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Saturday, November 4th, 2017

215 Cascade Avenue,
Hood River, Oregon 97031

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Cross X Bridge – Indigenous Poets, Genre, and Native Literature - 11:30
Washington DC

Cross X Bridge – Indigenous Poets, Genre, and Native Literature
: Heid Erdrich, Trevino Brings Plenty, Deborah Miranda, Eric Gansworth, Karenne Wood

Human Rights Campaign Room 105

Description: Native American/Indigenous poets perform work that fuses genre, to cross and bridge cultures. Indigenous resistance asserts itself in poetry that crosses genres to expand Native Literature through line, lyric, and poetics that meld with music and moving images. Our voice performances speak from urban and reservation lives, from distinct nations—for those who are silenced. The poets will perform and engage listeners in a talk back session. We are Lakota, Ojibwe, Onondaga, Esselen and Chumash, and Monacan. We come from all directions to share our visions and make our histories and presence known.

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

1521 10th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Added to our September after our printed schedule went to press is this evening of poems, music, and video with Minnesota-based Ojibwe poet Heid Erdrich and Portland-based Lakota poet, filmmaker, and musician Trevino L. Brings Plenty. Heid Erdrich’s most recent book of poems, drawn from a number of collections, is Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems (Suntracks/University of Arizona Press). “Funny, sexy, rowdy, and surprising, these poems pretty much cover the entire human existence. She is an original. Buy this book now.” - Sherman Alexie. She is also the author of a recent  book on food, Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories, and Recipes from the Upper Midwest(Minnesota Historical Society). Trevino L. Brings Plenty brings music, videos (which Heid Erdrich and others have participated in), and poetry to the fore here. Wakpá Wanáği, Ghost River (The Backwaters Press). “Brings Plenty has come into his own power with this new book of poems. These are the poems of a hardcore rez visionary who is ‘... map(ping) the spirit world ...’ Each poem carries a light born of struggle, and like vision, each illumination has its cost … Personal history is utterly ties to the historical DNA of family, a place. Through the journey of these poems, a map emerges. In this map, you will find a way home.” - Joy Harjo. This should be special.

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Monday, September 7th, 2015

Feature Reading - 8:45p
1955 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97209
Price: Free

Featured Reading

Monday, July 27th, 2015

3701 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214
Portland, OR 97214

Book Release

Monday, May 11th, 2015

KBOO Studios
Talking Earth Radio Program - 9pm
20 SE 8th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201

Monday, April 27th, 2015

Winningstad Theatre
Poetry Downtown event with Mark Doty
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 274-6566

Trevino will have a short set before featured writer Mark Doty.

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – Book of the Month: “Wakpá Wanági,Ghost River” - 10am Pacific

Trevino L. Brings Plenty (Cheyenne River Sioux) started writing when he was a teenager. Over the past 10 years, his writing has evolved from a hobby to published works of poetry. His latest publication, Wakpá Wanági,Ghost River,” is a reflection on his life and people. The book features poems that explore the writer’s connection to his homeland in South Dakota and his interactions with people and place as a social worker in Oregon. We invite you to celebrate National Poetry Month (#npm15) with us and our April Book of the Month authorTrevino L. Brings Plenty. 

Follow this conversation with Native America Calling’s hashtag: #BringsPlentyPoetry

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Video Poems and Cross-Genre Collaboration: A Conversation and Screening with Louise Erdrich, Heid E. Erdrich, and Trevino Brings Plenty - 1:30pm
1301 2nd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Louise Erdrich, National Book Award-winning author of The Round House, collaborates on video poems with her sister Heid and an all-indigenous filmmaking crew including musician-poet Trevino Brings Plenty and filmmaker Elizabeth Day,

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Blackwater Press Presents… - 7pm
1931 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Price: free

Katharine Whitcomb (The Daughter’s Almanac)

Aaron Anstett (No Accident | Insofar as Heretofore)

Susan Elbe (The Map of What Happened)

Trevino Brings Plenty (Real Indian Junk Jewelry | Ghost River)


Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

AWP: MadHat and Fulcrum Present: An Evening of Native Poetry - 6pm
1414E Franklin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55404

MadHat and Fulcrum are co-hosting an amazing offsite event on Wednesday, April 8 (6:00 pm) at the POW WOW GROUNDS in Minneapolis (literally a 15 min bus ride from the center): AN EVENING OF NATIVE POETRY, emceed by the amazing Sara Marie Ortiz, featuring Allison Hedge Coke, Chip Livingston, Trevino Brings Plenty, Bojan Louis, Linda Rodriguez, LeAnne Howe and Orlando White.

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Bison Coffee House
Poetry Slam Native Style - 7pm
3941 NE Cully BLVD
Portland, OR 97218

Featured Poets: Trevino Brings Plenty, Alicia Spotted Eagle, and Soloman Trimble

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Native American Student and Community Center
710 SW Jackson St
Portland, OR 97201


Workshop: 2pm - 4pm

Art & Poetry Show/Reading: 6pm - 8pm

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Literary Arts Lecture Series - Michael Chabon
1037 SW Broadway Dr
Portland, OR 97205

Trevino read a open for the opening event.

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

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Tell It Slant #8: Bloodlines - 7:30pm
8 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, Oregon 97211
portland, OR 97211
Price: $2 suggested donation.

Autumn is the most bookish of the seasons, I think. Come get cozy and let us tell you stories. And read poems. And answer questions.

