August 7, 2020, Milwaukie Poetry First Friday (Zoom)

July 16, 2020, Cirque Book Launch (Zoom)

April 29, 2019, Conversations with writers, Reedsville Presbyterian Church, 2785, SW 209th, Aloha

September 23, 2018, 4:30 pm, River Road Reading Series, River Road Annex, 1055 River Road, Eugene

September 3 – 10, 2018, 6:00 pm, Free Range Poetry at NW Public Library, 23rd & Thurman, Portland

May 10, 2018, 7:00 pm, Ghost Town Poetry, Angst Gallery, 1015 Main Street, Vancouver, WA

May 8, 2018, 7:00 pm, Grass Roots Books and Music, Corvallis

April 23, 2018, 7:00 pm, Bloomsbury Books, 290 E. Main, Ashland

April 17, 2018, 5:30 pm, Poets PDX Live, Multnomah County Library, Central Library, 801 SW 10th Avenue, Portland

March 23, 2018, 7:30 pm, Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, with Andrea Hollander, 523 SE Morrison Street, Portland

March 15, 2018, 7:00 pm, FoPo Poetry, Backstory Books, 6010 SE Foster Road, Portland

February 18, 2018, 3:00 pm, with Janice Rubin, Peregrine Literary Series,  Stickmen Brewery, 40 N. State Street, Lake Oswego

July 9, 2017, 9:30 am, Lents Farmers’ Market, Portland

Feb. 2, 2016, 6 pm, Primrose and Tumbleweeds, Hillsboro, The Turquoise Bee and Other Love Poems

Nov. 3, 2015, 7 pm Friends of the Forest Grove Library, Forest Grove

Aug. 1, 2015, 3 pm, Educating for Peace: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age 70 Years After Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Concordia University, Portland

Feb. 15, 2015, 7 pm, Peregrine Literary Series, Holy Names Heritage Center, Lake Oswego

September 16, 2014, 7:30, Sponsored by Elohi Gadugi, Milepost 5, 900 NE 81st, Portland, OR 97213

July 27, 2014, 3 pm, Sponsored by Mountain Writers, TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont, Portland, OR 97215

Oct. 25th, 2014, 5:30pm, book launch of The Turquoise Bee and Other Love Poems, at the home of Stacey Minkoff, Portland, OR

September 3, 2014, 7pm, Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 SW Capitol Highway, Portland, OR 97219

July 20th, 2014, 5 pm, “From Hiroshima to Fukushima: Art, Poetry and Music,” Glyph Café, 804 Couch St., Portland, OR  97209

June 7, 2014, 4:30 pm, Greenlake Library, 7364 East Greenlake Dr., N. Seattle, WA 98115

May 30, 2014, 7 pm – Launch for Reverberations from Fukushima, with shakuhachi performance by Larry Tyrrell. Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont, Portland, OR 97215

May 23, 2014, 7 pm, Orca Books, 509 E. 4th Avenue, Olympa, WA 98501
May 22, 2014, 7 pm, King’s Book Store, 218 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402

April 15-May 9, 2014, Particles on the Wall Exhibit features Leah’s “Fukushima Fish.” Washington State University Business Center, reception on Friday, April 18th.

April 25, 2014, 7 pm, The Book Bin, 450 Court Street NE, Salem, OR 97031

April 12, 2014, 3 pm, Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett Street, Portland, OR

April 2, 2014, 8:30 am, “Reverberations from Fukushima: 50 Japanese Poets Speak Out,” hosted by the Interfaith Council of Greater Portland and St. Vincent’s Hospital.

March 30th, 2014, 2 pm, “ Stafford’s Lens: Seeing Oregon Poetry,” an Oregon Reads 2014 event Beaverton City Library.

January 9, 2014, 7 pm, Cover to Cover Books, 6300 NE James Road, Suite 104B, Vancouver, WA 98663

January 18, 2014, 3 pm, PCC Sylvania Campus: “Making War No More: Celebrating the Spirit of William Stafford.”

