Participating Poets (updated daily)
Not alphabetical so scroll down -- newest additions at the top
Aubrey Gates Kingshe/her/hers &they/them/theirs
Aubrey Gates King is a writer and poet living in Portland, Oregon. In 2018, she published her first collection of poetry, The Moth and the Bearkeeper, as the culmination of the Poetry Certificate Program at the Independent Publishing Resource Center. She has been published by Gramma Press, Blood Sugar Poetry, Windowcat Zine, and others. She is the Copywriter & Digital Media Specialist at a marketing and strategic planning firm.
Kurt is an educator by profession and poet by passion. Hawaii-born and raised in the Los Angeles South Bay, Kurt is a Shin-Nisei / 2nd Generation Japanese-American who serves as the Education Manager for the Oregon Nikkei Endowment. Just moved to Portland <3
Chris Ryan Gonzalezhe/him/his
Chris Gonzalez is a theater maker, musician, poet, and educator based in Portland, Oregon. He has just completed a residency at Portland Playhouse, where he taught physical theater. Chris was a recipient of the James Baldwin Memorial Scholarship Fund for Playwriting from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studied theater and performance. Chris also has been a featured poet for the past five years, performing alongside International Slam Champions Saul Williams and Shane Koyczan. Chris’s first book of poetry, “water or bread”, has just been published by Human Error Press.
Ophelia Darkly is a shapeshifter, word conjurer, dream weaver and curator extraordinaire of
Ghostland originating from a strange place known as
Chicago. At the age of six, she began writing weird tales in the dusty corners of a peach coloured room and hasn’t stopped since. She graduated from The
University of Iowa where she earned degrees in
Theatre & Creative Writing. Her work often takes
the form of fractured fairytales, exploring mirrors of
duality, the supernatural, whimsical wonderlands, and beyond. She wishes to create a space where
artists can inspire one another and see their dreams
manifest in the physical realm.
Rachel Neffshe/her/hers &they/them/theirs
Rachel Neff is a poet, author, and knitter who has a PhD in Spanish literature. Her chapbook
“The Haywire Heart and Other Musings on Love” is available from the author or from Finishing Line Press. Her memoir on getting back on her feet after graduate school is titled “Chasing Chickens: What to Do When Life After Higher Education Doesn’t Go the Way You Planned” and will be published in May 2019 from the University Press of Kansas.
Georgia writer/poet in PDX. Has read at Neon Dream, Grief Rites, Incite, KBOO radio, and Unchaste. Published work in SUSAN/The Journal, and forthcoming work in Unchaste Anthology Volume III. Member of future prairie. First book, Naked, due out in Feb 2019 from Eldredge books
Noah Sanemitsu is a multimedia artist, performer, and creator living at the intersections of queer, mixed race, trans, polyamorous, and mentally ill identities. Through music, animation, visual art and performance they build bridges between bodies and ideas with hopes to share their story of healing and resilience. They believe living as their authentic self is the most true form of activism and constantly create art and experiences based on those lived emotions.
La Espiritista is a writer, performance artist, and healer based out of Seattle, WA (occupied Duwamish land). They are a co-founder of “Share the Spirit,” a small healing arts business that helps individuals clear limiting beliefs, heal energetic wounds, and open creative channels. They are the author of “Butterfly: Una Transformacion,” a spiritual collection of poetic prayer which speaks about the process of inner transformation through four phases of metamorphosis: release. renewal. retreat. rebirth. Their art is a manifestation of their exploration of queer spirituality.
They were born and raised in New Jersey with a mixed Peruvian and Cuban heritage. From a young age, they had a deep connection to spirit, but also embraced their queerness and gender fluidity. There wasn’t space for them to express their holistic self due to the constraints of most organized faiths. Their experience of religious trauma has led them to a path of healing and integration of the whole being. Through their work, they explore a variety of themes ranging from healing, self-love, sexuality, faith, gender expression, trauma, reclamation.
La Espiritista has performed nationally and internationally in venues such as Seattle Poetry Slam, Nuyorican Poets Café, Highline College, Vancouver B.C. Red Gate’s Art Society, UC Davis, Evergreen State College, Colby College, and more.
Eastside Poetry Workshop
Eastside Poetry Workshop is a collective that stages readings, publishes original works and provides a constructive, nourishing environment to some of the most creative and compelling writers in Portland. More information can be found at https://eastsidepdxpoets.com. Its members include:
Ash Good (she/her/they) was born in Paradise, California, and raised in a small Oregon mill town. She is a book designer and typographer as well as the author of several collections of poetry including These things will never happen quite like that again (LettersAt3amPress, 2017) and sounds in my möbius mind (First Matter Press, 2018). Ash lives in Portland, Oregon, and is the founder of High Priestesses of Poetry.
