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Poetry Reading and Open Mic

Milwaukie Floral and Garden 3306 SE Lake Rd, Milwaukie, OR

Open Mic and Poetry Reading at Milwaukie Floral & Garden. Co-sponsored by the Milwaukie Poetry Series and St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church. Our Featured Readers are Christopher Luna, former poet Laureate of Vancouver, WA, and poets from the Ghost Town Poetry Group. They will be reading their own work or their favorite poets for about 35 minutes. There may be additional Featured Readers. The reading will be followed by an Open Mic. The Open Mic will follow their reading. Email Tom Hogan at tomhogan2@comcast.net (link sends e-mail) to register. Registration includes link to watch and listen on Zoom. Plan to read 1 or 2 poems depending on the number of participants and length of the poems. If time permits additional poems will be allowed. The event will be recorded and available for viewing on…

Free

First Friday Art and Poetry with Scott Poole

Birdhouse Books 1001 Main Street, Vancouver, WA

Join us in launching the third installment of Scott Poole's Paintings and Poetry chapbook series! THE CLOUDS WILL SAVE YOU NOW is the new *limited edition* art book of 20 poems and 20 paintings from Vancouver artist and writer Scott Poole. The event, which will include a launch reception, refreshments, a reading, and original art from Scott, will be held at Birdhouse Books on October 7th at 7pm.

Free

PSU Lit Mic

Rose City Book Pub 1329 NE Fremont, Portland, OR

PSU Lit Mic is always lit. Hosted by the delightful and compelling duo Jordan and Grace. You don’t need to be affiliated with PSU to participate. You wrote it, you read it.

Free

Reading: Amy Bleu

Rose City Book Pub 1329 NE Fremont, Portland, OR

Join us for a reading from Amy’s new novel, In My Secret Life.

Free

Joe Safdie, Patrick Dunagan, & Charles Alexander (Spare Room Reading)

Passages Bookshop 1801 NW Upshur, Suite 660, Portland, OR

Door opens 7:00 pm, reading at 7:30 pm No late entry Admission free Passages Bookshop 1801 NW Upshur, Suite 660 Covid precautions: Proof of vaccination and masks required =============================================================== Joe Safdie’s last two books from Spuyten Duyvil Press are The Oregon Trail (2021) and, this year, the hybrid chapbook The Secular Divine. Next year a book of his selected essays, Poetry and Heresy, will be published by MadHat Press. He moved to Portland in 2019 and has been studying the language of trees. Patrick James Dunagan lives in San Francisco and works at Gleeson Library for the University of San Francisco. A graduate of the Poetics program from the now-defunct New College of California, he recently edited David Meltzer's Rock Tao (Lithic Press) and Roots…

Free

Creative Writing & Chill

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

*This event is in-person. Masks and proof of vaccination is required Register here Writing and chill: a high vibe, on the fly, structure free writing space for all-ages (youth centered). Come generate, share and get support! Creative prompts and writing materials provided. Stay tuned for an Open Mic Night later in October!

Free

Jodi Picoult & Jennifer Finney Boylan / TICKETED EVENT

Revolution Hall 1300 SE Stark St, Portland, OR

From Jodi Picoult, the bestselling author of Wish You Were Here, and Jennifer Finney Boylan, the  bestselling author of She’s Not There, comes a soul-stirring novel about what we choose to keep from our past, and what we choose to leave behind. Olivia McAfee knows what it feels like to start over. Her picture-perfect life — living in Boston, married to a brilliant cardiothoracic surgeon, raising a beautiful son, Asher — was upended when her husband revealed a darker side. She never imagined she would end up back in her sleepy New Hampshire hometown, living in the house she grew up in, and taking over her father's beekeeping business. Lily Campanello is familiar with do-overs, too. When she and her mom relocate to Adams, New…

$39.99

Isaac Fitzgerald in Conversation With Lydia Kiesling

Powell's City of Books 1005 W Burnside Street, Portland, OR

Isaac Fitzgerald has lived many lives. He's been an altar boy, a bartender, a fat kid, a smuggler, a biker, a prince of New England. But before all that, he was a bomb that exploded his parents’ lives — or so he was told. In Dirtbag, Massachusetts (Bloomsbury), Fitzgerald, with warmth and humor, recounts his ongoing search for forgiveness, a more far-reaching vision of masculinity, and a more expansive definition of family and self. Fitzgerald’s memoir-in-essays begins with a childhood that moves at breakneck speed from safety to violence, recounting an extraordinary pilgrimage through trauma to self-understanding and, ultimately, acceptance. From growing up in a Boston homeless shelter to bartending in San Francisco, from smuggling medical supplies into Burma to his lifelong struggle to make…

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