Coming up: June's Poem-a-Day Guest Editor!

 Excited to rock the 1s & 2s of poems this summer. Come on the ride with me this June — and with this amazing group of Poets all year!

Excited to rock the 1s & 2s of poems this summer. Come on the ride with me this June — and with this amazing group of Poets all year!

Excited to rock the 1s & 2s of poems this summer. Come on the ride with me this June — and with this amazing group of Poets all year!

New York, NY (December 4, 2018)—The Academy of American Poets is pleased to announce twelve new guest editors of Poem-a-Day who will each curate a month of poems in 2019. The guest editors, who include the current U.S. poet laureate, and state and city poets laureate, are all award-winning poets who represent wide-ranging expertise and editorial perspectives, as well as twelve states, from California to Colorado to North Carolina. 

Poem-a-Day is the original and only series sharing previously unpublished poems by poets daily. Reaching more than 500,000 readers each morning on and via email, social media, and syndication, Poem-a-Day is one of the largest platforms for a poet to share new work.

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“Working with guest editors to produce Poem-a-Day this past year has helped ensure that we are publishing an even greater array of poets and poems. With the guidance of the forthcoming 2019 guest editors, who include some of the most compelling voices in poetry today, we’ll present another year of poems not to miss. In what is American poetry’s heyday, Poem-a-Day is essential reading," said Jennifer Benka, executive director of the Academy of American Poets. 


One for the Books

So Long, Wordstock… Portland Book Festival Draws Remarkable Crowds with Bestselling Writers

Russ Foust, November 16, 2018

 The Quest looks at local lit…

The Quest looks at local lit…

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One of Reed’s own professors participated in the celebration of writing last weekend. Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Samiya Bashir was a featured presenter at an event that was part of Lit Crawl Portland, one of the main activities on the Friday evening before the festival. Dr. Bashir, along with other poets and artists, engaged in a monologue centered on the theme of “Unchartable: An Evening of Environmental Unknowns,” an exploration of  “unknowable psychological landscapes, confounding emotional habitats” and “the shapeless environs of both speculation and perception.” Dr. Bashir, who has also presented at the festival in the past, attested to its charm as “a very local, very plucky, Portland book festival.” As a mainstay of the city’s literary scene, Dr. Bashir affirms that “Portland is a really literary town. There are a lot of small presses doing work here. A lot of lit journals, a lot of magazines, a lot of writers. You can’t swing a bag without hitting a writer in this town.” She is also slated to appear as a speaker at the 2019 AWP Conference in March, where she’ll be joined by nationally-recognized authors speaking on the many current facets and application of literature.

Dr. Bashir’s perspective on the Portland Book Festival, despite its expansion and changes, echoes the sentiment that many feel makes Portland unique. “We get to be different,” she says. I think being different actually might be a little more interesting than being the same.”

To dance with frozen tulips...

To dance with frozen tulips...

A gathering of three performances with keyon gaskin and friends. NASHA is an attempt at being less lonely when travelling, named after the artist’s little sister. It centres on and values black sociality, and resists creating something “new” through stipulation, giving context through experience.

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Portland LitCrawl 2018: We Went to Eight Readings! Here's What We Thought!

The Portland Mercury offers a raw and real review of Portland LitCrawl 2018 — including a few notes on yours truly:

 Photo (c) Suzette Smith

Photo (c) Suzette Smith

“Samiya Bashir, the lone poet, stood out due to her comfort with her work and her willingness to move around the stage, interacting with the crowd and with her own pieces. Listening to her poems felt like overhearing conversations and Bashir made sure we knew who was speaking which lines.”

Writing Life -- Sentence & Sentience in Santa Cruz

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Living Writers: Samiya Bashir

October 11 @ 5:20 pm - 6:55 pm

|| Humanities Lecture Hall

Samiya Bashir is the author of three books of poetry: Field Theories, and Gospel, and Where the Apple Falls. Sometimes she makes poems of dirt. Sometimes zeros and ones. Sometimes variously rendered text. Sometimes light. Her work has been widely published, performed, installed, printed, screened, and experienced. Bashir holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as Poet Laureate, and an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she received two Hopwood Poetry Awards. Bashir lives in Portland, Oregon where she teaches at Reed College.

