Exhibition, Workshops and Readings
from The Naked Room



Willa read with Robin Bagai from their latest books at Unnameable Books
Monday, May 20th, 6PM
Unnameable Books
615 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
Unnameable Books reading
Unnameable Books Flyer

Willa appeared with Kristine Esser Slentz, Silvia Thomas & John Leo
“A Persistance of Cormorants” Reading Series
Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club
Sunday, May 19th, 1:30-3:30PM
1652 2nd Street, Brooklyn, New York
A Persistance of Cormorants reading


During National Poetry month, Willa read from The Naked Room
J. Pepin Art Gallery: A gallery which focuses on “reframing the perception
of mental illness to be one of mental health.”
A sampling of her ceramic sculpture is available to purchase.
Sunday, April 14th, 2PM
532 NW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97209


Willa read with Debra Elisa and Sati Mookherjee
Annie Bloom’s
Tuesday, March 19th, 7PM
7834 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219

Willa’s ceramic sculpture entitled “Open Flood Book" was juried into the Cascades Silent Art Auction & Party
Saturday, March 16th, 5PM -10PM
Hyatt Regency Portland
375 NE Holladay Street
Portland, OR 97232
To see more of her Bookish sculptures, click here.


Thanks for joining John Morrison and Willa for a conversation between two poets.
They dialoged about the passion, craft, and commitment to a life in poetry and read poems too!
Chaparral Books
Sat. February 17, 1PM
5210 S. Corbett Avenue, Portland
Across from Elephants Deli



Willa gave a cameo appearance in a Nov. 18th program honoring the work of the psychoanalyst MICHAEL EIGEN entitled Born of Love — A Seminar Celebrating the Work of Michael Eigen
You can hear her at 35:23 — 2:45:55
Willa’s poems are inspired by Dr. Eigen’s Book, The Psychotic Core

Willa read from THE NAKED ROOM: A Synthesis of the Life of a Poet & Psychotherapist with discussant Frances Payne Adler.
In this time of mental health crisis among youth and adults, as well among the houseless, Willa Schneberg's's new poetry collection, The Naked Room, illuminates such issues pertaining to mental health. These are poems of the unconscious, the dreamscape, the despondent, the unmoored and the mortal. Reading followed by Q&A with Frances Payne Adler.
Tuesday, November 7, 2023
7:00PM - 8:30 PM
Havurah Shalom
825 NW 18th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209


The 24th annual Oregon Jewish Voices reading
Tuesday, October 17th, 6:30pm LIVE & IN-PERSON!
Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education (OJMCHE)
724 NW Davis St.
Portland, OR 97209
Willa read with William Deresiewicz, Miriam Gershow, and Marvin Joseph Lurie.
Tickets: $8 Members, $10 General
It was a great event!


Willa read from The Naked Room with Carter McKenzie & Endi Bogue Hartigan
Studio 7 Gallery
87239 Central Road, West Eugene, OR
Sun. Sept. 17th, 1PM

Willa was on a panel entitled Poetry & Process: Rituals & Subversions with Jessica E. Johnson
Montana Book Festival
Missoula Public Library
455 East Main Street
Cooper Room B
Sat. Sept. 9, 12:15 — 1:30PM

August 12 - September 3, 2023

BOOKISH was previewed in Our Coast: Weekend Arts & Entertainment Weekly
Willa was interviewed by Carol Newman on ARTS-Live & Local, on KMUN, (Astoria’s local radio station)
Please listen from 5:20 - 27:10

Here is an overview of the exhibit

Astoria Visual Arts
1000 Duane St, Astoria, OR 97103
Friday – Saturday 2PM - 6PM; Sunday 10AM - 1PM or by appointment

- Artwalk Opening —Saturday August 12, Noon – 8PM ARTIST TALK 5PM
- Saturday September 2, AUTHOR READING from The Naked Room 2PM
Click to register

The exhibition and workshop are funded in part by a grant from the Ford Family Foundation

April - National Poetry Month

With Carter McKenzie
Mid-Valley Poetry Society
Poetry & Madness: Reclamation Through Radical Empathy
Anderson Room A
Salem Public Library
585 Liberty Street SE
Sunday, April 16th from 2-4pm
Download the Flyer

With Nicole Zelniker & Matthew Spaur
Get Lit! Festival 2023, Zoom Panel: The Mind, The Body, The Writer
Saturday, April 22nd, 11am – Noon

With Discussant Donna Prinzmetal
Eastside Jewish Commons
2420 NE Sandy, Portland
Suggested Donation $6-$18
Sunday, April 23rd at 3pm
Event Link

MARCH mostly in Glasgow, Scotland with Matt Smith


With Heather Bourbeau
Mother Foucault’s Bookshop
523 SE Morrison Street, Portland
Sunday, March 13th from 3-5pm


Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow
232-242 Saint Vincent Street 
Wednesday, March 22nd at 5:30PM
Tickets available
Event Flyer

Mad Studies, University of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, Queen Margaret University
Thursday, March 23 at 11am (POSTPONED)

The First Resort and The Naked Room: How to Be Sane in an Insane World
The University of Strathclyde - Hybrid event (Zoom details below)
Centre for the Social History of Health & Healthcare
Room: TL328 (Jocelyn Bell Burnell Wing, enter via 48 Portland Street)
Thursday, March 23rd from 4-5:30pm
Zoom Link - password: 7p74w7&$
You will notice the presence of a zoombomber on this recording. 
It took a number of attempts to get rid of the disturbance.

