Aug 6


  • Pickathon

Poetry with The Oceanographers. / Guest Curator Pickathon's Poetry Series.

Time: TBA


Aug 20


  • Literary Arts

The non-traditional texts of writers Claudia Rankine and Maggie Nelson have garnered critical and commercial success that has brought new audiences to the world of contemporary poetry. But are these works poetry? What defines the ways in which we define genre, exhibit our observations, champion our individual lyric?

In this class, students will erase the battle line drawn between the poetry and prose. We will commandeer creative license in order to deconstruct the notion of form. Using the texts of contemporary poets Nelson, Rankine, and others, participantswill find the spaces in which hybridity can open their own work to conquer uncharted narratives. The class will include an in-depth study of contemporary form through the examination of class texts, independent writing, and inquiry-based workshops.

Feb 19

2017 and the New Poetic Activism

  • Literary Arts

 In the years following the success of Claudia Rankine's Citizen, what work is answering the call toward more dynamic, vulnerable, and demanding literary activism? During this Delve seminar, we work creating the new 'American lyric': Thief of the Interior by Phillip B. Williams and Of Being Dispersed by Simone White. 

Apr 30

The Body in Peril

  • Literary Arts

Writing our Way Out of Trauma through Poetic Form:

Writing is the landscape through which poets explore the human body.  The fluidity of a text often mirrors our relationship to memory—the recollection of the sensory discovering harmony with the fluidity of a poem’s language and syntax.  But what happens when a disruption in our fundamental experience of being alters the ways in which we experience the world?

In spaces of distress, poetry often makes courageous leaps in formal reinvention.  As opposed to dwelling heavily on the subject of physical disruption, this class will examine ways to champion artists who have discovered or reimagined poetic form to discuss human form with vulnerability and authenticity.  Class time will be devoted to in-class writing, sharing work and discussing readings.

7:00 pm19:00

Sweet Insurgent Launch Party: Fenton, Nebel, Lawson

  • Mother Foucault's Bookshop

Come to the bookshop Saturday March 25 to celebrate the launch of Elyse Fenton's 2nd collection of poems, SWEET INSURGENT, available now from Saturnalia Books!

Reading with Elyse are fellow Saturnalia poets Jay Nebel (NEIGHBORS, 2015) and Shayla Lawson (I THINK I'M READY TO SEE FRANK OCEAN, 2018)

7:00 pm19:00

Not Our President: Women Writer's Against Trump

  • Ford Food & Drink

On November 8th this country voted a misogynist Cheeto with a hair-piece to be our president-elect. Now, more than ever, it is crucial that women come together and make our voices heard. When women join in solidarity and support one another, we create change. So please, come join us on Inauguration evening, the night before the Women’s March on Portland, as several of Portland’s finest women writers light up this dark, dark day and take a stand against Trump and the misogyny and oppression he represents. Of course, all forms of gender and genitalia are warmly welcome!

This event is free, but there will be a jar for donations. All donations will go to Planned Parenthood. 

Hosts: Chrys Tobey & Allison Tobey

Alicia Jo Rabins
Coleman Stevenson
Jenny Forrester
Kristin Berger
Lara Messersmith-Glavin
Margaret Malone
Sage Cohen
Shayla Lawson
Tammy Lynne Stoner
Wendy Chin-Tanner

7:00 pm19:00

Matt Hart: Radiant Book Tour

  • The Jack London Bar

Reading alongside Jay Ponteri and Demian DinéYazhi for Matt Hart's PNW book tour.  Matt Hart will be reading from his two new books- Radiant Action (H_NGM_N Books) and Radiant Companion (Monster House Press).

7:30 pm19:30

Poetry Press Week


Poetry from the collection Ti Ador(n)o performed by Brian McQueen, Donovan Edwards, & Mia O'Connor.