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Friday, November 8
 

6:00pm PST

AMA: Ask a Magazine Anything
What’s the editorial process like at a magazine? How do creators pitch and market their work? What do magazines pay? Ask these questions and any others on your mind over free snacks and drinks at this magazine mixer that brings together the staff at various Portland-based online and print publications. Writers, artists, and readers will mingle, snack, and chat one-on-one with people from the editorial teams at Oregon Humanities, The Nib, and Vortex Music Magazine and Catapult’s marketing team about the publishing process.
This event will take place at the Oregon Humanities offices at 921 SW Washington St. Ste. 150—accessible entrance on SW 9th Ave. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be available.

Organizers
avatar for Priscilla Wu

Priscilla Wu

Co-editor, Communications Associate, Oregon Humanities


Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 6:45pm PST
Oregon Humanities

6:00pm PST

How to Build Your Own Industrial-Strength Crap Detector
Organizers
avatar for Lisa Loving

Lisa Loving

author & educator, How to Be a Street Journalist
Lisa Loving is an investigative reporter and radio producer. She has taught writing, reporting and radio to hundreds of independent journalists and everyday people. Her book, “Street Journalist: How to Tell the Stories that Matter in Your Community," is available at Microcosm Publishing... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 6:45pm PST
Literary Arts Studio

6:00pm PST

Lit Trivia with Sporcle Live
Join Sporcle Live at The Big Legrowlski's Rug Room for three 45-minute long rounds of literature-themed trivia, beginning at 6pm, 7pm, & 8pm. Free to play, fun for everyone, bring a team or test your luck solo!

At 6pm, we'll quiz on the topic of Children's Literature.
At 7pm, test your knowledge on Books vs Movies.
And we'll close out at 8pm with a potpourri of topics such as opening lines, titles by antonym, book by haiku, etc.

Organizers
avatar for Sarah Crawford

Sarah Crawford

Marketing Manager, Sporcle Live


Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 6:45pm PST
The Big Legrowlski

6:00pm PST

Red Ink Series: Ambition
“He thought her beautiful, believed her impeccably wise; dreamed of her, wrote poems to her, which, ignoring the subject, she corrected in red ink….”–Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

Red Ink makes one think of vitality, blood, the monthly cycle, correcting history, and making a mark on the world. This dynamic series focuses on women writers, past and present, and is held four times a year at Books are Magic in Brooklyn. Join us for a special Portland edition. Featuring Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes a Breath), Cari Luna (The Revolution of Every Day), and Meaghan O'Connell (And Now We Have Everything). Curated and moderated by Michele Filgate (What My Mother And I Don't Talk About). The topic is ambition.

Organizers
avatar for Michele Filgate

Michele Filgate

Michele Filgate is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and the editor of a critically acclaimed anthology based on her Longreads essay, What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About, published by Simon & Schuster. Currently, she is an M.F.A. student at NYU, where she is the recipient... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 6:45pm PST
Corporeal Writing Center

6:00pm PST

Storybound
Organizers
avatar for Jude Brewer

Jude Brewer

I host a literary "radio theatre" podcast called Storytellers Telling Stories.


Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 6:45pm PST
Kickstand Comedy Theater

6:00pm PST

The Portland Psychedelics Pontificate
Organizers

Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 6:45pm PST
ILWU Local 5 Gallery

6:00pm PST

The Telephone Game for Writers and Illustrators
In this twist on the traditional “telephone” game, participants will alternate drawing and writing to create hilarious, meandering narratives. We bring paper and pencils, you bring yourself (and gently used or new children’s books to donate to The Children’s Book Bank). Terrible drawing and writing skills not only invited, but strongly encouraged. Get ready to laugh your butt off. Program Organizers: We are a group of local writers and illustrators of children’s books. Many of us have participated as presenters at Portland Book Festival before. Our group consists of these members: Zoey Abbott (www.zoeyabbott.com) Alison Farrell (www.drawdrawdraw.com) Kate Berube (www.kateberube.com) Deborah Hocking (www.deborahhockingillustration.com) Tracy Subisak (www.tracysubisak.com) Lisa Mundorf (www.lisamundorf.carbmonmade.com) If you are able, please bring a lightly used children’s book and we will deliver all donations to the Children’s Book Bank.

