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Unsolicited Press Drop-In Submission Pitch

December 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Elephants Delicatessen on Corbett, 5221 SW Corbett Avenue
Portland, OR 97239
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Free

Unsolicited Press will hold an informal drop-in submissions period in which local writers can pitch their manuscripts to one of the editors on the team. The pitches should be 1-3 minutes in length and authors should bring with them a query letter to leave with the author (if the author wants to furnish a sample of the work, 10 pages max). Think of it like speed dating for books. Writers can identify the editor by looking for the table with a copy of Who Killed Buster Sparkle?

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Buckman Journal 003 Launch & Holiday Art Market

December 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bunk Bar – Water, 1028 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214
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Free

Buckman Journal, a literary and art anthology features a wealth of short stories, essays, flash fiction, and visual art, all made by Portlanders. The third installment of Buckman Journal explores the way technology and media work with, for, and against our world. New issue out December 1st, 2019. Alongside the launch of Buckman Journal 003, Buckmxn Publishing is proud to host a holiday art market. Looking for unique gifts and want to support local artists and writers? Presto! Buckmxn has made it easy for you! Shop prints, stickers, craft items, original pieces, books, and more. Great deals and specials! All sales go directly to artists. Bunk Bar @ SW Water Ave. Thursday Dec 5. 6-9pm. Buy a sandwich. Have a drink. Browse art. Buy Buckman…

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THE SLEEP GAS release party and art exhibit with Chris Cilla

December 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch Street
Portland, OR 97209
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Free

Chris Cajero Cilla is the author of the 2010 cult classic graphic novel, The Heavy Hand, and this new book from FU Press is a collection of the artist’s short stories created over the past decade-plus. Cilla’s absurdist humor takes center stage in this bouillabaisse of pieces that recalls the work of contemporary masters such as Matthew Thurber and Michael Deforge, as well as the unfettered id that permeates the great underground comix of the 1960s and 1970s. Cilla co-mingles a variety of styles and genres in the service of surrealist gems such as “Burp’s Law,” “Exqueezmeat,” and “Labyrinthectomy,” all of which will buoy you with a blissfully dull buzz, long after you’ve put it down. WHO: Chris Cilla WHAT: The Sleep Gas release party and…

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Slamlandia Dec. Rocking Frog Slam ft. Ben Yisrael

December 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Rocking Frog Cafe, 2511 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214
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Free – $5

Join us for our DECEMBER Poetry Open Mic and Slam at our temporary first Thursday location - the Rocking Frog Cafe! This is the last WoWPS qualifying slam, and also a qualifier for our 2020 Grand Slam. Doors and sign-ups are at 6:00 PM Get there on time to get a spot in the open mic or slam! Show begins at 6:30 PM. Rocking Frog Cafe 2511 SE Belmont St. Portland, OR 97214 This show is all ages. Please see our Accessibility and Safer Space info below. There is a $1-5 suggested donation. We will have an spotlight performance from the superb Ben Yisrael! Ben Yisrael is a performance poet, storyteller, and writer. Some of his performance accomplishments include being the 2010 Dallas Poetry Grand…

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Authors Guild Portland Chapter Meet and Mingle

December 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington Street
Portland, OR 97205
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Free

New Authors Guild ambassadors Cai Emmons and Gillian Klucas will be there to greet you as we launch our very first Portland Chapter event. Enjoy drinks and light refreshments as you get to know your fellow Portland authors. At this meeting we'll connect and plan ways we can help ensure a fruitful future for Portland's writing community. Please let us know if you plan to come by emailing portlandchapter@authorsguild.org

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6:30 pm

Brian Michael Bendis and Kelly Sue DeConnick in Conversation: Presented by the PSU English Department

December 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
PSU – Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
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Free

The Portland State English Department is pleased to present the 55th Annual Nina Mae Kellogg Lecture, featuring comics creators Brian Michael Bendis and Kelly Sue DeConnick in converation. Brian Michael Bendis is an award-winning comics creator, Amazon and New York Times bestseller, and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For the last twenty years, Brian’s books have consistently sat on top of the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.  Bendis's many achivements include the introduction of the multiracial Spider-Man, Miles Morales, and the creation of the character of Jessica Jones.  Bendis has won five Eisner awards, including ‘Best Writer of the year’ two years in a row and was honored with the prestigious Inkpot award for comic art excellence. Kelly Sue DeConnick is…

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Westside Writing Group

December 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005
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Free

A group for anyone writing nonfiction or memoir who would like company, support, and, most of all, accountability. Whether you’ve never written a word or you’re a published author, join us!

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7:30 pm

Roy Scranton

December 5 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
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Free

Roy Scranton, controversial and critically acclaimed, brings us a formally daring road trip into the heart of present-day America. Suzie’s seen it all, but now she’s looking for something she’s lost: a sense of the future. So when the chance comes to work with a maverick video artist on his road movie about Donald Trump’s America, she’s pretty sure it’s a bad idea but she signs up anyway, hoping for an outside shot at starting over. A provocative, genderqueer, shapeshifting musical romp through the brain-eating nightmare of contemporary America, I Heart Oklahoma! (Soho) moves from our bleeding-edge present to a furious Faulknerian retelling of the Starkweather killings in the 1950s, capturing in its fragmented, mesmerizing form the violence at the heart of the American dream.

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Reading: Kake Huck

December 5 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Rose City Book Pub, 1329 NE Fremont
Portland, OR 97212
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Free

Sentenced to Venice is a masterful collection of poetry about the Italian city written with a twist -- each poem is a single sentence. "Kake Huck . . . lays open for us the perpetual play (or war) among art, sex, religion, and politics, her sharp observations drawing into focus the disparity between artifice and reality." -- Judith Montgomery, author of Pulse and Constellation. "You. . . will travel in the company of poems so beautifully rendered you won't notice each is only one sentence long . . . such is the remarkable skill of the poet." -- Ellen Waterston, author Hotel Domilicos "Sentenced to Venice is a quirky, informed and irreverent homage to a great world city." -- Marion Davidson, Closeness of Ice

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