Operation Phoenix: Phase One

Battle of the Stink

It took a few days longer than we thought but there was a lot of work to be done. Thank you to Keith Rule, Peter Brady, Davis Slater, Damon Faust, Dan Estes, and everyone else who helped us win this battle. The paint job is my fault, but all and all I think it looks pretty good. Here are some before and after photos.

Phase 2: Battle of the Front Windows

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Two more readings in February!

We’re not done with our February book readings at Post 134. Coming this Saturday the 21st at 5pm we will be having author Robert Newton read and release his new book Soldiers of the Strange Night.


“Drawing on interviews, letters, and accounts written by the survivors, as well as war crimes files, Robert Newton’s new book Soldiers of the Strange Night vividly recreates not only one American soldier’s journey into war, imprisonment, capture, evasion and murder, but also the aftermath of the escape as seen through the eyes of his fellow warriors and the valiant Italian family that sustained him during the final days of his life. Soldiers of the Strange Night is a tribute to these remarkably heroic and resilient men who did their duty while facing impossible adversity. It is also a testament to the gracious humanity of the Italian people who dared to protect them, even under penalty of death.”

Here’s the Facebook event link to RSVP:


Then on Sunday, Feb 22nd at 7pm the post is hosting “The Writer’s Voice” reunion reading.

“In May of 2014, a group of women gathered at the Kennedy School in NE Portland to study the Writer’s Voice with Lidia Yuknavitch and Suzy Vitello Soulé. What unfolded over that time was a powerful and transformative experience for all involved. As we shared our stories with each other, we also learned many new ways to break through our fears and speak the language of our bodies.

Come join us for a reunion celebrating the connections we’ve made and our journeys since that fateful weekend.”

The event will be at the American Legion Post 134 (The new spot for literary events in PDX!) and catered by Dar Salam. Full Bar. ADA accessible.

Photo portraits will be provided for our readers by the talented and gracious photographer, Todd Trigsted, for FREE! (Thank you, Todd!)

The musical duo Del Phoena will serenade us through our intermission!


We have fixed our bathroom, we now have two microbrews on tap, and we take cards! A lot of great things are happening at Post 134. Come and be a part of it.

Legion Readers: Love and Hate Theme, Feb 10

Here are some photos from last night’s event. We had a great time with some amazing readers and incredible music. We had a couple firsts last night. First and foremost last night was our most successful reading. They keep getting better and better. Secondly, we accepted credit cards for the first time. Our cook was busy preparing cheese and fruit plates which were available for five dollars a piece. Really good food. AND we have two different microbrews on tap: and IPA and a Pale Ale. The place is really coming along and we have some major improvements coming up in our future.

The line up was packed with talent and our featured writer last night was Kate Gray reading from her novel Carry the Sky recently released by Forest Avenue Press. Here are the photos:

Legion Readers for February, 2015


February celebrates love, so Legion Readers in the heart of the Alberta Arts District brings you a love-fest for lovers of stories, writing, and writers. “Love and Hate” presents some of Portland’s finest emerging writers, including John Barrios, Sean Davis, Trevor Dodge, Celeste Gurevich, Andrew Stark,Matthew Robinson, Edie Rylander, Davis Slater, and Adam Strong.

This month, we are pleased to feature author Kate Gray, whose novel “Carry the Sky” brims with love and hate.

The amazing a capella group Bergerette will perform songs of love (and lust) and hate (and food). http://www.facebook.com/bergerettetrio

Free admission.


“How War Affects Us” Oregon Humanities Series – Month 1

We had a great meeting with some amazing discussion. This was our first meeting for the six month long series on the wars our country has been fighting and how they affect us. The group included combat veterans of these current wars and Vietnam War veterans as well as civilians of multiple generations. Many of the participants are family members of combat veterans.

This month we discussed George Orwell’s essay “Shooting an Elephant” and Brian Turner’s poem “Here, Bullet.”

Here are some photos:

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Superbowl Sunday


Tomorrow Post 134 will be watching the Superbowl. While many of us will be hollering for the Seahawks, I’m sure we will have at least one or two Patriots fans. Come on by. We will have food and of course the cheapest drinks on Alberta Street.