Organizers
ZA

Zoey Abbott

We are author/illustrators of children’s books living in Portland, Oregon. We excited to host two litcrawl events.


Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 6:45pm PST
Oregon Ballet School

6:00pm PST

WordPlay with Write Around Portland
Write Around Portland presents WordPlay, a community writing extravaganza featuring prompts and exercises from our renowned workshop model. Led by trained facilitators, participants will have a chance write, share and stretch their literary muscles. Featuring group writes, mini-writes, speedy writes and more!

Organizers
avatar for Jenny Chu

Jenny Chu

Community Engagement Manager, Write Around Portland
She / her


Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 6:45pm PST
CENTRL Office Downtown Portland

6:00pm PST

Zyzzyva Reading
Come join ZYZZYVA—San Francisco's revered literary journal, featuring some of the West Coast's best writers and poets since 1985—for a program of short readings by some of their past and most recent contributors. With a long tradition of publishing writers living in Oregon, ZYZZYVA happily returns to Portland for this showcase hosted by Editorial Assistant Zack Ravas.

Readings by Robin Romm, Don Waters, Lydia Kiesling, and John Sibley Williams.

Organizers
avatar for Zack Ravas

Zack Ravas

Editorial Assistant, ZYZZYVA


Friday November 8, 2019 6:00pm - 6:45pm PST
Dorsa Brevia

7:00pm PST

Anthologies of Women's Rage
Editors and contributors from two new anthologies about women’s anger—Burn It Down and All of Me—present short readings and an opportunity for audience participation to unleash our collective rage. With Lilly Dancyger, Dani Burlison, Ariel Gore, Marissa Korbel, G. Ravyn Stanfield, and Marisa Siegel.

Organizers
avatar for Lilly Dancyger 

Lilly Dancyger 

Contributing Editor, Catapult
Lilly Dancyger is a contributing editor, writing instructor, and columnist at Catapult, and assistant books editor at Barrelhouse. She's the editor of Burn It Down, an anthology of essays about women's anger (forthcoming from Seal Press in October), and she runs the Memoir Monday... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 7:45pm PST
Corporeal Writing Center

7:00pm PST

Bagley Wright Lecture Series presents Dorothea Lasky
Dorothea Lasky will read selections from ANIMAL, her new book of poetry lectures (Wave Books, 2019). Constellating four central topics—ghosts, colors, animals, and bees—Lasky serves as an encouraging guide through the startling, sometimes dangerous, always exhilarating landscapes of feral poetic imagination. 

Organizers

Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 7:45pm PST
Literary Arts Studio

7:00pm PST

Children's Literature Craft Panel
In their second event of the evening, a panel of children’s book illustrators and illustrator-authors talk shop about the art and craft of creating picture books: Alison Farrell, Zoey Abbott, Kate Berube, Deborah Hocking, Tracy Subisak, and Lisa Mundorf.

Organizers
ZA

Zoey Abbott

We are author/illustrators of children’s books living in Portland, Oregon. We excited to host two litcrawl events.


Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 7:45pm PST
Oregon Ballet School

7:00pm PST

Collaborative Reading/Performance by She Who Has No Master(s) and Counterpoint/Catapult
Counterpoint Press celebrates the reissue of multidisciplinary writer Dao Strom’s The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys, a collection of novellas centering the experiences of Vietnamese women in the contemporary landscape, with a lineup of three women writers of the Vietnamese diaspora—Strom, Amy Lam, and Jenny Chu—performing readings accompanied by visuals and multimedia.

Bios:

Dao Strom is the author of a bilingual poetry-art book, You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else, an experimental memoir, We Were Meant To Be a Gentle People, a song cycle, East/West, and two books of fiction, Grass Roof, Tin Roof and The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys. She has received awards from the Creative Capital Foundation, RACC, the NEA, and others. She was born in Vietnam, grew up in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, and is now based in Portland.

