Curating this week’s Notable Portland has lead me into the depths of facebook event pages, dozens of café and local venue websites, and even through a few sporadic emails, phone calls, and barbecues. 

Thursday afternoons I’ve started a leftovers party series, where we bring vegetables and fruit that’s on its last legs and grill it, throw it in sangria, or blend it into smoothies or ice cream. It’s also the day that the Notable Portland column comes out, so I always feel like’s a great time to hear about new readings for the upcoming weeks.

Weird facts about Notable Portland: 

  • Did you know we’re the 4th City Column? First there was New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Then us. After us was Chicago. Therefore, Portland is (almost) relevant (please agree). 
  • Did you know that you can submit events to me and I can add them to the Notable Portland column? It still has to get past an editor, but if you write me and want to push for something to be included as a reading or a literary event, there’s no harm in trying. Just word it in a way that it could work. 
  • Notable Portland is great for people visiting the city looking for literary events. I’ve noticed a lot of locals go to the same readings over and over, but guests and tourists won’t be partial to individual scenes and depend on something like Notable Portland to guide them through the city’s various notable readings.
  • But also, you can read Notable Portland as a resident of Portland, because you should never be afraid of challenging yourself to checking out a new poet, a visiting writer, or a different neighborhood. Never been to Multnomah Village? Go to a reading there! What is Vancouver anyway? It’s just across the river and has a monthly reading series! Biased against the Pearl? Why not actually see who reads there (hint: people from around the world read there, because Powell’s is in the Pearl!). Seeing a lack of diversity in your readings? Check out an all women reading series, or a multicultural series that focuses on racially diverse readings. Push yourself into a new venue on the opposite side of town. If it means taking a bus, bring a book and enjoy the ride.

With that, here’s tonight’s most notable Portland readings. For the rest of the week, head over to the official Notable Portland column at the Rumpus

  • Independent publishing house Press 53 welcomes three authors to read from their latest works. Liz Prato reads from her forthcoming collection due in May 2015, Wendy Willis reads from Blood Sisters and the Republic (October 2012), and Bonnie ZoBell reads from What Happened Here (May 2014). Annie Bloom’s Books, 7 p.m., free.
  • Future Tense Books hosts Wendy C. Ortiz, author of Excavation: A Memoir (July 2014), in a conversation with her editor and publisher Kevin Sampsell. Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, 7:30 p.m., free.
  • Scott Cheshire reads from his debut novel, High as the Horse’s Bridles (July 2014). Powell’s City of Books, 7:30 p.m., free.