Synchronous Rotation
Synchronous Rotation

Portland Monthly, August 2016

Hades D.W.P. 2016
Hades D.W.P. 2016

Poems created in collaboration with Alison Saar for this piece, Hades D.W.P. 2016, first exhibited at LA Louver Gallery, 2016 as a part of SILT, SOOT, SMUT.

A Small Matter of Engineering
A Small Matter of Engineering

Read it in Ecotone Magazine

Still from We the People or Whatever (a collaborative composition with Julie Perini & Rosana Ybarra)
Still from We the People or Whatever (a collaborative composition with Julie Perini & Rosana Ybarra)

Photo by Dao Strom

 Excerpt from "Third Law" published in The Offing Magazine.

Excerpt from "Third Law" published in The Offing Magazine.

 Go to The Offing Magazine online to read two new poems: "Paleontology" and "Third Law" published in February 2016.

Go to The Offing Magazine online to read two new poems: "Paleontology" and "Third Law" published in February 2016.

Ha ha ha niggers are the worst
Ha ha ha niggers are the worst

Read in Nepantla #2

Upon Such Rocks
Upon Such Rocks

Read it in Bone Bouquet, Issue #6.2

 "When I say radiation I mean light that you cannot contain" published in an original letterpress edition by   Tuesday; An Art Project,   Issue 6:2, 2016.

"When I say radiation I mean light that you cannot contain" published in an original letterpress edition by Tuesday; An Art Project, Issue 6:2, 2016.

The River Lethe
The River Lethe

This poem, as published in the catalogue, as created as a part of a collaborative piece with Alison Saar first exhibited at LA Louver Gallery, 2016 as a part of SILT, SOOT, SMUT.

 "When I say radiation I mean light that you cannot contain" published in an original letterpress edition by   Tuesday; An Art Project,   Issue 6:2, 2016.

"When I say radiation I mean light that you cannot contain" published in an original letterpress edition by Tuesday; An Art Project, Issue 6:2, 2016.

detail from CORONAGRAPHY
detail from CORONAGRAPHY

exhibited @ Collins Gallery, Multnomah County Library, 2015

from CORONAGRAPHY
from CORONAGRAPHY

exhibited @ Collins Gallery, Multnomah County Library, 2015

detail from CORONAGRAPHY
detail from CORONAGRAPHY

exhibited @ Collins Gallery, Multnomah County Library, 2015

Now rise up, and get you over the brook
Now rise up, and get you over the brook

Read it in Gospel: poems

Gospel
Gospel

Read it in Gospel: poems

Still from M A P S :: a cartography in progress
Still from M A P S :: a cartography in progress

as presented at Fire & Ink: Witness, Detroit, MI, 2015

photo by Arianne Benford

Hades D.W.P. (Detail, 2016)
Hades D.W.P. (Detail, 2016)

Poems created in collaboration with Alison Saar for this piece, Hades D.W.P. 2016, first exhibited at LA Louver Gallery, 2016 as a part of SILT, SOOT, SMUT.

27th Night Chamber Opera
27th Night Chamber Opera

2 sopranos and Baritone Violin, Viola, Cello, Percussion

Libretto: Samiya Bashir Music: Michael-Thomas Foumai

27th Night Chamber Opera
27th Night Chamber Opera

2 sopranos and Baritone Violin, Viola, Cello, Percussion 

Libretto: Samiya Bashir Music: Michael-Thomas Foumai

Paleontology
Paleontology

Originally published in The Offing Magazine, 2015

CORONAGRAPHY
CORONAGRAPHY

exhibited @ Collins Gallery, Multnomah County Library, 2015

detail from CORONAGRAPHY
detail from CORONAGRAPHY

exhibited @ Collins Gallery, Multnomah County Library, 2015

detail from CORONAGRAPHY
detail from CORONAGRAPHY

exhibited @ Collins Gallery, Multnomah County Library, 2015

Reckoning song
Reckoning song

Read it in Gospel: poems

excerpt from "First Law"
excerpt from "First Law"

read it in FIELD THEORIES (forthcoming)

from M A P S :: a cartography in progress
from M A P S :: a cartography in progress

as presented at &Now: Blast Radius -- Writing & The Other Arts, 2015

Zeroth Law
Zeroth Law

published variously, sometimes under separate title

When the saints went
When the saints went

Read it in Gospel: poems

Making: collaborative experience
Making: collaborative experience

CORONAGRAPHY + JOHN HENRY TWEETS

Collaborative poetry + printing with Cumbersome Multiples.

