Fiona McCann is a senior editor at Portland Monthly, where she steers the magazine’s arts and cultural coverage as well as the On the Town blog. When not out seeking her cultural hits in high and low places—she’s as likely to be found at a symphony concert as in a mosh pit, at a ballet performance as in a comics store—she creates and edits plump and colorful feature packages on such diverse topics as love and sex, pets and children, and Portland’s eternal love of pop culture. Since joining the magazine in 2015, she’s also covered school board challenges, sportswear upstarts, and a kick-ass Tetris tournament.  

In her past life, she was an Arts and Features Writer for the Irish Times, an editor at social news agency Storyful, edited and wrote for Time Out guides in Argentina, and worked for Reuters, Buenos Aires.  

BOOKS & TALKS

The Dream of the 90s? A New Novel Set in Portland in 1992

We spoke to local writer Sara Jaffe about the real and imagined city that forms a backdrop to Dryland.

08/26/2015 By Fiona McCann

SUMMER GUIDE

This Weekend, Do Your Own Hood to Coast

If you didn’t snag your spot in the 197-mile relay spectacle that is Hood to Coast, worry not—we’ve got just the DIY journey for you.

08/25/2015 By Fiona McCann and Rachel Ritchie

FALL ARTS

Behind the Curtain: Meet the People Who Make the Portland Art World Possible

Who really creates high culture's high season? The local specialists behind the scenes.

08/24/2015 By Fiona McCann

MOVIE

Infinitely Polar Bear: China Forbes On the Movie of Her Family

A new movie starring Mark Ruffalo as a bipolar father is actually the true story of one Portlander's childhood. We spoke to Pink Martini singer China Forbes about family, mental illness, and seeing her life played out in frames.

08/20/2015 By Fiona McCann

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest in Portland Arts News—Oregon Play Premiere Receives National Acclaim

Plus a hunt for magazine stories, grant time for visual artists, and two resignations on the Portland arts scene.

08/20/2015 By Fiona McCann

CHILDREN'S BOOKS

Five Local Kids Books Writers Lighting Up the Literary World

With new titles out quicker than you can say Jackaby, Oregon has become a nest of children's writers catering to all ages. We've picked out five with books out this year for your bedtime story fodder.

08/14/2015 By Fiona McCann

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest in Portland Arts News—Unknown Mortal Orchestra on Seth Meyers

Plus NW Dance Project’s Ching Ching Wong’s major national award, and last call for POWFest submissions.

08/13/2015 By Fiona McCann

THEATER

RIP Old Portland: A Funeral for the City That Was

Portland has experienced a lot of changes in the 25 years since Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho. Now Hand2Mouth are offering you a chance for you to pay your respects for what’s been lost.

08/13/2015 By Fiona McCann

SUMMER GUIDE

Your Guide to the Perfect Portland Weekend: Aug 14-16

Each week throughout the summer, we’ll share dozens of ways to make the most of your days off! This week: the Adult Soapbox Derby!

08/10/2015 By Fiona McCann

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest in Portland Arts News—Patti Smith is Portland Bound!

Plus beloved bookstores Division Leap and Passages are on the move again, just months after opening in the Towne Storage building.

08/06/2015 By Fiona McCann

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest in Portland Arts News—The Oregon Symphony's Record-Smashing Season

Plus Summer Cannibals' new video, Corrib Theatre's new season, lottery tickets for WICKED, and the arts organizations your arts tax is funding

07/30/2015 By Fiona McCann

PHOTOGRAPHY

St Johns Photography Exhibit Showcases the Many Faces of the Neighborhood

A new pop-up photography exhibition in St John's shows over 300 portraits of the North Portland's neighborhoods residents.

07/30/2015 By Fiona McCann

MUSIC

Listen to The Fourth Wall's New Album Right Here, Right Now

Portland band The Fourth Wall has a new album out on Friday, and we’ve got a sneak preview here for your streaming pleasure.

07/30/2015 By Fiona McCann

BOOKS

What's it Like to Travel the Oregon Trail in a Covered Wagon in the 21st Century?

When Rinker Buck decided to hit the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon, he didn't realize what he'd signed up for. The author of The Oregon Trail holds forth on near death experiences, pioneer tales, and the truth about America's westward trail.

07/29/2015 By Fiona McCann

BOOKS & TALKS

After Forty Days: Jessica Walsh on Love, Work, and Life as a Viral Phenomenon

Her relationship experiment—'40 Days of Dating'—was viewed by millions. Two years and one happy ending later, New York designer and internet star Jessica Walsh is en route to Portland.

07/28/2015 By Fiona McCann

Happy Trails

Tips for Hiking with Kids from Real Portland Parents

"Everything will be fine as long as you keep in mind that children have no forethought or self-preservation skills."

07/28/2015 By Allison Jones With Kelly Clarke, Fiona McCann, Margaret Seiler, and Brian Barker

SUMMER GUIDE

Kick Off August in Style with a Perfect Portland Weekend

Follow our guide to enjoying every single moment of Portland’s most glorious season, and leave no weekend behind!

07/28/2015 By Fiona McCann

FESTIVALS

The Ultimate Pickathon 2015 Playlist

Eighteen hours of music, 271 songs: That’s our Pickathon playlist to get you tuned up for the annual festival.

07/27/2015 By Fiona McCann With Allison Jones

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest in Portland Arts News—All Hail The Domestics!

Plus the JAW Playwright's Festival, beer on screen, a new documentary on gentrification, and the opportunity to craft your own country song. . .

07/23/2015 By Fiona McCann

BALLET

OBT Ballet Dancers To Jeté to Denmark

Six lucky dancers from the Oregon Ballet Theatre are Copenhagen-bound for a week’s training at a prestigious European ballet school.

07/23/2015 By Fiona McCann