The Salon Series


Salon Series

In 2019-2020, the Salon series will diverge from previous programming to host several events to engage off-campus and on- with artists and collectives who work in alternate, experimental modes of support and exhibition, as well as an informal creative writing group for intergenerational queer and transgender students, staff, and faculty.

Events will be posted here throughout the year. Please check back and keep a lookout for posters around campus!

Fall 2019 Schedule

Thursday, September 19
4:00 PM | Greywood Lounge


Conduit is an artist-run art space in a residential neighborhood in Happy Valley, Oregon, facilitated by Jade Novarino ('16). Conduit functions as an exhibition space; a stage; a residency; an experiment; a support system; and a collaborative practice. Recent programming has included: exhibitions with artists B. Anele and Nora Jane Slade; poetry publication releases; and workshops on monoprint quilting, embroidery, clay harvesting/processing methods, and building a cob oven. Jade will give an informal talk about Conduit, what it involves and concerns itself with. Snacks! Free and open to all Reed students, staff, and faculty. For more info about Conduit:


Thursday, October 3
4:30 PM | Greywood Lounge

Q/T Salon is an informal opportunity for queer and trans-identified students, faculty, and staff to get together and write, share work by ourselves and others, and create intergenerational dialogue about the experience of being queer and/or trans today. Bring tools to write with, and a piece of writing if you like. The Salon is from 4:30-6:00pm and pizza will be served!

the-poetry-salon.jpg                                                                                   Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2009

Thursday, November 21
3:30 PM | Greywood Lounge


dovesong labs is a literary & art hub, both digitally & IRL, with salons & popup readings held in the Portland area. This project is the latest branch in the Winter Tangerine family (which includes the namesake journal & Honeysuckle Press). dovesong labs also hosts workshops & runs publication contests with support from the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC).  jayy dodd will be on campus to talk about her work with dovesong, what goes into it, what to do about it, etc. a blxk trans womxn from los angeles–now based in portland, her work has appeared or will appear in Broadly, The Establishment, Entropy, LitHub, BOAAT Press, Duende & Poetry Foundation among other venues. she is the author of Mannish Tongues (Platypus Press, 2017) & The Black Condition ft. Narcissus (Nightboat Books 2019). she has been a Pushcart Prize nominee, co-editor of Bettering American Poetry. her visual & written work has been featured in West Hollywood, Portland’s Institute of Contemporary Art, Teen Vogue & Entropy. they are also a volunteer gender-terrorist & artificial intellectual. find her talking trash online or taking a selfie. for more info about dovesong labs: and more about jayy's work at:


Thursday, February 13
4:00 PM | Greywood lounge

Tender Table is a collective of people who take up space, empower one another, and start important conversations. Tender Table began in 2017 as a local monthly event series gathered around food, stories, and community. The series features stories by women, trans, and nonbinary folks who are black, indigenous, or people of color. In a city that is often characterized as “so white,” Tender Table disrupts this narrative by creating spaces that increase the visibility of our community. Tender Table provides a platform for these individuals’ stories to be uplifted, highlighted, and centered—it is a space where we can come together to network, build relationships and community—and it’s always evolving. Natassja Pal and Vy Pham of Tender Table will give an informal talk/chat with Reed students, staff, and faculty.