Photo (c) Mario Gallucci

detail from SOMETIMES KATE GORMAN EMAILS ME
detail from SOMETIMES KATE GORMAN EMAILS ME

see the video poem on HOAX: creative work incorporating text

Gwendolyn's Attic
Gwendolyn's Attic

Read it in Where the Apple Falls: poems

still from M A P S :: a cartography in progress
still from M A P S :: a cartography in progress

as presented at Fire & Ink: Witness, Detroit, MI, 2015

photo by Arianne Benford

Making: Impressions
Making: Impressions

Read Anna Lena's considerations of Bashir's work here on Vela.

Making: Connections
Making: Connections

scheming collaboration with Alison Saar | LA 2015

making creative community
making creative community

black [genus, genesis, genius] with Portland's Black Creative Collective

making prints
making prints

In 2013 I founded The Poetry Salon @ Reed College through which I create original, limited edition broadsides with Portland's Letra Chueca Press.

making a set
making a set

a sweet reader shows off the new booty.

making my flight
making my flight

even when against all odds.

making issues
making issues

Reading with Mark Doty,  Kathryn Levy, Sarah Browning, and Dan Vera for **This Poem Has Multiple Issues: Reimagining Political Poetry** | #AWP2015, Minneapolis, MN

ROLL CALL
ROLL CALL

Social & Political Black Literature & Art (2002)

making broadsides
making broadsides

Through the Poetry Salon at Reed College I making original, limited edition broadsides with Portland's Letra Chueca Press.

making necessary connections
making necessary connections

creating ties in hard times.

making students rethink materials & verse
making students rethink materials & verse

This sonnet was written by Sage Freeburg, a student in my Considering & Making Multimedia Poetries course. Spring 2015 @ Reed College

Hades D.W.P. (Detail, 2016)
Hades D.W.P. (Detail, 2016)

Poems created in collaboration with Alison Saar for this piece, Hades D.W.P. 2016, first exhibited at LA Louver Gallery, 2016 as a part of SILT, SOOT, SMUT.

making chaos beautiful
making chaos beautiful

Touring Detroit with Anne Waldman, Chace Morris, and Sherina Rodriguez Sharpe though Kresge Arts in Detroit

making letterpress live-tweets with Tracy Schlapp.
making letterpress live-tweets with Tracy Schlapp.

**every printer needs a poet.** Museum of Contemporary Craft (2015)

making the essence of the thing shine
making the essence of the thing shine

In collaboration with Tracy Schlapp, Museum of Contemporary Craft, 2015.

making letterpress live-tweets with Tracy Schlapp.
making letterpress live-tweets with Tracy Schlapp.

**every printer needs a poet.** Museum of Contemporary Craft (2015)

making work in progress
making work in progress

In collaboration with Victor Cazares for Poetry Press Week F/W 2014.

making shapeshift form
making shapeshift form

Poetry Press Week F/W 2014.

making shapeshift form
making shapeshift form

In collaboration with April Kaplowitz, Keyon Gaskin, and India Hamilton at Disjecta for Poetry Press Week F/W 2014.

making shapeshift of form
making shapeshift of form

Printed in collaboration with Tracy Schlapp for Poetry Press Week F/W 2014.

making shapeshift form
making shapeshift form

Printed in collaboration with Tracy Schlapp for Poetry Press Week F/W 2014.

making shapeshift form
making shapeshift form

Printed in collaboration with Tracy Schlapp for Poetry Press Week F/W 2014.

making shapeshift form
making shapeshift form

Printed in collaboration with Tracy Schlapp for Poetry Press Week F/W 2014.

making shapeshift form
making shapeshift form

Printed in collaboration with Tracy Schlapp for Poetry Press Week F/W 2014.

Hades D.W.P. (Detail, 2016)
Hades D.W.P. (Detail, 2016)

Poems created in collaboration with Alison Saar for this piece, Hades D.W.P. 2016, first exhibited at LA Louver Gallery, 2016 as a part of SILT, SOOT, SMUT.

making news
making news

photo (c) Susan Suebert

black [genus, genesis, genius]
black [genus, genesis, genius]

In collaboration with Black Creative Collective (BCC): Brownhall for a group exhibition @ the Collins Gallery / Multnomah County Central Library (2014).

black [genus, genesis, genius]
black [genus, genesis, genius]

In collaboration with Black Creative Collective (BCC): Brownhall for a group exhibition @ the Collins Gallery / Multnomah County Central Library (2014).

