June 17th, Portland, OR

At the Secret Society
7pm doors, 8pm showtime

A tribute to Judy Blume – venerated, celebrated
and sometimes banned Young Adult author.

Blumesday 2014

A tribute to Judy Blume – venerated, celebrated and sometimes banned Young Adult author.

With readings, performances, reflections by:

  • Arthur Bradford

    Arthur Bradford is an  O Henry Award winning writer whose latest book, Benny’s Brigade, was published in 2012 by McSweeney’s.  He’s the creator and director of “How’s Your News?,” a documentary series, broadcast on HBO/Cinemax, PBS and MTV.  His Comedy Central documentary “Six Days to Air,” about the making of South Park, was nominated for an Emmy.  He lives in Portland and is co-director of a residential summer camp for people with disabilities. 
  • Lesley Harper

    Lesley Harper is a storyteller who has been featured in Back Fence PDX’s Russian Roulette series, The Moth’s Portland GrandSlam, Unchaste Readers and Tad’s Talks among others. She is also the Director of Development at Full Resolve Consulting where she designs and facilitates empathy-based workshops throughout the Pacific Northwest. She lives in Portland with her husband-type, daughter and 3 needy cats.
  • B. Frayn Masters

     B. Frayn Masters is the Host and Executive Producer of  Back Fence PDX, both the live and OPB Radio versions. She is also the Producer of and performer in the monthly Entertainment for People: New Shit Show. Samples of her literary leanings can be found in Airplane Reading, MonkeyBicyle6,  Hobart, SPORK and Mountain Man Dance Moves: The McSweeney’s Book of Lists. 
  • Amy Miller

    Voted Portland’s funniest comedian by Willamette Week in 2013, Amy Miller has performed around the country at venues such as The Comedy Store, the Knitting Factory, Cobb’s Comedy Club and participated in San Francisco Sketchfest  and Noise Pop Festival. She’s a regular at Portland clubs Helium, Harvey’s and Mississippi Studios. She is also an excellent singer, hostess and producer.
  • Jimmy Radosta

     Jimmy Radosta is a Portland writer who has a knack for finding comedic gold amid the wreckage of his past. He has shared stories at The Moth Story Slam, Back Fence, The Mystery Box Show and Mortified chapters in Portland, Hollywood, San Francisco and Chicago and appears in the documentary “Mortified Nation.”  Jimmy works as the Communications and Marketing Director at Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. He lives in Portland with his partner, Andrew, and their cat, Petunia
  • Audrey Van Buskirk

    Audrey Van Buskirk has been a writer and editor for Willamette Week, The Portland Tribune, MIX, Portland Monthly, Seattle Weekly and the Santa Fe Reporter. She’s currently a freelance writer, and at work on a novel about growing up in Portland. She lives with her husband and three sons in Southeast Portland. 
  • Julianna Bright

    Julianna Bright is a singer/songwriter and visual artist. Her “grown-up” band is The Golden Bears, and she also records and performs as Cat Doorman for a younger audience. She lives in Portland with her beau, daughter, six chickens and a dog named Fern. 
  • And your hosts, Joanna Miller and Megan Sweigert


Plus: Judy Blume trivia – with prizes!

 Judy’s official website   Previous Blumesday Press



Listen to recent performers!


Blumesday Performances, Portland, OR

  • Introduction
  •  Audrey Van Buskirk
  •  Jimmy Radosta
  •  Amy Miller
  • Julianna Bright
  •  B. Frayn Masters
  •  Arthur Bradford
  •  Lesley Harper


Blumesday Performances, Portland, OR

  • Introduction
  • Courtenay Hameister
  •  Sarah Grace McCandless
  •  Andi Zeisler
  •  Laura Gibson
  •  Joanna Miller
  •  Emily Chenoweth
  •  B. Frayn Masters
  •  China Forbes
  •  Trivia Contest