 2015; a Regional Arts and Culture Council grant in  2016, 2018 & 2019; The Oregon Arts Commission in 2017 & 2019; and The Andy Warhol Foundation Precipice Fund, 2019. Since 2016, Kawano’s project Suspended Moment has been selected by New York Foundation of the Arts’ fiscal sponsorship program. She teaches through VCFA studio mentorship program (AT) and is an Advisory Board Member of Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility (Oregon PSR). Kawano currently lives in Portland, OR.

Endi Bogue Hartigan’s chapbook the seaweed sd treble clef, a sequence of poems and photographs, was just released by Oxeye Press in May, 2021. Her third full-length book of poetry titled oh orchid o’clock is forthcoming from Omnidawn Publishing in Spring, 2023. Endi is author of Pool [5 choruses] (2014, Omnidawn Publishing), One Sun Storm (2008, Center for Literary Publishing, CSU); out of the flowering ribs, a collaborative chapbook with artist Linda Hutchins; and her work has appeared in numerous publications. She lives in Portland, and more on her work can be found at endiboguehartigan.com.

Jesse Morse’s Flash Floods are Anomalies will be published in August 2021 by Finishing Line Press. He holds a poetry PhD from University of Denver and is currently a faculty member at Clark College in Vancouver, WA. His poems and book reviews have appeared in Amerarcana, Bombay Gin, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Golden Handcuffs Review, jacketmagazine, Page Boy, Poetry Flash, and Vanitas, among others. He reviews sports literature for Oregon Sports News. His chapbook – Rotations (part of the Eric Chavez Sonnets) – was once published by C_L Press. He plays guitar and sings in the rock band The Whirlies, and helps run 1122 Outside in Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife, the poet Jennifer Denrow, and their daughter Wren.


1122 Outside
7629 SE Harrison
Portland, OR 97215
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