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Diana Lo Mei Hing in Conversation with Horatio Law

Diana Lo Mei Hing was born in Hong Kong and spent her childhood in Guangzhou during the volatile run up to the Cultural Revolution. Her father fled with his family to Milan, Italy where Diana was raised. A well known abstract watercolor and mixed media painter, photographer, and poet in Italy, where she continues to exhibit, Diana moved to Portland with her American husband, also a fine arts photographer, in 2015. This is her first solo exhibition in the Northwest. Front Gallery Followed by a no-host lunch at the Red Robe Tea House Tickets: $12/General; $10/Members

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Monster Colored Glasses, Poetry with Ken Yoshikawa

Poet Ken Yoshikawa will read from his newly published book, Monster Colored Glasses a bilingual narrative exploring personal issues of trauma, vulnerability and personal transformation while addressing social responsibility themes. Ken Yoshikawa is half-Japanese, and a poet-actor from Portland, Oregon. He is an active voice in the spoken word community and his acting has been seen in diverse performances in local theatres. Ken’s powerful use of words are featured in his first autobiographical poetic solo, The Art of Fly Swatting, which was performed off-Broadway in NYC at the Pan Asian Repertory Festival in 2019 and his poems have appeared in Nailed Magazine, Letters from the Void, Hapa Mag and Discover Nikkei. The evening includes a reception, book signing, and poetry readings by Ken and guest…

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Winter Poetry Festival

Portland’s second Winter Poetry Festival is a joyful gathering of poets and poetry lovers. Winter is a magical time where the beauty of language burns brightly in the darkness. The festival will feature a marketplace where you can support poets by buying from them directly, inspiring workshops for poets of all levels of experience, innovative performances and craft-talks from top-notch poets, a guest-screening from Seattle’s Cadence: Video Poetry Festival, and the “Poet’s Playground” an ephemeral pop-up of poetic challenges and collaborations. The Festival will be housed in the beautiful PNCA. ADA accessible. Centrally-located, near many major transit lines.

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Future Prairie IX: In Repose

Put on your jammies and call in an ending at our final show of the year. Guided meditation by Kady Monroe Dance by Amy Leona Havin Poetry by Anna Suarez Sound bath and tea ceremony by Brianna Sas This winter solstice variety show is inspired by the chautauquas of the 19th and early 20th centuries, where people from all walks of life came together to experience education, entertainment, and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, and entertainers. Founded in January 2018 by Joni Renee Whitworth in Portland, Oregon, Future Prairie is a non-profit organization and artist collective led by women, femme, queer, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals. We develop and showcase emerging and under-represented artists. We believe artists have an opportunity to design…

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Shrinking Books & Reading Performance by KEREN KATZ

Keren Katz is coming to Floating World on December 18, just before the winter solstice! Come get custom shrunken versions of your favorite books, zines, cards and limited edition mini comics as well as hear about the making of  The Backstage of a Dishwashing Webshow. It is a story of unrequited love set in a school for transmutation on top of Mount Scopus. It catalogs the disappearance and reappearance of four characters: Rivi the protagonist and eventual narrator of the book, Novak, Rivi’s roommate and popular yet elusive host of a live dishwashing show, Avner, Rivi’s father and Yakov, Rivi’s love interest. In her presentation, Katz will discuss the process of composing the image sequences in the  book as a choreography, and the interactive performances…

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Deep Overstock Issue 7 Launch

Join us for a launch event with reading from contributors to the latest issue of Deep Overstock, the booksellers’ journal. The theme for this issue is Horror. Deep Overstock #7: Horror is here! Come out on Friday the 13th for readings, journal copies, booze, and snacks. Confirmed readers: Robert Torres Mark Savage Benjamin Kessler Doug Chase [see also the Facebook event page]

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ALGERNON BLACKWOOD’S THE WILLOWS release party with Nathan Carson and Sam Ford

Algernon Blackwood’s The Willows is collected with a new 12-page prequel story never published elsewhere. Join the creators on Friday, December 13th for a release party and book signing. This immortal novella of extra-dimensional weirdness on the Danube comes to vivid life in graphic comic form thanks to the incredibly detailed black-and-white linework of talented newcomer, Sam Ford. Writer Nathan Carson’s thoughtful retelling reverently preserves the plot while breathing character-driven depth into this all-time classic. Two adventurous women, one British, one Swedish, encounter strange horrors in the Hungarian wilderness of 1907. What they discover on that crumbling sandbar makes them question their sanity, fear for their lives, and revel in otherworldly strangeness. Readers familiar with the story will delight in seeing it depicted in such painstaking,…

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A Night Out with Buddy Wakefield

BUDDY WAKEFIELD, three-time world champion spoken word artist and the most toured performance poet in history, returns to Portland with a few real special guests for the release of A Choir of Honest Killers, his first book of new work in eight years. You’re not gonna wanna miss this. Come exactly as you are. Except babies. Don’t bring those. Or children. I promise. $15 at door. www.buddywakefield.com [Buy Tickets Here]

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THE SLEEP GAS release party and art exhibit with Chris Cilla

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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Daedalus Books Reading and Book Signing

One week from today! free, accessible, & all are welcome New work from: Daniel H. Wilson (author of Robopocalypse), Jason Gurley (author of Eleanor), Benjamin Parzybok (author of Sherwood Nation), Curtis C. Chen (author of Waypoint Kangaroo), Jasmine Gower (author of Moonshine), and Arthur Smid (author of You Will Win the Future)

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