Jenny M. Chu was born and raised in Portland, Oregon by way of immigrant parents from Saigon and Hong Kong. She's an older sister to a little brother. In life, she is the Community Engagement Manager at Write Around Portland. In life, she thinks and writes. In life, her creative work is intermittently public. In life, her creativity is omnipresent. She often seeks the horizon on a clockless day.

Amy Lam is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. She is a contributing editor and cohost of Backtalk podcast at Bitch Media, the editorial assistant at diaCRITICS, and the former editorial lead at On She Goes exploring the world of women of color and travel. She is a Kundiman fellow and received an MFA from the University of Mississippi where she was the John & Renee Grisham fellow. Her work has appeared and is forthcoming in Tin House, Gay Mag, Pacifica Literary Review, Utne Reader, and Papercutter.


Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 7:45pm PST
The Cleaners at Ace Hotel

7:00pm PST

Cult of Orpheus
Readings by poets collaborating on the Rose City Arts Songs Project (Phase 3, Valentine's). It's a great variety, from the lyrical symbolist imagism of Coleman Stevenson to the surreal invocations of Jason Squamata.

Organizers
CC

Christopher Corbell

Cult of Orpheus


Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 7:45pm PST
Valentine's

7:00pm PST

Distressing Deaths in the Land of Literature

Ah, death. It can be both beautiful and terrible, and death certainly makes us keep turning the page. Join author (and mortician!) Elizabeth Fournier and the many departed characters of fiction as we test our bookish cred in a game of Literary Demise for deathy prizes to (not) die for.

Death, be not proud, but always be fictitiously entertaining.


Organizers
avatar for Elizabeth Fournier

Elizabeth Fournier

Owner/Undertaker, Cornerstone Funeral Services
Learn about The Green Burial Guidebook here: www.thegreenreaper.orgFollow me on Twitter: @elizfournier, Insta: @elizabethgreenreaper



Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 7:45pm PST
Ace Hotel Lobby

7:00pm PST

Kickstand's Lit-Mondo
Kickstand Comedy's Lit-Mondo creates hilarious live improv comedy scenes inspired by literature and poetry! Watch as performers create instant comedy on-the-spot just by listening to the beautiful writing, combing through the themes and ideas to create comedic gold!

Featured authors include: Kimberly King Parsons and Ryan Chapman!

Kimberly King Parsons is the author of the short story collection Black Light (Vintage), long listed for the 2019 National Book Award, and the novel The Boiling River, forthcoming from Knopf. A recipient of fellowships from Columbia University and the Sustainable Arts Foundation, her fiction has been published in The Paris Review, Best Small Fictions 2017, Black Warrior Review, No Tokens, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She lives with her partner and sons in Portland, OR, where she is completing a novel about Texas, motherhood, and LSD.

Ryan Chapman is a Sri Lankan-American writer originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. His work has appeared online at The New Yorker, GQ, Bookforum, BOMB, Guernica, McSweeney’s, and The Believer. He is a recipient of fellowships from Vermont Studio Center and the Millay Colony for the Arts. He lives in upstate New York. "Riots I Have Known" is his first novel.

Organizers
avatar for Michael Knackstedt

Michael Knackstedt

Kickstand Comedy


Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 7:45pm PST
Kickstand Comedy Theater

7:00pm PST

Lit Trivia with Sporcle Live
Join Sporcle Live at The Big Legrowlski's Rug Room for three 45-minute long rounds of literature-themed trivia, beginning at 6pm, 7pm, & 8pm. Free to play, fun for everyone, bring a team or test your luck solo!

At 6pm, we'll quiz on the topic of Children's Literature.
At 7pm, test your knowledge on Books vs Movies.
And we'll close out at 8pm with a potpourri of topics such as opening lines, titles by antonym, book by haiku, etc.

