Festival Literature and Spoken Word

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 family holiday get-togethers go; noisy, overcrowded but in a festive, cozy way. Volunteers in red T-shirts were cheery in the mid-morning when everyone arrived, all […]



Illustration and short story by Jen Scholten I fell into a pool when I was young, as I fell into so many bodies of water in my youth. I was born on the water too, like you, Lidia, except I can’t reflect on a moment of your literal near drowning — I don’t remember you writing […]

Literature and Spoken Word

“A Self In The Image of Art. Not God. Not Father.”

When Lidia Yuknavitch took the podium at Powell’s Books a few weeks ago, I think all of us in the room were blushing – including her. She was nervous. “I’m bad at this,” she said about talking in front of people. She made a few jokes as she swung her long blond hair over her shoulder […]