Update 6: Literary Arts has launched the Booth Emergency Fund for Writers and Oregon Humanities is offering emergency funding for organizations. Both have deadlines coming up in May, which have been added to the calendar below.

Update 5: RACC has established an Emergency Artist Relief Fund to which you can apply and donate. They have also set up a page listing other relief resources.

Update 4: Two local Relief Funds for small businesses and artists have been set up if you’d like to apply for support or offer donations. They are the Portland Small Business Relief Fund and the Portland Area Artist Emergency Relief Fund. Literary Portland is not personally associated with either of the funds, so, please direct all questions etc. to their respective organizations.

Update 2: A “stay at home” order has been issued by Gov. Kate Brown. See also this FAQ from OPB. Until the order is lifted, you can assume all in-person readings and events have been cancelled. We’ll continue to update things to match organization and stores’ calendars etc., but heed Brown’s orders and updates from officials on proper actions. Hope you all can stay safe, healthy, and cozy with a good book at home!

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CANCELED – Wordlights Poetry ft. Red O’Hare & Nicole Jean Turner

March 28 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Rocking Frog Cafe, 2511 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214 + Google Map

Wordlights Saturday poetry evenings are presented by NovaPDX & Rocking Frog Cafe and curated by Portland poet Igor Brezhnev.

On Saturday, March 28th, we’ll have features from Red O’Hare & Nicole Jean Turner and a short set poetry open mic! This show is hosted by Igor Brezhnev!


Red O’Hare

Red O’Hare is a Ashkenazi Jewish American poet from Oakland, California where she featured twice with Bay Area Generations. A product of Presbyterian missionaries from the Belgian Congo and Eastern European carny folk, Red has been performing poetry for 20 years with varying rates of success. She has recently released a poetry album Seaglass Strange (Lightship Press, 2019) and is currently working on a chapbook of poetry. Red works in a bakery and is compiling a list of people who want her dead. You can find more information about Red at facebook.com/mizredohare


Nicole Jean Turner

Nicole Jean (Nic Jean) Turner is an artist from the Greater Boston area with an affinity for vignettes, napping outdoors, and conversations that confront the human condition. She writes in cursive to hide the butchered spelling that would otherwise raise suspicion about her master’s degree in writing.
Turner’s latest collection of poetry, With Only Which She Could Carry, from UWA will be available in stores and online March 4th, 2020. Turner has also authored one crowd-funded limited run chapbook, Coffee Stout and Rain Water (2017). Turner has published individual pieces of poetry, prose, and visual art in anthologies and journals every year since 2012. You can read her latest at NJTPoetry.com


YOUR HOST: Igor Brezhnev

Igor Brezhnev is a poet and a book designer among his other sins. He is the founder of Wordlights poetry reading series and of Lightship Press, a small press focused on publishing poetry. Igor has two full length collections of poetry published by Liquid Gravity Publishing, a spoken word album ‘Good Days & Bad Days’ (Lightship Press, 2018), as well as a couple of self-published chapbooks in ‘nights since’ series. You can support Igor at patreon.com/igorbrezhnev and learn more about him at www.igorbrezhnev.com.


Sign-ups start at 5:30, show starts at 6PM. On first and third Saturdays each performer in the open mic gets 7 minutes, there are only 8 slots available and the list order is randomized.

Come share your words and join us for a night of open mic, great poetry features and get nourishment & libations from Rocking Frog Cafe (home of the best donuts)! 🙂


Rocking Frog Cafe is an independently run, local gem in the lower Belmont District of southeast Portland. Nestled in a lovely early-century Craftsman-style bungalow, we offer a comfortable place to study, eat and socialize. Find out more about The Rocking Frog at rockingfrogpdx.com.

NovaPDX is a talent and production company based in Portland, Oregon. We organize and host performance and educational events, showcasing local and visiting musicians, poets and comedians. Our mission is to create spaces where talent thrives. Learn more about us at novapdx.org.

Your host, Igor Brezhnev is a poet, an author, an artist and a book designer among his other sins. He is roaming the West Coast thinking up new art, books and helping shape creative projects. You can find out more about Igor at igorbrezhnev.com


Rocking Frog Cafe
2511 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214
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