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Portland Zine Symposium registration now open!

Portland zine symposium

Registration for tabling has opened at the 10th Annual Portland Zine Symposium, which takes place on August 28th and 29th at Portland State University!

Portland Stock Dinner ~ August

August 13, 2010:

Stock is a monthly public dinner event and presentation series based in Portland, Oregon which funds small to medium-sized artist projects. You'll get to eat a delicious dinner, read event proposals from around 10 different artists/projects, and then vote for your favorite. The project with the most votes receives the proceeds from the ticket sales.

August Stock will be held Sunday, August 15th at PNCA, with Tressa Yellig from Salt, Fire and Time Community Supported Kitchen as guest chef. Email your RSVP: Dinners are often sold out in advance but cheaper tickets for the "peanut gallery" -- dinner not included -- are usually available at the door.

SF Zine Fest! September 4-5

SF Zine Fest is a free annual two-day conference for independent and underground publishing. Exhibitors come from all over the West Coast, and while the focus is on zines, all walks of DIY life are represented -- comics, arts and crafts, literary presses, and more. SF Zine Fest was founded in 2002 by Jenn of Starfiend Distro.

SF Zine Fest 2010 is brought to you by the hard-working folks at Family Style, New Lights Press, Monkey & Seal, Goteblud, StreetWorthy Zine, SLAB Comics, and many other wonderful volunteers.

Brew To Bikes: Artisan Exhibition and Book Launch Party

I was interviewed for this book quite some time ago ~ let's hope I still agree with myself! Dissatisfied with passive consumption, many residents of Portland, OR, take matters into their own hands. Associate Professor of Urban Studies Charles Heying noticed these local artisans prospering all over the city and set out to study their thriving economy. Profiling hundreds of local businesses, and with an eye on Portland's unique penchant for sustainability and urban development, Brew to Bikes (Ooligan Press, 2010) is about everything from bike manufacturers to microbreweries, from do-it-yourself to traditional crafts. A treatise to local, ethical business practices, Brew to Bikes positions Portland as a hub of artisan ingenuity worthy of admiration.

Letterpress Printers' Fair, Sat. 14th

The 3rd Annual Letterpress Printer's Fair is happening this Saturday! In the past few years, the letterpress community has ballooned into a flourishing scene. This Saturday come meet up-and-coming local vendors and organizations, play with letterpresses, and catch some demos. You can also catch a special screening of Farewell: Etaoin Shrdlu on Friday. For more information, head over to Em Space!

Fair will take place down the road from Em Space at 323 Division Place.

Courier Coffee Officially Open!

It's been a lonely three months on Ye Olde Oak St. since Half & Half closed its doors at the end of April, but I'm pleased to announce that happy days are here again! As of Monday, August 2nd, Courier Coffee is officially open! Come on down for their delicious coffee, fresh pie, coffeecake, and granola bars!

Follow @tyeriron for regular updates! Yay!!!

1000 Words Reading Moves to The Waypost!

August 05, 2010: Thursday, August 5th, 7PM at The Waypost 3120 N. Williams Avenue: 1,000 Words returns for our inaugural reading at the Waypost. We'll present the newest chapter in a Oulipean experiment: five exemplary local writers wrote on the theme EXCESS, penning 250 words per week in response to the theme and prompts created/found/stolen by series curator Mel Favara. The results, as per usual, have been wildly divergent, smart, and fresh: want to see how five different authors employed the phrase, "It looked like an exit wound" and the words "frame, nail, prognosticate, key, and typeface" in one 250 word piece? Join us Thursday at the Waypost to hear the writer's innovative writing and also witness the 1,000 Words house band, Reid Trevarthen and Ethan Camp, members of Vancouver emo-punk trio We Play Quiet, playing songs based on the prompts at the intermission. This event is free and all ages!

Nora Robertson writes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, which have appeared in such publications as Plazm, Redactions, Alimentum, Monkeybicycle, and Portland Monthly, and was nominated for the 2007 Pushcart Prize. She is the producer of the New Oregon Interview Series, which explores Portland's evolving creative culture. She is currently at work with video artist Jason Bahling on a short poetic film The Body Show to be released in November.

Joe Pitkin teaches English at Clark College (or, depending on his mood, Cluck Collage or Cork Cleavage). His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in North American Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Los Angeles Review. The novel he is working on currently has the tentative title The Four Quakers of the Apocalypse, but that will probably change. 

Cosimo Giovine teaches writing classes at Clark College in Vancouver, WA. His story, "Dream Book" was a Finalist in the 2008 Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction contest, and the graphic novel he edited, Vatican City, Las Vegas, received the bronze award at the 2007 Independent Publisher Magazine Awards. He's a Leo and enjoys words that begin with the letters "r" and "s".

Becky Kluth is a sometimes story writer, music maker and portrait painter living in Southeast Portland. Her hobbies include acquiring cheap instruments, organizing her possessions, and trying to become a real person. She spends most of her time talking to dogs.

Nick Carter is a former professional paintball player and Texas high school football defensive tackle who moved to Portland hoping to realize his creative dreams. He is currently unemployed.

Reid Trevarthen and Ethan Camp are both polymaths: they'll be playing songs based on the writers' prompts. 

New Kid on The Block!

August 02, 2010: Dear Readers,

Well, it finally summer here in Portland, Oregon and another long awaited event is upon us as well -- the opening of Courier Coffee! As many of you may know we lost our beloved coffee/sandwich/pie haven, Half & Half, this spring when the owners sold the everything but the name to Joel Domreis, founder of Courier Coffee.

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