The literary talent in [Portland] is just spectacular. But what might set it apart from a larger city is how supportive and interconnected the literary scene is here. Cheryl Strayed, Matthew Dickman, Vanessa Veselka, and Pauls Toutonghi all live within walking distance of my apartment. Jon Raymond and Emily Chenoweth just moved into the neighborhood. Kevin Sampsell is everywhere. Despite their various degrees of “fame,” these guys regularly are in the audience at reading series and are totally willing to perform for free. Ultimately they’re setting an example for the rest of us about how to be approachable and connected to the city.