Portland, Ore. 16.9.16 :: Beneath the fractured light of a harvest moon eclipse, black|bodies descend into PICA's Time Based Art Festival and radiate poetry/light. #FieldTheories

"We are everybody we love. We are inside them."

|| filmed with Roland Dahwen Wu & Patua Films ||

|  a poem  | forthcoming in ink-on-tree | FIELD THEORIES | by Samiya Bashir | Nightboat Books | Spring 2016

"I am black and poet and will not remain silent while this nation murders black people."  ||  November 28, 2014

"Catch" was originally published in Gospel: poems (RedBone Press, 2009).

Read it online @ The Poetry Foundation:  http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/239726

#BlackPoetsSpeakOut  #BlackLivesMatter

**every printer needs a poet.**

Museum of Contemporary Craft

Portland, OR, January 8, 2015.

Samiya Bashir and Cumbersome Multiples share a mutual admiration for folk hero John Henry. In a sense, he introduced them. Bashir's Pushcart Prize nominated poem, "Coronagraphy," delivers on its promise to illuminate the interior voices of Polly Ann and her husband John Henry. Poetry by Samiya Bashir. Letterpress Live Tweeting by Tracy Schlapp

"Coronagraphy," a sequence of 15 linked sonnets, was originally published in Poet Lore. Of the work, editor Judy Bolz wrote: 

"Conjuring a dialogue between John Henry, steel-driving hero of song and story, and his wife Polly Ann, Bashir’s blues-inspired sonnet sequence enacts an argument in which the woman, not her famed husband, has the last word.

'Who we gon’ be?' she asks—as if of us all."

M A P S :: a cartography in progress performed at Naropa University, Summer Writing Program of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. June 18, 2016.

Casa Libre en la Solana, Tucson, Arizona, December 19, 2015.

In town to read from her forthcoming book, Field Theories, Samiya invited Aishah Sabatini Sloan to join her in conversation with her beautiful essay "One American Goes to See '30 Americans,'" published at Autostraddle, based on her experience at the "30 Americans" exhibit at the Detroit Institute of the Arts.

A great night making magic next to the mimosa tree, by the pool and under the stars. Afterward: the group hot tub was pure poetry. 

The World's Oldest Ship Reading Series, Brooklyn, NY, August 24, 2015. 

Film by: Charlotte Lagarde, Music by: Fumio Tashiro, Poem: by Samiya Bashir, Series Organized by: Susan Brennan, Recorded @ J+B Design Cafe by Charlotte Lagarde.

M. Nourbese Philip quote heard during: &Now 2015 -- Blast Radius: Writing & The Other Arts, CalArts, March 2015

Neil deGrasse Tyson quote pulled from: MOYERS & COMPANY: Neil deGrasse Tyson on the New Cosmos. http://billmoyers.com/episode/neil-degrasse-tyson-on-the-new-cosmos/

"A small matter of engineering" was originally published in Ecotone: No. 19, Spring 2015, the 10th Anniversary Issue.https://ecotonemagazine.org/poetry/a-small-matter-of-engineering/

SOMETIMES KATE GORMAN EMAILS ME,  a video poem, was originally published at HOAX: creative work incorporating text, London, UK, 2015.

Margin Shift Reading SeriesSeattle, WA.

October 29, 2015

Reading with Raul Sanchez, Deborah Woodard, Rebecca Zweig, introduced by Jane Wong and Josh Fomon.

The World's Oldest Ship Reading Series, Brooklyn, NY, August 24, 2015. 

Film by: Charlotte Lagarde, Music by: Fumio Tashiro, Poem: by Samiya Bashir, Series Organized by: Susan Brennan, Recorded @ J+B Design Cafe by Charlotte Lagarde.

June Jordan quote was from her poem: "1977: Poem for Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer," published in Directed by Desire: The Collected Poems of June Jordan (Copper Canyon Press, 2005).

"Paleontology" was originally published by The Offing Magazine / A Channel of the Los Angeles Review of Books
http://theoffingmag.com/micro/two-micros-by-samiya-bashir/

                 "if you're not / Stunned, / Light-headed this day // If you do not love the world / If you do not love him // Will not turn up for him ... What then?"

World Oldest Ship Poetry Reading Series #5 Samiya Bashir ::website:: http://samiyabashir.com/ J+B Design & Cafe http://jplusb.sagacreativecorp.com/?page_id=8

Performance as part of The Austin Project: Jam Sessions Performance/Poetry/Movement, April 18, 2009, UT Austin Samiya Bashir

The World's Oldest Ship Reading Series Brooklyn, NY August 24, 2015.

Film by: Charlotte Lagarde, Music by: Fumio Tashiro, Poem: by Samiya Bashir, Series Organized by: Susan Brennan, Recorded @ J+B Design Cafe by Charlotte Lagarde.

Don Mee Choi quotation was selected from "A Conversation with Don Mee Choi" on The Lantern Review Blog:  http://www.lanternreview.com/blog/2012/12/05/

Explore #BlackPoetsSpeakOut http://blackpoetsspeakout.tumblr.com

"Right + Title" was originally published as a part of I CAN'T BREATHE, a special forum in Transitions: The Magazine of Africa and the Diasporahttp://hutchinscenter.fas.harvard.edu/samiya-bashir-cant-breathe

We the People or Whatever: a collaborative composition with Samiya Bashir, Julie Perini, and Rosana Ybarra @ Pure Surface Portland, Oregon August 7, 2016. 

{Recorded via Periscope (follow me @scryptkeeper for more as they come) on an apparently poor connection so please forgive the poor video quality.}

Dowsing crow "Open sunflower! Pry these lusty eyes from sleep. Steep redolent blue." from Gospel: poems, by Samiya Bashir, March 2009, www.RedBonePress.com

The World's Oldest Ship Reading Series, Brooklyn, NY, August 24, 2015.

Film by: Charlotte Lagarde, Music by: Fumio Tashiro, Poem: by Samiya Bashir, Series Organized by: Susan Brennan, Recorded @ J+B Design Cafe by Charlotte Lagarde.

Amiri Baraka quote was selected from "Political Poem (for Basil)," by Amiri Baraka, can be found in "The New Anthology of American Poetry: Vol. III: Postmodernisms 1950-Present," edited by Steven Gould Axelrod, Camille Roman, and Thomas Trevisano (Rutgers University Press, 2012). 

"Ha ha ha n*gg*rs are the worst" was originally published in Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, Issue #2.

http://www.lambdaliterary.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/issue2.pdf

Crow meditation Dip fevered neck. Plant split-lipped calm. Spit wonder. Smile. Starve dark fright. Be light. Gospel: poems, RedBone Press, March 2009, www.redbonepress.com