Igor Brezhnev



Upcoming Events


“Hello Portland! It's warming up! Which means summer is coming! And we are going to celebrate with a selection of some of Portland’s finest local musicians and poets. There will be baked goods, a raffle, and a feature by the illimitable Igor Brezhnev. Come through Cider Riot and kick off the season with us!”


This summer I’m taking my poetry on the road. Super excited to feature at Alternative Library in the Poetrynight, Bellingham's oldest and largest open mic on Monday, July 8th.

There are no more upcoming events scheduled, but you can check the Igor’s Portland Poetry Events calendar for poetry and spoken word recurring events.

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Want to book Igor for your event?

You can contact him to arrange the details.

Want to schedule a poetry workshop?

Igor has a number of prepared poetry generative and self-publishing workshops ranging in length from 2 hours to 3 days. Contact Igor for details and availability.

Past Events 


The VERSE SHOWCASE - PORTLAND, OR - 6/7/19 - 7PM-10:30PM

I am guest hosting The Verse Showcase again.

A great line-up of musicians and poets and a poetry album release by Red O’Hare! Come on by! Facebook event: facebook.com/events/2293227850944631




On Saturday, June 1st, we'll have a feature from Jane Belinda and a long set poetry open mic!

Jane Belinda is a queer jewish poet from Portland, Oregon. They are the Slammaster of Portland Poetry Slam! They write on subjects of grief, queerness, gender, and jewish identity. They have competed nationally at the Individual World Poetry Slam and was on finals stage at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Dallas in 2017. You can get their books at etsy.com/shop/janebelinda

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The first volume of 'Nights Since' chapbooks has arrived.

Join me on Friday, May 31st for a reading from this book and general hoopla of poetry.

If you ordered a book, you could pick up your copy in person.

Facebook event: facebook.com/events/329970371011334/




Another evening of Wordlights is on Saturday May 18th, we'll have a feature from Julia Gaskill and a long set poetry open mic!

Julia Gaskill is a professional daydreamer hailing from Portland, Oregon. When she’s not hosting Slamlandia, she can be found performing on the Portland Poetry Slam stage, exploring the Pacific Northwest, or walking your dog. Julia has competed in IWPS, WOWPS, and NPS throughout 2016 - 2018, and she was the Portland Poetry Slam rep at WOWPS 2018 in Dallas, TX. Her work has been featured on FreezeRay Poetry, Ink&Nebula, Slam Find, Write About Now, Rising Phoenix Review, and Voicemail Poems. It goes without saying that she loves Muppets more than you. Like her Facebook page at facebook.com/jgaskpoetry or find her on instagram / twitter at @geekgirlgrownup.

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On Saturday May 11th, we'll have a feature from Nastashia Minto, two mini features from Rachel Ancheta & Chris Gonzalez, and a short set poetry open mic!

Nastashia Minto is an African American woman who was born in South Georgia and raised there by her grandparents. She grew up in poverty and around drugs, alcohol, and family violence. Her life experiences led her to obtain an associate’s degree in occupational therapy and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has been writing since she was nine years old and has found that her writing offers her another way to help people. Currently residing in Portland, Oregon her debut book of poetry was published February 28th 2019 by Eldredge Books. Nastashia has been a featured at many popular local reading series, including Unchaste Readers, Grief Rites, and Incite. Her writing has been published in SUSAN the journal, Unchaste Anthology, volume III and forthcoming in Portland Metrozine.

Rachel Christina Ancheta
A brown girl from South Central, Los Angeles bringing light to family, self love, and mental health. With a little bit of Spanglish here and there.

Chris Gonzalez
Chris Gonzalez is a writer based in Portland, Oregon. He is interested in journalism, playwriting, music, and poetry. You can find more about Chris at chrisgonzalez.art.

Sign-ups start at 5:30, show starts at 6PM. On second and fourth Saturdays each performer in the open mic gets 5 minutes, there are only 8 slots available and the list order is randomized.




Wordlights is coming back to The Rocking Frog Cafe. Every Saturday we'll have poetry here. On Saturday May 4th, we'll have a feature from Rodney Wilder Jr. and a poetry open mic! I am hosting this event and reading a couple of poems before the open mic begins.

Sign-ups start at 5:30, show starts at 6PM. Each performer in the open mic gets 10 minutes, there are only 8 slots available and the list order is randomized.

Come share your words!



THE VERSE SHOWCASE - 5/3/19 - 7:30PM

The Verse is happening each first Friday of the month at the Devil's Den presented to you by NovaPDX in collaboration with songwriter Jonie Blinman! Join us for a night of music and spoken word where incredibly talented local artists share their amazing works in the intimate environment of our favorite wine shop in town! On May 3rd, I’ll share the stage with Jonie Blinman, Red O’Hare, Zoe Holman & Mr. Monday.



Wordlights showcase - 3/30/19 - 7:00PM

Wordlights started out as a poetry, spoken word and music showcase, presented by NovaPDX & Rocking Frog Cafe, and hosted by Igor Brezhnev. On Saturday, March 30th 2019 we had our first event featuring three poets—Ken Yoshikawa, Sage Lilac & Kate Leddy, as well as a showcase of 10 performers.

Now we are presenting a weekly poetry evening at The Rocking Frog Cafe every Saturday from 5:30PM to 8PM. Facebook event page for the event on March 30th.



The Poe Show PDX 2019 - 1/20/19 - 7:30PM

I’ll be joining a host of artists at Clinton Street Theater for this event. The Poe Show is an annual variety show, celebration, and roast of Edgar Allan Poe, his works, and his lasting inspiration in the arts.

On January 20th, 2019, 209 years and a day after the man was born, join us for an evening showcase featuring music, skits, readings, and other performances, plus more macabre merriment at the Clinton Street Theater!

