News and Travel Editor

Ramona joined the Portland Monthly team in late 2014 to contribute arts and culture coverage, generate annual research packages (Schools, Real Estate, Top Doctors), and head the magazine’s fact checking department. In 2016, she took on the magazine’s online and print travel coverage; in early 2019, she transitioned to the role of News and Travel Editor—responsible for the magazine’s front-of-book 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 politics, public lands, and travel adventures both luxe and low-brow 

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.

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 11–14

Your Pride Week starts at Flare—Portland Monthly's BIGGEST. PARTY. EVER. Then keep it kickin' with Sarah Ruhl's Victorian vibrators, the masters of Paris's École des Beaux-Arts, and (ooh!) Ralph Fiennes!

06/11/2015 By Ramona DeNies

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 4–7

Sufjan Stevens at the Schnitz, Richard Dawkins takes on God, rocker Jon Fine revisits his years with Bitch Magnet, and BodyVox gets cosmic.

06/04/2015 By Ramona DeNies

ART OPENINGS

Gordon Parks + Five First Thursday Cant-Misses

Art has no borders. From Life Magazine's barrier-smashing Gordon Parks to One Flaming Arrow's reclaiming of Indian land, we pick this month's can't-miss openings.

06/04/2015 By Ramona DeNies and Lisa Borst

CULTURE CALL SHEET

The Latest in Arts News: Kate Nash Surprise Show

The tres chic activist rocker hits Music Millennium, Hand2Mouth's sneak peek performance, and Disjecta's Chiara Giovando wants to meet you over mimosas.

05/28/2015 By Ramona DeNies

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 28–31

Smart, sexy, sweet, and screwball—everything we want in a sunny summer weekend!

05/28/2015 By Ramona DeNies

BEER BULLETIN

9 Must-Try Pints at the Portland International Beerfest

The founder of the fest picks his most sophisticated suds.

05/26/2015 By Ramona DeNies

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