Jan 25th, 7:30pm

We couldn't think of a better way to kick off 2018 than by being BRAVE. We'll be telling stories of surviving cancer, coming out and embracing our sexuality, owning the very essence of who we are, and kicking some inner demons in the a$$. 


Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of National Bestselling novels The Book of Joan and The Small Backs of Children, winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award's Ken Kesey Award for Fiction as well as the Reader's Choice Award, the novel Dora: A Headcase, and a critical book on war and narrative, Allegories of Violence. Her widely acclaimed memoir The Chronology of Water was a finalist for a PEN Center USA award for creative nonfiction and winner of a PNBA Award and the Oregon Book Award Reader's Choice. Her most recent work, The Misfit's Manifesto, based on her recent TED Talk, was recently released.


Jonna Ivin-Patton is the founder of STIR Journal and writer of the essay, I Know Why Poor Whites Chant, Trump, Trump, Trump (which has received over four million views). She has appeared on NPR, OPB, The Roland Martin Show and KCRW. Jonna is the author of the books Will Love For Crumbs, 8th Amendment, and Sister Girl. Her writing has been featured in Good Magazine, STIR Journal, The Establishment, and xoJane.


Brianna Barrett is a writer, performer and cancer survivor named “Portland's Best Storyteller” in Willamette Week’s annual Best of Portland awards in both 2016 and 2017. She is a member of LineStorm Playwrights, a company-in-residence at Artist Repertory Theatre, and serves on the board of the Portland Area Theater Alliance. She coaches first-time storytellers for the HHH Foundation's annual Notes of Hope storytelling concert benefiting young adults with cancer and she facilitates a weekly writing workshop for cancer survivors at OHSU. Her solo show "True Love and Other Noncommunicable Diseases" can be seen February 1st and 3rd at Bag & Baggage Productions.


Jewels is a New York born, Atlanta bred transplant to the Pacific Northwest. By day, her skills as a numbers-crunching, professional vigilante (aka HR Manager) gets the bills paid, and by night, cooking, writing and speaking saves her soul. She is a wife and mother ALL the time, but when she writes and speaks, she hopes to lend her voice to those who have been silenced or shut out from dominant or popular culture, and redefining what is considered “normal”. A lover of all things musical, and most things considered “unladylike”, Jewels’ writing has been seen and heard at Burnt Tongue, Unchaste, Wordstock and Songbook, among other places. Jewels’ 2018 goal is to get out of her own way, finish the book and get published, come hell or high water! You can find Jewels on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @jewelsfromcoal. She sends love and peace to all the friends and family, chosen and blood who make the journey to being whole possible.


Erika Worth is an entrepreneur, writer, and motivator, and the Executive Director and Curator of ROAR. Since she could walk and talk, she's been performing as an actress, poet, performance artist, motivational speaker, and storyteller. She's performed at The Moth, 7 Deadly Sins, Pants on Fire, Mortified, Pickathon, and ROAR. She is passionate about empowering women and girls in every way possible.


She is the author of a new memoir, Broken Bits and Glitter, which will be launched at the BRAVE show.