Poet, memoirist and performance artist Leanne Grabel will be at Hillsboro Public Library’s Conversations With Writers series Monday, Aug. 25.

Grabel is no stranger to live audiences: She’s also a teacher of incarcerated teens and teens in treatment through Portland Public Schools, and is co-founder of Cafe Lena, Portland’s longest-running open mic poetry venue.

Her Hillsboro appearance will be a multi-media retrospective of her work and will include music, illustration, video and dance as well as her poetry and prose writings.

Grabel said in a recent interview that the best writing grows from explorations of life events. Uncomfortable details, she said, often make the most riveting literature.

Her work, “Brontosaurus: Memoir of a Sex Life” shares her survival of a kidnap and rape on a Mexican camping trip when she was 19 and subsequent years of troubling relationships with men and herself.

Readers often express their awe in light of Grabel’s courage in sharing her story, she said.

She is currently at work on a new collection of prose poems, “City Cake,” and an illustrated children’s book, “The Little Poet,” which, she explained, is the story of a 10-year-old girl with poetic sensibilities.

As she gets ready to head back to the classroom this fall, Grabel is also squeezing in time to put the finishing touches on her latest book of poetry — the first in 10 years — and fine-tuning her Hillsboro Conversations With Writers presentation.

The program starts at 7 p.m. at Hillsboro Public Library’s Main Branch, 2850 N.E. Brookwood Parkway.

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