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.

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

THEATER REVIEW

Portland Playhouse's The Other Place Offers Heady Drama

Portland Playhouse hits—and rather uncomfortably close to home—with Sharr White’s close study of a disintegrating mind.

03/24/2015 By Ramona DeNies

ON THE TOWN

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Mar 19–22

This weekend, it's Amy Schumer's Backdoor Tour, Mick Foley's backhand, Bad Religion's comeback, and back-to-back closing shows for Six Gents, Desert Cities, and Timmy Failure (and a few sure-fire fallbacks).

03/19/2015 By Ramona DeNies

COMEDY CUTS

Mick Foley's Bits: Comedy We'd Like to See

From Mr. Socko to The Rock, pro wrestler Mick Foley has seen enough in the ring to fill four memoirs and counting. Now, can he spin those wicked clotheslines into comic gold?

03/19/2015 By Ramona DeNies

ARTS ROUND-UP

Star Search: Previewing Portland’s Upcoming Arts Season

From opera to Artists’ Rep, we pick five just-announced shows that could make—or break—Portland’s 2015/16 performing arts scene.

03/19/2015 By Ramona DeNies and Fiona McCann

EDITOR'S PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Mar 12–15

This weekend, it's Adam Carolla's road well traveled, rocker Juliana Hatfield's dream of the 1990s, kidnapped futures traders, Treasure Island, and Thomas Lauderdale's piano.

03/12/2015 By Ramona DeNies