Friday Dec 8
Ancient Wisdom: 12 Poets Of Color
@ Ford Food and Drink
2505 SE 11th Ave
7:15 Anna Vo
7:25 Neil Aitken
7:35 Ryan Nakano
7:45 Sea Mason
8:00 Jake Vermaas
8:15 Jenna Fletcher
8:30 Julian Smuggles
8:45 Jamila Osman
9:00 Stacey Tran
9:15 Kalimah Abioto
9:30 Stephanie Adams-Santos
9:45 Kiki Nicole
Friday Dec 8
Brandon Shimoda and Stacey Tran will read from their recent books of poems.
Stacey Tran is a writer from Portland, Oregon. She curates Tender Table and her writing can be found in diaCRITICS, The Fanzine, Gramma, and The Volta. Wendy’s Subway released her first chapbook, Fake Haiku (February 2017). Her first full-length book, Soap for the Dogs, is forthcoming from Gramma (Spring 2018). Read more about the author at staceytran.com.
Brandon Shimoda’s most recent books are Evening Oracle (poetry/prose, Letter Machine), which received the 2016 William Carlos Williams Award, and Portuguese(poetry, Octopus and Tin House). He is also the co-editor of books by poet/painters Etel Adnan and Wong May. He is currently researching/writing a book about the “ruins” of Japanese American incarceration. He lives, for now, in the desert.
In Possible Reading Order (for now, subject, as ever, to change for Readers's convenience and preferences and etceter etcetera). Possiby more readers to come.
Join Literary Arts for a multigenerational community celebration to honor the release of Fireweed Blossoms, a stunning collection of poetry by local writer Kazumi Heshiki. Kazumi was born on Okinawa Island in 1930 and his book reflects a lifetime of reflection in various states and countries. "In this breath-taking collection," says Lo Kwa Mei-En, "Kazumi Heshiki colors the human relationship to the world with natural gravity and creative luminescence. Every poem tilts the world into a unique quality of light."
Poems from Fireweed Blossoms will be performed alongside drummers from Portland TAIKO by a dynamite cast of readers, including: Neil Aitken, Trevino Brings Plenty, RaShaunda Brooks, Natalie Figueroa, Jenna Marie Fletcher, Stacey Tran, Vaughn Kimmons, Ryan Nakano, Chris Rose, and Sam Roxas-Chuas.
Doors open at 6:30pm | FREE & EVERYBODY WELCOME
ZZZ will host readings too! Please join Gramma in welcoming to Seattle erica lewis, whose new collection, mary wants to be a superwoman, is out from Third Man Books. Fellow readers will be Gramma's Stacey Tran and Sarah Galvin, as well as Seattle Arts and Lectures writer-in-residence Alex Gallo-Brown.
Join us for a screening of three Portland-made films which explore passages of migration between homelands, texts, dreams and molecules.
MORE INFO HERE
HAFT-SEEN (2017, 30 mins.), a visual poem written and scored by Roland Dahwen Wu, Jonathan Raissi, and Stacey Tran, is an homage to immigrant experiences and first-generation narratives of inheritance, spirituality, and the diasporic threads we weave and pass on through generations.
SIGHT (2017, 17 mins.) is a sci-fi/dream/exploration about using your gifts. Directed by Kalimah Abioto, this is a short experimental film about a little girl who travels to different dimensions in her dreams.
FIELD THEORIES (2017, 9 mins.), a collaboration between Samiya Bashir, Roland Dahwen Wu, and keyon gaskin, remixes and reimagines written work from Bashir’s third collection of poetry. These three Portland-made films explore migrations between countries, between molecules, between people, between texts, between dreams.
Join us for this full-day festival led by artists of color exploring what it means to immigrate, migrate, and find home -- the first of its kind hosted by APANO in East Portland!
Film screening at 11:30am and 2:30pm: HAFT-SEEN (2017, 30 mins.), a visual poem written and scored by Roland Dahwen Wu, Jonathan Raissi, and Stacey Tran, is an homage to immigrant experiences and first-generation narratives of inheritance, spirituality, and the diasporic threads we weave and pass on through generations.
Poetry reading at 1:30pm: Anna Vo, Jamila Osman, Stacey Tran
HAFT-SEEN (2017, 30 mins.), a visual poem written and scored by Stacey Tran, Jonathan Raissi, and Roland Dahwen Wu, is an homage to immigrant experiences and first-generation narratives of inheritance, spirituality, and the diasporic threads we weave and pass on through generations.
Join us for a second screening of the film at UNA Gallery, hosted by De-Canon. Doors at 8pm, film screening will begin promptly at 8:30pm.
This event is free and all ages are welcome.
Untold Passage presents the work of artists recovering the unwritten histories of immigrant communities shown alongside the work of contemporary poets representing the unquantifiable aspects of those experiences. It takes up the politics of narrative that structure the representations of our world in words, the interface between visual arts and poetry, and the increased interest in historiography and recuperation of lost narratives.
The exhibition’s title holds a doubled meaning: untold, referring to that which is incalculable and unarticulated, and passage, pointing not only to the movement of bodies but also a fragment of text. Untold Passage features artists Zhi Lin, Mary Ann Peters, Rodrigo Valenzuela, and collaborative duo x y x as well as poets Stacey Tran + Becky Nguyen (Gramma Poetry Press), Ocean Vuong, and Javier Zamora (Copper Canyon Press). The exhibition’s accompanying catalog is made possible with the support of Gramma Poetry Press.
