"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.
Sunny summer nights. TGI-almost-Friday. Hear poems from FIELD THEORIES live and on film. Let's sprinkle poetry all through Powell's iconic Downtown Portland location like the best salt baes of summer!
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
Artwork by Alison Saar.
Poems by 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.
A symposium celebrating the work of feminist poet, scholar and activist June Jordan, and her legacies in contemporary feminist poetics.
Date: January 28 - March 13
Location: Hoffman Gallery, Lewis & Clark College
Showcasing six young Cuban artists, this show is a conversation between two crossroads of the Americas. Each artist has considered the particular history of Portland in their unique work for this exhibition.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
5 to 7 p.m.
For detailed information about performances during the opening, please check
Exhibition and all events are free.
Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Parking on campus is free on weekends.
For information call 503-768-7687 or visit www.lclark.edu/dept/gallery
Presented by Portland'5
POETS ON BROADWAY: SAMIYA BASHIR & KEVIN CRAFT
Monday, January 25, 2016, 8:00pm
Playing at: Antoinette Hatfield Hall
POETS ON BROADWAY: SAMIYA BASHIR & KEVIN CRAFT
Samiya Bashir is the author of Gospel and Where the Apple Falls. Recent issues of Poetry, Ecotone, World Literature Today, Poet Lore, Eleven Eleven, Cascadia Review, Hoax, The Normal School, and others house her newest poems. She holds a BA from the University of California, where she served as Poet Laureate, an MFA from the University of Michigan, where her poetry garnered two Hopwood Awards, and has won numerous fellowships, grants, and honors for her work. She teaches creative writing at Reed College.
Kevin Craft lives in Seattle and coordinates the Written Arts Program at Everett Community College. His first book, Solar Prominence (2005), was selected by Vern Rutsala for the Gorsline Prize from Cloudbank Books. He has also edited and published five volumes of the anthology Mare Nostrum, an anthology of Mediterranean-inspired writing. His poems, reviews, and essays have appeared widely in such places as Poetry, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Stranger. A Bread Loaf Scholar in 1996, he has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bogliasco Foundation (Italy), the Camargo Foundation (France), 4Culture, and Artist Trust. Craft is the current Editor of Poetry Northwest, the region's oldest literary magazine. He has also served as Director of the University of Washington’s Creative Writing in Rome Program since 2003. He believes that poems, like good travelers, live in the go-between.
Here: Facts, Fictions, and Memory in the Work of Claudia Rankine
Mondays, January 25 – February 29, 2016 6:30 – 8:30pm
“…one meaning of here is ‘in this world, in this life, on earth. In this place or position, indicating the presence of,’ or in other words, I am here. It also means to hand something to somebody—Here you are. Here, he said to her.”— Claudia Rankine, Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric
“The brightest memory,” writes Rankine in Citizen: An American Lyric, “fades faster than the dullest ink.” Over six weeks together, participants will read and discuss Rankine’s two most recent works,Citizen and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, both presented through the frame of “An American Lyric.” From the pointlessness of worry to the ache of isolation, dislocation, and erasure, Rankine’s lyric challenges readers to more deeply engage with our experiences and with each other. Together we’ll explore how correspondence, conversation, introspection, and reportage work together to create a new lyrical form and how our own interaction with that form might offer new ways to more fully participate in our lives.
Note: Tuition includes a ticket to see Rankine’s Portland Arts & Lectures presentation on Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 7:30pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
Guide: Samiya Bashir is the author of Gospel and Where the Apple Falls. Recent issues of Poetry, Ecotone, World Literature Today, Poet Lore, Eleven Eleven, Cascadia Review, Hoax, The Normal School, and others house her newest poems. She holds a BA from the University of California, where she served as Poet Laureate, an MFA from the University of Michigan, where her poetry garnered two Hopwood Awards, and has won numerous fellowships, grants, and honors for her work. She teaches creative writing at Reed College.