Organizers
avatar for Sarah Crawford

Sarah Crawford

Marketing Manager, Sporcle Live


Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 7:45pm PST
The Big Legrowlski

7:00pm PST

Literary BINGO with Lilla Lit
Candy will be flung, prizes will be won: Come bingo with Lilla Lit!

We’re back with more literary bingo madness courtesy an all-star lineup of Portland writers. Who will read a flashback? A sonnet? The word “panty”? Mark your cards and claim your prizes! 

Your bingolicious hosts: Lilla Lit coordinators Virginia Bellis Brandabur and Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet. This year's brave readers: Rebecca Claren (Kickdown), Kate Gray (For Every Girl), Apricot Irving (The Gospel of Trees), Missy Ladygo, Gigi Little (The Untold Gaze), Jessica Mehta (Savagery), Liz Scott (This Never Happened), and Natalie Serber (Community Chest).

7 PM • CENTRL Office Downtown • 1155 SW Morrison

https://www.facebook.com/events/502956033891541/

Organizers
avatar for Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

Cohost, Lilla Lit
I write poetry; my most recent book is The Greenhouse, the poems in which David Baker called "profound, fundamental works, born of a deep interiority and making their intricate ways, phrase by phrase, toward a design both organic and artful.” My next book, Annihilation, includes... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 7:45pm PST
CENTRL Office Downtown Portland

7:00pm PST

Powell's Booksellers Reading
Not only is Powell's the cultural center of Portland, it's also full of people making amazing literary art of their own. They may look like mild-mannered booksellers and cashiers, but you have no idea! 
Hosts Mark Savage and Kevin Sampsell introduce Melissa Amstutz, Ryan Hall, Cosima Bee Concordia, Mia Vicino, Ariel Kusby, Jason Chan, Kyan Oliver Furlong, and Francesca DeMusz in this special Powell's employee/Local 5/Deep Overstock showcase. Come see us during your LitCrawl 2019 festivities.


Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 7:45pm PST
ILWU Local 5 Gallery

7:00pm PST

PSU MFA Program's Filament Series
Filament features the exciting and innovative work of the graduates in Portland State University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. Join us as we push the boundaries of the expected and encourage new ways of thinking about poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.  

Organizers
avatar for Mary Haidri

Mary Haidri

Co-coordinator, Filament Reading Series
I'm the co-coordinator of PSU's Creative Writing MFA reading series, Filament! My co-coordinator Lee Ware and I are so excited to participate again this year.


Friday November 8, 2019 7:00pm - 7:45pm PST
Dorsa Brevia

8:00pm PST

Choose Your Own Adventure BINGO
Join local Choose Your Own Adventure(R) authors Katherine Factor and Rana Tahir for a thrilling game of CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE BINGO. Katherine and Rana will be pulling from their magical tote of gamebooks to determine where YOU land. Chooseco, publisher of the Choose Your Own Adventure(R) gamebook series, will be giving away books as prizes throughout the event, as well as one grand finale prize of The Whole Enchilada. Never heard of CYOA? Stop by to learn more about Choose Your Own Adventure SPIES: Harry Houdini and Choose Your Own Adventure SPIES: Noor Inayat Khan (available 5/1/20). Remember the books from your childhood? Then you know the drill…BEWARE & WARNING, this event will be different from other events. Enter at your own risk.

Organizers
EM

Elizabeth Middleman

Marketing Manager, Chooseco (Choose Your Own Adventure)


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00pm - 8:45pm PST
CENTRL Office Downtown Portland

8:00pm PST

Lit Trivia with Sporcle Live
Join Sporcle Live at The Big Legrowlski's Rug Room for three 45-minute long rounds of literature-themed trivia, beginning at 6pm, 7pm, & 8pm. Free to play, fun for everyone, bring a team or test your luck solo!

At 6pm, we'll quiz on the topic of Children's Literature.
At 7pm, test your knowledge on Books vs Movies.
And we'll close out at 8pm with a potpourri of topics such as opening lines, titles by antonym, book by haiku, etc.

