The Oregon Book Awards honor the state’s finest accomplishments by Oregon writers who work in genres of poetry, fiction, graphic literature, drama, literary nonfiction, and literature for young readers. Oregon Literary Fellowships provide financial support to Oregon’s emerging and established writers and publishers.
On Friday, April 6th the Whitenoise Project is thrilled to be able to host Michelle Peñaloza as our first visiting reader as well as the illimitable Samiya Bashir and Stacey Tran for a special reading to celebrate Stacey's newly released Soap for the Dogs!
2018 AWP Conference & Bookfair
Tampa Convention Center
& Marriott Tampa Waterside
March 7–10, 2018
READING QUEER: POETRY IN A TIME OF CHAOS, edited by Neil de la Flor and Maureen Seaton, is a collection of the most subversive, gritty, moving, and courageous writing to come out of the U.S. queer community in recent political times. “When we started to solicit material for the anthology in 2015,” says Seaton & de la Flor, “we didn’t expect to compile a survival manual. Overnight, the work of these fifty poets became even more crucial. It became sacred.” READING QUEER: POETRY IN A TIME OF CHAOS brings the LGBTQI community together in the spirit and solidarity of poetry at its finest and fiercest. “It is our gift to all conscious citizens. With love.” (Seaton & de la Flor)
Readers include: Bryan Borland, Cathleen Chambless,
Ching-In Chen, Gregg Shapiro, Jan Becker, Jericho Brown, J.P. Howard, Ruben Quesada, Sam Sax, Samiya Bashir, Shane Allison, Valerie Wetlaufer, and more!
Please join us for the first event of the Spring 2018 Hallie Ford and Teppola Literary Series, a poetry reading by Samiya Bashir. The reading will take place on Monday, February 12th at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Room (2nd floor of Hatfield Library) and is free and open to the public.
Join us for a poetry reading featuring Tonya M. Foster & Samiya Bashir. Saturday, December 9 at 7 PM.
Poetry of the natural world, the unknown universe; of love and the undoing of love; of identity and history. In Escape Velocity, Bonnie Arningtells the love story of a marriage and of loving oneself. Samiya Bashirexplores quantum mechanics, race, and love in Field Theories. And Nicole Sealey’s debut collection, Ordinary Beast, ranges from the philosophical to emotional as she examines the natural world, race, sexuality, and more. With moderator Natalie Garyet of Tavern Books.
Reading from Field Theories with Elise Paschen @ Powell's. There will be poems and a respite from rain! I'll be costumed as a poem.
Samiya Bashir visits the University of Texas at San Antonio's Reading Series for a weekend with students, faculty, and the San Antonio community. Don't miss her reading new work from Field Theories and more!
"Ekphrasis and the Black Female Gaze"
At a time when nonfiction readers and editors are passionately invested in the politics of the black body, the ephemeral ambiguities of black interiority can get lost in the clamor of debate. But at the same time that a black body absorbs violence, she may be using Antonioni, Bearden, Mendieta and Weems to make sense of her politics, or to catalyze her grief. Are we embracing the full complexity of the black experience when we focus primarily on the black body as an object in the social sphere without consideration of the dreamscape? What might the black girl at the museum have to say about our disasters? In this panel, Aisha Sabatini Sloan will moderate a conversation between Samiya Bashir and Tisa Bryant about the ways that they engage in ekphrasis with a fluid approach to genre classification, radical use of performance and unorthodox analysis of art and race.
Samiya Bashir Reads for Opening of FRAME BY FRAME at Callicoon Fine Arts.
Samiya Bashir's reading will kick off this group exhibition comprised of works by six artists: Etel Adnan, Cy Gavin, Kahlil Irving, Silvia Kolbowski, Jumana Manna, and Ulrike Müller.
SAVE THE DATE!
Join Samiya Bashir, Natasha Marin, Geneve Chao, and Wendy Chin-Tanner for a reading of their work, followed by moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A on the subject of literary activism, social justice, intersectionality, feminism, and allyship
De-Canon presents: A Living Canon Talk
featuring Samiya Bashir & Neil Aitken, moderated by Zahir Janmohamed
doors 6 pm, start 6:30, suggested donation $5
Join us for a literary conversation and readings by local poets Samiya Bashir (FIELD THEORIES, Nightboat Books, 2017), and Neil Aitken (BABBAGE'S DREAM, Sundress Press, 2017). They will be talking about their new collections, out in 2017, and other things poetic and de-canon related. Conversation moderated by Zahir Janmohamed, journalist and co-founder of The Racist Sandwich Podcast. De-Canon is a "visibility project" that showcases writers of color and works by writers and artists of color: www.de-canon.com
Panel Discussion: "Responsibility and Relevance: The Role of the Artist in an Ever-Changing Contemporary World”
- Randy Gragg, director of the John Yeon Center for Architectural Studies, University of Oregon
- Samiya Bashir, poet and assistant professor of creative writing, Reed College
- Eleonora Beck, James W. Rogers Professor of Music and director of musicology, Lewis & Clark College
- Jon Raymond, novelist and screenwriter
- Tad Savinar, artist
- Luan Schooler, director of new play development and dramaturgy, Artists Repertory Theatre
As part of the upcoming exhibit, youniverse—past, present, future, Selected Works by Tad Savinar.
