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.

THEATER REVIEW

With Timmy Failure, the Oregon Children's Theatre Outsmarts Itself

A bestselling children’s book gets a world premiere stage adaptation from the Oregon Children’s Theatre. We like it—and that's maybe a problem.

03/09/2015 By Ramona DeNies

EDITOR'S PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Mar 5–8

It's almost weekend warrior time! Hit play on four days of video games and God Game(s), glass and glass slippers, political art and Mary Stuart.

03/05/2015 By Ramona DeNies

EDITOR'S PICK

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 26–Mar 1

The next four days bring a "triple threat" bluesman, a nettlesome monopolist, high drama from two very different feuding families, and Failure (Timmy, that is).

02/26/2015 By Ramona DeNies

INTERVIEW

Q&A: Carson Ellis is In Your House

The Decemberists' style maker and children's book artist pens a new picture book on "homes"—from beehives and birds’ nests to undersea palaces and space stations.

02/26/2015 By Ramona DeNies

PORTLAND ARTS 101

The Portland Playbook: How to Create Theater Magic in 12 Steps

A clever plan to collaborative creative success, from the team behind Oregon Children’s Theatre's Timmy Failure

02/24/2015 By Ramona DeNies

PDX JAZZ FESTIVAL

The Jazz Fest Insider: What Would Chris Brown See?

With last night's super sold-out Bebel Gilberto concert, the 2015 PDX Jazz Fest is on deck. We asked some of Portland's hottest musicians what shows headline their list.

02/19/2015 By Ramona DeNies

THEATER REVIEW

Review: Artists Rep's Tribes

For a hearing audience, Nina Raine's play offers pitch-perfect acting and a fascinating challenge. For the Deaf community, a well-meaning gesture?

02/16/2015 By Ramona DeNies

EDITOR'S PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend

Romance: whether you prefer it smokey, doomed, or very scientific, this Valentine' Day weekend has your perfect match. Light it up, Portland!

02/12/2015 By Ramona DeNies

EDITOR'S PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb 5–8

Sprezzatura! Over the next few days, that spirit of continental grace is on full display, from swanky new PAM exhibit Italian Style to James Franco and Chris O'Dowd's effortless mastery of both Mice AND Men.

02/05/2015 By Ramona DeNies

Article

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 29–Feb 1

This weekend, we bring Patton Oswalt a ham sandwich, (boldly) go to the Oregon Symphony's Star Trek, meet piglet starlets, and try a Threesome. You only live once.

01/29/2015 By Ramona DeNies

TOP SCHOOLS 2015

Ranking Portland's Best Schools

We compare 596 public and private schools around the Portland metro area to see how your child's education measures up.

01/28/2015 Edited by Zach Dundas, Ramona DeNies, and Marty Patail

CLASSICAL MUSIC

Chamber Music NW's Winter Festival is the Cure for Short Days and Dark Nights

Promising 15 "thrilling" masterpieces spread across five concerts, Artistic Director David Shifrin kicks off the annual festival with Beethoven and concludes with Brahms. Our preview has more.

01/22/2015 By Ramona DeNies

WEEKEND PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 22–25

With Miranda July's breakout novel, the doo-wop of La Luz, new plays from PCS and Shaking the Tree, and a star turn from Oregon Symphony concertmaster Sarah Kwak, we're fully booked! And you?

01/21/2015 By Ramona DeNies

ALBUM PREVIEW

Ferocious Love: You Can Now Listen to Sleater-Kinney’s “No Cities to Love”

With their first new album in ten years, the legendary band reunites and high kicks it on Letterman, on Conan, and into your heart.

01/20/2015 By Ramona DeNies

EDITOR'S PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Jan 9–11

First Thursday gets some sun, non-holiday plays finally begin to open at local theaters, and the Crystal Ballroom celebrates 101 years with a free star-studded day, including music by Thomas Lauderdale and China Forbes, Stephen Malkmus, and more.

01/08/2015 By Ramona DeNies

TOP DOCS

Portland's Top Doctors and Nurses 2015

This year, we tallied nearly 14,000 votes from doctors, nurses, physician’s assistants, and complementary medicine practitioners to find the city's best.

01/05/2015 Edited by Ramona DeNies and Marty Patail

Dance Review

BodyVox’s 'Firewall' Aims to Burn the Disco Down. Say What?

The theatrical dance company skims the surface of technology with little data but lots of razzle-dazzle. Thru Dec 20

12/09/2014 By Ramona DeNies

BOOKS & TALKS

Ursula K. Le Guin Burns Down the National Book Awards

The local literary supernova brought the book world to its feet with an acceptance speech that censured Amazon and sparked an international frenzy.

11/20/2014 By Ramona DeNies

ARTS NEWS

New Music Venue to Open at Washington High School: Revolution Hall

Mississippi Studios and the Aladdin Theater are teaming up to open a state-of-the-art, 850-seat venue at the historic SE building.

11/13/2014 By Ramona DeNies

THEATER REVIEW

'Bob: A Life in Five Acts' Offers a Wild Ride through All-American Pit Stops

Theatre Vertigo’s ambitious season opener serves up misfits, mayhem, and a side of melodrama. Thru Nov 15

10/21/2014 By Ramona DeNies