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The Pointed Circle Release Reading

IPRC (Independent Publishing Resource Center) 318 SE Main Street #175, Portland, OR

From The Pointed Circle's Instagram: Sorry for the radio silence, folks, but we have some exciting news! We will be releasing Issue XXXVIII of The Pointed Circle on Friday the 17th of June! If anyone is interested in hearing the writers read their work from the Issue, you will be able to watch our release party reading through zoom from 7-9pm on the same day. DM for Zoom details.

Free

Rose City Book & Paper Fair

DoubleTree Hotel 1000 NE Multonomah St, Portland, OR

Announcing the in-person return of the annual Rose City Book & Paper Fair! June 17-18, 2022 1000 NE Multnomah Portland, Oregon Friday 2-8 pm & Saturday 10 am-5 pm Admission $5 Booksellers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond will be bringing their best rare and collectible books, ephemera, maps, prints, photographs and more. Click here for a list of our exhibitors. Mark your calendar and stay tuned for updates. Tickets on sale now at Eventbrite!

$5

In-Store Poetry Reading: Ann Farley and Beth Bonness

Annie Bloom's Books 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR

Annie Bloom's welcomes local poets Ann Farley and Beth Bonness for a reading from their new collections, both published by Portland's own The Poetry Box. (Vivienne Popperl was originally scheduled to participate, but is unable to attend.) This in-store reading is first come, first served. Seating is limited. Please be mindful of any store health policies that might be in effect on the night of the reading. About Tell Her Yes: A drop of rain slips from leaf to ground, perhaps to river and beyond. Like rain's journey, our lives twist and turn, hit dry stretches and unexpected turbulence, land on moments of beauty. Nurture and nature, with its solace and challenges, weaves through the poems in Tell Her Yes. Themes of love and parenthood,…

Free

Slamlandia- June

Literary Arts 925 SW Washington Street, Portland, OR

Slamlandia is a poetry open mic and slam that meets every month. This mic provides a creative, fun, and welcoming space for all literary communities in Portland. We encourage poets new and old to come share their work. We strive towards a safer space for poets to read their own poetry, witness others, and participate in community. This event takes place in-person. Proof of Covid-19 vaccine or a negative PCR test is required for admittance. Please see our Covid-19 guidelines for in-person events at Literary Arts. Hosted by Julia Gaskill. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Jessica Meza-Torres at jessica@literary-arts.org.  

Free

Live Reading: CONFESSIONS

Rose City Book Pub 1329 NE Fremont, Portland, OR

Poetry, prose, and arcane literary rituals. . HOCUS enters its third year with a confession-themed event. Curated readings, a few choice anonymous confessions, and absolution for all your literary sins!

Free

Lynn Xu, Joshua Edwards, and Stacey Tran

Mother Foucault's Bookshop 523 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR

Poetry reading featuring Lynn Xu, Joshua Edwards, and Stacey Tran. Born in Shanghai, China, Lynn Xu is the author of the full-length collection Debts & Lessons (Omnidawn, 2013) and the chapbooks June (Corollary Press, 2006) and Tournesol (Compline, 2021). She has performed cross-disciplinary works at the Guggenheim Museum, The Renaissance Society, Rising Tide Projects, and 300 S. Kelly Street. She teaches at Columbia University, coedits Canarium Books, and lives with her family in New York City and Marfa, Texas. Joshua Edwards is the author of Castles and Islands, Architecture for Travelers, Imperial Nostalgias, Campeche (with photographs by his father, Van Edwards), and Photographs Taken at One-Hour Intervals During a Walk from Galveston Island to the West Texas Town of Marfa; and he translated María Baranda's book-length…

Free

Wellspring Open Mic

Rose City Book Pub 1329 NE Fremont, Portland, OR

John Carter hosts this very open mic. You’re welcome to share any of your talents from any field of art or other interest. Music and poetry, of course, but also comedy, magic, dance. You can give an art talk about a piece of visual art. You can read a chapter of your dissertation. Let’s share our creative endeavors so that we can all grow through shared inspiration. Starting in March, Wellspring will be on 2nd and 4th Sundays right after Community Art Day. Sign ups start at 6:00 or so.

Free

The Break with Kaveh Akbar

Online N/A, Portland, OR

In partnership with Alano Club of Portland, “The Break is a monthly virtual gathering of writers and artists lead by Kaveh Akbar, celebrating amongness, collaboration, and interdisciplinary creative experimentation. Though many of the activities and discussions orbit or are inflected by recovery themes (Akbar has been in active recovery for eight years), participants are not required to self-identify as being in recovery to participate.” Register at: https://www.portlandalano.org/the-break Kaveh Akbar Kaveh Akbar is a poet, teacher and the poetry editor for The Nation. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times, Paris Review, Poetry, Best American Poetry, and elsewhere. His newest book, Pilgrim Bell, was published by Graywolf in 2021; he is also the author of Calling a Wolf a Wolf (Alice James,…

Free

Forest Bathing and Writing: Mt. Tabor Park

Mt. Tabor Park SE 60th Avenue and Salmon Street, Portland, OR

This class, held outdoors at Mt. Tabor Park, will guide you in practicing skills associated with shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing—a gentle, meditative approach to being with nature. The class will include several invitations to explore your senses and your relationship with nature, time for written reflection, and opportunities to share your observations and your writing, if you wish. In each class, you’ll learn approaches to writing and to being with nature that you can use in your everyday life to help promote a sense of relaxation, connection, and wonder. No prior experience with writing is required. All forest bathing and writing prompts may be practiced seated, standing, or walking, depending on your comfort, ability, and interest. Classes will be held rain or shine, so please…

$75

Drink and Write Tuesdays

Rose City Book Pub 1329 NE Fremont, Portland, OR

Jeanne Faulkner hosts this drop-in writing workshop on the last Tuesday of every month. Jeanne provides the prompts, tips, and coaching. You bring your computer and notebook.

Free