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FREE VERSE: A Reading of Original Poetry w/ Inspired Improvisation

Oh yeah! So this could either go terribly wrong or terribly right. Don't you want to come and see which it is? Yeah. You do. Come through!

When: Saturday, July 2nd @ 8:00pm

How much: $12 / $9 students & seniors

Where:  Brody Theater, 16 NW Broadway, Portland, Oregon 97209

The Brody Poetry Improv Series presents Free Verse:

A reading of original works by poets 

Stephanie Adams-Santos

Samiya Bashir

and Julia Clare Tillinghast


with inspired improvisations by The Brody Ensemble.

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. 

Brody Theater: 16 NW Broadway

8pm (doors @ 7:30pm)

$12, $9 students & seniors

Advance tickets available at



Stephanie Adams-Santos is a Guatemalan-American writer, educator, and divination artist from Portland, Oregon. She is the author of Swarm Queen’s Crown, forthcoming in 2016 from Fathom Books, and several chapbooks—Total Memory (Finishing Line Press, 2016), Little Fugues (Sola Books, 2015) and The Sundering (Poetry Society of America, 2009), which was selected by Linda Gregg as winner of the New York Chapbook Fellowship. Adams-Santos’ poems have appeared in many print and online journals and magazines, including Guernica Magazine, The Boston Review, and Orion.

Samiya Bashir’s books of poetry, Field Theories (forthcoming in spring of 2017 from Nightboat Books), Gospel, and Where the Apple Falls, and anthologies, including Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art, exist. Sometimes she makes poems of dirt. Sometimes zeros and ones. Sometimes variously rendered text. Sometimes light. She lives in Portland, Ore, with a magic cat who shares her obsessions with trees and blackbirds and occasionally crashes her classes and poetry salons at Reed College. See more at

Julia Clare Tillinghast is from Michigan. She studied poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and Virginia Tech, where she received her MFA. She has spent a number of years, on and off, living in Istanbul, Turkey, and is Co-Translator, along with Richard Tillinghast, of Dirty August, a Selected Poems of the experimental 20th-century Turkish poet Edip Cansever. In addition to translations in Agni, Guernica, Arts & Letters, Poetry Daily, The Boston Review & others, she has had her own poems in literary magazines including Leveler, Pleiades, Tin House, Rattle, and Pank. She lives in Portland with her son, Hamza.