 About Living Writers, Fall 2018: “Sentence & Sentience: Forms”

This series features seven contemporary poets, critics, and artists who each render, albeit in differing forms and across a diversity of experiences, the unit of the sentence for powerfully sentient effects. Whether through poetic argument, the fictive line, or the scholarly imagination, each of these authors explore questions of race, gender, sexuality, nature, and nation in their respective practices and forms.

*Note: All Readings, except for the Morton Marcus Reading, featuring Gary Snyder, will take place from 5:20-6:55 in the Humanities Lecture Hall on the dates listed below. The Gary Snyder Morton Marcus Memorial Poetry Reading will be held in the Music Recital Hall on November 15th from 6-8:00 PM.

 All events are free and open to the public.

“Where Poetry and Politics Overlap”


What do Fatimah Asghar, Terrance Hayes, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Anne Waldman, Maggie Nelson, Jenny Xie, Adrian Matejka, Natalie Eilbert, and awhile crew of great poets have in common other than beautiful work and all-around fierceness?


The whole list is like a favorite conversation table at the best speakeasy in town and I’m glad to be sitting and enjoying the night with every single one of these Poets and Poems!

  #NowLetsGoStartSomeTrouble 🤗

 #NowLetsGoStartSomeTrouble 🤗

Thanks to Signature Reads for a sweet interjection into a summer’s day...

Find all 11 books and the entire write-up here:


Thank you to the judges, to Literary Arts, and to the entire Oregon community of readers and writers, plus all those around the country who have supported this work. Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists. What an incredible group and what an honor to be a part of it.

I am honored to have Field Theories recognized with the 2018 Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry. What a gift!

Tumblrs I’d Start if I had the Time:

  • Cats in the bathroom
  • Assholes who hunt trophy animals: Where do they live and work?
  • Black Girls on Surfboards
  • Homophobic Closet Cases & the Damage they Do
  • No, really, what IS the deal with Florida though?
  • Cats in the Bathroom II, The Tropics
  • Hard Femme BMX
  • A Poetics of Ass
  • Cars I’d Drive Before I’d Drive Un Pinche Prius
  • Fuck, Fuck, Fuck: When Marriage Isn’t Your Ministry & You Don’t Pay No Shooters
  • Trolling the TSA: Steel Implants & Other Ways to Force Uncomfortable Public Crotch Grabs
  • Cats in Outer Space: Bathroom Edition
  • Remember When We Had Knees? A Former Runner’s Anti-Mobility Blog
  • Sexy-Ass Muslimahs: Made You Look!  Now get out.

It’s Elemental: Reclaiming and Redefining Space

Art Practical considers “Elements of Reclamation,” an exciting exhibition of socially engaged artwork by black women and non-binary artists which opened Portland’s newest art space, Ori Gallery, a new space bringing black art back to Portland’s Mississippi neighborhood, run by Maya Vives and Leila Haile.

 Maya Vivas.  Surface Tension no. 2,  2018 (installation view); black clay and gold luster.  Surface Tension no. 1 , 2018; porcelain and gold luster.

Maya Vivas. Surface Tension no. 2, 2018 (installation view); black clay and gold luster. Surface Tension no. 1, 2018; porcelain and gold luster.

Co-curated by local poet and artist Samiya Bashir, Elements of Reclamation features work by five local Black artists: Melanie Stevens, Lisa Jarrett, Intisar Abioto, sidony o’neal, and Ori [Gallery]’s own Maya Vivas. Combining facets of sculpture, installation, text, and illustration, the convergence of these powerhouse individuals creates an energetic and potent force field for queer and femme voices. The exhibition begins with Melanie Stevens’s If You’re Watching This, It’s Too Late (2017), a large chiffon and silk print installation, over ten feet, that spans the entirety of Ori. If You’re Watching This, It’s Too Late provides a sort of second entry into the space; viewers first admire the way it hangs tantalizingly close, like a portal, as they walk underneath. Then they have to make a decision as to whether they continue their visit to the left or right of the work, given that the hanging splits the room in two.

Read the full write-up here!

Bashir’s performance mixes science and poetry

The effect was like a haunting fever dream I wanted to stay in. Striking deliberations from that night still penetrate my consciousness now. Phrases like “I bear the long silence of my own extinction,” “Light speed = need = constancy,” “We are our own shadow. We are want of touch. We are biting. We are hungry. We are a stopped carousel” and “Did anyone ever ask?”
Through repetition and renewing contexts, these phrases get absorbed into the listener’s subconscious, rumbling there.
-Sara Fullerton