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A Living Canon Talk with Samiya Bashir & Neil Aitken, Moderated by Zahir Janmohamed

  • High & Low Art Space & Gallery 936 34th SE Street Portland, Oregon 97214 (map)

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 presents: A Living Canon Talk
featuring Samiya Bashir & Neil Aitken
moderated by Zahir Janmohamed
doors 6 pm, start 6:30
suggested donation $5 (all proceeds go to the presenting writers)


De-Canon is a "visibility project" that showcases writers of color and works by writers and artists of color:

:: BIOS ::

Sometimes SAMIYA BASHIR makes poems of dirt. Sometimes zeros and ones. Sometimes variously rendered text. Sometimes light. Sometimes she shares Portland, Ore, with a magic cat who obsesses with her about trees and blackbirds and occasionally crashes her Reed College classes and poetry salons.
NEIL AITKEN is the author of two books of poetry, The Lost Country of Sight (Anhinga 2008), which won the Philip Levine Prize, and Babbage’s Dream (Sundress 2017), as well as a chapbook of poetry, Leviathan (Hyacinth Girl Press 2016). He is the founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review and his own poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, American Literary Review, The Collagist, Crab Orchard Review, Ninth Letter, Southern Poetry Review, and many other literary journals.
ZAHIR JANMOHAMED is the co-founder of The Racist Sandwich podcast. His articles have been published in The New York Times, Guernica, Foreign Policy, and many more outlets and his podcast was nominated by the International Association of Culinary Professionals as one of the best audio shows. He is also the policy director for APANO.