Igor Brezhnev is a poet, an author, an artist and a graphic designer. He is roaming the West Coast thinking up new art, books and helping shape creative projects.

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Get this new collection of poetry by Igor Brezhnev. Hundred poems written over a period of eight years on one hundred and ninety two pages. Nearly a pound of poetry to provoke your thought and to enjoy.




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Booking a book tour

Hey! I'm booking a book tour in Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington), on California Coast and in Southwest (Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado).

Do you have a favorite venue? Do you want to hear my poetry at that venue? Connect me!

Do you want to host a reading at your house? Drop me a line!

Let's do this thing.


Past Events

Tender Loving Empire - 11/7 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 09/27 - 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 - 09/21 - 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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