January 2012 – Upcoming Literary Events

4 Jan

Looking for something fun AND literary to do this month? Check out these events:

January 4th, 7:30pm – Storm Large @ Powell’s on Burnside (free)

Storm Large’s musical roots are well established throughout Portland. While her new memoir Crazy Enough delves deep into stories of debauchery and youthful indescretions that come with the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, Large also reveals a childhood with a mentally ill mother and growing up with the knowledge that this too would be her fate. What happens in between is a tale of finding one’s identity on stage and the many misdeeds that help shape us all.

January 6th, 7pm – VoiceCatcher Art Show and Reading @ Space Monkey (free)

Celebrate the release of this anthology featuring women authors and artists. Space Monkey (5511 SE 72nd Ave, Portland)

January 6th, 7:30pm – Michael Erard @ Powell’s on Burnside (free)

A hyperpolyglot is someone who speaks six or more languages fluently. In Babel No More, author and journalist Erard introduces us to language “superlearners” from around the world, including an Italian cardinal, a Connecticut blacksmith, an MIT linguist, and a Scottish church organist. Erard’s exploration reveals our astounding ability to retain information and communicate across borders.

January 6th, 7pm – Greg Bear @ Powell’s, Cedar Hills Crossing (free)

Legendary science fiction author Greg Bear presents the second novel in his Forerunner Saga, Halo: Primordium (Tor). In the wake of the apparent destruction of the Forerunner Empire, two humans — Chakas and Riser — are washed up on very strange shores. Captured by the Master Builder, misplaced during a furious battle in space, they now find themselves on an inverted world where horizons rise into the sky.

January 8th, 7-9pm – William Stafford Birthday Event @ Stonehenge Studios (free)

Stonehenge Studios, 3508 SW Corbett Ave., Portland. Hosted by FWS Board Member Leah Stenson. “Stafford in Translation.” Featuring Paul Merchant who will talk about the translation of Stafford’s poetry into various languages as well as Stafford’s work as a translator of Spanish, Cindy Gutierrez who will read Spanish Stafford translations, and Lars Nordstrom who will read his translations of Stafford into Norwegian. Attendees are invited to share a Stafford poem or anecdote at the open mic. Contact:Leah Stenson.

January 9th, 7:30pm – Alexis Smith @ Powell’s on Burnside (free)

Glaciers (Tin House) follows one day in the life of Isabel, a single, 20-something thrift-store shopper and collector of things cast off by others. Recalling the work of writers such asJean RhysMarguerite Duras, and Virginia WoolfAlexis Smith‘s stunning debut unfolds internally, the action shaped by Isabel’s sense of history, memory, and place. For Isabel, the fleeting moments of one day reveal an entire life.

January 10th, 7:30pm – 1,000 Places to See Before You Die @ Powell’s on Burnside (free)

The world’s bestselling travel book is back in a more informative, more experiential, more budget-friendly full-color edition. A #1 New York Times bestseller, Patricia Schultz‘s 1,000 Places to See before You Die (Workman) reinvented the idea of the travel book, as both wish list and practical guide. And now, with 500 full-color photographs and over 200 entirely new entries, the best has gotten even better.

Ongoing until January 12th – High School Photo & Writing Exhibition @ Rockwood Library (free)

The Rockwood Library is hosting a “photo and writing exhibition” that “explores the excitement, hope, apprehension and passion of high school students on the precipice of adulthood.”

January 13th, 7:30pm – Up the Capitol Steps @ Powell’s on Burnside (free)

Up The Capitol Steps tells the story of Oregon’s first and only female governor, Barbara Roberts from the woman who broke the glass ceiling herself. Get a behind the scenes look at the life of a female chief executive through the story of her unlikely rise to the highest office in the state.

January 20th, 7pm – Music & Poetry Benefit @ Three Friends Coffeehouse ($3 suggested donation)

Speak Sleepy: a music and poetry benefit accepting donations of blankets, books, and pajamas for Northwest Children’s Outreach. Features the dynamic female voices of Portland’s slam poetry scene and special music guests. All-ages event where attendees are encouraged to wear their comfiest pajamas. $3 suggested donation. Contact Andrea Hope (spread.hope@yahoo.com).

January 21st, 1-2:30pm – Richard Meltzer @ Central Library (free)

Richard Meltzer is considered to be one of the very first rock writers, having written for publications such as Crawdaddy!Rolling StoneVillage Voice andCreem. He is the author of several books, including Autumn Rhythm: Musings on Time, Tide, Aging, Dying, and Such BizThe Night (Alone) and The Aesthetics of Rock. Richard has also been a rock and roll lyricist (Blue Öyster Cult, VOM and Smegma), a rock and roll singer (VOM, Smegma), a performance artist, bon vivant, wrestling aficionado and poet. He’s the kind of figure rarely seen in post-millennial America — a Renaissance man of the underground; his mind directly fixated on our cultural misgivings and philosophical contradictions.

January 29th, 2-4pm – William Stafford Birthday Celebration & Reading @ Central Library (free) 

Readings and presentations commemorating Oregon’s late poet laureate


Space at programs is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

If  you’ve got an event that you think LHS students would enjoy, please leave a comment & I’ll add to the post. And if you attend one of these events, please let us know your thoughts.

— Details reblogged from the various sources —

One Response to “January 2012 – Upcoming Literary Events”


  1. You Reading This, Be Ready « LHS Writing Center - January 5, 2012

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