Check out the details on the event page on Facebook.



Hodgepodge Reading Series - 1/19/19 - 8PM

I will be joining Aaron Simon, Amanda Trudell, and Kristen Casselman for this quarterly reading series featuring writers of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and everything in between. Hodgepodge is back at The Jade Lounge in 2019 with a brand new format!

This is a FREE public event for humanoids 21 years of age and older. We invite you to come at 8pm to take advantage of the Lounge's reasonably priced selection of beer, wine, cocktails, and tasty snacks. Reading starts at 8:15pm.

Check out the event page on Faceboook.



The Verse Showcase - 1/4/19 - 6:30PM

I’ll be doing a short set of poetry at The Verse Showcase on January 4th. The Verse is happening each first Friday of the month at the Devil's Den presented to you by Nova Productions!

Join us for a night of music and spoken word where incredibly talented local artists share their amazing works in the intimate environment of our favorite wine shop in town!



Winter Poetry Festival - 12/22/18 - 10AM-6PM

I’ll be performing and bringing some copies of my books to the Winter Poetry Festival. So excited to share the space with some of my favorite Portland poets.

From the festival’s website: “Warm your soul during the darkest days of winter at the first Winter Poetry Fest! We are crafting this event to be an inspirational refuge from the chaos of the holiday season. It will be full of diverse, local poets, chapbooks and broadsides for sale their authors; writing workshops and readings. In addition, there will be hands-on activities, writing games, a holiday card print-pull, cut-up poetry button making and more!

Buy last minute holiday gifts for all your artsy friends while directly supporting writers, hide from your in-laws, feed your creativity with writing prompts and games, feed your mouth with delicious snacks, write a poem to put on the Poetry Tree and celebrate the solstice with your creative family <3. Hosted by the Independent Publishing Resource Center.“



Tender Loving Empire - 11/7/18 - 5PM

Tender Loving Empire & Perfect Day Publishing present a reading from Mohamed Asem in celebration of his new book, Stranger In The Pen, out October 25th.

"Three days after the terror attack on Bastille Day, Mohamed Asem is detained overnight by British immigration officials without cause. In an elegantly digressive, self-interrogative style, Asem describes the boredom and uncertainty of confinement, and how this specific kind of helplessness leads, inevitably, to a self-reckoning. What series of events has led to this moment? As a teenager, he was stranded in Paris with his mother during the first Gulf War, while his father remained in Kuwait. He spent his twenties dutifully trying to follow the blueprint for manhood back home in the Middle East, only to cast it all aside after his mother's early death. Stranger in the Pen examines the burden of being disconnected from one's homeland, unpacks the emotional toll of racial profiling, and illuminates the quietly surprising ways in which grief can change one's life." 

Featuring readings & performances from Martha Grover, Igor Brezhnev and Awkward Energy!

Wednesday, November 7th at 5:00PM
Tender Loving Empire on Hawthorne (3541 SE Hawthorne, Portland, OR)
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Portland Poetry Slam - 10/21/18 - 5:30PM

The first person to introduce me to Portland Poetry Slam was Brit Shostak, one of the best performing poets I know, who I met in Phoenix almost a decade ago and who told me great things about the slam. A few years later, when I first got to Portland in 2013, I got to experience the event myself. In the years since I've heard incredible poets, local and visiting, perform at Portland Poetry Slam. I got to see three or four venues that the slam called home, met old and new friends there. It was also the place where I started reading my poetry out loud to more than two-three people in the room. So I am all sorts of excited about doing a feature there this coming Sunday. Come out, read your poetry at the open mic or the slam and I'll read you a few poems too. Let's do this!

Sunday, October 21th at 5:30PM
Portland Poetry Slam @ Tiny's Coffee (2031 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR)
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Slamlandia at Literary Arts - 10/11/18 - 6:30PM

I’m excited to read at Slamlandia, one of my favorite poetry communities in Portland. Come, read at the Open Mic or the Slam—a fine evening of poetry.

Thursday, October 11th at 6:30PM to 9:30PM
Slamlandia @ Literary Arts 925 SW Washington St., Portland, Oregon 97205
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Poetry Night at Another Read Through - 9/27/18 - 7PM

Come to a beautiful book store on Mississippi Avenue and enjoy hearing poetry from four poets: Sherri LevineLiz NakazawaRebecca Smolen and myself. 

Thursday, September 27 at 7 PM to 8 PM
Another Read Through - 3932 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, Oregon 97227
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Comedy vs. Tragedy #7 - 9/21/18 - 7PM

It's the Super Special Anniversary Show of Comedy vs. Tragedy. Come see nine performers—three poets, three musicians and three comedians—do their thing on stage set on top of cider kegs. I'm one of the poets. Oh, and it is a competition. You get to decide the winner! It'll be a fun night.

Friday, September 21st at 7PM to 10PM
Cider Riot - 807 NE Couch St, Portland, Oregon 97232
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Join Igor in exploring the value of constraints and limitations in writing poetry in this generative two hour workshop. You will break language, explore forms and prompts. See you there!

Nova Productions in collaboration with Leah Noble Davidson presents: OUTWRITE, a workshop for writers, comedians, musicians. Write more work you're proud to share by learning from established artists and professionals!




A monthly storytelling showcase about grief, loss and love. Gather in community with others who share grief in all forms and manifestations. Come ready to cry, laugh, listen and hold space for yourself and others. Curated storytellers: Igor Brezhnev, Jon Boisevert, Jennifer Foreman, and Erin Gurley. Curated/Hosted by Melissa Lynne & Mari Gonzalez.

Monday, July 7th at 7PM
American Legion Post 134 - 2104 NE Alberta St, Portland, Oregon
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