"Reclamation: Essays" Chapbook Release and Reading Event
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

"Reclamation: Essays" Chapbook Release and Reading Event

On Thursday December 1st, Oregon Book Award-winning author Cari Luna and I will tunnel through subterranean narratives and themes, seeking sources of light in words and literary community. I'll read from my new letterpress chapbook, Reclamation: Essays, which contains excerpts from a larger hybrid memoir-in-progress. Reclamation braids personal memoir with research in geology, exploitative mining practices, and buried memories. Through a series of lyrical meditations, protestations, and poetic unearthing, these essays explore the possibility of reclaiming what's been lost after large-scale disasters and more personal forms of trauma/abuse. 

Excavating the memories and experiences in this project has been grueling at times, and now I'm surprised (though not happily) by the way some of the project's inquiries and themes resonate with current political events. 

Cari Luna will also read new work from her current novel-in-progress, Goodbye to the Little Girl Tree. The novel draws from Hamlet and the themes and moods of Nick Cave's music to explore grief, loss, family secrets—and ghosts—on a present-day Oregon farm.

Reclamation: Essays Chapbook Release and Reading
With special guest Cari Luna
Thursday December 1st, 7:00pm
Literary Arts
925 SW Washington St

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"The Heart is a Labyrinth" Reading and Chapbook Release
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

"The Heart is a Labyrinth" Reading and Chapbook Release

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Join us for a special evening of readings and hands-on letterpress printing activities in celebration of the release of Justin Hocking's new chapbook, entitled Gallery. The narrative of Gallery chronicles a troubled forestry professor as he traces a maze-like path in attempt to reunite with his estranged son. Celebrated writers Natalie Serber and Jay Ponteri will also read work based loosely on the theme "The Heart is a Labyrinth;" copies of Serber's new new novella-length memoir, Community Chest, will be available. This event is made possible in part by a generous grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and via an event-space donation from the IPRC.

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Wordstock 2016
Nov
7
3:30 PM15:30

Wordstock 2016

Wordstock is back!  After two years of planning, Portland's own Festival of the Book will relaunch in the Portland Art Museum on Saturday November 7th.  Catch me for a Panel Discussion and a Pop-Up Reading in the museum (more details to come. . . )

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The Rumpus & Future Tense Reading at LIT HOP
Jun
25
7:00 PM19:00

The Rumpus & Future Tense Reading at LIT HOP

Join us on Thursday June 25th for Portland's one and only annual lit crawl event, featuring over 54 readers at seven different venues in downtown Portland. At 7pm, I'm kicking off The Rumpus/Future Tense reading at Ash Street Saloon (225 SW Ash St), followed by Dena Rash Guzman, Samiya Bashir, Olivia Olivia, Laura Gibson, Jay Ponteri and many more.  Visit lithoppdx.com for full event listings.

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Collaboration with Like a Villain for Action/Adventure Theater
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Collaboration with Like a Villain for Action/Adventure Theater

This coming Saturday June 13, Holland Andrews, AKA Like a Villain, will perform a live song inspired by my recent short story, entitled "Dark Age." The narrative follows a Hawaiian teenager named Kai, who is forced to leave her home in Hawaii and move to Phoenix, Arizona after her mother loses her job. Having spent most of her life in and around the ocean, Kai develops a strange ailment that she can only describe as "reverse sea sickness." Join us for this and other performances, readings and visual art beginning at 7:00pm at the Eagle's Lodge, 4904 SE Hawthorne. Advance tickets available here; all proceeds benefit one of Portland's most innovative theater troupes.

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Tin House Winter Writer's Conference
Feb
6
to Feb 9

Tin House Winter Writer's Conference

Join us at the legendary Sylvia Beach Hotel on the Oregon Coast for a weekend immersed in all things literary. The conference is led by editors from Tin House magazine and Tin House Books, with creative nonfiction instruction by Debra Gwartney, Karen Karbo and Justin Hocking. The program consists of morning workshops and afternoon craft seminars. Evenings are reserved for literary and career discussions and revelry.

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Audobon Society of Portland's Wild Arts Festival
Nov
22
to Nov 23

Audobon Society of Portland's Wild Arts Festival

The Wild Arts Festival celebrates nature in the work of regionally and nationally known artists and writers. Now in its 34th year, the Festival is the Northwest's premier show and sale of nature-related art and books.  2014 featured authors include Justin Hocking, Ursula K. Le Guin, Nikki McClure, Floyd Skloot, Kim Stafford, Molly Gloss and many others.

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Marylhurst Reading Series
May
8
3:30 PM15:30

Marylhurst Reading Series

Memoirist Justin Hocking will read from his debut memoir, The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld (Graywolf Press). His writing has appeared in The Rumpus, The Normal School, The Oregonian, Open City, Thrasher, and elsewhere. He was recently named by Willamette Week as one of the "Ten Writers Who Made Portland." Free and open to the public.  Event held in The Old Library, BP John Admin. Bldg.

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