Partnered Literary Reading - Pacific Northwest

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openHAUS coworking

5020 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard

Portland, OR 97211

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Portland Professional/Emerging Writers' Partnered Reading Event Seeks Participants (March 29th @6pm, OpenHaus Coworking Space)

All are welcome to attend and participate in this free public literary reading!

We are actively looking for people to read at this event. If this interests you, please contact me at You do NOT need to be published or attending the AWP literary conference to come to this event or read here. If you do have a published book, including a self published book, you may bring copies of it to show off and sell.

This is a partnered reading where publishing and book marketing professionals create work in response to, and inspired by other writers and creatives around Portland, OR. Everyone who writes a piece for this event will read on stage at the OpenHaus. Idea is to connect the folks attending the literary conference with the broader Pacific Northwest literary community.

Pieces should be approximately 5-10 minutes when read aloud, any genre or style.

Emerging authors:

Please email us something that you'd like to have someone read and write a piece in response to by February 28th ( along with your author bio if you wish. Then, you and your partner can both read on stage at the Open Haus on Friday March 29th.

Professionally published authors:

Please let us know if you'd like to participate. We'll introduce you to the emerging authors and their work by early March. Please send us your response piece by March 25th ( so that we can publish all of the writing online in advance for the hard of hearing and those who process information better on paper.


This is organized by the people speaking on the Beyond Publicity panel at the Association of Writing Programs conference and takes place from 6pm to 9 30 pm Friday March 29th at the OpenHaus Coworking Space in Portland's North Alberta Arts neighborhood. This is on a bus line north from the convention center and the space is completely accessible (I directly asked an OpenHaus rep about accessibility).

Coming for the whole time is wonderful and very appreciated, but coming later than 6pm is much better than not coming at all!

Here's the Facebook event page, RSVP is appreciated but not required:

There will be an optional potluck. Bringing food and drinks is completely optional but great, and enjoying the food and drinks there is mandatory, lol :) No need to bring anything but yourself to eat and come out. Not bringing anything isn't a reason not to go :)

I and my colleague Leticia Bradford will represent the Beyond Publicity panel and other literary professionals will likely come on board too as they let me know that they can make it!

Leticia Bradford, writing instructor, playwright, publishing entrepreneur with Bradford Productions, published poet and anthologist, and founder of B Street Writers, a large literary organization hosting readings and promoting the arts in Hayward, California.

Cristina Deptula, creator of Synchronized Chaos Magazine (, an 10-year-old international cultural publication accepting writing every month and determining the theme based on what we receive. Also the founder of book PR firm Authors, Large and Small, ( a green business hiring those with barriers to employment to do traditional and social media book PR.

For directions or questions, please feel welcome to reach me at 510-589-8252 or

The two, and possibly more, of us will read and create work in conversation with others in the writing community who are not already attending the conference. We're open to having anyone from the community who will be able to attend the night of March 29th and read as part of our group to join the event! You don't need to live in Portland to read, just be able to come to the event.

This is a chance for professionals to read and consider, then engage with, work from the greater community. We are actively recruiting and strongly encourage guest readers from the POC, neurodiverse, LGBT, disabled, homeless and low-income and other marginalized communities to reach out to us.

So far the lineup of community members includes local writers Elyana Ren, Alice Lavender Love, Yolanda Clay, Rebecca Smolen, Doug Hawley, Sherri Schultz, Crystal Stone and performance artist and cultural worker Gina DeVries (who lives with fibromyalgia and has created a spoken word performance entitled How to Have a Body).

Also, Bonnie Greene and others will come and read some pieces by Portland writer and artist Tony LeTigre, who lived, created, and struggled here - and sadly passed away in a traffic accident January 19th:

We will provide food to share! Please feel welcome to come join us!
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