Ramona joined the Portland Monthly team in late 2014 to head the magazine’s fact checking department; help generate annual research packages like Top DoctorsSchools, and Real Estate; and support arts and culture coverage. 

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 whitewater kayakers, belly dancing, flavored vodka, and sensory deprivation tanks. 

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. Currently, Ramona is working on a graduate thesis (on fact checking) for Portland State University’s MFA in Creative Writing-Nonfiction program.

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THEATER

Our Guide to Portland Summer Theater

Your summer is packed and so is the theater schedule. Don't sweat it, Portland: We pick the shows we're most excited about this summer so you don't have to. Here's this season's playbill...

  • By Ramona DeNies and Fiona McCann
  • Published 06/16/2015
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Music

Spotify: Portland in Eight Playlists

The music-streaming giant launches a "Sound of Cities" series with data ripped from Portland's listening habits. It claims we like lots of guitar. Horse Feathers, we say!

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 06/15/2015
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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!

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 06/11/2015
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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.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 06/04/2015
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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.

  • By Ramona DeNies and Lisa Borst
  • Published 06/04/2015
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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.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 05/28/2015
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POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 28–31

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

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 05/28/2015
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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!

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 05/26/2015
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BEER BULLETIN

9 Must-Try Pints at the Portland International Beerfest

The founder of the fest picks his most sophisticated suds.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 05/26/2015
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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.

  • By Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Aaron Scott, Ramona DeNies, and Fiona McCann
  • Published 05/26/2015
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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!

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 05/21/2015
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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!

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 05/21/2015
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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!

  • By Ramona DeNies and Marty Patail
  • Published 05/12/2015
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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.

  • By Ramona DeNies and Rachel Sandstrom
  • Published 05/07/2015
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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.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 05/07/2015
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THEATER

What if Howard Zinn Wrote a Vegas Casino Show?

It might play like Milagro Theatre's American Night.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 05/05/2015
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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!

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 05/04/2015
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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!

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 04/30/2015
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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.

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 04/23/2015
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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).

  • By Ramona DeNies
  • Published 04/23/2015
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