Ramona joined the Portland Monthly team in late 2014 to head the magazine’s fact checking department; help generate annual research packages like Top DoctorsSchools, and Real Estate; and support arts and culture coverage. 

Ramona was first recognized for her writing chops in 1990, when she won a seventh-grade essay contest. Asked to pick the nation's most pressing issue, Ramona wisely chose inflation (rates promptly fell). She now mostly steers clear of economic forecasting, writing instead about whitewater kayakers, belly dancing, flavored vodka, and sensory deprivation tanks. 

Prior to Portland Monthly, Ramona wrote for a range of nonprofits, planned international events, and directed a venture capital association. She was raised in the Bay Area, Oklahoma, and Kansas, but has called Portland home since 2001. Currently, Ramona is working on a graduate thesis (on fact checking) for Portland State University’s MFA in Creative Writing-Nonfiction program.

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POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 27–30

Y La Bamba's triumphant rooftop return! A cross-city bike tour of Portland's sweet new murals! Norwegian electropop and Pink Martini! James Franco's nose hairs (ok, maybe)!

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 08/27/2015
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FILM FESTIVAL

Out Is Very In At The Portland Film Festival

Our quirky, crazy, super-cool film fest takes over town next week. Start with these seven picks.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 08/27/2015
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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 20–23

Watkins Family Hour, Debussy (like, revolutionized!), your last chance for free Original Practice Shakespeare, and a Saturday cinema escape into the wild worlds of modern virtual reality.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 08/20/2015
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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 13–16

You'll sound like happy this weekend, with the PDX Synesthesia Festival, Ural Thomas and the Pain, the Stumptown Improv Fest, and the joyous disregard for personal safety at the Adult Soapbox Derby.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 08/13/2015
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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Aug 6–9

Wilco on the Edgefield lawn, Wicked at the Keller, dancing at Director Park, and everybody, avec bicyclette, soaring across the bridges of Portland.

  • By Brandon Staley and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 08/06/2015
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BOOKS & TALKS

Anthony Bourdain Roasted Guy Fieri (and Food Allergies) at Portland Tour Stop

On break between seasons of CNN's Parts Unknown, the notorious food personality reveals his secrets (and not-so-secret opinions).

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 07/30/2015
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Top Things to Do in Portland this Weekend: July 30–Aug 2

From prix fixe to Pickathon, Redbull's Flugtag to the very hairy 48 Hour Film Project, the first weekend of August is proof that summer fun in Portland ain't even close to slowing down.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 07/30/2015
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TASTE TEST

One Grocery Aisle Beer to Rule Them All?

Neighborhood stores held a vote, and New Seasons is now gathering your thoughts on the best local beer of the lot—so we tasted them and doled out our own judgements.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 07/23/2015
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ALBUM REVIEW

Album Review: C’est Magnifique, Ratatat

The New York duo unleash an earthquake of electropop with their first new album in five years.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 07/23/2015
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Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 23–26

Each week throughout the summer, we’ll share dozens of ways to make the most of your days off! This week: the Portland Geek Olympathon, the Oregon Brewers Festival, Lents Street Fair, and PDX Pop Now!

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 07/23/2015
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MUSIC

Folk Star Laura Gibson Scores PHAME's Next Musical

The nonprofit celebrating actors with developmental disabilities gets some fresh tunes for their next production, Up the Fall.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 07/20/2015
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REPORT

Are Lab-Grown Teeth the Key to Dentistry's Future?

With skull scans and DNA checkups, OHSU's dentistry school is making us say "awe."

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 07/20/2015
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HAPPY TRAILS

Hiking and Biking in the Portland Metro Area

No time for a weekend away? Explore the adventures in your own backyard.

  • By Margaret Seiler and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 07/20/2015
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COMEDY

Jim Gaffigan, Portland, and Food: a Love Story?

Six reasons why TV's king of clean comedy will find Portland a tasty stay.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 07/16/2015
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Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 16–19

This weekend, we're laffin' with Jim Gaffigan, rocking with Badbadnotgood (and Blondie!), getting Zen with zines, and going Psycho on Gus Van Sant.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 07/16/2015
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BIG PICTURE

Vintage Bodybuilder Photos at SE Division's Loprinzi's

Get inspired by oiled-up musclemen of years gone by.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 07/13/2015
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Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 9–12

Tanlines, Marc Maron, the Decemberists with Calexico, Helen Mirren, AND the World Domination Summit? A weekend of such heavy hitters surely calls for a nice crisp pint of lager. You're in luck, Portland!

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 07/09/2015
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BEER

Here's What to Drink at LagerFest This Weekend

LagerFest is tapping 50 golden, ambrosial beers this weekend. Here are six Oregon pints we can't wait to sip.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 07/09/2015
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Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 2–5

This weekend, we only want to see you in the Purple Rain. Ok, not true—let's also meet up at First Thursday, the Waterfront Blues Fest, and the Portland Cello Project's (free!) outdoor show.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 07/01/2015
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Free Guide

20 Absolutely FREE Things to Do in PDX This Summer

We keep you entertained through Labor Day, all without leaving the city—or spending a cent.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 07/01/2015
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