November 5, 7pm - 9pm
1223 NE M L King Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97232
Dante Micheaux is the author of Amorous Shepherd (Sheep Meadow Press) and Circus, released earlier this year by Indolent Books. His poems and translations have appeared in Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Callaloo, PN Review, The African American Review, and Tongue, among other journals and anthologies. Micheaux's work has been honored by the Vera List Center for Art & Politics, the Oscar Wilde Award, and fellowships from Cave Canem Foundation and the New York Times Foundation.
Samiya Bashir's most recent book of poetry, Field Theories, “wends its way through quantum mechanics, chicken wings and Newports, love and a shoulder’s chill, melding blackbody theory (idealized perfect absorption, as opposed to the whitebody’s idealized reflection) with real live Black bodies in poems that span lyric, narrative, dramatic, and multi-media experience, engaging their containers while pushing against their constraints.” During the six months leading up to the release of Field Theories, Bashir created six short videopoems in collaboration with video artist Roland Dahwen Wu (Patua Films) and dancer Keyon Gaskin (Physical Education). Bashir teaches at Reed College, where her magic cat occasionally crashes her classes and poetry salons.