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Friday, November 4 • 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Sex, Death, and Other Unmentionables

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Sex and death—the great unmentionables— are topics we tend to avoid. Whether this is because of social taboos, a fear of being vulnerable or simply a lack of adequate vocabulary, going deep is difficult. The writers in this program have wrestled deeply with “unmentionable" ideas. They’ve searched history, conducted interviews, and written poems, trying to tease out their complexities. Tonight they're gathering to discuss their work and how they've been changed by bringing these stories and experiences into the light to be scrutinized and demystified—or perhaps made even more mysterious.

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Amber J. Keyser

Amber J. Keyser is an evolutionary biologist-turned-author, who writes both fiction and nonfiction for tweens and teens. In addition to The V-Word (Beyond Words/Simon Pulse, 2016), she is the author of The Way Back from Broken, a heart-wrenching novel of loss and survival (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), Sneaker Century: A History of Athletic Shoes (Twenty-First Century Books, 2015), and the forthcoming Pointe, Claw, a novel about claiming the... Read More →

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Casey Jarman

Casey Jarman has served as the music editor at the Pulitzer Prize-winning weekly Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon, and managing editor of the Believer in San Francisco. He co-founded Party Damage Records in 2013. He has written for the Believer, Nylon, Portland Monthly, Willamette Week, Next American City, and Reed Magazine, as well as various online publications. He is currently a contributing editor at the Believer. He lives in Portland with... Read More →
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Ruth Madievsky

Ruth Madievsky is the author of a poetry collection, “Emergency Brake,” which was named Tavern Books’ 2015 Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series selection and was published in February 2016. Ruth’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, Prairie Schooner, ZYZZYVA, Rattle, and elsewhere. She was a 2015 Tin House scholar in poetry and reads chapbook submissions for Gold Line Press. She is originally from... Read More →
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Therese Oneill

I wrote Unmentionable: A Victorian Ladies Guide to Sex, Marriage and Manners, available from Little, Brown October 25th. I know enough about old days sex to ruin every Jane Austen book you've ever loved.

Friday November 4, 2016 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Cassidy's Restaurant 1331 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205

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