People in Portland constantly talk about writing. I love Portland. Here are some highlights from the week I spent there.
BACKFENCE PDX: Portland Storytelling, run by B. Fryan Masters was incredible. The theme of the night was Mistakes Were Made. The performers were so talented and moving, and because of it, I’ve discovered the writing of Meg Worden.
I stayed on Stargazer Farm with the poet Dena Rash Guzman. Dena is the editor of the pandemic magazine: Unshod Quills, an all-around talented artist and lovely new friend of mine. We did writing workshops together, picked blackberries, and drank Session beer.
I went to The Literary Mixtape Reading, which was awesome and got a write-up from Electric Literature’s blog, The Outlet.
I finally went to Powell’s Books. I felt prepared for this since I spent my early twenties hanging out at The Strand, and everyone told me how big Powell’s is–but nothing could have prepared for me for what it actually feels like when you walk in there. It’s extraordinary. After much indecision, I bought I Have Touched You by Gregory Sherl, Yeah. No. Totally. by Lisa Wells and Writers On Writing: Collected Essays From The New York Times.
And! I met one of my most beloved writers: Cheryl Strayed. Cheryl’s essays, particularly The Love Of My Life and Munro Country are like food to me. They nourish me. Read them. Her memoir, WILD, will be out in March 2012 and I’ve already pre-ordered my copy.
I have some more things to update on very soon that have to do with the Hudson Valley. Now I am in Seattle where I am writing an essay about why Seattle is the best place to exercise outdoors and write indoors and in a few days I’ll be back in Portland to read in the Booty Call Series and go to Wordstock. Also–check my page for readings, there are some October/November updates!