Marlena Williams graduated from Lewis & Clark College with degrees in English and History. She wrote her history thesis on the growth and development of the commercial sex industry in Portland. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing has been published in Literary Hub, Electric Literature, Across the Margin, Propeller, the Rumpus, and others.
Since the Star Theater opened in Portland in May 1911, it has operated as a silent movie house, a burlesque club, an adult film theater, and a music venue. Although the theater has often been associated with scandal and intrigue, the Star is one of Portland’s most resilient and longstanding …
Stripping in Oregon
Portland has more strip clubs per capita than any other city in the United States. With one strip club for every 11,826 residents, Portland far outranks Miami, New Orleans, and Las Vegas—larger cities with long-held reputations as meccas for adult entertainment. The boom in strip clubs can be traced to …