The Verse Showcase is a night of music and spoken word, where local and visiting artists share their talents in the intimate environment of our favorite wine bar in Portland, Oregon. The Verse Showcase is presented to you by NovaPDX in collaboration with songwriter Jonie Blinman.

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Join us each first Friday of the month at 7:30pm
at the Devil's Den for the show!


On March 24th 2019 at 6:30PM, songwriter Jonie Blinman is bringing her listening room concert series, Songwriters in the Round to Portland. SITR is a place where songwriters can connect with their fans in an intimate listening room environment where the audience is passionate about hearing the craft, raw and unfiltered; often times a place where they’ll be the first to hear new material. The event will take place at the Bit House Saloon located at 727 SE Grand Avenue.

Songwriters in the Round has always developed a fan base for the series itself, songwriters and fans returning show after show to discover artists they’ve never seen while enjoying their favorites. SITR is a place where songwriters can connect with other local and national touring songwriters, build community, collaboration, touring connections, widen their fan bases and nurture lasting relationships.

The overwhelming positive response has the showcase booked out until summer but we are always taking submissions from established performers/song crafters and regional/national touring artists looking for a built in fan base.

The much anticipated line up for the March 24 SITR-PDX is:

Jonie Blinman, Nikole Potulsky, Rand Bishop, Kristen Grainger



Rocking Frog Cafe is an independently run, local gem in the lower Belmont District of southeast Portland. Nestled in a lovely early-century Craftsman-style bungalow, we offer a comfortable place to study, eat and socialize. Find out more about The Rocking Frog at

Your host, Igor Brezhnev is a poet, an author, an artist and a book designer among his other sins. He is roaming the West Coast thinking up new art, books and helping shape creative projects. You can find out more about Igor at

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Wordlights is a poetry, spoken word and music showcase, presented by NovaPDX & Rocking Frog Cafe, and hosted by Igor Brezhnev.

On Saturday March 30th 2019, from 7 to 11PM we will have features from three poets—Ken Yoshikawa, Sage Lilac & Kate Leddy, as well as a showcase of 10 performers.


Ken Yoshikawa is a shin-issei/first generation half-Japanese American poet-actor from Portland, OR. He has been active in the Portland Poetry Slam community since 2014. In his theatre career he’s appeared at the Portland Center Stage in Mojada, A Medea in Los Angeles, and at the Portland Playhouse in You for Me for You. Some notable roles include Arjun in Chitra, the Girl Prince, (NW Children’s Theatre), Chimney Sweep/Ensemble in Mary Poppins (NW Children’s Theatre), and Malvolio/Antonio in Twelfth Night (Oregon Adventure Theatre). Most recently he played H in Grit, a one-act show that toured Washington State middle and high-schools educating youth about Japanese Incarceration. Ken graduated from Reed College with a B.A in Theatre Arts. He is releasing his first spoken word album Quiver. Currently he is working on a full length book of poetry and on an autobiographical poetic solo play called The Art of Fly Swatting. He loves blue chicken taco trees and resents punctuation and grammar at his convenience.


Sage Lilac is a trans poet and heavy metal vocalist based out of Portland, OR. She got her start in poetry just after high school by winning both the SpeakNOW Poetry Slam in 2012 and then the Rising Star Creative Writing Competition in 2013. Since then, she has lead many after school programs and in-school residencies through the Nature of Words literary center, shared the stage with renowned performance poet Buddy Wakefield, been a PDX Grand Slam finalist and most recently, competed at IWPS in 2018. Her poetry has been arranged for performance by opera singers and can be found scattered among different magazines, local newspapers, gender-neutral bathroom stalls and her own DIY chapbooks. You can get Sage's book at


Kate Leddy is a writer and mental health activist from Portland, Oregon. She grew up in Westchester County, New York and still has strong opinions about bagels. Kate has featured at various venues in Portland and represented Portland at the 2018 National Poetry Slam as well as the 2018 Individual World Poetry Slam. Her first chapbook, Homesick Season, explores nostalgia for people, places, and states of mind. Kate enjoys ice cream sandwiches, a good cleanse cry, and excitedly pointing out the only two constellations she knows. You can order Kate's book at

Come joins us at The Rocking Frog Cafe for an evening of mostly poetry.