FIELD THEORIES - five - debuts in conversation and call up and ritual with poets and artists change makers and lovers and mothers and dreamers and makers and people and love. Are you here? Wanna be down? Reach out for the 411. Can't be there in person but want to put some love on the magic pile? Keep watch on this space to see film 5 of 6 after its debut. We near an end. We close one door. We walk out into a new light. We walk. We make and recognize and honor the light. If we find ourselves at the crossroads to a changing landscape, then let us create the change of it together.
Video Installation by Samiya Bashir
January 18th - January 31st
hq Objective's Fortune Gallery
located at 2235 W Burnside St.
Both exhibit and hard copies of readings can be accessed outside the gallery at all hours.
Gallery hours Saturday and Sunday 12-6pm or by appointment.
Commissioned by Physical Education for hqFORTUNE.
feat. contributions from Kalimah Abioto, Samiya Bashir, Roland Dahwen Wu, keyon gaskin, Allie Hankins, Maggie Heath, sidony o'neal, Sharita Towne, Stacey Tran, Takahiro Yamamoto, Lu Yim
Join me and "Dear Sugars" Cheryl Strayed, Steve Almond, Wendy Chin-Tanner, Zahir Janmohamed, Cooper Lee-Bombardier, Lidia Yuknavitch, Cari Luna, and more greatness at The Aladdin Theater, from 6pm - 8pm.
On January 15, 2017, writers across the United States and in Europe will come together for Writers Resist, a “re-inauguration” of our shared commitment to the spirit of compassion, equality, free speech, and the fundamental ideals of democracy. Writers Resist events, large and small, will be held in dozens of locations throughout the US and the world.
A timely collaboration with multimedia artists Julie Perini and Rosana Ybarra that you won't want to miss. You don't even know what we've got in store for this. Like for real. What we're planning...what we're making... What we're doing... What we're creating... What you'll experience... Let's just say this: You don't want to miss it. Whatever you've seen any of us do before, park your expectations and come and see for yourself.
Not in Portland? Keep an eye on this website or my social media pages for a link to livestream!
Join us at the Brody for an evening of cross-genre entertainment by The Brody Ensemble and selected guest poets. FREE VERSE is part literary reading, part spontaneous theater. Come see experienced poets and improvisers create compositions never before seen and never to be seen again.
The co-rising and interconnectedness of the multiverse, safety net of community, labyrinth of communication and performance, and the curses and blessings of social media. The wilderness of the archive, decolonized mind, hive mind, wild mind, grids and mappings. Print Shop, recording studio, meditation, and collaboration.
The Summer Writing Program is a four-week-long convocation of students, poets, fiction writers, scholars, translators, performance artists, activists, Buddhist teachers, musicians, printers, editors and others working in small press publishing. Programming includes workshops, lectures, panels, readings, special events, and more.
In dialogue with renowned practitioners, students engage in the composition of poetry, prose fiction, cross-genre possibilities, inter-arts, translation and writing for performance. Participants work in daily contact with some of the most accomplished and notoriously provocative writers of our time, meeting individually and in small groups, so that both beginning and experienced writers find equal challenge in the program.
Teaching during Week 1 :: Hive Mind :: June 12–June 18
Poetry by the Sea: A Global Conference, will take place from 12 p.m. Tuesday May 24 to 3 p.m. Saturday May 28th at The Mercy by the Sea Center, Madison, Connecticut. The 2016 keynote speaker will be Kimiko Hahn. Don't miss our Panel Discussion: June Jordan at 80 with Brian Gilmore, Yona Harvey, and Samiya Bashir
Join The Sweetwater Sessions on Sunday, May 8th for our “Mothering Day” event with poet, writer, maker, teacher, and real live human woman Samiya Bashir. According to Samiya her books of poetry, Field Theories (forthcoming, 2017), Gospel, and Where the Apple Falls, and anthologies, including Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art, and Best Black Women’s Erotica 2, exist. Sometimes Samiya makes poems of dirt. Sometimes she write with zeros and ones. Sometimes her poems look like rendered text and sound like breath. Come join us as we think through sweetwater mothering and how we might best give it to those we love, including ourselves.
All Fines Forgiven returns to Portland this spring with live performances & talk segments with authors and musicians. Artists: Seattle-based musician Naomi Wachira (feature photo), international award-winning novelist Nnedi Okorafor, Nashville-based poet TJ Jarrett, hip-hop artist & social magician Cloudy October, writer & Tell It Slant director Danielle Frandina, and with Portland-based poet Samiya Bashir as host.
Presenter: Samiya Bashir
Description: Humanity on trial in digital space. Inexhaustible violence of -ism and image. We’ll consider the power of poem-making to metabolize aggression out of our bodies, to reclaim and restore humanity, and more. We’ll explore an alchemical poem-making toward transmutation of experience, insight, and approach--collaboratively and individually--toward resolution of swarming aggressions into light, into recognition, into direction, into sustenance. We’ll come with all we carry. We’ll leave with new poems, new maps, new seeds.
Forget Avant-Garde, We Hew Our Path: Writers-of-Color of the Regional West on Contemporary Craft & Entanglement Poetics
Where will I be for #AWP16? All over and around. Reading/showing work, giving workshops, speaking on panels. Off-site as much as possible because we're doing good things outside of the gates. Come through.