Consider This with Vanessa Veselka

January 26 at the Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland

Author photo by Alicia J Rose

Join us on Thursday, January 26, at 7:00 p.m. for a conversation about class, labor, and power with Vanessa Veselka at the Alberta Rose Theatre. The event will also stream live on YouTube.

Vanessa Veselka has been, at various times, a teenage runaway, a sex-worker, a musician, a student of paleontology, a union organizer, a cab driver, and a mother. As an organizer, she has worked with hospital and long-term care workers, longshore and warehouse workers, and state employees. She is the author of the novels The Great Offshore Grounds, which won the Oregon Book Award for fiction in 2021, and Zazen, which won the 2012 PEN/Bingham Prize for debut fiction. Her short fiction appears in Zyzzyva and Tin House Magazine, and her essays appear in the New York TimesGQ, the AtlanticBitch Magazine, and Best American Essays.

This event is part of our 2023–24 Consider This series, People, Place, and Power.



Tickets are $15. To purchase a ticket, click here. To request free tickets, please use this form.


Other ways to participate

Can't make it to the Alberta Rose? Tune in from home! The conversation will stream live on YouTube. Following the live stream, viewers will have an opportunity to connect with other online participants in a conversation on Zoom. Click here to register for the online conversation.


Further reading by Vanessa Veselka



  • ♿ The Alberta Rose Theatre is a wheelchair-accessible venue. To reserve a space for a wheelchair or other mobility device, please email in advance of the event. 
  • 🚗 Free parking is available in the neighborhood around the theater. Parking spaces often fill up quickly.
  • 🚏 The TriMet Line 72 bus stops in front of the theater. Lines 70 and 17 have stops within four blocks of the venue.
  • 🥟 Beverages and limited food are available. Outside food and beverages are not permitted.
  • 🎶 There will be music at a moderate volume before and after the event.
  • ℹ️ Read more about this venue.

If you need accommodations to participate in this event, please contact Ben Waterhouse at by January 19.


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