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Froelich’s Ladder is a Promising Debut

Froelich’s Ladder is a Promising Debut

Jamie Duclos-Yourdon’s character-driven novel offers a new frontier. Froelich arrives in Oregon in the fall of 1851 after a long journey from Germany. During the trek, I imagine him distracted with visions [Read On…]
People Like Her: Margaret Malone

People Like Her: Margaret Malone

In People Like You, the title story of Margaret Malone’s first book of short stories published late last year, a couple goes out to a party. It’s an ordinary night, they treat the [Read On…]
American Comedy Finds Itself at Holocene

American Comedy Finds Itself at Holocene

Contributing Editor, Kathleen Dolan American Comedy is a free monthly showcase, currently running at Holocene, curated and hosted by Jason Traeger, Milan Patel, and Paul Schlesinger, featuring a mostly local line-up. It [Read On…]
Wordstock Returns, Overflows

Wordstock Returns, Overflows

Wordstock returns to Portland as a Literary Arts Organization venture, and a new venue swells with the city’s rain-braving readers. The relaunch of Wordstock this last weekend reminded me of how large [Read On…]
A Weekend of Laughs: Bridgetown Wrap Up

A Weekend of Laughs: Bridgetown Wrap Up

The Bridgetown Comedy Festival Wrapped Up Sunday, Culminating a Weekend of Laughs From Names Big And Small. On the small makeshift stage at the Bunk Bar Friday night, comedian Andy Kindler improvised [Read On…]
Bridgetown Offers Therapy for a Weary World

Bridgetown Offers Therapy for a Weary World

Bridgetown Comedy Festival begins tonight and runs through Sunday. With so many difficult stories, so many trying moments in our lives, news of riots and disasters, climate change and war, the heart can become [Read On…]
Verselandia: On Their Terms

Verselandia: On Their Terms

Representing High Schools Across The City, Twenty Students Performed Slam Poetry At Verselandia 2015. It is ten minutes until seven p.m. and MC Turiya Autry (artist, educator, facilitator, keynote speaker, lecturer, performer, [Read On…]