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Portland OR | Chelsea Bieker & Kimberly King Parsons

Chelsea Bieker is the author of the debut novel GODSHOT which was longlisted for the Center For Fiction’s First Novel Prize, named a Barnes and Noble Pick of the Month, and was a national indie bestseller. Her story collection, HEARTBROKE won the California Book Award and was a New York Times “Best California Book of 2022” and an NPR Best Book of the Year. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Granta, The Cut, Wall Street Journal, McSweeney’s, and others. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award, as well as residencies from MacDowell and Tin House. Raised in Hawai’i and California, she now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two children. Her newest novel, MADWOMAN is forthcoming from Little, Brown on September 3rd, 2024 and from Oneworld in the UK. She writes about creative practice at her Substack, “Make Up Your Life.”
KIMBERLY KING PARSONS is the author of the national bestselling novel We Were the Universe, a Dakota Johnson Book Club pick the New York Times calls “a profound, gutsy tale of grief’s dismantling power.” Parsons’s story collection, Black Light, was longlisted for the National Book Award and the Story Prize. A recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and Columbia University, Parsons won the 2020 National Magazine Award for “Foxes,” a story published in The Paris Review. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her partner and children.

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We’re looking forward to a good morning, because you’ll be there. 💜

Chelsea & Kimberly will talk about how to develop and sustain trust in yourself and your creative vision. Through experiences in their own work and teaching both together and individually, they’ve developed actionable steps that you can use in your own daily practice.

This talk will address ways you can identify and replace old programming and self-limiting beliefs and tap into your intuition and desire. By shifting the focus from outcome into the present we can build an unshakable trust in the self and the work. ✨

How to join

📍 Venue: Blu Dot
🍩 There will be Coava coffee & breakfast.
🎶 Music from Matthew HH Music
🚲 Public transit, biking and carpooling encouraged!

Please only register if you will attend! This helps us plan enough space and coffee.

Doors open at 8:30am.


Venue is ADA accessible with a variety of seating options!
The recorded talk will include captioning.
ASL interpretation available on request, please email as soon as possible.

Where Blu Dot
1308 NW Everett St
Portland, Oregon United States 97209 Map


When Fri, Jul 26 2024
8:30 am - 10:00 am

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