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CANCELED – Harry Dodge reads at PSU

Harry Dodge is an American visual artist and writer whose interdisciplinary practice is characterized by its explorations of relation, materiality and ecstatic contamination. He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017. His first book, a work of literary nonfiction entitled My Meteorite, or Without the Random There Can Be No New Thing, is forthcoming from Penguin in 2020. Dodge’s sculpture, drawing, and video work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. He co-founded the now-legendary San Francisco community-based performance space The Bearded Lady, which served as a touchstone for a pioneering, queer, DIY literary and arts scene. Dodge’s narrative feature film, By Hook or By Crook, premiered at Sundance in 2002 and won five Best Feature awards. He is permanent faculty of the School…

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Book Club: Gender Queer

Maia’s intensely cathartic autobiography charts eir journey of self-identity, which includes the mortification and confusion of adolescent crushes, grappling with how to come out to family and society, bonding with friends over erotic gay fanfiction, and facing the trauma and fundamental violation of pap smears. Started as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual, Gender Queer is more than a personal story: it is a useful and touching guide on gender identity—what it means and how to think about it—for advocates, friends, and humans everywhere. Read a preview on Maia’s page, here: Join us for our every-other-week graphic novel book club for tea and sweets and this amazing read!

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Delve Readers Seminar: Delve Online: Memory and Ancestors: Paula by Isabel Allende

This class meets via Zoom teleconferencing, Participants who register will receive information on how to log onto the Zoom meeting. “What actually happened isn’t what matters, only the resulting scars and distinguishing marks. My past has little meaning; I can see no order to it, no clarity, purpose, or path, only a blind journey guided by instinct and detours caused by events beyond my control. There was no deliberation on my part, only good intentions and the faint sense of a greater design determining my steps.” – Isabel Allende, Paula   Allende wrote this memoir for her daughter Paula when she became gravely ill and fell into a coma. In typical Allende fashion, it is a work that accepts the magical and spiritual worlds, and…

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PDX Queer and Trans Open Mic

PDX Queer and Trans Open Mic!! Bring your poetry, fiction, memoirs, and acoustic music! Before the open mic, there’ll be a space to work on projects and to get feedback from fellow queer and trans folks! Priority will be given to BIPOC creators. —————————— Accessibility Details: Venue space and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. Try to come scent and fragrance free (smoke/vape your cigs and weed at least 30 mins before). If you want to get involved organizing the open mic or be a featured monthly reader please feel free to reach out!

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Reading: Katharine Coldiron, Jackie Shannon Hollis, and Claire Rudy Foster

Los Angeles author Katharine Coldiron presents Ceremonials, a twelve-part lyric novella inspired by Florence + the Machine’s 2011 album of the same name. It’s the story of two girls, Amelia and Corisande, who fall in love at a boarding school. Corisande dies suddenly on the eve of graduation, but Amelia cannot shake her ghost. A narrative about obsession, the Minotaur, and the veil between life and death, Ceremonials is a poem in prose, a keening in words, and a song etched in ink. “Between poetry and prose, between word and music, Katharine Coldiron’s hybrid tour de force, Ceremonials, is a loveletter between art and the body. This book makes my whole body ring like a tuning fork inside its lyric narratives. A specular devotional between artists,…

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Les AuCoin

Former US Congressman Les AuCoin joins us at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 10th, to read from his memoir, Catch and Release: An Oregon Life in Politics, published by Oregon State University Press. In 1974, at the age of thirty-two, Les AuCoin became the first Democrat to win a US House seat in Oregon’s First District. He was one of the post-Watergate reformers who shook up an insular, autocratic Congress and led fights for affordable housing, “trickle-up” economics, wilderness protection, abortion rights, and nuclear arms control. In the 1980s, the Oregonian called him “the most powerful congressman in Oregon.” In this compelling collection of life stories, AuCoin traces his unlikely rise from a fatherless childhood in Central Oregon to the top ranks of national power.…

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Westside Writing Group

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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Gobshite Quarterly launch! 25 Poems on the Death of Ursula K. Le Guin

Launching Gobshite Quarterly # 35/36: *Portland poets Ann Farley, Nastashia Minto, Selena Bekakis, and Amy Baskin *OBA-nominated Portland writer Matthew Robinson *Australian poet Les Murray and a personal memoir of Murray by Swiss writer Christoph Keller… Poems also from Croatia, Lithuania, and Switzerland (German translation by Portland poet and Holbrook Award winner Douglas Spangle) *graphics and flash fiction from around the world *and also launching 25 Poems On The Death Of Ursula K. Le Guin (M. F. McAuliffe) [See also the official website.]

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Erin Khar in Conversation With Rene Denfeld

Erin Khar’s Strung Out: One Last Hit and Other Lies That Nearly Killed Me (Park Row) is a personal, illuminating look at the opioid crisis, as lived by one woman and her 15-year struggle with opioids, beginning when she was 13 and ending with motherhood. An urgent and empathetic take, Strung Out is a necessary memoir of addiction, recovery, and the lifesaving power of love. Khar will be joined in conversation by Rene Denfeld, author of The Butterfly Girl.

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Holler if You Hear Me Launch

Local comics artists Ryan Alexander-Tanner and Tatum Howlett will be at Books With Pictures for a signing and presentation to celebrate the release of Holler If You Hear Me, Comic Edition. The book is an adaptation of Greg Michie’s late-90’s memoir that tells the story of a white teacher working in Chicago’s Latinx-majority Back of the Yards neighborhood. The original text was widely recognized as an alternative to typical “white savior” narratives, instead advising teachers to embrace and be changed by the culture they enter into, acknowledging the messiness and complexity of teaching, and, most importantly, providing a platform for the students to share their own stories, in their own words. Each chapter ends with a long-form interview of a student, providing them a forum…

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