“The “poetry reading” as a form has long felt tired to me. I want poems to live in 3D, as body, as hologram. I’m making poems right now whose prosody is haptic pulse. I’m trying to get the body to the poem, the poem to the body, as “nowly” as I imagine or experience it. I’m intrigued by where this allowance of the work to stretch and breathe and be itself might go.”
Oh Dearest Austin — I am so happy to return to you after ten whole years! Let’s make some poetry magic!
What a wild ride having 10+ thousand of my closest and dearest friends in town for the week! Here are a few images from some beautiful poetry readings, dance parties, and catch-up time with beloveds!
Photos copyright the DIVINE Nina Johnson! I am so grateful for her presence and her eye this weekend!
From a hotbed panel on gentrification and literature with Mitchell S. Jackson, Jess Row, Jen Fitzgerald, and Tiana Kahakauwila to my featured reading, The Consequences of Silence, with Simon Armitage, Camille Dungy, and Marcello Hernandez Castillo, Thursday’s first official day of AWP was quite a journey. Here are some images, taken by the Divine Ms. Nina Johnson, from The Consequences of Silence. Thanks to Blue Flower Arts for organizing such a great event!
Me to a beloved former student on the eve of her first #AWP19:
“Oh right, I should have warned you. AWP’s like going up to your favorite, most beautiful and beloved rock in the world. The rock around which you’ve set up your whole life. And lifting it up and looking underneath.” Also, here are some safely unsafe spaces in which you’ll find me:
Get your tickets today! This party is about to save your Friday night.
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Join us in celebrating the power of poetry at the Work Center’s 4th Annual Poetry Festival. The Festival includes weeklong workshops by some of our nation’s most inspired and awarded poets. Evening events include faculty readings and artist talks, concerts, student readings and open studios.
SUMMER + POEMS + MAGIC? I GOT YOU!
Fine Arts Work Center
POETRY FESTIVAL part one!
July 28-August 2, 2019
Keynote: Eileen Myles
Poetry Workshop Faculty:
Gabriel Fried: Revising Poems with the Poetry Editor of Persea Books
ALAN SHAPIRO: Writing Under the Influence - Creative Imitation
Brenda Shaughnessy: Why Are We Poets?
CARMEN GIMÉNEZ SMITH: Revision Praxis
CRAIG MORGAN TEICHER: Poetry as Conversation
Monica Youn: The Poet’s Toolkit
The broadsides are up! A great start. Seeing them, finally, all frameand up is just...I was speechless. Five years in the making this exhibit is, a retrospective mid-stream.
What an honor. Thank you, poets and writers, for trusting us with your work. More posts about this fantastic exhibition to come!
In the Chicago area? The show opens Thursday, February 7th @ 6:00 PM
@ The Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior Street, Chicago, IL (map)
Free Admission + Open to the Public!
This fall I have had a magical class of students in my Intro Poetry Studeio — a cohesive group committed to each other’s growth. It’s a dream. I’m so glad Reed sent some fantastic photographers to document this class. Thank you to my students for a beautiful Fall Term!
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 Poets.org and via email, social media, and syndication, Poem-a-Day is one of the largest platforms for a poet to share new work.
Subscribe to the free email version of the series here.
“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.
Consequences of Silence
As poets, we love language—and fight with it. Language (in the mouth, on the page) is one way humans can experience and express the world: not only words on a page, but a bodily feeling as one speaks and hears poetry. These are ways language creates meaning, and helps us define ourselves, and belong. The illusion of belonging is when language fails us; draws us in, but holds us at a distance. True belonging is when language connects us across time, languages, cultures, and emotional divides.
Oregon Ballroom 201-202, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2
Thursday, March 28, 4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
So Long, Wordstock… Portland Book Festival Draws Remarkable Crowds with Bestselling Writers
Russ Foust, November 16, 2018
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.”
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.Read More
“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.”
November 9, 2018
Nationally recognized, award-winning poet Samiya Bashir will hold a special poetry event on the Mt. Hood campus on Thursday, Nov. 15.
She will read selections from her poetry book and discuss these and other works from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Visual Arts Theatre. Her visit is the latest in the “Mouths of Others” speaker series hosted by the MHCC humanities department.
Bashir is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Reed College in Portland, and is held in high regard in the modern poetry community at large.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Berkeley and a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Michigan. She’s a founding member of Fire and Ink – an African-American-centric, LGBT, writers festival and advocacy group.
Bashir’s works focus on countless varied and complicated topics, ranging from the daily melodrama and insanity of life, to reflections of her existence as an African-American in the world today.
Her latest book, “Field Theories,” takes a hint from the laws of thermodynamics and plays with double meanings surrounding scientific vernacular and terminology, such as “Blackbody Curve” or “Blackbody Radiation.” She contrasts the jargon with the primarily white-dominated field of science, and much of the world as a whole.
Besides her writing, Bashir has produced works in the form of various multimedia projects, ranging from short videos and audio clips to photos and art installments.
To help promote the release of her new book, she teamed up with visual artist Roland Dahwen Wu to create an impressive series of short, spoken-word re-imaginings of her poems.
Her work has been described as psychedelic and even “mind-warping,” and her performances are powerful.
“Like love: first you pick up; then you lay down; then discard; then discard; then discard. That’s love. Right?” — Samiya Bashir
Join Words@Manoa for
An Evening with Poet Samiya Bashir
Samiya 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. In October 2017 she was awarded the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature She has been the recipient of numerous other awards, grants, fellowships, and residencies, and is a founding organizer of Fire & Ink, an advocacy organization and writer’s festival for LGBT writers of African descent.
The reading will be followed by a booksigning. Books, provided by the UH Manoa Bookstore, will be available for purchase.
Food will be provided by Da Spot.
There's no need to pre-register for this event.
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.
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!
Thanks to Signature Reads for a sweet interjection into a summer’s day...
Find all 11 books and the entire write-up here: