Notably in Portland this week: Rebecca Makkai reads at Powell’s Books on Hawthorne, Deborah Reed celebrates her book launch party at Ristretto Roasters, you can catch a Saturday afternoon poetry reading at Glyph Cafe & Arts Space, and Stonehenge Studios hosts its monthly reading followed by an open mic, featuring Paulann Petersen, Laura Lehew, and Liz Nakawa. More as always at The Rumpus.
Notable Historical Events that I wrote about these past two weeks:
- Portland’s first African-American firefighter (and postal worker), Adam Augustus “Gus” Waterford, passed away back 1909. The son of freed slaves, he somehow managed to not only make it to the racially segregated State of Oregon, and on top of that managed to help saves lives – likely, many lives of white citizens who would have never done the same for him. I wrote a more detailed story about his recent re-discovery and how local students decided it had been too long for a man like Waterford to have nothing to even mark where he was buried.
- Also, Oregonians might already know that recreational marijuana is legal here now, but there are in fact some fine print exceptions that you should be familiar with to avoid getting fined or in trouble with the law.
Aside from this, I’d like to let you know about my next reading, set for Sunday, July 26th @ 5 p.m. at Valentine’s in downtown Portland. More info here.