Sellwood's the Woods will host This! Fest, a new literature and music festival, this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10, with readings from more than 26 prominent Portland writers and 18 musical performances. (Read more about the festival in this week's Headout.)

Jeremy Hadley, the festival's official organizer, says the idea was spawned by himself and three friends: Wilson Vediner (of local band Point Juncture, WA), Lisa Wells (author of Yeah. No. Totally.) and Michael Heald (local writer and owner of Perfect Day Publishing). WW sat down with all four to learn more.

WW: How did This! Fest come about? 

Jeremy Hadley:
Wilson Vediner:
Micheal Heald:
Vediner:
Lisa Wells:

Are the writers reading original work, or stuff they have already written?

Wells:

Heald:

Wells:

It's interesting that the writers are more prominent than the bands, because with all the big bands at Musicfest, you might as well bring all the good writers out to one spot.

Wells:

Vediner:

Wells:
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