Associate Editor

Ramona joined the Portland Monthly team in late 2014 to generate annual research packages like Top DoctorsSchools, and Real Estate; as well as head the magazine's fact checking and travel departments. 

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 crazy kayakers, chef-activists, coastal adventures, and Central Oregon hotshots 

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. In 2017, Ramona received her MFA in Creative Writing-Nonfiction from Portland State University. Her graduate thesis subject? Fact-checking, of course.

SUMMER GUIDE 2015

Four Weekends of Fun in the July Sun

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

05/26/2015 By Ramona DeNies

SUMMER GUIDE 2015

The Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Portland Summer

This summer, no weekend shall be left behind. We offer itineraries for every day off from now until the end of September.

05/26/2015 By Zach Dundas, Aaron Scott, Ramona DeNies, and Fiona McCann Edited by Rachel Ritchie

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest in Portland Art News

Esperanza Spalding's new project (tickets on sale tomorrow), Elliott Smith gets choreographed, and the latest from Lit Hop PDX!

05/21/2015 By Ramona DeNies

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 21–24

Grimm stars make their PDX stage debuts, Ai Weiwei opens at the Portland Art Museum, and Robert Plant hits Bend for his only Oregon summer show. We need clones, stat!

05/21/2015 By Ramona DeNies

COMEDY FESTIVAL

Bridgetown Comedy Festival: The Recap

From Janeane Garofalo's Spanx to Dana Gould's questionable clown jokes, we scribbled down the best moments from the 2015 Bridgetown Comedy Festival—or at least the best ones we could remember!

05/12/2015 By Ramona DeNies and Marty Patail

FIRST THURSDAY

May Your Art Walk Be Epic

Fix your eye on this visual feast! We pick ten brand-new shows that make for a quadrant-hopping art odyssey. Pack a picnic, bring your bike, open your peepers.

05/07/2015 By Ramona DeNies and Rachel Sandstrom

EDITOR'S PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 7–10

Obama AND Bill Moyers? Very statesmanlike! Also, drunk comedians (so, so many), duct tape art, and a penal colony tale from Down Under.

05/07/2015 By Ramona DeNies

THEATER

What if Howard Zinn Wrote a Vegas Casino Show?

It might play like Milagro Theatre's American Night.

05/05/2015 By Ramona DeNies

Music Festivals

Guide to 2015 Summer Concerts and Festivals

From Edgefield to Pickathon, Sasquatch to the Zoo, book your summer concert calendar with our 2015 guide!

05/04/2015 By Ramona DeNies

EDITOR'S PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 30–May 3

Ciao, Italian Style—but hello, David Sedaris, Downton Abbey, Alex Ross, American Night, plus three more new shows. Prego, Portland!

04/30/2015 By Ramona DeNies

EDITOR'S PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 23–26

Saul Williams and Sylvan Esso, the Symphony rocks Led Zeppelin, plus free classical concerts across town—this spring weekend is all about making sweet, sweet music.

04/23/2015 By Ramona DeNies

High-Minded Reads

The Literary Stoner: Bringing Weed to Your Reads

Crime-fighting cannabis and budding business—a visiting author takes on the new politics of pot (plus three more reads to get you rolling).

04/23/2015 By Ramona DeNies

Editor's Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 16–19

It's Obama! (Ok, Tommy Davidson.) And! Nacho Duato, David Hockney, Prokofiev, and some very naughty puppets.

04/16/2015 By Ramona DeNies

EDITOR'S PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 9–12

Nikki Glaser kills at Helium, Cyrano gets a slam poetry makeover (watch the nose!), Belle and Sebastian go clubby, and the dragtastic Rory ONeal pulls hats out of his act at Blackfish.

04/09/2015 By Ramona DeNies

BOOKS ON SHAME

Haven’t Yet Read These Books On Shame? Shame On You!

Two visiting authors weigh the merits of public humiliation: Jon Ronson (bad!) and Jennifer Jacquet (good!)

04/07/2015 By Ramona DeNies

REAL ESTATE 2015

Portland Neighborhoods By The Numbers: Where to Buy in 2015

Whether you're a first-time buyer, looking for a bigger place, downsizing, or renting, Portland has a hood to make you happy.

04/02/2015 Edited by Ramona DeNies and Marty Patail

EDITOR'S PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 2–5

The rapping sous chef, the Memphis bluesman, the '80s Portland soap opera, and the art of elephants and RVs. All washed down with the finest Champagne.

04/02/2015 By Ramona DeNies

BALLET

Can Oregon Ballet Theatre Take On Race?

In a talk with Darrell Grand Moultrie, OBT aims to diversify its audience and enter the national conversation about race. Should ballet be about more than beauty?

04/02/2015 By Ramona DeNies and Fiona McCann

THEATER REVIEW

Review: Wives and Knives in Third Rail's Belleville

A young married couple in Paris, some secrets that should never be spoken—what could go wrong? Third Rail brings home the evil.

03/31/2015 By Ramona DeNies

EDITOR'S PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Mar 26–29

In our weekend picks mash-up, a steampunk Congressman scours St. Johns for ways to save ancient Chinese culture from Mary, Queen of Scots. Also, Scarlett Johannsen!

03/26/2015 By Ramona DeNies