Located Inside:

Antoinette Hatfield Hall

Brunish Theatre

The Personal is Poetry

with Melissa Broder, Jennifer Grotz, Brenda Shaughnessy, Ashley Toliver

In So Much Synth, Brenda Shaughnessy “revisits the romances, isolation, and music of adolescence.” Melissa Broder’s Last Sext offers “a postmodern twist on the confessional” (Publishers Weekly). And Jennifer Grotz’s Window Left Open is “full of the sensory pleasures of the modern natural world and a slowed-down concept of time.” These three poets discuss their new work with moderator Ashley Toliver (Ideal Machine).


Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival will be held at the Portland Art Museum and at venues in the surrounding South Park Blocks area on Saturday, November 5, 2016.

Click here to purchase advance tickets to the festival. Wordstock advance tickets are $15 (day-of tickets $18) and include a wristband for all-day admission to the Portland Art Museum for the day and a $5 voucher to spend at the extensive book fair, where you can discover a new poetry press, pick up information about MFA programs and writing classes, get book recommendations from Multnomah County Library, pick up festival authors’ books from Powell’s or Green Bean Books, and more. Plus, attendees 17 and younger and anyone with a valid high school student ID attend the festival for FREE.

The festival will include author discussions and activities for readers of all ages, an extensive book fair, pop-up readings and concerts, a beverage garden, and local food trucks. Workshops at Wordstock include a ticket to the festival and a book voucher with tuition.

This year, the festival expands to six new venues in the South Park Blocks, including The Old Church, Oregon Historical Society, Northwest Film Center, and three of the stages of Portland’5: the Brunish Theatre, the Winningstad Theatre, and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. We will also return to the Portland Art Museum and the First Congregational United Church of Christ. The new partner venues and stages more than DOUBLE the seated capacity  for the festival. Other updates to the festival include an expanded book fair and more programming and activities for children and youth.

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