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Zack Rogow and Ed Skoog

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

This event will start at 7 and masks will be required. Zack Rogow is the author, editor, or translator of more than twenty books or plays. His ninth book of poems, Irreverent Litanies, was published by Regal House. He is also writing a series of plays about authors. The most recent of these, Colette Uncensored, had its first staged reading at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and ran in London, Barcelona, San Francisco, and Portland. His blog, Advice for Writers, features more than 250 posts on topics of interest to writers. He serves as a contributing editor of Catamaran Literary Reader. www.zackrogow.com Judith Barrington will also be reading. http://www.judithbarrington.com/

Free

Book & Media Sale

Ledding Library of Milwaukie 10660 SE 21st Avenue, Milwaukie, OR

The Friends of the Library highly-missed annual book sale is back in a new and improved way. You now have the opportunity to browse and purchase from their larger inventory four times a year instead of just once. The second Quarterly Book Sale of 2022 will take place at the Library on Saturday, August 13th and Sunday, August 14th — from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in the Community Room. Be sure to mark these dates and times on your calendar — as the Community Room will be filled with books, CDs, DVDs and merchandise for you to purchase and enjoy for time immemorial. Room Location: Community Room

Free

Build Your Own Industrial Strength Crap Detector: A Slideshow with Lisa Loving

Rose City Book Pub 1329 NE Fremont, Portland, OR

"Whatever stories in your community most need to be told, the best person to tell them is you." Is the news really fake? Rose City Book Pub is extremely thrilled to host Lisa Loving's third of three writing workshops: "Build Your Own Industrial Strength Crap Detector: A Slideshow." Learn how to kick the tires on a piece of media with fact-checking basics you can use every day, by award-winning news editor, radio producer and bullshit-slayer Lisa Loving. Tickets are 25$ and include a copy of Street Journalist: Understand and Report the News in Your Community as well as a drink and some phenomenal shared appetizers. Get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/375010696087 Lisa Loving’s Website: http://www.street-journalist.com/ Lisa Loving’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Media4thepeople

Free

Community Art Day

Rose City Book Pub 1329 NE Fremont, Portland, OR

Community Art Day is bringing people together to connect and create every 2nd and 4th Sunday from 2-6 pm. This free event is open to the public and features art classes, collaborative projects, supplies to do your own thing and a creation station made just for kids! There will be a different art form with support from a local artist every time.

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

Black Poets Society: Sisters & Soulfood

Imago Dei Community Loft 1302 Southeast Ankeny Street, Portland, OR

Blackness, whiteness and otherness: words, when strung together, that may cause discomfort and awkwardness. Join us in that discomfort this August as we meditate on the voice of the Black Woman. The poetry and the spoken word African-American Women will guide us in dialogue to hear from our community differently, to know one another differently, to see reconciliation differently. Format: Black Poets Society is a two session series with readers sharing a broad range of historic and modern poetry and spoken word by Black Women. Attendees will have a chance to respond in writing, discuss and unpack in table conversations and participate in a larger group conversation. Each part is a standalone event, but will weave together thematically. You should come to these events if…

Free

Risograph Basics @ Outlet!

Outlet 2500 Northeast Sandy Boulevard, Portland, OR

Welcome to our Risograph Basics course: a printing, collage, experimentation, and mark making extravaganza! Get to know Outlet and our RISO sisters (Barbara, Janet, Corita, and Tina) and learn the basics of this fun and unique print method with Kate Bingaman-Burt! This workshop is a great place to start if you’re new to riso, or if you’d like a refresher! We’ll take a deep dive into risograph history, an overview of how these machines work, the stencil-duplicator process, and the quirks and fun (sometimes unpredictable) outcomes of riso printing. The main focus of this class is EXPERIMENTATION. We’ll share print and zine inspiration, favorite mark making tools and how to use them for riso, and we’ll walk through a print demo on two of our…

$85 – $100

Summer Series: Practical Origami

Online N/A, Portland, OR

Register here Instructor: Yuki Martin This workshop will be taking place via Zoom, PST Capacity: 25 Sliding scale $5-30 5 no-cost spots available; BIPOC & 2S prioritized Tuesday, 8/16 Part 1; 6:30 – 8pm Tuesday 8/23rd Part 2; 6:30 – 8pm Join Yuki Martin for an origami workshop focusing on origami made with materials that can easily be sourced from home including standard sized copy paper.  For this virtual origami workshop series participants will simply need letter size (8.5″x11″) copy/printer paper and a cutting tool. Featured models including but are not limited to a photo stand, lamp shade, collapsible box, basket, and more. No origami experience necessary.This is a two-part workshop, with the first workshop geared towards beginners, and the second workshop designed to build on the skills in the…

$5 – $30

In-Person Reading: Liz Prato and Yuvi Zalkow

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

Annie Bloom's welcomes back Portland authors Liz Prato and Yuvi Zalkow to read from their new books, Prato's essay collection Kids in America: A Gen X Reckoning and Zalkow's novel I Only Cry with Emoticons. They will be in conversation with Jackie Shannon Hollis, author of the memoir This Particular Happiness: A Childless Love Story. Signed and personalized copies of both authors' books are available! Please, please, please include the name for personalization in the order notes; all orders without a name specified in the order notes will be signed only. About Kids in America: Generation X was born between the legions of Baby Boomers and Millennials, and was all but written off as cynical, sarcastic slackers. Yet, Gen X's impact on culture and society…

Free

The Moth: StorySLAM: Enemies

Holocene 1001 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR

ENEMIES: Prepare a five-minute story about your nemesis: the Backstreet Boy to your N'Sync, the Killmonger to your T'Challa, the Brutus to your Caesar. Yankees to Red Sox, cats to dogs, Coke to Pepsi. Tell of enemies, "frenemies", rivals and foes. COVID Requirements: See Holocene's COVID Policy for details. We will not be selling any tickets at the door. This venue is 21+ *Seating is not guaranteed and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the show. Admission is not guaranteed for late arrivals. All sales final. Media Sponsors: OPB and Literary Arts

$15