Caroline Wilcox Reul (she/her/hers) studied linguistics and German language and literature in the US and in Germany, where she lived for 10 years. She is the translator of Wer lebt/Who Lives by Elisabeth Borchers (Tavern Books, 2017) and the current poetry editor for the Timberline Review. Her translations have appeared or is forthcoming in the PEN Poetry Series, Tupelo Quarterly, Poetry International, Lunch Ticket, The Los Angeles Review, Newfound, Exchanges, and others.
Dan Wiencek (he/him/his) studied writing at Western Illinois University and Purdue University. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such publications as Hypertrophic Literary, Milk Journal, Crack the Spine and New Ohio Review. He also contributes TV and music reviews to Popdose. He is currently working on his first collection of poems.
K. M. Lighthouse (she/he/they/we) graduated from the University of Utah and worked as the senior poetry director of enormous rooms for two years but has since made the Pacific Northwest a home. She is the author of the chapbooks The Observer Effect (2018) and you are an ambiguous pronoun (First Matter Press, 2018). The poet’s other works appear in From Sac, Blue Lake Review, Mapping Salt Lake City, Sonic Boom and Thought Catalog.
Lauren Paredes (she/her/hers) is a storyteller across mediums with a soft spot for the unusual. Her work has appeared in The Gold Man Review, Pacifica Literary Review and other publications. Lauren currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is a co-founder and facilitator at the Eastside Poetry Workshop.
Michael Shay (he/him/his) was born in Germany, grew up in Chicago and studied at both the Undergraduate and Graduate Iowa Writers’ Workshop in poetry. He received a Master Of Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary and Experimental Art from San Francisco State (CEIA) and makes his living as a commercial photographer in Portland, OR. His work has appeared in The Cape Rock, Flyway, Nimrod International Journal of the Arts, Lullwater Review, The South Carolina Review and Rhino,and others.
Laedi Monte is a creative in Portland, Oregon, who's roles in the community include musician, writer, performance poet, producer, public speaker, pod-caster, radio personality, you-tuber, and advocate for the intersex community. She contributes to her local broadcast and artist community through the Lighthouse Production Art Collective and KBOO. As a survivor of intersex circumcision aka IGM (Intersex Genital Mutilation), her experiences and that of others in the intersex community is what necessitates a frank, healthy, and current cultural exploration around sex, biology, and expression. She uses various forms of art and media to stimulate a conversation, and collage space and understanding in our culture for intersex people, the diversities and complexities of women, and of human sexuality in general.
Nathan Tompkins was born in a hospital by the Kootenai River in North Idaho, much to the horror of the local populace. Luckily, they managed to kick his ass out and send him to Portland. To keep his mind occupied, his mother taught him to read and instilled in him a love of poetry by introducing him to the work of Noyes, Coleridge, Poe, and many others.
When he was 13, he met a romance novelist who inspired him to start writing. He didn’t realise he was cursed, until too late. Since then, he has gone on to empty venues throughout Oregon and Washington. His writings have been featured in many publications including Quail Bell Magazine, Drunk Monkeys, Five2One, and Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place. His latest chapbook, Howl Drunkenly at the Moon, was published by Alien Buddha Press in July, 2018.
Sage Lilac is a trans poet and heavy metal vocalist (project: ATLAS) based out of Portland, OR. She got her start in poetry just after high school by winning both the SpeakNOW Poetry Slam in 2012 and then the Rising Star Creative Writing Competition in 2013. Since then, she has lead many writing workshops/after school programs, been a PDX Grand Slam finalist, and competed at IWPS in 2018. Her poetry has been arranged for performance by opera singers and published in local magazines, newspapers, and of course, her own DIY chapbooks. She loves the color purple and has never been to Colorado.
Meghan Bellshe/her/hers& they/them/theirs
Meghan E. Bell is a student, author and poet living in Portland, Oregon. She loves her cat, her girlfriend, Star Wars, horror movies, and karaoke. She writes about trauma, nature, and love.
Jessica (Tyner) Mehta, born and raised in Oregon and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is the author of over one dozen books. She’s received several writer-in-residency posts around the world, including the Hosking Houses Trust with an appointment at The Shakespeare Birthplace (Stratford-Upon-Avon, UK), Paris Lit Up (Paris, France), the Women’s International Study Center (WISC) Acequia Madre House post (Santa Fe, NM), the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (Nebraska City, NE), and a Writer in the Schools (WITS) residency at Literary Arts (Portland, OR).
Jessica received a Halcyon Art Labs fellowship in 2018-19 to curate an anthology of poetry by incarcerated and previously incarcerated indigenous women and is also a member of the Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Incubator co-hort in Chicago. She is the recipient of a 40 Under 40 Award from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED), received a Barbara Deming Award in Poetry, and was a Top 10 Pick from Portland Story Theatre for “Indian Burns.”
