Igor Brezhnev

Portland Events for Poets & Performers


Portland Event Calendar for Poets & Performers

Portland is an incredibly supportive town for poets and performers. There are many thriving gatherings where you can experience great performances and also share your own work. I’ve been a part of some of these gatherings and want to share what I know. This is not an exhaustive list and if you know of another resource drop me a line at igor@igorbrezhnev.com. Hope you find this useful.

Free Range Poetry - Every First Monday

First Mondays of every month seem to be a popular day for poetry events. Free Range Poetry is a reading series in the Multnomah County Library - Northwest Branch Portland Oregon (corner of NW 23rd Ave & NW Thurman). Check out what Free Range Poetry has in store on their facebook page.

Grief Rites Readers Series - Every First Monday

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. Open mic signups begin at 6:30, readings start at 7pm.

Hosted at Post 134 (2104 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR) by Melissa Lynne & Mari Gonzalez

*Trigger warning, because Grief. Content not edited for language or topic. Mature audience.

More details on the Grief Rites Foundation facebook page and website.

Open Mic Every Wednesday at The Nest Lounge

Songwriters, poets, comedians: Come bare it all with us EVERY Wednesday from 8-11 (sign-up at 7:30) at The Nest on 2715 SE Belmont. We'll be up in the Lounge! 3 songs or 15 minutes (whichever comes first!) We want to get to know you, so ORIGINAL MATERIAL ONLY.

Provided will be a PA, 2 mics, 2 instrument cables, & a bass amp. Along with equipment, we also provide an EXTREMELY cozy, living room-esque environment where the crowd listens & even joins in when you invite them to! There are a lot of great musicians to jam with as well if a little improv is more your thing!

Find more information in the facebook group for the open mic.

Slamlandia Events - Every First Thursday

Every first Thursday at Guilder Cafe (2393 NE Fremont St., Portland, OR 97212) a sister-slam of Portland Poetry Slam hosts an open mic, a slam and presents a feature poet.

Slamlandia also hosts house poetry shows and events at Literary Arts almost every month. Check their website and facebook page for details.

Comedy vs. Tragedy - Every Third Friday

Comedy vs. Tragedy is a variety competition show in Portland, Oregon. The show has been going since 2017. Three poets, three musicians and three comedians compete to win cash prizes. The audience gets to pick the winners. Each show has a feature from previous winner of the competition. At each show there’s a raffle for the audience as well. If you are a poet, a musician or a comedian contact Alex Nova to perform in the show.

Hosted at Cider Riot (807 NE Couch St, Portland, OR)

Check it out at www.novapdx.org or on NovaPDX’s facebook page.

Portland Poetry Slam - Every Sunday

Portland Poetry Slam is an incredible community. Every Sunday at 5:30pm at Tiny’s Coffee (2031 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd) you can sign up for the open mic, participate in the Poetry Slam and on top of it all enjoy a feature reading from local and visiting poets. Keep up with Portland Poetry Slam on their facebook page.

Another Read Through Book Store

Every last Thursday Another Read Through hosts poetry nights. Check out their website and facebook page for more details on ongoing events. The store is located at 3932 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR.

Mother Foucault's Bookshop

Located on the border of Portland’s inner southeast industrial district, Mother Foucault’s specializes in used, rare, and vintage books, spoken-word vinyl, and Not Going On The Internet.

Mother Foucault’s hosts literary and poetry events on regular basis. Check on their website or facebook page for details, but better yet go there in person and ask what’s on the calendar.

Here’s the address: 523 SE Morrison St., Portland, OR

Powell’s Book Store

There are a lot of events that happen at this giant book store. Peek at their event calendar for details or just stumble into the store and ask what’s going on today. Here’s the address for the main store: 1005 W Burnside St., Portland, OR.