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Allegiance: Art, Love, and Migration, featuring Wendy Chen & Others

  • Portland Art Museum (Miller Gallery -- Mark & Ann Edlen Family Stage) 1119 Southwest Park Avenue Portland, OR, 97205 United States (map)

Join Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series poet Wendy Chen (Unearthings, 2018) for a panel staged during 2018 Portland Book Festival!


Three books—a novel, a graphic memoir, and a poetry collection—that grapple with questions of who to love, national identity, class divides, loneliness in an unknown place. In the 1920s, a young refugee from the Soviet Union finds herself embroiled in the art and marriage of a brilliant writer and his wife in Adrienne Celt’s novel Invitation to a Bonfire. Wendy Chen’s Unearthings, the fourth selection in Tavern Books’ Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series, explores Chen’s identity as an Asian-American woman and the complexities of cultural, ancestral, and familial inheritance. Ali Fitzgerald’s graphic memoir Drawn to Berlin: Comic Workshops in Refugee Shelters and Other Stories from a New Europe depicts her decade in Germany, entwining political and personal displacement as she explores loss, community, and the way art can bring people together. Moderated by Sarah Bowlin.


Adrienne Celt
Wendy Chen
Ali Fitzgerald
Sarah Bowlin


Portland Art Museum, Miller Gallery (Mark & Ann Edlen Family Stage)
1119 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205

Earlier Event: November 10
Wendy Chen Pop-up Reading
Later Event: December 3
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