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Weekly Fiction Critique Group w Joanna Rose | Jan 28 – Apr 1| Online

Online N/A, Portland, OR

Learn to critique your own work and the work of others in non-judgmental, informative terms. Each week participants will share and discuss their stories, novels, or scenes. Together we’ll look at the many ways story happens on the page. We’ll identify how the various tools of showing and telling are being used, and to what effect. And we’ll learn to be there for each other. Maximum: 10 writers Register for this workshop Zoom link provided prior to start of workshop. Teacher: Joanna RoseTime: Saturdays, Jan 28 - Apr 1, 9:30am - 12:30pm Pacific Time, 10 weeksLocation: Online via ZoomTotal Fee: Discounted Early Registration is due seven (7) days prior to the start of the workshop. | Discounted Early Registration: $657 (cash/check); $680 (Paypal). | Tuition Registration: $672 (cash/check); 695…

$657 – $672

Kids’ Storytime

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

Join us every Saturday for kids’ storytime. Today we’re reading Telling Stories Wrong by Gianni Rodari. Buy the Book

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 an Iranian-American poet and scholar, and the author of Pilgrim Bell, published by Graywolf Press; Calling a Wolf a Wolf, published by Alice James Books in the US and Penguin Books in the UK; and the chapbook Portrait of the Alcoholic, published by Sibling Rivalry Press. In 2014, he founded the poetry interview…

Free

Stephen Markley in Conversation With Omar El Akkad

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

From Stephen Markley, author of Ohio, comes a masterful American epic charting a near future approaching collapse and a nascent but strengthening solidarity. In the first decades of the 21st century, the world is convulsing, its governments mired in gridlock while a patient but unrelenting ecological crisis looms. America is in upheaval, battered by violent weather and extreme politics. In California in 2013, Tony Pietrus, a scientist studying deposits of undersea methane, receives a death threat. His fate will become bound to a stunning cast of characters — a broken drug addict, a star advertising strategist, a neurodivergent mathematician, a cunning eco-terrorist, an actor turned religious zealot, and a brazen young activist named Kate Morris, who, in the mountains of Wyoming, begins a project that…

Free

Morgan Thomas in Conversation With Genevieve Hudson

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

The nine stories in Morgan Thomas’s shimmering debut collection witness Southern queer and genderqueer characters determined to find themselves reflected in the annals of history, whatever the cost. As Thomas’s subjects trace deceit and violence through Southern tall tales and their own pasts, their journeys reveal the porous boundaries of body, land, and history, and the sometimes ruthless awakenings of self-discovery. A trans woman finds her independence with the purchase of a pregnancy bump; a young Virginian flees their relationship, choosing instead to immerse themself in the life of an intersex person from Colonial-era Jamestown. A writer tries to evade the murky and violent legacy of an ancestor who supposedly disappeared into a midwifery bag, and in the uncanny title story, a young trans person…

Free

The Moth: StorySLAM: Love Hurts

Holocene 1001 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR

LOVE HURTS: Prepare a five-minute tale about a love that made you go OUCH. The agony of deferred love! The misery of good love, gone bad! The anguish of one-way love! Bring stories of your heart, kicked to the curb by the people or places or things you love...or used to love. Love that "Hurts So Good" also welcome. 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

OMSI After Dark: Books & Brews

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR

Join us for OMSI After Dark: Books & Brews! Find your next favorite book, learn how to get self published and sample local brews. The ultimate night out! Typically the last Wednesday of the month, OMSI After Dark is a 21+ event that gathers local vendors, artisans, and science content for you to enjoy. Get ready to taste test a local brew, catch a show, or try a science demo – all while exploring the museum’s permanent exhibit halls. CURRENT COVID RULES Masks are optional for guests although we still highly encourage you to wear a mask and recommend you wear an N95 or KN95. We are limiting capacity to 1,200 guests. 21+ Only | A valid government issued ID is required for entry for…

$25 – $40

The Moth: StorySLAM: Stakes

The Old Church Concert Hall 1422 SW 11th Ave, Portland, OR

STAKES: Prepare a five-minute story about when it was make-or-break, all-or-nothing. When you dug in your heels or rose to the occasion. Packed it up, moved on, or made your claim. Proceed at your own risk... COVID Requirements: See The Old Church's COVID Policy for details. We will not be selling any tickets at the door. This venue is 16+ *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

The Moth: StorySLAM: Pride

Holocene 1001 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR

PRIDE: Prepare a five minute story about being proud. The confidence and glory of owning your talents, embracing your identity or, perhaps, flying too close to the sun. Lion-hearted valiance for a job well-done or the stubborn sting of unburied hatchets or unspoken apologies. Staying faithful to values, swallowing pride or admitting you ain't too proud to beg. 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