David Rutiezer, grandchild of Jewish immigrants, grew up in Illinois and Massachusetts. He has an MFA in Creative Writing and his poems appear in Drash, Harpur Palate, Jewish Currents and North Coast Squid. He founded December First Writers who give readings on World AIDS Day. David sings, plays keyboard and ukulele, has performed in memory care communities, and recorded a children's album, The Kid in Me. He's taught Israeli and International folk dancing to all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. David teaches and tutors English and volunteers for Cascade Festival of African Films and Oregon Holocaust Memorial.
20 years old and originally from New Jersey, I moved to Portland two years ago to take some time off after highschool. I write at least a poem a day and have kept that up for about 2 years, and started writing poems around 12 as my interest in literature developed into a love for etymology.
Igor Brezhnev is a poet, an author and an artist, amongst his other sins. He has been calling Portland, Oregon his home for the past five years, with occasional long visits to Phoenix, Arizona, which has been his home for over twenty years. He has first-hand experience with confronting depression, homelessness, poverty, and xenophobia, as well as more common ailments like heartbreak and spilled coffee. Igor has authored three books: 'the book of possibilities' (2012), 'dearest void' (2016) and 'america is a dry cookie and other love stories' (2018).
Julia Gaskill is a writer and professional daydreamer hailing from Portland, Oregon. When she’s not hosting the Slamlandia mic, she can be found performing on the Portland Poetry Slam stage, exploring the Pacific Northwest, or walking your dog. Julia competed in both IWPS and WOWPS in 2016 - 2018, was the Portland Poetry Slam rep at WOWPS 2018, and competed in NPS 2017 and 2018. She has performed on stages all across the United States. Her work has been published on FreezeRay Poetry, Ink&Nebula, Slam Find, Write About Now, Rising Phoenix Review, and Voicemail Poems.
Stephanie Strange is a singer/songwriter, band leader, writer, and radio personality based out of Portland, Oregon. That is to say, she is a barista. The musical and writing worlds of Stephanie Strange merge together into a dark, playful, and fantastical world peopled by mysterious black cats, lonely ghosts, and nefarious crows. She is working on a series of illustrated short stories called 'The Nightmare Chronicles with illustrator Jay Reynolds, set to be released in March 2019. The sophomore album from her band, Strange & the Familiars is set to be released early next year. You can find her writing at www.bellastrano.com, her music at www.strangeandthefamiliars.com, and her poetic, salty, and humorous musings can be found on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/thestephinfection
performing, hosting a workshop
Julia Laxer lives for the stories and writes in the afternoons from a messy desk in a rose-lit room in Portland, Oregon. She uses performance art and spiritual practice to explore archetype and ritual and writes poems, essays, erotica, and memoir. Julia won the Orlando Prize in Nonfiction from A Room of Her Own (AROHO) in 2014, and her work is featured in magazines, journals, and anthologies including Luna Luna Magazine, CLASH Media, The Los Angeles Review, So-to-Speak, and Zócalo Public Square. In spring of 2018 she premiered “The Girl Who Stole Spring,” a modern retelling of the myth of Persephone. She is dreaming big— always.
Missy Ladygo is a member of the Lie Factory Workshop, graduate of the IPRC creative writing program, and a co-producer of the comedy game show Wait, What? Her work appears in the Unchaste Anthology and Hip Mama, and received an honorable mention in Glimmer Train. She lives in Portand, Oregon with her husband, son, and daughter. They all like making things.
Laura (Lo) Houlbergshe/her/hers & they/them/theirs
Laura Houlberg is a writer & filmmaker from Portland who sharpened their teeth in Los Angeles. They are usually dancing in front of the PhotoBooth app like it’s 2008.
Rebecca is a writer based in Portland transplanted from NH in 2014. She grew up on a dead-end road exploring drainage pipes and pond life. Since settling here, she works as a veterinary technician, volunteers with the Pacific Pug Rescue, promotes feminism for everyone, attempts to stay connected with friends, and pet-sits on the side.
Rebecca enjoys writing darker than most would assume of her and diving deep into forgotten memories and her weird dreams which all fuel her muse. She is a true believer of once down in print, words are no longer for the writer, but instead are meant to help, heal or console others.
You can find her writing most recently in the Unchaste Anthology, Vol. 2, Mutha Magazine, this Fall’s VoiceCatcher and her first chapbook, “Womanhood and Other Scars” is available on PoetryBox.com.
Bella is a 24 year old Southern California native that found herself in Portland after a few things went wrong (or extremely right if you ask her now) . Her poetry connects strongly with her own personal experiences and how they have shaped her perspective on life. She touches on experiences being a woman of color, her eating disorder, and experiences in abusive relationships. She is new to the Spoken Word scene attending her first open mic back in January. Since then, Bella has performed at Ori Art Gallery, Whitenoise events, and various pop up art shows. When she is not writing, Bella loves to run, and explore new coffee shops she has never been to!