Making the whole audience take a selfie.
Making the whole audience take a selfie.

Cheeeeeeeese!

Great Evening | Great Jazz | Great Love
Great Evening | Great Jazz | Great Love

Me + Fred Hersch + Charlotte LaGarde + Scott Morgan.

making fruit
making fruit

with Kazim Ali and Susan Brennan @ the Museum of Modern Art.

making twinlove
making twinlove

On the road with R. Erica Doyle.

making it a night
making it a night

Can't stop won't stop with Tei Okamoto.

making a scene
making a scene

Afropunk Festival | Brooklyn | 2015 | Gala Mukomolova | Dawn Lundy Martin | Me | All That Light

making lunch
making lunch

Good Eggs Sarah Micklem & Cornelius Eady.

making new cat lovers
making new cat lovers

A moment of purr with Matthew Dickman.

making a quick loop
making a quick loop

Once around the park with Daniel Alexander Jones.

making family
making family

The sweetest dinner ever thrown for me. What an honor and pure joy. Lesbian Herstory Archives, NYC 2015.

making new traditions
making new traditions

Swimming across the Columbia from state to state with my Roy Webster Cross Channel crew! Every Labor Day.

making it real
making it real

Knowing what time it is with Tisa Bryant. LA/CA 2015

making my favorite moments
making my favorite moments

Tasting the sea air with Robin Coste Lewis | 2015

making history
making history

As a founding organizer of Fire & Ink, Inc., supporting, connecting, and advocating for LGBT writers of African descent. With some of the panelists, presenters, and attendees of Fire & Ink IV: Witness, Detroit 2015.

making leaps of faith
making leaps of faith

With Reginald Harris, planning Fire & Ink III, Austin, TX. 2008

making light
making light

with John Keene | Fire & Ink | Detroit, MI | 2015

Queer writers of the African diaspora.
Queer writers of the African diaspora.

| Fire & Ink | Detroit, MI | 2015

Waiting for Giovanni
Waiting for Giovanni

Jewelle Gomez presented a staged reading of her new play at Fire & Ink IV, Detroit, MI 2015.

the jump in
the jump in

shutting it down with Zebra Katz (2015)

endless horizon
endless horizon

Hitting the coast with TC Tolbert.

making discoveries
making discoveries

TFW you run into a heard of elk by the sea with TC.

making group selfies
making group selfies

Margin Shift | Seattle, WA | 2015

IMG_2956.jpg
making it work
making it work

practice makes making

mistressing the ceremony
mistressing the ceremony

Ignite! | Basic Rights Oregon | 2015

mistressing the ceremony
mistressing the ceremony

Ignite! | Basic Rights Oregon | 2015

I am a black poet who will not remain silent while this nation murders black people.  I have a right to be angry.
I am a black poet who will not remain silent while this nation murders black people. I have a right to be angry.

#BlackPoetsSpeakOut

making family portraits
making family portraits

chillin with my generation | thanksgiving 2015

making mimosas
making mimosas

making magic under the stars and the mimosa tree | Casa Libre | Tucson, AZ | 2015

making stops
making stops

Stomping the saguaro with Kristen Nelson and Hannah Ensor.

making magic
making magic

under the stars with Aishah Sabatini Sloan | Casa Libre | Tucson, AZ | 2015

A long table of post-show love.
A long table of post-show love.

Casa Libre | Tucson, Arizona | 2015

M A P S :: a cartographer in progress
M A P S :: a cartographer in progress

sketching out a collaborative artists book with cumbersome multiples.

M A P S :: a cartography in progress
M A P S :: a cartography in progress

An excerpt from an artist book designed, handmade and printed in collaboration with Tracy Schlapp of Cumbersome Multiples of a moment in M A P S :: a cartography in progress for Intersecciones: Havana/Portland, February 2016.

M A P S :: a cartography in progress
M A P S :: a cartography in progress

An excerpt from an artist book designed, handmade and printed in collaboration with Tracy Schlapp of Cumbersome Multiples of a moment in M A P S :: a cartography in progress for Intersecciones: Havana/Portland, February 2016.

