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CIRRO-NUMINOUS SALON: THE LENS

THE LENS is a continuation of our salon series that investigates the components of craft, embodiment, and perception. During each event, we’ll take a different approach to the question “how do these interrelated undertakings interact with a holistic creative practice?” In this salon, we will explicate the different ways of entering into poems through metaphors of the visual. When we look through a glass lens, we establish a focal point and emphasize certain elements of landscape, thereby enacting a transformation on what we see. How can we utilise this technology to aid in the creation of illusion and artful composition within our own work? The event will be happening over zoom on Sunday September 26th at 2 PM PST, and you can register here.

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Friends of Mystery Presents: Tracy Clark, Mary Keliikoa, and Elle Marr

Please join us to kick off the first Bloody Thursday of our 2021/22 season with writers Tracy Clark, Mary Keliikoa, and Elle Marr! Our virtual door will open at 6:30 for general chat, with the moderated discussion starting at 7 PM. We will send out a Zoom link on the day of the event. About the Speakers: Tracy Clark, a native Chicagoan, is the author of the Cass Raines Chicago Mystery series, featuring ex-cop turned PaI Cassandra Raines. Her debut, BROKEN PLACES, made Library Journal’s list of the Best Crime Fiction of 2018 and CrimeReads named Cass Raines Best New PI of 2018. The novel was nominated for a Lefty Award for Best Debut Novel, an Anthony Award for Best Debut Novel and a Shamus…

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Creating the Graphic Novel: Inception to Publication

Join us for a lively panel discussion about graphic novels and their creators. Moderated by Jonathan Hill, author of Odessa, and featuring winners of the Oregon Book Award in Graphic Literature. Jonathan Hill is an award-winning cartoonist who lives in Portland, OR. His comics and illustrations have been featured in publications by Fantagraphics, Lion Forge, tor.com, Powell’s City of Books, The Believer Magazine, and the Society of Illustrators. His first two books, Americus and Wild Weather, were created with writer MK Reed and published by First Second Books. Jonathan also teaches comics at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and serves on the board of directors at Literary Arts. Odessa is the first book he has written and drawn himself. Cartoonist Barry Deutsch’s 2010 graphic novel Hereville: How Mirka…

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Leigh Cowart in Conversation With Jess Zimmerman

Masochism is sexy, human, reviled, worshipped, and can be delightfully bizarre. Deliberate and consensual pain has been with us for millennia, encompassing everyone from Black Plague flagellants to ballerinas dancing on broken bones to competitive eaters choking down hot peppers while they cry. Masochism is a part of us. It lives inside workaholics, tattoo enthusiasts, and all manner of garden variety pain-seekers. At its core, masochism is about feeling bad, then better — a phenomenon that is long overdue for a heartfelt and hilarious investigation. And Leigh Cowart would know: they are not just a researcher and science writer — they’re an inveterate, high-sensation-seeking masochist. And they have a few questions: Why do people engage in masochism? What are the benefits and the costs? And…

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Two Rivers Virtual Book Club September

September Selection: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia https://www.tworiversbooks.com/book/9780525620808 “Creepy and romantic, Mexican Gothic is easily one of my favorite books of 2020! Upon receiving a strange letter from her cousin, Noemi Taboada goes to investigate the happenings of High Place, a decaying manor filled with secrets, and is plagued by terrifying dreams and visions. Moreno-Garcia delivers a fresh take on a classic gothic novel that will grab your attention from the very first chapter!” — Tyrinne Lewis, Rakestraw Books, Danville, CA Check your email for the Zoom link!

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Livestream Reading: Sarah Dougher

Annie Bloom’s welcomes Portland writer and professor Sarah Dougher, a contributor to Tick Tock: Essays on Becoming a Parent After 40. She will be in conversation with the book’s editor, Vicki Breitbart, and OHSU reproductive endocrinologist Paula Amato, MD. Watch the recording here: https://youtu.be/ftZN8Wa3L94 If you would like a signed or personalized copy of this book, please leave a note in the comments section of your order! About Tick Tock: In this groundbreaking collection of essays, poems, and creative nonfiction, more than twenty-nine writers offer witty and incisive insight into the unique experience of being or having an older parent in today’s world. By turns raw, funny, tender, and wise, these stories reshape our understanding of the social factors that impact later parenthood, honor the…

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Premise Course: How can we judge something’s value? Diderot’s Rameau’s Nephew

(Learn about Premise classes here: https://www.premiseinstitute.com/premisefaq) We love to make value judgments: we argue about the quality of a TV show, the morality of a politician, the appropriateness of a tweet. Rameau’s Nephew, the secret classic by encyclopedic master of the French Enlightenment, Denis Diderot, is an incisive and honest consideration of how we might judge something as beautiful or good in the modern world. This whirlwind of a dialogue moves from music to virtue and education, crime, money, and on and on. Diderot presents himself as a thoughtful and upright intellectual, unconvinced by religion, supporting the latest science, and open to reforming society on new principles. But the real star of the show is Rameau (nephew of the famous composer also named Rameau) whose…

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Nature Writing Now: Intensive

What does it mean to write about nature now? We are living at a time of great ecological peril and promise, when some thinkers are questioning whether “nature” even exists. How to write about this complexity in authentic and evocative ways? How to convey both the beauty and the corruption of beauty? Together, we will consider some historical and contemporary nature writing in order to learn how the genre has changed over time alongside our cultural conceptions of self and nature. Contemporary nature writing often reflects complex social and political realities, while also reminding us of the abiding depth of feeling created by, for instance, placing one’s hand on a tree trunk and pausing to simply feel. In this course, your writing will be informed…

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Black Abolitionists and Mercantile Frontiers: A. H. Francis and His Circle, 1835–1864

Join us for a presentation with Dr. Kenneth Hawkins on the life and achievements of Black abolitionist and merchant Abner Hunt Francis, with remarks from Kimberly Stowers Moreland on the significance of Francis’s accomplishments today. Francis operated a prosperous mercantile store on Front Street in Portland until 1861. Throughout the mid-1800s, Francis used his position to fight for Black people on the frontiers from western New York to the Pacific Coast. He wrote letters to his friend Frederick Douglass about the conditions for Black people in Oregon and his successful resistance to the state’s Black exclusion laws, which Douglass published in his abolitionist newspaper. Even with these written accounts, histories of the Oregon Territory and its commercial port often ignored, ridiculed, or misrepresented Francis and…

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Live Wire: Sarah Marshall, Dino Archie, Omar El Akkad, MAITA

SARAH MARSHALL Sarah Marshall is a writer, podcaster, and media critic focused on setting straight our collective memory—or at least getting to the bottom of why we believe and in turn define ourselves by popular narrative and myth. Why is the maligned woman a staple of our news media? Why do we believe that serial killers are brilliant? How do we keep stumbling into all these moral panics? These are some of the questions that propel Sarah forward. She is the co-host of the popular modern history podcast You’re Wrong About, which has been highlighted in the New Yorker, the Guardian and Time Magazine. Website • Twitter DINO ARCHIE Dino Archie is a stand-up comedian who has been featured on Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House…

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