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In the Labyrinth: Pop Culture, Science, and Mythology in Poetry

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 from 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm PST
1111 SW Broadway Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

Poetry of the natural world, the unknown universe; of love and the undoing of love; of identity and history. In Escape Velocity, Bonnie Arning tells the love story of a marriage and of loving oneself. Samiya Bashir explores quantum mechanics, race, and love in Field Theories. And Nicole Sealey’s debut collection, Ordinary Beast, ranges from the philosophical to emotional as she examines the natural world, race, sexuality, and more. With moderator Natalie Garyet of Tavern Books.

Bonnie Arning

Bonnie Arning is a poet from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her work has appeared in Narrative, Prairie Schooner, The Colorado Review, and others. Her first collection, Escape Velocity, was selected for the Mountain West Poetry Series in 2017. Currently, she lives and teaches in Corvallis, Oregon. 
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Samiya Bashir

Samiya Bashir’s previous books of poetry, Gospel and Where the Apple Falls, exist. Sometimes she makes poems of dirt. Sometimes zeros and ones. Sometimes variously rendered text. Sometimes light. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with a magic cat who shares her obsessions with trees and blackbirds and occasionally crashes her classes and poetry salons at Reed College. Her most recent book is Field Theories.
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Nicole Sealey

Born in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. and raised in Apopka, Florida, Nicole Sealey is the author of Ordinary Beast, forthcoming from Ecco in fall 2017, and The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named, winner of the 2015 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize. Her other honors include an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review, a Daniel Varoujan Award and the Poetry International Prize, as well as fellowships from CantoMundo, Cave Canem Foundation, MacDowell Colony and the Poetry Project. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and elsewhere. Nicole holds an MLA in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida and an MFA in creative writing from New York University. She is the executive director at Cave Canem Foundation.
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Natalie Garyet

Natalie Garyet is the Managing Editor of Tavern Books, a Portland, Oregon-based non-profit poetry press dedicated to publishing poetry in translation and reviving out-of-print collections. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Lewis & Clark Literary Review, The Grove Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Mantis, and Phantom, and have been featured on Oregon Poetic Voices and in the Fall/Winter 2014 Poetry Press Week. Her chapbook, Slow Witness, was published by Berberis Press in 2013.
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