Fiona McCann is Editor-in-Chief at Portland Monthly, where she has written about memoryhouselessness, profiled writers and artists, interviews senators, and reported on sexual misconduct allegations among other things. In previous lives, she was an Arts and Features Writer for the Irish Times, the editor at social news agency Storyful, edited and wrote for Time Out guides in Argentina, and worked for Reuters, Buenos Aires. She runs, bakes, reads, does other people’s jigsaw puzzles, and once reached Queen Bee without cheating. 

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

BOOKS

Check Out this Awesome Map of American Literary Road Trips, Including 'Wild'

Planning a road trip this summer? You could follow in the footsteps of any number of literary luminaries—including our own Cheryl Strayed—with the help of this marvelous new map from Atlas Obscura.

07/22/2015 By Fiona McCann

MUSIC

Five Reasons Why Morrissey Should Be Right At Home in Portland

The singer and one-time Smiths frontman is at Edgefield Thursday. Looking at his lyrical back catalog, we think PDX is just the place to turn his aggression passive.

07/21/2015 By Fiona McCann

WORLD RECORD

World Domination Summit Breaks Breakfast-in-Bed World Record

The World Domination Summit kept with tradition with a new record set for the biggest "breakfast in bed party" ever. We have the photos to prove it.

07/20/2015 By Fiona McCann

SPOTLIGHT

Portland's Colorful Mural Festival Is Changing the Face of the City

Local and international artists take to the streets for the annual Forest for the Trees festival with 15 new murals.

07/20/2015 By Fiona McCann Photography by Michael Novak

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest in Portland Arts News—Portlandia Meets Pickathon

Plus Wild Kratts is Portland bound, Hollywood Theater's birthday celebrations, and Fight Club rock opera, anyone?

07/16/2015 By Fiona McCann

BOOKS

'My Whole Life is Kind of a Feminist Directive'

The acclaimed writer and critical thinker Maggie Nelson talks to Portland Monthly about gender fluidity, motherhood, and why the notion of a book about family is “super bleugh”

07/16/2015 By Fiona McCann

JAZZ

Is This Man Portland's Best Kept Jazz Secret?

He’s played with Billie Holliday and John Coltrane, had Lead Belly in his living room, and was a member of the Bill Evans Trio. Now Portland’s best kept jazz secret Chuck Israels is releasing a new record, and he’s hoping his hometown will get behind it.

07/16/2015 By Fiona McCann

OPERA

Behind the Scenes with the Funny Man of the Portland Opera

Stephen Condy talks Seinfeld and snake oil, and why opera doesn’t have to be a serious business.

07/15/2015 By Fiona McCann

BOOKS

Lewis and Clark 2.0? Oregon Author Benjamin Percy Reimagines Discovering the West

Benjamin Percy's latest project? A post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Here, he talks Oregon, the environment, and counting Stephen King among his fans.

07/10/2015 By Fiona McCann

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest in Portland Arts News—Tender Loving Empire's Expansion

Plus, a Portland play opens Off-Broadway, a Gus Van Sant-related time machine, and the Mississippi Street Fair's musical extras

07/09/2015 By Fiona McCann

MUSIC

Heather Woods Broderick's Top Ten Portland Spots

Heather Woods Broderick's new album, Glider, may be informed by her life on the road but she hasn't lost her ties to Portland.

07/09/2015 By Fiona McCann

DANCE / THEATER

Everything You Need to Know About the Risk/Reward Festival

A chamber play, a “Butch Queen,” an attack on the self-help industry, and a line of naked butts? You may be wondering what in the world the Risk/Reward Festival is all about, so we've put together a quick primer for you.

07/07/2015 By Fiona McCann

VIDEO

'Wild' Author Cheryl Strayed Calls on Millennials to Step Up on Climate Change

Portland's own Queen of Letters Cheryl Strayed has lent her voice to a new video on climate change, an environmental call to arms for millennials .

07/07/2015 By Fiona McCann

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest in Portland Arts News—Modest Mouse's Mad New Video

Plus new digs for OBT and maybe for Bag&Baggage, PAM's new curator, and the countdown to TBA

07/01/2015 By Fiona McCann

MUSIC

Road Trip! One Portlander's Musical Journey Across America

Take one Portlander, one playlist, one continent and one Mini Cooper Clubman van and what do you get? Cover of America, is what...

07/01/2015 By Fiona McCann