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.  

SUMMER READS

Summer Reading 2016: Brand-New Short Stories and Poems from Top Portland Writers

We’ve got fresh fiction from Margaret Malone, David Shafer, and Diana Abu-Jaber, plus poems by Anis Mojgani, Elyse Fenton, and Samiya Bashir. Dive in.

07/12/2016 Edited by Fiona McCann By Margaret Malone, David Shafer, Diana Abu-Jaber, Anis Mojgani, Elyse Fenton, and Samiya Bashir

SUMMER READS

Summer Reading 2016: Brand-New Short Stories and Poems from Top Portland Writers

We’ve got fresh fiction from Margaret Malone, David Shafer, and Diana Abu-Jaber, plus poems by Anis Mojgani, Elyse Fenton, and Samiya Bashir. Dive in.

07/12/2016 Edited by Fiona McCann By Margaret Malone, David Shafer, Diana Abu-Jaber, Anis Mojgani, Elyse Fenton, and Samiya Bashir

MUSIC

July: A Month of Concerts in 20 Songs

From a Portland Cello Project tribute to Prince to the free, all-ages extravaganza of PDX Pop Now, July promises a stellar lineup of live music.

07/05/2016 By Lisa Dunn, Rebecca Jacobson, and Fiona McCann

BOOKS

This Oregon Author Wrote a Book about a Family of Latvian Gravediggers

And it’s earning her rave reviews. We caught up with the award-winning Gina Ochsner before her Powell’s reading on Wednesday.

06/29/2016 By Fiona McCann

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 23–26

Whether you want to go bare (the World Naked Bike Ride) or barefoot (deep-voiced pianist Benjamin Clementine), this weekend's got a little somethin' for everyone.

06/23/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Lisa Dunn, and Fiona McCann

MUSIC

One Degree from the Bacon Brothers

Michael and Kevin Bacon—yes, he of Footloose fame—are in town tonight for a Revolution Hall show. They talk songwriting, defying categorization, and why Kevin won’t give up his day job.

06/15/2016 By Fiona McCann

BIG IDEAS

Oregon’s Innovators Light Up Tech, Art, Business, History, the Cityscape—and the Future

From vanished ancient coasts to singing buildings to eco-drones, Oregonians break revolutionary ground.

06/13/2016 Edited by Zach Dundas By Benjamin Tepler, Rebecca Jacobson, Ramona DeNies, Fiona McCann, Eden Dawn, Chad Walsh, Marty Patail, Kelly Clarke, and Andrew D'Cruz

BIG IDEAS

Six Oregon-Hatched Ideas That Could Change the World

Eco-drones to avant-garde aerobics, these projects showcase the best of local innovation.

06/13/2016 By Eden Dawn, Ramona DeNies, Rebecca Jacobson, and Fiona McCann

BEST OF THE CITY 2016

Best of the City 2016: Seven Curators and Creators Share Top Picks from Portland’s Arts Scene

From in-your-face theater to a bold magazine for women guitarists, here are some of Portland’s best things to watch, hear, and read.

06/13/2016 By Fiona McCann and Rebecca Jacobson

THE ESSENTIALS

M. Ward to Tin House Readings: July’s Pop Culture Hot List

The concert, reading series, and book you can’t miss this month.

06/13/2016 By Fiona McCann

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 9–12

Funkmasters Ural Thomas and the Pain celebrate their debut LP, Caravan Palace brings electro-swing to the Crystal, Weekend at Bernie's returns to the stage, and Pedalpalooza kicks off a month of bike fun.

06/09/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Ramona DeNies, Lisa Dunn, and Fiona McCann

DANCE

Portland Vogue Dancers Show You How to Buy Groceries

These stars of Portland’s vogue battle scene are fast going viral with their video of shopping at QFC.

06/09/2016 By Fiona McCann

PHOTOGRAPHY

What Does Childhood Look Like as It Passes?

Oregon photographer Blake Andrews captures the fleeting rush of childhood in a new exhibit at Blue Sky.

06/09/2016 By Fiona McCann

Film

Portland’s Lost Boys Are Coming to a Screen Near You

A group of this city’s homeless youth are the protagonists of a new documentary, following them as they make their own film version of Peter Pan.

06/02/2016 By Fiona McCann

THE LONG PLAY

PODCAST: Courtenay Hameister on Dating and Mating in Portland

The writer and former Live Wire host logged 28 first dates in a year, all entered on her Excel spreadsheet. She dishes on the data-paved road to love.

06/01/2016 By Fiona McCann With Sika Stanton

BOOKS & TALKS

Lidia Yuknavitch Celebrates Misfits in Viral TED Talk

The Portland author has been racking up views with a moving TED talk about being a misfit and overcoming obstacles.

05/25/2016 By Fiona McCann

THE ESSENTIALS

Anthony Lopez to Moby’s Memoir: June’s Pop Culture Hot List

The festival, album, and books you can’t miss this month.

05/19/2016 By Fiona McCann

BOOKS

Alexis Smith on Her New Post-Earthquake Mystery

The Glaciers novelist shakes things up.

05/19/2016 By Fiona McCann