Organizers
avatar for Sarah Crawford

Sarah Crawford

Marketing Manager, Sporcle Live


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00pm - 8:45pm PST
The Big Legrowlski

8:00pm PST

Our Words Are a Bridge: An Evening with The Rumpus, Corporeal Writing, and YesYes Books
Join The Rumpus, Corporeal Writing, and YesYes Books for Our Words Are a Bridge! Featuring readings from Diannely Antigua, Jennine Capó Crucet, Steph Cha, Brandon Courtney, Ross Gay, Matt Hart, and T Kira Madden, and hosted by Rumpus Editor-in-Chief Marisa Siegel.

Organizers
avatar for Marisa Siegel

Marisa Siegel

Editor-in-Chief, The Rumpus
Marisa Siegel lives, writes, and edits near NYC. She is Editor-in-Chief and owner of TheRumpus.net. Follow her on Twitter @marisasaystweet.


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00pm - 8:45pm PST
Corporeal Writing Center

8:00pm PST

Poetry Karaoke: Celebrity Judge Edition
Organizers
avatar for George Estreich

George Estreich

George Estreich plays guitar in the band Mule on Fire (muleonfire.com, @mule_fire). He's the author of a book of poems (Textbook Illustrations of the Human Body) and a memoir (The Shape of the Eye). His new book, Fables and Futures: Biotechnology, Disability, and the Stories We Tell... Read More →


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00pm - 8:45pm PST
The Cleaners at Ace Hotel

8:00pm PST

Reply All: Portland Review Reading
Organizers
KB

Karina Briski

Editor in Chief, Portland Review


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00pm - 8:45pm PST
CENTRL Office Downtown Portland

8:00pm PST

She Can Really Lay It Down: A Celebration of Women Rockers and Rebels
In She Can Really Lay It Down: 50 Rebels, Rockers, and Musical Revolutionaries (Who Happen to be Women), author and illustrator Rachel Frankel tells the fascinating stories of fifty female musicians who left their indelible mark on music and culture. Each incredible musician in this book defied genre and social conventions to shape the music industry as we know it, but have been overlooked simply because they are women. From under-celebrated industry greats like Carol Kaye – the kickass bass player who we’ve all listened to but never heard of – to legends like Nina Simone – the American singer, songwriter, pianist, and civil rights activist – She Can Really Lay It Down showcases outstanding female-identified musicians from the 20th and 21st centuries. 

Tonight, Rachel speaks about the process, inspiration, and her own personal journey behind this musical anthology, and opens it up to an intimate discussion moderated by writer Katie Vander Meer.

Organizers
avatar for Rachel Frankel

Rachel Frankel

Illustrator & Author
Freelance Illustrator, designer, musician, introvert. Author of She Can Really Lay It Down, out now. Guitar and vox in Phosphene. Formerly of the Bay Area by Los Angeles, now living in Portland, Oregon. She/her.


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00pm - 8:45pm PST
Kickstand Comedy Theater

8:00pm PST

The Rose City Art-Song Project
Cult of Orpheus is Portland's only all-original art-song and opera troupe, founded by local lyrical-music composer Christopher Corbell. This year we've been focused on collaborations with local poets, and this performance will feature eight new musical compositions setting words by four Portland writers.

Performers: Sadie Gregg, mezzo-soprano; Dan Gibbs, baritone; Eric Asakawa, tenor; Jocelyn Claire Thomas, soprano; Patrick McCulley, saxophone; Christopher Corbell, guitar & electronics; Erica Melton, music director; Kristi Gray Lovato, emcee.


Organizers
CC

Christopher Corbell

Cult of Orpheus


Friday November 8, 2019 8:00pm - 8:45pm PST
Valentine's

8:00pm PST

9:00pm PST

Awkward After Party 4 (U)
Once again, Tin House brings the post-Lit-Crawl jams (4U), with dance sets from Morgan Parker, Saeed Jones, and DJ Camp Daddy. It's the Awkwardest yet.


Friday November 8, 2019 9:00pm - 11:00pm PST
The Cleaners at Ace Hotel