Mount Florida Bookstore
Thursday, March 23rd at 7pm

FEBRUARY —Portland


Launch with discussant Robin Bagai
Broadway Books
1714 NE Broadway
Monday, February 6th at 6pm


The Studio Series with Emmett Wheatfall & Open Mic
Ross Island Grocery & Cafe
3502 S. Corbett Avenue
Sunday, February 12th at 7pm
PDF Download

Broadstone Reading Stage with J. David Cummings & Mary Tautin Moloney
Click here to register for the Zoom link (please register at least 30 minutes in advance of the event)
Saturday, February 18th at 1pm PST / 4pm EST

Willa will facilitate a FREE workshop entitled Developing Empathy Through the Persona Poem sponsored by the NW Narrative Medicine Community of Practice
Tues. Feb. 21, 6-7PM (PST)
For more info and to register click here

The Head for the Hills Reading with Dianne Stepp & Open Mic
Zoom Reading (a link will be provided)
Tuesday, February 28th from 7-8:30pm (PST)


Past Events

23rd ANNUAL Oregon JEWISH VOICES —  Live & Virtual

Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education (OJMCHE)
724 NW Davis Street, Portland
Tues. Oct. 18, 2022, 7PM (PDT)

Willa has again curated the Annual “Oregon Jewish Voices” reading now in its 23rd season! She will be joined by authors Bryna Goodman, Seth Lorinczi, Vivienne Popperl, Michael Schein

Zoom Registration
In-person Registration
Looking forward to seeing you in person or on Zoom!


Willa will be reading with other contributors

Rose City Book Pub
1329 NE Fremont Street
Friday, June 26, 7PM

DALE CHAMPLIN & MARC JANSSEN will read from their new collections.

Art: Kay Levine


Willa will be reading her ekphrastic poem inspired by the paintings of Kay Levine with Matthew Dickman, Paulann Petersen, Andrea Hollander and many other fine poets.

The reading is organized by Kay Levine's daughter Sherri Levine, who will also be reading. 

Tues. May 31, 2022

Event Link
Meeting ID: 895 0772 6526
Passcode: 000481


Lan Su Chinese Garden Reading, April 11, 2021, (Re-recorded)

Willa read on April 11th, 2021 for the Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon. Lan Su celebrated National Poetry month in April. Poetry is an integral part of the Garden.

Below is a re-recorded version of the original virtual reading. The original Zoom recording had technical difficulties. 

The Song of the Shekhinah

PRAISE for SONG OF THE SHEKHINAH: An Evening of Poetry & Art with WILLA SCHNEBERG and Friends 


Coho Theater
March 24 -  April 16th 2022


Willa moderated a post-show panel discussion TAKING CHARGE OF OUR BODIES with Minga Guerrero, Misako Yamamoto, and Danielle Lynn Hanna 

For More Information

Bilingual Zoom Reading English and Arabic

Bilingual Poetry Reading - English and Arabic
Co-Sponsored with the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here! Coalition

March 5, 2022, 2 PM (PDT) on Zoom!

Arabic and English-speaking presenters read the poems, each poem was presented in both languages. Dr. Bahar Butti and Tom Hogan hosted the event. The readers whose English is their first language are: Judith Arcana, David Filer, Tom Hogan, Annie Lighthart, Willa Schneberg and Emmett Wheatfall.

INTERVIEW & READING on "TALKING EARTH,” KBOO Community Radio, August 8, 2021 (Audio Recording)

This audio recording is from Barbara LaMorticella’s poetry program, “Talking Earth,” Willa read with two other poets. 

Willa is talking about a recently completed manuscript entitled “The Naked Room,” a true synthesis of her life as a psychotherapist, (one not exempt from angst), and her life as a poet. These are poems of the unconscious, the dreamscape, the despondent, the unmoored and the mortal. One of the poems discussed, entitled “Dr. Henry Anonymous Speaks at the 1972 APA Convention" is forthcoming from Radical Teacher.

Garrison Keillor reads Willa's poems on the Writer's Almanac
Garrison Keillor read two of Willa’s poems, “Spilled Milk” on Sept. 27th, and "Biscuits" on Oct. 5th. Click the links to read and listen.

Spilled Milk

Willa revealed how her ceramic sculpture and poetry spark and enliven each other, and how poems stimulate the creation of ceramic work and vice-versa. The impulse to create transcends genre. The ink on the blank page and the whir of the wheel make the inchoate find form. Her poetry is usually serious play, while her pottery is often whimsical and joyous, but both span the emotional spectrum. They each call to her in an inspired moment, and she knows which one to heed.   

Oregon Poetry Association Conference 2017
October 14, 2017

Judaic Studies Graduation A Celebration of Jewish Art

Please join us for an arts-rich end of year celebration recognizing our graduates and award recipients! The afternoon will begin with a gallery tour of "Ritual Unmoored: Six Jewish Ceramists" presented by Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education at Portland State University’s College of the Arts Broadway Gallery and reception for students, families, board members, faculty, and community members. The Graduation Ceremony will begin at 5pm featuring a poetry reading by Richard Chess, a performance by Alicia Jo Rabins, and an introduction of our Fall 2017 Artist-in-Residence, David Spear.