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THE AIRSTREAM POETRY FESTIVAL is a weekend getaway on October 19-21 to one of the few parks dedicated to the iconic polished aluminum trailers. The festival showcases up-and-coming as well as seasoned local talent and celebrates the PNW literary community. Although "poetry" is in the event name, prose is welcome, as are multi-disciplinary offerings with a literary intersection. 
 
POETS: Each year we select an Airstream Poetry Fellow to be poet-in-residence the entire week prior to the festival in the Sou'wester's Potato Bug Trailer. You'll stay for free, get to write all week, and we'll feature you in our Saturday evening reading. Deadline to apply is September 15.

TO APPLY: Bring or mail your printed manuscript (five pages maximum) to the bookshop – 523 SE Morrison St. Portland, OR 97214. Include a cover page with your name, contact info, and table of contents. Your name should appear NOWHERE on the any of the other manuscript pages. Applications will be read by blind jury, and a fellow announced by September 20.
SEPTEMBER HIGHLIGHTS
The Robot Poet — September 22

SPECTRA is a collection of precise, taut, minimalist poems, Toliver’s Yellow Wallpaper. She uses the thud and drone of language to evoke the suffocation of a marriage gone sour, sound bouncing back, and creating patterns that are an inhibiting force in themselves. There’s a pulse to her work, one that harnesses the energy on the page to transcend binaries and boundaries of the self.

Ashley Toliver is the author of Spectra (Coffee House Press, September 2018) and a chapbook, Ideal Machine (Poor Claudia, 2014). A poetry editor at Moss, her work has been supported by fellowships from Oregon Literary Arts, the Cave Canem Foundation, and the Academy of American Poets. She received her MFA from Brown University in 2013.
Star Women — September 27

Francesca G. Varela will read from her newly released science fiction novel The Seas of Distant Stars. She received her master’s degree in Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah. Francesca’s writing career had an early start; she wrote her award-winning first novel, Call of the Sun Child, when she was only 18 years old. 

Jessie Kwak writes sci-fi and fantasy with a liberal dose of explosions, gunfights, gangsters, dinner parties, and smart dialogue. She is the author of paranormal thriller Shifting Borders, the Durga System series of gangster sci-fi stories, and a short story collection about content marketing during the zombie apocalypse.
The Prose Doctor — September 29

White Dancing Elephants (Dzanc Books, October 2018) centers the experiences of diverse women of color—cunning, bold, and resolute—facing sexual harassment and racial violence, as well as the violence women inflict upon each other. Combining the speculative elements and wry psychological realism readers of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Margaret Atwood will fall in love with this collection.
 
Chaya Bhuvaneswar is a practicing physician and writer, her poetry and prose juxtapose Hindu epics, other myths and histories, and the survival of sexual harassment and racialized sexual violence by diverse women of color. She received the Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Prize, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and a Henfield award for her writing. 
 Find full event listings, including readings by
Joshua Edwards, Michelle Overby, Susie Meserve,
and 
Emily Liebowitz
 on our website calendar.
RECURRING EVENTS


Mark Montesano’s monthly jazz lecture and sampling series. 

Each 2nd Thursday come listen to talks with the KMHD DJ about your mutual obsession: Jazz.
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