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HOCUS Reading: The Tarot

HOCUS is a quarterly reading event in the guise of a secret society. Our reading events are simultaneously silly and serious. “Hilarious,” “profound,” “close to the bone,” and “goofy” are all words which were bandied about by attendees of our last event.

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Natalie Diaz reads at PSU

Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, CA. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. Her secoSnd book, Postcolonial Love Poem, is forthcoming from Graywolf in 2020. Diaz is a Macarthur Foundation Fellow, Lannan Literary Fellow, and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, and a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as receiving a U.S. Artists Ford Fellowship and Princeton’s Hodder Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Arizona State University Creative Writing MFA program.

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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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Reading: Kate Ristau: Shadow Queene

Annie Bloom’s welcomes back local author Kate Ristau to read from Shadow Queene, the long-awaited sequel to the enchanting dark fairy young adult novel, Shadow Girl. Just when her dreams are about to come true, Hennessey’s world is torn apart. She is dragged into the Shadowlands, while Áine is forced into the light. But in a world of magic and darkness, where the fae whither and monsters reign, Hennessey finds a power all her own. She embraces the shadows and enters the endless night.

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CANCELED – Rob Schlegel reads at PSU

Rob Schlegel’s third poetry collection, In the Tree Where the Double Sex Sleeps (University of Iowa Press, 2019), was chosen by Brenda Shaughnessy for the Iowa Poetry Prize. He is also the author of The Lesser Fields (Center for Literary Publishing, 2009), selected by James Longenbach for the Colorado Prize for Poetry; and January Machine (Four Way Books, 2014), selected by Stephanie Burt for the Grub Street National Book Prize. With the poets Daniel Poppick and Rawaan Alkhatib, Schlegel co-edits The Catenary Press. Most recently, he has taught at Whitman College and Portland State University.

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The 2020 Brazilian Literary Spring in the U.S.

The Printemps Littéraire Brésilien is part of a research and educational initiative that is also aims to promote Lusophone literatures around the World. This annual colloquium was originally idealized by professor Leonardo Tonus (Sorbonne Université) to promote and to expand the training of students in institutions of higher education. Since its inception in 2014, the event has become an important space for debates on Brazilian literature, fomenting new readings and enriching experiences around the Portuguese language. In the 2020 U.S. edition, readings and panels will take place in several cities across the country between February 16th and April 16th. The event is organized in partnership with universities and cultural organizations: Columbia University, Brown University, Indiana University, University of New Mexico, University of Washighton, Oregon Center…

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Submission Deadline: HOCUS Reading: The Tarot–Submissions Now Open

HOCUS is a quarterly reading event in the guise of a secret society. Our reading events are simultaneously silly and serious. “Hilarious,” “profound,” “close to the bone,” and “goofy” are all words which were bandied about by attendees of our last event. Submissions are now open for our May 20th event. The theme is The Tarot. Works of prose or poetry which deal with this theme, either directly or obliquely, are welcome. We are looking for work which falls within the “literary” genre. No fantasy, sci-fi, horror, or romance please.

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CANCELED – Visiting Writers Series: sidony o’neal

sidony o’neal (b. 1988) is an artist and writer from Sacramento, CA. Previous exhibitions and performances include Fourteen30 Contemporary, Linfield Gallery, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Performance Space New York, and If I Can’t Dance. o’neal’s writings have been published at Arts.Black, Scrolldiving, The Capilano Review, Passages North, BATHHOUSE, SPOOK magazine, and the journal of Women & Performance. sidony is the translator of Prognosis: Descarga Poetica Decolonial (Quilomboarte 2013). Residencies include Literary In(ter)ventions Banff Center, Creative Exchange Lab, Arteles Center, and S1 Synth Library. sidony is an instructor in the Department of Music and Sonic Arts at Portland Community College.

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FIRE DANCE: a virtual poetry reading

Fire Dance is a virtual poetry event and fundraiser which will be held on April 7th at 7:30 PM. The suggested donation is $3-10, and all proceeds will go to the Portland Area Artists Emergency Relief Fund. Five Portland Area poets will read new work over ZOOM—let’s keep the poetry community alive during this period of social distancing.

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Livestream Reading! Steven Mayfield: Treasure of the Blue Whale

This previously in-store reading will now be livestreamed! See our Facebook event page Annie Bloom’s welcomes local author Steven Mayfield to read from his novel, Treasure of the Blue Whale. In this whimsical, often funny, Depression-era tale, young Connor O’Halloran decides to share a treasure he’s discovered on an isolated stretch of Northern California beach. Almost overnight, his sleepy seaside village is comically transformed into a bastion of consumerism, home to a commode with a jeweled seat cover, a pair of genuinely fake rare documents, a mail-order bride, and an organ-grinder’s monkey named Mr. Sprinkles. But when it turns out that the treasure is not real, Connor must conspire with Miss Lizzie Fryberg and a handful of town leaders he’s dubbed The Ambergrisians to save…

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