Jennifer Dawson is the author of Vagaries (2018), a self-released collection of poetry and prose. She is a Portland, Oregon native, born on 60th and Belmont, two blocks from the current location of the Zymoglyphic Museum. She has previously done work in film, and was an interviewer, writer, and copy editor for About Face Magazine for three years. She is online at facebook.com/JenniferMarieDawson.
Thick In The Throat, Honey
Claudia F. Saleeby Savage, she/her/hers
John C. Savage, he/him/his
Portland, OR-based performance duo Thick in the Throat, Honey (Claudia F. Saleeby Savage and John C. Savage) began in 2007 at The Atlantic Center for the Arts. Morphing the traditions of jazz, spoken word, experimental music, chants, and devotional intoning, the duo is known for their unique melding of the disparate.
Arab American poet Claudia F. Saleeby Savage's poetry, essays, and interviews have been in water-stone review, Denver Quarterly, and BOMB. She is the author of Bruising Continents (Spuyten Duyvil, 2017), The Last One Eaten and The Hour of Anjali and a 2018-2021 Black Earth Institute fellow. She is a Writer in the Schools and teaches privately. Her collaboration with Detroit visual artist Jacklyn Brickman, reductions, about motherhood and ephemerality, will be exhibited in Chicago, Detroit, and Columbus in 2019.
John C. Savage, woodwinds, is known equally as "a thoughtful and rigorous improviser" and "a badass, knock-down-drag-out force to be reckoned with" (Willamette Week). He holds a Ph.D. from NYU in music performance and phenomenology.
Thick in the Throat Honey's work has been supported by the Creative Music Guild, RACC, the Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon State University, and Literary Arts. They have performed at The Improvisation Summit of Portland, No Fest, Risk/Reward, Sacramento Poetry Center, The Extradition Series, The Tenderness Project, El Grupo, and with other interdisciplinary duos throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Neil Aitken he/him/his
vending, performing, facilitating a workshop
Neil Aitken is the author of two books of poetry, Babbage’s Dream (Sundress Publications, 2017) and The Lost Country of Sight (Anhinga Press, 2008), and a poetry chapbook, Leviathan (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2016). Of Chinese, Scottish, and English descent, he grew up in Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and various parts of western Canada. He is a past Kundiman fellow and holds both an MFA and PhD in creative writing. In addition to writing and teaching, he also serves as the editor of Boxcar Poetry Review, the co-director of De-Canon: A Literary Project, and the curator of Have Book Will Travel.
Skyler ReedSkyler / Skyler / Skylers
teaching a workshop
Skyler Reed is an artist, writer, and musician living in Portland, OR. The founder of Moved By Words (http://www.movedbywords.org) a project dedicated to connecting new writers with writing communities, Skyler is the former Oregon Folklife Slam Champion, has read at Literary Arts in Portland and at Hugo House in Seattle, been featured at the Invisible Spectrum storytelling series, appeared in Portlandia, and is published in Voicemail Poems
John Sibley Williamshe/him/his
performing, facilitating a workshop
John Sibley Williams is the author of As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize, 2019), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, 2019), Disinheritance, and Controlled Hallucinations. A fourteen-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous awards, including the Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Phyllis Smart-Young Prize, The 46er Prize, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors' Prize, Confrontation Poetry Prize, and Laux/Millar Prize. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a literary agent. Previous publishing credits include: The Yale Review, Midwest Quarterly, Southern Review, Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, Poet Lore, Saranac Review, Atlanta Review, TriQuarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, Mid-American Review, Poetry Northwest, Third Coast, and various anthologies. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
Angelica Brownthey/them/thier's & she/her/hers
Angelica Brown is a writer, educator, and Friendly Fire Collective contributor from Portland, Oregon currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She likes to cook soup and read about religious and mystic stories of resistance. You can find some of her writings at friendlyfirecollective.wordpress.com/
Bri. G is a Portland poet who is very excited to be here. Starting in Slam Bri, has been in competitions and read on stages across Portland including Literary Arts. She believes deeply in accessible art, and helps facilitate the two local Slam Poetry scenes, as well as the occasional hosting of shows in her home. She recently released her first chap book 'There's Room for You Here' which touches on self love, relationships, and god stuff. Bri is currently studying creative writing and publishing at PSU, until formal education breaks her spirit. Most importantly she believes in you.
Jon Boisvert was born in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, and now lives in Oregon. He studied writing at the University of Wisconsin, Oregon State University, and the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland. His first poetry collection, BORN, was published in 2017 by Airlie Press, and a new chapbook, EGOCIDES, was released in summer 2018 by Canada’s above/ground press.