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Grief and The Holidays

Online N/A, Portland, OR

The holiday season isn't only cheer and carols. It can be hard too. Grief can be louder. Let's come together and write about it. Join us Wednesday December 8 at Noon Pacific. Any level of writing. Everybody welcome. It's for humans including writers and non writers. It's a free one day drop-in writing session. Limited spaces! Join the zoom room at noon Pacific https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84694083515?pwd=czFibEpBakFVQ0U2ck5uK3dXeUJNZz09 Meeting ID: 846 9408 3515 Passcode: eggnog Bring your laptop or pen. Your coffee too. Bring your friends! Invite them on this Facebook event :) We will include a brief meditation, prompts around the holidays and grief, time to write, and time to share. Who are we? We are a mom/daughter team who created Coffee and Grief during the beginning of…

Free

Christopher Howell Poetry Reading

Online N/A, Portland, OR

Christopher Howell's poetry reading will be livestreamed on December 8, 2021 on the Ledding Library YouTube Channel. (link is external) Born in Portland, Oregon, Christopher Howell attended Pacific Lutheran University from 1963 to ’66. After service as a military journalist during the Viet Nam war, he received graduate degrees from Portland State University and the University of Massachusetts. He is author of twelve collections of poems, most recently The Grief of a Happy Life (U. Washington Press, 2019), Love’s Last Number and Gaze (both from Milkweed Editions), and Dreamless and Possible: Poems New and Selected (UW Press, 2010). He has received the Washington State Governor’s Award, the Washington State Book Award, two fellowships from National Endowment for the Arts, two from the Artist Trust, and a number of…

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One Page Wednesday: December

Online N/A, Portland, OR

Here is an opportunity to share or listen to one page of work in progress from talented writers from everywhere. Come with a single page of work and sign up to read – or come to listen and prepare to be inspired! December’s One Page Wednesday is hosted by Jessica Meza-Torres. The featured readers are Laura Moulton and Ben Hodgson Register here for One Page Wednesday Ben Hodgson was a computer technician in the air force and a cab driver for many years. He is currently on the board of Street Books, and works as a street librarian, speaker, and inventory specialist. Loaners, co-written with Laura Moulton, is his first book. Laura Moulton teaches in the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College and leads…

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On The Metaphysics of Deep Gossip: Bagley Wright Lecture Series

Online N/A, Portland, OR

In this memoir and craft talk, Lisa Jarnot reflects on her entanglement in the New York poetry scene over twenty-five years. Beginning with the proposition that deep gossip and urban mindfulness are sacred practices, she explores the places where the New York School’s feminine, marvelous, and tough irreverence opens into a deeper mystery that is passed down as a liturgy of ecstatic connectedness. The Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry supports contemporary poets as they explore in-depth their own thinking on poetry and poetics, and give a series of lectures resulting from these investigations. Lectures are delivered publicly in partnership with institutions and organizations nationwide. Find out more about past, present, and future lecturers, and explore the archive at www.bagleywrightlectures.org. Charlie Wright, Publisher of Wave…

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Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Michael Shay & M.F. McAuliffe

Art At The Cave 108 E Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA

Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Michael Shay and M. F. McAuliffe. Hosted by Christopher Luna and Morgan Paige LGBTQ+ FRIENDLY, PRO-SCIENCE, ANTI-FASCIST, ALL AGES, AND UNCENSORED SINCE 2004 7 pm Thursday, December 9 Art at the Cave 108 E Evergreen Blvd Vancouver, WA 98660 https://artatthecave.com/ $5 Suggested donation NOTE: Art at the Cave co-founder Kathi Rick has graciously offered to help us to continue to include our new friends from around the country in the open mic. Email katecrackernuts@comcast.net by no later than midnight on December 8 to indicate your interest in participating. In the subject line, let us know if you are "Reading" or "Just Listening." You will receive instructions for how to join the meeting. Zoom open mic readers are invited to…

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Rose City Holiday Book & Paper Fair

100 Southeast Alder Street, Portland,97214 100 Southeast Alder Street, Portland, OR

Booksellers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond will be bringing their best rare and collectible books and ephemera. Find a wide array of rare and collectible books, ephemera, maps, prints, photographs and more. Interesting material in all fields at a variety of price points. The fair is happening just in time for the holiday season, so you will be sure to find gifts for all the booklovers on your list. VIP Preview - Friday evening, December 10 from 6-9 pm. Tickets $25 General Admission - Saturday, December 11 from 10 am-5 pm. Tickets $5 All staff and exhibitors at the book fair will be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and will wear a mask at all times unless they are in one of the designated break…

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The Work Poetry Workshop: Saturday Afternoon Edition

Online N/A, Portland, OR

Join us on December 11 from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm for The Work. The Work is a drop-in poetry writing workshop for beginners as well as more experienced writers. Poetry encourages empathy and compassion, and sparks the shifts in consciousness which can lead to healing, personal growth, and an interest in fighting for progressive social change. We will read and discuss poetry, write several new poems, and give each writer feedback on at least one of the drafts composed during the workshop. The cost for the workshop is a suggested donation of $20 to Christopher Luna’s PayPal account: christopherjluna@gmail.com “Suggested” means that we would like for you to join us regardless of whether or not you can afford it right now. No one will…

Free – $20

MOTHER IS A BODY: A Virtual Release Reading

Online N/A, Portland, OR

*This reading will take place via Zoom PST. Please register here in advance. Please join the IPRC & Fonograf Editions for an evening of virtual readings to celebrate the release of MOTHER IS A BODY by Brandi Katherine Herrera. The event will feature readings from Lisa Wells, Lori Anderson Moseman, Dot Devota, and Brandi Katherine Herrera. Lisa Wells is the author of Believers: Making a Life at the End of the World (FSG, 2021) and The Fix, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize. Her work has been published by The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, Granta, The Believer, n+1, and she writes a column for Orion Magazine called Abundant Noise. Lori Anderson Moseman’s most recent poetry collections include DARN (Delete Press, 2021), Y (The Operating…

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The Work Poetry Workshop: Monday Night Edition

Online N/A, Portland, OR

Join us on the second and fourth Monday of every month for The Work. Upcoming Monday night workshops will take place on January 10 & 24, February 7 & 21, March 14 & 28, April 11 & 25, May 9 & 23, and June 13 & 27. July through December dates TBA. Note: there will be no Monday night workshop on December 27. The Work is a drop-in poetry writing workshop for beginners as well as more experienced writers. Poetry encourages empathy and compassion, and sparks the shifts in consciousness which can lead to healing, personal growth, and an interest in fighting for progressive social change. We will read and discuss poetry, write several new poems, and give each writer feedback on at least one…

Free – $20

Submission Deadline: De-Canon + Fonograf Ed. Hybrid-Lit Anthology

Online N/A, Portland, OR

De-Canon resumes its mission of “de-canonizing” by teaming up with Fonograf Editions to publish an anthology of hybrid-literary works by women and nonbinary BIPOC writers. This anthology will explore multimodal forms of writing that navigate the restless intersections of writing, visual art, and other media, and that innovate in their contemplations – and complications – of language and form. Submissions are open from October 1st to December 15, 2021. What is hybridity? What does it mean, and why does it matter now, to pay heed to hybrid modes of writing and art, to confluences of aesthetic mediums, to processes that make visible the seams and in-between spaces of the realms we ‘make’ in? How does the hybrid form potentially re-define “writing”? And, what fuels a…

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