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Indivisible: Politics & Protest

Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
1111 SW Broadway Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

Three poets offer personal perspectives on the state of the nation. In Hybrida, Tina Chang confronts the complexities of raising a mixed-race child during an era of political upheaval in the United States, ruminating on the relationship between her son’s blackness and his safety, exploring the dangers of childhood in a post–Trayvon Martin era, and invoking racialized roles in fairy tales. Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff by Anthony McCann is a clarifying, exhilarating story of a nation facing an uncertain future and a murky past in 2016, a time of great collective reckoning. The essays in Wendy Willis’s These Are Strange Times, My Dear work within that largely unmapped place where the heartbreaks and uncertainties of one’s inner life brush up against the cruelties and responsibilities of politics and government and our daily lives. Moderated by John Freeman, author of Dictionary of the Undoing and editor of Freeman’s.

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Tina Chang

Tina Chang was raised in New York City. She is the first female to be named Poet Laureate of Brooklyn and is the author of the collections of poetry Hybrida (2019), Of Gods & Strangers (2011), and Half-Lit Houses (2004). She is also the co-editor of the W.W. Norton anthology Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (2008). She is the recipient of awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Academy of American Poets, Poets & Writers, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and the Van Lier Foundation among others. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and she is also a member of the international writing faculty at the City University of Hong Kong.
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Anthony McCann

Anthony McCann is the author of the poetry collections Thing Music, I Heart Your Fate, and Moongarden. His debut nonfiction title is Shadowlands: Fear and Freedom at the Oregon Standoff. He currently teaches creative writing at the California Institute of the Arts and in the Low-Residency MFA program of the University of California, Riverside. Born and raised in the Hudson Valley, McCann now lives in the Mojave Desert.

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Wendy Willis

Wendy Willis is a writer living in Portland, Oregon. Winner of the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize, she has published two books of poetry, and in journals, including New England ReviewOregon HumanitiesPoetry NorthwestThe RumpusZócalo Public Square, and ZYZZYVA. Her most recent book is the essay collection These Are Strange Times, My Dear. Willis is a lawyer, the executive director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, and the founder and director of Oregon’s Kitchen Table. 
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John Freeman

John Freeman is an American writer and literary critic. A graduate of Swarthmore College, Freeman is the editor of Freeman’s, a literary biannual, and author of three books of nonfiction, Dictionary of the Undoing, The Tyranny of E-mail and How to Read a Novelist, and the book of poetry, Maps. He has also edited two anthologies of writing on inequality, Tales of Two Cities and Tales of Two Americas. The former editor of Granta, he lives in New York, where he teaches at The New School and is writer-in-residence at New York University. The executive editor at LitHub, he has published poems in Zyzzyva, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The Nation. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. 
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