1. Disjecta neon as seen from outside. 2. Kevin Sampsell introducing the event and readers. 3. Author Monica Drake reads from “Coal.”    Usually, readings in Portland have a calm, supportive atmosphere, one in which the audience has come to hear and learn something new about the author, and the author has a safe place to share not [...]

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B. Frayn Masters — who hosts and produces Back Fence PDX, and produces the Portland edition of The Moth StorySLAM —  is so fucking busy with producing, curating, and hosting things I want to see that it sometimes poses a problem for me, because her events tend to sell out faster than I can finish [...]

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1. A few people actually like to be an hour early for things. 2. Allison and Blake are glad The Moth is back in Portland.  3. The Moth makes Lauren and Veronica laugh and cry and sometimes wish the stories they hear were their stories, too.    Ophira Eisenberg hosted the third annual Moth at the Schnitz this [...]

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1. Vanessa and Lyzz are diehard fans of storytelling and advocate joint custody for umbrellas. 2. Anna, Mieke, and Nicole were excited to see Joy Bryant.   The Breaking the Rules edition of Back Fence PDX, produced by B. Frayn Masters, featured ten-minute, never-been-told stories by Joy Bryant, Ted Douglass, Brian Finkelstein, Lauren Goche, Vin Shambry [...]

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1. The line felt short until it stopped moving and started to rain. 2. If you see two open seats in this picture, I’ll be mad because we sat in a dark raccoon hole behind the upper balcony.   On Thursday, the 5th Anniversary Mortified show, which is hosted by Egan Danehy, brought Sarah Adelhart, Serra [...]

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1. Holocene, which is in the SE side of Portland, is bike accessible. 2. Adam Souza and Peter Black are both much taller in person. 3. Toutonghi will let you wear his fedora, if you can catch it.    I’m not sure how much of Tin House is Brooklyn and how much is Portland. I’m not sure how [...]

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1. Mixologists Korfhage and Bader ask the finest people they know to read the finest prose and poetry they know to the finest audience they’re able to entice. 2. The early crowd, forming opinions and getting situated.    Literary Mixtape #10 (which, in case you’re unfamiliar, is a monthly reading series in which people “deejay” books [...]

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1. Rialto is in downtown Portland, near Ross. 2. Rialto is also near this guy with handcuffs and a cop with gloves. 3. I’m okay at pool. This was my quick effort to line-up a shot.    The bartender handed me a Gin Rickey as Margaret Michelle finished reading a poem. Her voice hinged on occasional words in [...]

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1. Toutonghi’s reading took place around 7:30pm at Powell’s Burnside location. 2. Toutonghi and the rest of us were very appreciative of the free Rainier beer.   Pauls Toutonghi read from his new book, Evel Knievel Days, up the street at Powell’s before heading over to the Graeter Art Gallery and Wine Bar in Old Town. [...]

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1. A crowd without assigned seats looks like this. 2. Lindsay Allison Ruoff, HouseFire editor, and Roy Coughlin, local writer, win any award you can make up in five seconds or less.   After the last bit of rain fell asleep in the grass, a crowd formed at Colonel Summers Park in the heart of SE Portland [...]

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