Our beloved readers this month:

Passionate about the intersection between social justice and art, poet, educator, and Black Girl Dangerous editor-in-training Tessara Gabrielle Dudley will be reading selected poems.

Mother-daughter writerly duo Ruby and Patricia McConnell will each be reading original pieces with intermingling themes. Ruby is a writer, dancer and geologist from Eugene, and her mother Patricia is a poet.

Fiction writer Christine Fadden's work appears in Hobart, Gulf Coast, and PANK, among other publications. An excerpt from her novel-in-progress--which honors the healing powers of sports on young girls' broken lives--won the 2014 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival Prize, and will be published next spring in Louisiana Literature.

Our first Tell It Slant alumni to return, poet and musician Trevino Brings Plenty has a new collection of poetry out in the world--Removing Skin. If you missed him last time, don't make the same dumb mistake again. I'm serious.

Come early to get a seat.
$2 suggested donation.

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Illuminations Spring Reading Series of Native American Writers - 6:30pm
724 NW Davis Street
Portland, OR 97209

Reading with Trevino Brings Plenty and Elizabeth Woody.

Elizabeth Woody
Elizabeth Woody is an enrolled member of the Confederate Tribes of Warm Springs in Oregon. She was born in Ganado, Arizona, and studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, earning a BA in the humanities from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, in 1991. Her collections of poetry include Hand into Stone (1988) (reprinted as Seven Hands, Seven Hearts), winner of the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, and Luminaries of the Humble (1994). Woody received the William Stafford Memorial Prize for Poetry from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association in 1994. She has also been the recipient of Hedgebrook’s J.T. Stewart Award for transformational work and a “Medicine Pathways for the Future” Fellowship/Kellogg Fellowship. Woody works as a program coordinator for the National Science Foundation’s Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction. She is a founding member of the Northwest Native American Writers Association and a board member of Soapstone, a writing retreat for women.

Friday, February 28th, 2014

washington state convention center
Writing Inside Out: Author’s Day Jobs - 10:30am-11:45am

F161 Writing Inside Out: Authors' Day Jobs


Room 302, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 3
Friday, February 28, 2014
10:30 am to 11:45 am
Eudora Welty was a publicist. William Carlos Williams practiced medicine. How do our nonliterary day jobs enter into our writing—or do we work writing into the job? Which is more writer-friendly, the huge corporation or the nonprofit? How do we form literary alliances when our colleagues are not publishing? Four authors, some whose co-workers do not know they are writers, discuss writing outside of academia in jobs supportive, hostile, or just indifferent to their literary careers.

Heid E. Erdrich Moderator

Heid Erdrich directs a nonprofit endangered language organization. She is author of four poetry collections including Cell Traffic and National Monuments, which won the Minnesota Book Award.

Jason Friedman

Jason K. Friedman won the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction for Fire Year. His work appears in Best American Gay Fiction and Goth: Undead Subculture. He was runner-up in the AWP Award Series for the Novel and won the Moment-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Prize. He works as a technical writer.

Tina Kelley

Tina Kelley wrote for The New York Times for a decade, sharing in a Pulitzer for covering 9/11. She has written two books of poetry, The Gospel of Galore, a WA State Book Award winner, and Precise, and co-authored Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope. She works for Covenant House.

Trevino Brings Plenty

Trevino L. Brings Plenty is a social worker. He is the author of Real Indian Junk Jewelry. His poetry has appeared in many journals and reviews and is included in the poetry anthologies Portland Lights and Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets. He is also a singer-songwriter and guitarist.

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Tell It Slant Reading Series - 7:30pm
2621 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 233-5656

Tell It Slant is a monthly reading series for emerging writers of all genres at The Press Club in Southeast Portland.

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Unnatural Acts - 2pm-5pm
850 NE 81st Ave
Portland, Oregon 97213

Two Poems were chosen for Exhibit, which will be on display for the month of November 2013. There will be Spoken Word/ Performance/Artist Panel on Nov. 10th 2pm-5pm.

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Wordstock 2013 Poetry Chapbooks: Hows and Whys - 10am
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232
1 800 791-2250

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Dawn of Shades Internet Radio

Gia Scott’s Dawn of Shades, Talking Threads series featuring guests Mary Black Bonnet, Lois Red Elk, Trevino Brings Plenty

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

First Baptist church
Voices of a People's History of the United States - May 14, 2008
909 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

Voices of a People's History of the United States
Live Event

Friday, May 16, 2008, at 8 pm
Portland, Oregon

Location: First Baptist Church
corner of SW Taylor St and 12th Ave
Portland, Oregon


Anthony Arnove
Eric Levine
Michael Ealy
Sarah Levy
Shontina Vernon
Staceyann Chin
Trevino Brings Plenty
Viggo Mortensen

Voices of a People's History of the United States
edited by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove, is the long-awaited
primary-source companion to Howard Zinn's best-selling A People's
History of the United States. It features the words of rebels,
dissenters and visionaries from our past -- and present.

The performance is sponsored by the Illahee Lecture Series and is a
benefit for Voices of a People's History of the United States, a
501c3 created to encourage civic engagement and to further history
education by bringing the rich stories of dissent and activism in the
United States to life through public readings. (More info at

Purchase tickets at:

For more information, contact Illahee:
Box office phone: 503-222-2719
web: Tickets: $20, $10 for students