M A P S :: a cartography in progress
M A P S :: a cartography in progress

An excerpt from an artist book designed, handmade and printed in collaboration with Tracy Schlapp of Cumbersome Multiples of a moment in M A P S :: a cartography in progress for Intersecciones: Havana/Portland, February 2016.

M A P S :: a cartography in progress
M A P S :: a cartography in progress

An excerpt from an artist book designed, handmade and printed in collaboration with Tracy Schlapp of Cumbersome Multiples of a moment in M A P S :: a cartography in progress for Intersecciones: Havana/Portland, February 2016.

M A P S :: a cartography in progress
M A P S :: a cartography in progress

An excerpt from an artist book designed, handmade and printed in collaboration with Tracy Schlapp of Cumbersome Multiples of a moment in M A P S :: a cartography in progress for Intersecciones: Havana/Portland, February 2016.

 An excerpt from an artist book designed, handmade and printed in collaboration with Tracy Schlapp of Cumbersome Multiples of a moment in M A P S :: a cartography in progress for Intersecciones: Havana/Portland, February 2016.

An excerpt from an artist book designed, handmade and printed in collaboration with Tracy Schlapp of Cumbersome Multiples of a moment in M A P S :: a cartography in progress for Intersecciones: Havana/Portland, February 2016.

M A P S :: a cartography in progress
M A P S :: a cartography in progress

An excerpt from an artist book designed, handmade and printed in collaboration with Tracy Schlapp of Cumbersome Multiples of a moment in M A P S :: a cartography in progress for Intersecciones: Havana/Portland, February 2016.

Making Arts Community
Making Arts Community

With my fellow Kresge Artist Fellowship Panelists renée c. hoogland, Kim Hunter, Albert Mobilio, Anne Waldman

Penz (it's pronounced pants) -- An Art Year (2008)
Penz (it's pronounced pants) -- An Art Year (2008)

Penz (it's pronounced pants) || An Art Year (2008)

Penz (it's pronounced pants) -- An Art Year (2008)
Penz (it's pronounced pants) -- An Art Year (2008)

Penz (it's pronounced pants) || An Art Year (2008)

Pënz (it's pronounced pants)
Pënz (it's pronounced pants)

This Pënz for June (2008)

by Adrienne Torf, Charlotte Lagarde, Stefanie Kelly and Aarin Burch | San Francisco, CA 

New City New Friends
New City New Friends

For the Portland Observer (2014)

Third law
Third law

Originally published in The Offing Magazine, 2015

**every printer needs a poet.**
**every printer needs a poet.**

Museum of Contemporary Craft | Portland, OR | 2015

** every printer needs a poet **
** every printer needs a poet **

Museum of Contemporary Craft | Portland, OR | 2015

** every person needs a poet **
** every person needs a poet **

Museum of Contemporary Craft | Portland, OR | 2015

** every printer needs a poet **
** every printer needs a poet **

Museum of Contemporary Craft | Portland, OR | 2015

making shapeshift form
making shapeshift form

Printed in collaboration with Tracy Schlapp for Poetry Press Week F/W 2014.

in the chapel with claudia rankine
in the chapel with claudia rankine

photo by Robert Duncan Gray

Hades D.W.P. (Detail, 2016)
Hades D.W.P. (Detail, 2016)

Poems created in collaboration with Alison Saar for this piece, Hades D.W.P. 2016, first exhibited at LA Louver Gallery, 2016 as a part of SILT, SOOT, SMUT.

making gold
making gold

Hive Mind. Week One. Naropa Summer Writing Program. 2016

Poets on Broadway
Poets on Broadway

with Kevin Craft | PDX | 2015

making community
making community

black [genus, genesis, genius] with Black Creative Collective | 2015

Worlds Fall Away: A Roundtable Discussion on Black Queer Experimental Writing
Worlds Fall Away: A Roundtable Discussion on Black Queer Experimental Writing

Alexis De Veaux, Duriel Estelle Harris, John Keene, Rosamond King, moderated by Samiya Bashir and Tisa Bryant. Fire & Ink IV, Detroit, MI 2015

Hades D.W.P. (Detail, 2016)
Hades D.W.P. (Detail, 2016)

Poems created in collaboration with Alison Saar for this piece, Hades D.W.P. 2016, first exhibited at LA Louver Gallery, 2016 as a part of SILT, SOOT, SMUT.