Please join Gramma Poetry and Revolution Hall to celebrate the release of Donald Dunbar's incredible new book, SAFE WORD, fresh off the press! It would be an honor to see you there!
Readers include : Donald Dunbar, Tommy Pico, Anastacia-Renee, Stacey Tran, Becky Win, Joseph Mains, and Paul Longo.
This event is brought to you by Handsome Pizza, Pink Hanky, The Racist Sandwich Podcast, and Portland Underground Grad School. It is a fundraiser for the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, a humanitarian organization dedicated to serve immigrants and refugees. ** Show starts at 6pm ** Price: $20 ($10 w/ food handler card) **
HELLO PORTLAND! Please join Gramma to celebrate the releases of its first two full-length books : UGLY TIME, by Sarah Galvin (Seattle), and COMMUNITY GARDEN FOR LONELY GIRLS, by Christine Shan Shan Hou (Brooklyn). Portland Gramma family members Stacey Tran, Shayla Lawson, and Patricia No will also delight us with their words.
**FREE + OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. BOOKS ON $ALE. JOIN US IN SOLIDARITY AND LOVE.**
SARAH GALVIN is the author of a book of poems, The Three Einsteins (Poor Claudia, 2014) and a book of essays, The Best Party of Our Lives (Sasquatch, 2015). Her poetry and essays can be also found in The Guardian, io, New Ohio Review, Vice Magazine, and Pinwheel, among others. She is a regular contributor to The Stranger newspaper. She is a winner of the 2015 Lottery Grant, a 2015 James W. Ray award nominee, and was considered for what would have been the first Radio Flyer Wagon DUI in Washington State history.
CHRISTINE SHAN SHAN HOU is a poet and artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Publications include “I'm Sunlight” (The Song Cave, 2016), C O N C R E T E S O U N D (2011), a collaborative artists’ book with artist Audra Wolowiec, and Accumulations (Publication Studio, 2010). christinehou.com
STACEY TRAN is a writer from Portland, OR. She curates Tender Table, a storytelling series about food featuring POC, queer, femme voices. Her work can be found in The Fanzine, diaCRITICS, GRAMMA, and The Volta, among others. Wendy's Subway released her first chapbook, Fake Haiku (February, 2017). staceytran.com
SHAYLA LAWSON is the author of I Think I'm Ready to See Frank Ocean (Saturnalia Books, 2018). She has written for Salon, Guernica, & ESPN. She is a former Scholar-in-Residence at the Giorgio Cini Foundation of Venice, Italy and a 2017 MacDowell Fellow.
PATRICIA NO is a writer, editor, and publisher in Portland, OR. She is the co-founder of Publication Studio and is an editor at Weekday, an annual literary magazine.
This month's theme is Union. What brings us together in union? How are we communal? What connotations does “union” carry in politics, public, personal lives? How does the system work to unite people/tear people apart? Can our nation ever be united?
All proceeds from the door and a percentage of all art sold will go directly to Black Lives Matter. Sliding scale entry fee of $7-10.
Special Portland event! A poetry reading featuring Steven Karl of Tokyo, Japan, and erica lewis of San Francisco, with Portlanders Allison Cobb and Stacey Tran.
Allison Cobb is the author of Born2, Green-Wood, Plastic: an autobiography, and After We All Died, just out from Ahsahta Press and a finalist for the National Poetry Series. allisoncobb.net
erica lewis lives in San Francisco where she is a fine arts publicist. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in various online and print anthologies and journals. Books include the precipice of jupiter, camera obscura (both collaborations with artist Mark Stephen Finein), murmur in the inventory, and daryl hall is my boyfriend, book one in the box set trilogy. mary wants to be a superwoman, book two, is forthcoming from Jack White’s Third Man Books in 2017. Recent chapbooks include publications from Belladonna, Lame House Press, and After Hours/The Song Cave. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Steven Karl is the author of Dork Swagger (Coconut Books, 2013) and Sister (Noemi Press, 2016) and is the editor-in-chief for Sink Review. Recent poetry and non-fiction has appeared in Pinwheel, Jellyfish, Entropy, The Volta, Coldfront Magazine, and The First Time I Heard My Bloody Valentine. Born in Philadelphia, he currently lives in Tokyo, Japan.
Stacey Tran is a writer living in Portland, OR. Her work can be found in The Volta, The Fanzine, Gramma Poetry, and more. Wendy's Subway is publishing her first chapbook, FAKE HAIKU, February 2017.www.staceytran.com
"Throughout history, culture and art have always been the celebration of freedom under oppression."
- Author unknown
Please join us Thursday, February 2nd for the opening reception of UNA’s first 2017 exhibition: Art as Resistance.
Featuring artwork from Maya Vivas, Dan Pillers, Andrea Beck, Carlos González Acosta and Maximiliano. Art as Resistance celebrates local POC, Femme, and Queer artists employing personal identity as a means of opposition.
In addition to the visual work, Stacey Tran and Sara Sutter, two Portland poets and artists, will perform from their project: Resistance Somatics.
As always, we thank you for helping us serve these incredible artists and hope you’ll join us in recognition of their efforts!
Word Night No. 1 ft. James Gendron, Stacey Tran, Jay Ritchie, Laura Bardsley, Andrew Jamieson, Selena Mae, Andrea Bridgeman