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Poetry is the Flavor of Unity with Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford

Listen to Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford speak on how poetry is our native language, the imaginative explorations of children and lively people everywhere. Poems are short, so they need to sing, to intrigue, to offer secrets, and also the obvious, to say what can’t be said has not been said, must be said. In this program, we will savor some of the ways poetry can make life both buoyant and mysterious. The Oregon Poet Laureate program is a collaborative project of the state’s five cultural partners: Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Humanities, Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Historical Society, and State Historic Preservation Office, with funding from the Oregon Cultural Trust. [From Multnomah County Library’s website]

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Kat Gardiner

From Powell’s website: Asymmetric and misremembered, Kat Gardiner’s Little Wonder (Father/Daughter Records) fictionalizes the experience of opening and closing an all-ages music venue and café in 2008. An adult coming-of-age story told in fragments, Gardiner explores the bittersweet love affair that takes place between despair and hope whenever you try with all your heart to do something you believe in, and fail. Gardiner will be accompanied at the event by acoustic musician Rebecca Rasmussen. Preorder a signed edition of Little Wonder

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Kids’ Storytime With Barbara Kerley

From Powell’s website: Today, Caldecott Honor author Barbara Kerley joins us to read from her new picture book, Tigers and Tea With Toppy (Scholastic). Rhoda loves spending time with Toppy. He is not only her beloved grandpa, but also the world-famous wildlife artist Charles R. Knight! Preorder a signed edition of Tigers & Tea With Toppy

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Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us

From Powell’s website: At a time of soaring corporate profits and plenty of HR lip service about “wellness,” millions of workers – in virtually every industry – are deeply unhappy. Why did work become so miserable? Who is responsible? Dan Lyons’s Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us (Hachette) is a groundbreaking examination of how the half-baked ideas of Silicon Valley and its “new oligarchs” have changed the way we work, damaged our brains, and left us poorer and insecure. Preorder a signed edition of Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us

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Urban Tellers Immigrants Refugees

From the Facebook event page: The increasingly acerbic, anti-immigrant sentiment running rampant in our own community and around the world has convinced us that now is the perfect time to celebrate and support immigrants and refugees by hearing their stories. These Urban Tellers® narratives enrich our community by helping us realize the humanity we share. Live music with house band Tonight’s Special at 7pm when doors open Stories at 8pm, featuring Urban Tellers® Sankar Raman, Wafa Almaktari, Ivan Hernandez, Onyeka Jones, Victor Bencomo and Israa Hasani. [Purchase tickets here.]

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Gabriela Torres Olivares, Jennifer Donovan, and Justin Hocking

From PSU Creative Writing’s website: Gabriela Torres Olivares was born in Monterrey, México. She is the author of three collections of short stories: Enfermario (2010), which Reforma named as one of the Best Books of 2010; Incompletario (2007); and Están Muertos (2004). Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals, including Vice, Pic-Nic, Playboy, and Luvina. She received a 2015-16 grant from the National Fund for Culture and Arts to complete a novel. Les Figues Press published Enfermario in English (translated by Jennifer Donovan) in 2017. Jennifer Donovan is an interdisciplinary artist based in the Tijuana-San Diego border. Her work addresses the ontology of boundaries and liminal spaces through presence/absence phenomena. She works between literary (writing and translation) and visual practices to grapple with power relationships embedded in…

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Benefit Reading at City Hall

From IPRC’s website: The Independent Publishing Resource Center’s 20th Anniversary Reading Featuring: Anis Mojgani, Lidia Yuknavitch, Martha Grover Graciously Hosted By: Portland City Hall

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An Evening with Doris Kearns Goodwin

From Oregon Historical Society’s website: Join us for a captivating evening with award-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin on her forthcoming book, Leadership in Turbulent Times. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin brings history alive with a master storyteller’s grasp of drama and depth as she examines the leadership triumphs, trials, and tribulations of the men and women who have shaped this nation. With a deft wit and an uncanny ability to weave stories that put you “right in the room” as history occurs, Goodwin offers extraordinary insight into the lives of America’s leaders. Goodwin is the author of six New York Times best-selling and critically acclaimed books. She worked with director Steven Spielberg on the film Lincoln, which is partly based on…

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Anastacia-Reneé and Ashley Toliver

From Literary Arts’s website: Anastacia-Reneé’s words frame so many questions: what is sacred, what is beauty, what is tragedy, what rites of passage have we endured to be initiated into the complexities of our humanity? The poems in her new book (v.), published by Gramma Books, read like rituals, invoking ancestors and Becky alike in a nuanced honest reflection of this time in life. Established in 2016, Gramma is an independent poetry press based in Seattle. Gramma is an offshoot of Western Bridge, a contemporary exhibition space, which existed in Seattle’s SODO District from 2004 to 2012. Ashley Toliver is the author of Spectra (Coffee House Press, September 2018) and a chapbook, Ideal Machine (Poor Claudia, 2014). A poetry editor at Moss., her work has been supported by  the Cave…

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