January 28, 2014, 7 pm, Barnes and Noble Book Store, 7700 NE Vancouver Plaza Drive, Vancouver, WA 98662

September, 2013, “The Intersection of Art and Poetry”

September 6-29, 2013, Pacific Northwest Plein Air Reading

June 19, 2013, 7 pm, Mountain Writers Series at The Press Club, 2621 SE Clinton Street, Portland OR 97202

June 23, 2013, 2 pm, Poetry Book Launch, Hood River Public Library 502 W State St Hood River, OR 97031

May 31, 2013, 7 pm, Walt Whitman 150 (WW150), Tabor Space 5441, SE Belmont, Portland 97215

May 4, 2013, 6 pm, Alive at the Center, Northwest Poets’ Concord, Hallmark Resort, 744 S. Elizabeth Street Newport, OR 97132

Apr. 19, 2013, 7 pm, Alive at the Center Book Launch at Literary Arts, Portland, OR

Apr. 16, 2013, Blackbird Wineshop, Portland, OR

Mar. 23, 2013, 1 pm, VoiceCatcher, Multnomah County Central Library, Portland, OR

Oct. 14, 2012, 2 pm, Fault Lines, Multnomah County Central Library, Portland, OR

June 14, 2012, 7 pm, VoiceCatcher, Cover to Cover Books, 6300 NE St. James Road, Vancouver, WA.

May 6, 2012, 9 pm, Northwest Poets’ Concord, Hallmark Resort, Newport, OR

Apr. 15, 2012, 6:30 pm, Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe, 45 South State St., Lake Oswego, OR

Feb. 1, 2012, 7 pm, Finishing Line Press Poets, Central Library, 801 SW 10th Avenue, Portland, OR

Jan. 17, 2012, 7 pm, Figures of Speech, In Other Words Bookstore, 14 NE Killingsworth, Portland, OR

Nov. 17, 2011, 7 pm, Third Thursday Poets, Brigadoon Books, The Reed Opera House, 189 Liberty St. NE, Salem, OR

Oct. 31, 2011, 7 pm, Last Monday Poets, Influence Music Hall, 1355 SE Third Avenue, Hillsboro, OR

Oct. 23, 2011, 3 pm, Book Launch for Heavenly Body at the home of Penelope Scambly Schott, Portland, OR

Sept. 24, 2011, noon, Market Day Reading Series, St. John’s Booksellers, 8622 N Lombard, St. Johns, OR



The Studio Series Poetry Reading and Open Mic—one of the most popular poetry series in Portland—showcased accomplished poets, mainly from Oregon, with some featured readers coming from as far away as Washington State, California and New York. An open mic following the readings provided an opportunity for up-and-coming poets and brave beginners to share their poetry with a responsive and appreciative audience.

The poetry community in Portland is a vibrant and rich tapestry of talent consisting of lyric poets, narrative poets, experimental poets, word poets, slam poets, performance poets, and LGBTQ poets and I feel fortunate to have hosted many of them. The venue was often filled to capacity with so many “regulars” that I felt like I was presiding over a “poetry church.”

With gratitude and appreciation to all those who shared their work…

~ Leah Stenson


November 2017: Tavern Books
October 2017: Tricia Knoll and Amanda Turner
September 2017: Judith Arcana and “M”
August 2017: Christopher Luna, Toni Partington, and Tiffany Burba
July 2017: Amy MacLennan and Catherine McGuire
June 2017: Elizabeth Woody and Judy Rowe Michaels
May 2017: Kristin Berger and Kristin Roedell
April 2017:  There will be no Studio Series this month.
March 2017: John S. Williams and Anita Sullivan
February 2017: A. Molotkov and Tim Whistle
January 2017: Word Sisters: Maggie Chula, Donna Prinzmetal, Andrea Hollander, Joanna Rose, Suzanne Sigafoos and Penelope Scambly Schott

