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Clem Starck & Friends

From Mountain Writers Series’s website: Tolovana Arts Colony & Mountain Writers Series present an evening of poetry and music to celebrate the launch of Clem’s new book of poetry Cathedrals & Parking Lots: Collected Poems Clem Starck Reading Poetry with Music by Fisher Poets Jon Broderick & Jay Speakman Friday, 7:00 PM, November 16, 2018 Tolovana Arts Colony 3779 S. Hemlock, Cannon Beach OR Suggested admission $5 Clemens Starck is a Princeton dropout, a former merchant seaman and reporter on Wall Street. He has worked at many jobs, but mostly as a union carpenter and construction foreman on the West Coast—San Francisco, British Columbia, and Oregon. His first book of poems, Journeyman’s Wages, received the 1996 Oregon Book Award as well as the William Stafford Memorial…

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VERMIN Book Launch — Marilyn Stablein

From Mother Foucault’s Bookshop’s website: Please join us on Friday, November 16, for a book launch reading and signing with Portland poet Marilyn Stabelin. VERMIN A Traveler’s Bestiary Lice, leaches, roaches, and rats, what people call “vermin” are fascinating cultures with vivid life styles. Marilyn Stablein, their chronicler, is a non-judgemental and generous writer who watches these non-humans with serene detachment, humor, and uncanny empathy. Portland writer, Marilyn Stablein is an award-winning poet, essayist, fiction writer and mixed media artist whose sculptural  artist’s books, altered books and performance art concern visual narrative, travelog and memoir. www.marilynstablein.com

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Book Launch: 40th Anniversary Edition of Killing Floor by Ai

Join us in the Metropolitan Lounge of Portland’s Union Station to celebrate our 40th Anniversary Edition of Ai’s groundbreaking second poetry collection, KILLING FLOOR! Featuring a host of readers, including Stephanie Adams-Santos and Zachary Schomburg. Free drinks and snacks. Books for sale. Open to the public. PLUS: Tavern has commissioned poet/artist/publisher Zachary Schomburg to create an original hand-sketched portrait of Ai on the occasion of KILLING FLOOR’s 40th anniversary. Zach will be selling prints of this gorgeous portrait at the event. They’re limited edition, so get one while you can! *Parking free after 7pm. *Enter station through lobby and follow signs to the Metro Lounge. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Ai, who described herself as 1/2 Japanese, 1/8 Choctaw-Chickasaw, 1/4 Black, and 1/16 Irish, was born in…

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BONE TAX POEM CLUB Featuring Carter, Lopez, Ayres, Harper

Hosted by Ross Robbins, and featuring Aimee Lopez, Jake Ayers, Amy Temple Harper, and Nathan Wade Carter. From the Facebook event: Come hear poems, drink booze, buy books, and be AWESOME. [From Instagram:] Readers include Nathan Wade Carter (@purrbot), Amy Temple Harper, and Jake Ayres (@jakeayresman)–more TBA!

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A. Molotkov

From Broadway Books’s website: Anatoly Molotkov joins us at 7 pm on Thursday, November 15th, to read from his new collection of poems, Application of Shadows. Molotkov is a writer, composer, filmmaker, and visual artist, and a co-founder of the Inflectionist poetry movement (www.Inflectionism.com). Born in Russia, he moved to the US in 1990 and switched to writing in English in 1993. Published by Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Cincinnati Review, Tampa Review, Raleigh Review, Cider Press Review, and elsewhere, Molotkov is the winner of several short fiction and poetry contests and a 2015 Oregon Literary Fellowship. He co-edits The Inflectionist Review. Molotkov’s translation of a Chekhov story was included by Knopf in their Everyman Series. He also plays the Armenian duduk. His previous collection was…

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Esther Belin

From Reed College’s website: Esther G. Belin is an award-winning Diné poet and multimedia artist. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, the Institute of American Indian Arts, and Antioch University. Her writing has appeared in outlets including Wicazo Sa Review, BOMB, Democracy Now!, and Studies in American Indian Literatures. She considers the following locations her homeland: LA, Durango, Diné bike’yah. Her writing and art grows from and is an offering to the collective humanity, bila’ ashdla’ii.

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The People’s Poets (Open Mic)

The People’s Poets is hosted every 3rd Saturday. We have been a huge success so far and we want to continue that energy this month! We call ourselves “The People’s Poets” because our goal is to amplify voices of color while providing a safe place for displaced communities in Portland. While we welcome and encourage everyone to attend and support, we exclusively reserve the open mic as a platform for writers of color. 2$ suggested donation. Light refreshments provided. You may contact Woodlawn MIC, or host Brianna Grisby for questions or to sign up in advanced. You may also sign up on Saturday from 5:30-6:00pm. Bring a date, some friends, family, or even pull up alone, you will be greeted and welcomed! Hope to see…

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Gender and the Role of War Literature in Shaping Collective Memory: The Wartime Writings of Mary Borden

From Lewis & Clark’s website: Dixon Award Presentation by Katie Mitcheltree Female voices are under-represented in the poetry of World War I, in part because of the belief that those who have not experienced combat cannot understand it, and therefore cannot communicate it to others. According to this “combat gnosticism,” only soldiers who fought in the trenches can write war poetry. But what of those non-combatants who worked close enough to the front that they were under direct threat from gunfire and artillery? What of those who dealt directly with the bloody aftermath of the war’s most devastating battles? Mary Borden, who published several poems while working at a field hospital on the Western front, is one such case. Katie traveled to two archives over…

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Live Wire with Luke Burbank

Portland Book Festival Edition w/ Abbi Jacobson + Eileen Myles + Nicole Chung Abbi Jacobson took a solo road trip that she might live to regret. No, that isn’t the logline for a new horror movie, but it IS the impetus for the comedian, writer, illustrator, and actor’s new essay collection I Might Regret This. Jacobson drove across the entire country alone in an effort to find solitude and time to reflect as her popular Comedy Central show Broad City draws to a close. Through writing, the New York Times-best-selling author of Carry This Book examines questions both big (where is she heading in her life and career?) and small (how has tucking in shirts affected her life?). Jacobson’s future regret is our present gain…

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Verse First – Drag Queen Poetry with Loretta and Mars!

This November we invite you to dive into a different set of Divas. Plath. Dickenson. Augustini. Mistral. This is drag which celebrates the feminine VERSE FIRST. We will amplify the voices of women poets, gender non-conforming poets, queer poets, poets of color, poets of change. We invite you to tuck into one of Portland’s coziest independent bookstores for an evening of FEELING. We’ll let the poetry of others and of our own take us on a deep dive into our shared stories of pain and joy, and our shared work of examining self and society. We will share the selections of verse which are getting us through the present difficulties. We will look fabulous doing it. YOU will leave prepared to walk out into the…

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