December 2016: Dan Raphael and Jennifer Coleman
November 2016: Wendy Chin-Tanner and Endi Bogue Hartigan
October 2016: Ellen Waterston and Jennifer Richter
September 2016:  David Oates and Rachel Barton
August 2016: Scot Siegel and Steve Williams
July 2016: John Brehm and Justin Rigamonte
June 2016: John Witte and Maxine Scates
May 2016: Wayne Lee and Alice Rose Lee
April 2016: Tom Hogan and Joseph Soldati
March 2016: Judith Barrington and Lex Runciman
February 2016: Deb Akers and Darlene Pagan
January 2016: Emily Carr and Carl Adamshick
December 2015: Peter Sears, Alison Tobey, and Caitlin Scott
November 2015: Voicecatcher
October 2015: Scot Siegel and Carolyn Martin
September 2015: Quinton Hallett and Sharon Munson
August 2015: Joseph Green and Stephen Cushman
July 2015: Poets from Sisters, an anthology edited by Liz Nakazawa
June 2015:  Heather Bourbeau and Elizabeth Gray
May 2015: Cindy Williams Gutierrez, Nelda Reyes, and Gerardo Calderon
April 2015: Donna Prinzmetal and Marilyn Stablein
March 2015: Elizabeth McLagan, Timothy Shaner, and Karen McPherson
February 2015: Mary Szybist and Heather Hodges
January 2015: Peter Sears (Oregon Poet Laureate) will read the work of William Stafford and his own work.

December 2014: Shelley Reece, Shu-Ju Wong, and Emily Newberry
November 2014: Christopher Luna and Brittney Corrigan
October 2014: Laura LeHew and Annie Lighthart
September 2014: Bill Siverly and Jenny Root
August 2014: Turiya Autrey and Stephanie Adams-Santos
July 2014: Dawn Diez Willis and Carl Adamshick
June 2014: Poets from The Widows’ Handbook anthology
May 2014: Emily Carr and Zachary Schomburg
April 2014: Poets from the Motionless from the Iron Bridge anthology
March 2014: James Bertolino and Anita Boyle
January 2014: Susan Denning and Cecelia Hagen

December 2013: Carl Adamshick and Joanna Prahl-
November 2013: Henry Carlile and Karen Holmberg
October 2013: Ce Rosenow and Maggie Chula
September 2013: Rodger Moody and Judith Skillman
August 2013:Tony Hanner and Willa Schneberg
July 2013: VoiceCatcher
June 2013: Paulann Petersen and Kathleen Flenniken
May 2013: Alice Derry and Matt Schwartz
April 2013: Patty Wixon and Vince Wixoners
March 2013: Carlos Reyes and Jodie Marion
February 2013: Penelope Scambly Schott and Judith Arcana
January 2013: Stafford Commemorative Reading – featuring Daniel Sperry

Dec. 2012: Dennis McBride and Dennis Bernstein
Nov. 2012: Scot Siegel and Steve Dieffenbacher
Oct. 2012: Ingrid Wendt and Ralph Salisbury
Sept. 2012: Clemens Starck and Charles Goodrich
Aug. 2012: Lisa Steinman and Elyse Fenton
July 2012: David Biespiel and Phil Meehan
June 2012: Vern Rutsala and Jim Shugrue
May 2012: VoiceCatcher
April 2012: Peter Sears and Jane Greenbaum
March 2012: Andrea Budy and Carolyn Martin
February 2012: BT Shaw and Jennifer Richter
January 2012: Paul Merchant, Lars Nordstrom, and Cindy Gutierrez

December 2011: Valentine Freeman, plus music and poetry by John Sibley Williams,
A. Molotkov, David Cooke, Ragon Linde and Carrie-Ann Tkaczyk
November 2011: Don Colburn, Jon Seaman
October 2011: Bette Husted, John Williams
September 2011: David Abel, Sam Lohman
August 2011: Kirsten Rian, Matt Schumacher
July 2011: Donna Henderson, Stephanie Lenox
June 2011: Paul Merchant, Kelly Lenox
May 2011: Michele Glazer, Dave Jerecki
April 2011: Kathleen Halme, Wendy Willis
March 2011: A. Molotkov, dan raphael
February 2011: Sage Cohen, Jay Nebel
January 2011: Vox Spoken Word Chorus

December 2010:
 Henry Hughes, David Hargreaves
November 2010: John Morrison, Jessica Lamb
October 2010: Joe Soldati, Kate Gray
September 2010: Barbara Drake, Scot Siegel
August 2010: Lex Runciman, Joan Maiers
July 2010: Penelope Scambly Schott, Constance Hall
June 2010: Paulann Petersen, Carl Adamshick


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Leah Stenson