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Missed Connection: Poetry of Faith and Family

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 10:15 am - 11:15 am PST
1111 SW Broadway Ave Portland, Oregon 97205

The complications of family—the ones we are born into and the ones we make ourselves—and of faith of all kinds preoccupy these three poets. Anis Mojgani’s latest collection, In the Pockets of Small Gods, explores what we do with grief and the many kinds of sorrow in surreal, vulnerable yet frank language. Kristen Tracy’s Half-Hazard follows her from a small Mormon farming community out into the forbidden word, full of near misses, would-be tragedies, and luck. Soap for the Dogs, Stacey Tran’s debut collection, teems with images of family and food as she explores history, memory, and time. Moderated by Neil Aitken, author of Babbage’s Dream.

Advance 2018 Portland Book Festival passes available now.

Anis Mojgani

Poet Laureate of Oregon Anis Mojgani is Oregon's current Poet Laureate and the author of five books of poetry. His work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and in journals Bat City Review, Rattle, Buzzfeed Reader, Thrush, and Forklift Ohio, amongst others. A two time National Poetry Slam Champion and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, Anis has done commissioned work for the Getty Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the Portland Timbers, and has been awarded artist residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, AIR Serenbe, and the Bloedel Nature Reserve. Originally from New Orleans, Anis currently lives in Portland, OR, where he serves on the Board of Directors for Literary Arts. His latest collection is In the Pockets of Small Gods.
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Kristen Tracy

Kristen Tracy grew up outside Yellowstone Park where she learned a lot about bears. She's written twelve novels for young adults and young readers, including Lost ItCamille McPhee Fell Under the BusHung Up, and Project Unpopular. She has an MA in American Literature from Brigham Young University, an MFA in poetry from Vermont College, and a PhD in English from Western Michigan University. She won the Emily Dickinson First Book Award from the Poetry Foundation for her collection Half-Hazard (Graywolf Press, October 2018). Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in literary journals such as Poetry Magazine, the Sun, Southern Review, Threepenny Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. At one time in her life she was a college professor and an aerobics instructor. At another time she was a volunteer gardener on Alcatraz and aspiring bird docent. Now she makes her home in Los Angeles with her husband, Brian Evenson, and their young son. Visit her online at kristentracy.com
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Stacey Tran

Stacey Tran is a writer from Portland, OR. She is the creator of Tender Table, a storytelling series about food, family, identity. Her writing can be found in BOMB Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and diaCRITICS. She is the author of Soap for the Dogs (Gramma, 2018). Visit her online at staceytran.com.

In addition to her festival event, Stacey Tran is appearing in the following festival partner events:

Lit Crawl Portland -- Join us on a madcap literary adventure through the streets of downtown Portland! All events are free and open to the public, and culminate in the Tin House After Party. More info here.

Friday, November 9, 8:00-8:45 p.m.: Our Words Are a Bridge: An Evening with The Rumpus, VIDA, and YesYes Books

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Neil Aitken

Neil Aitken is the author of two books of poetry, The Lost Country of Sight (Anhinga 2008), which won the Philip Levine Prize, and Babbage’s Dream (Sundress 2017), as well as a chapbook of poetry, Leviathan (Hyacinth Girl Press 2016). He is the founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review and his own poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, American Literary Review, The Collagist, Crab Orchard Review, Ninth Letter, Southern Poetry Review, and many other literary journals. Born in Vancouver, BC, Neil grew up in Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and various parts of western United States and Canada. He now resides in Vancouver, Washington where he works as a creative writing coach and workshop facilitator. He also co-directs De-Canon: A Visibility Project, a mobile reading library that showcases work by writers of color. Visit him online at neil-aitken.com

In addition to his festival event, Neil Aitken is teaching the following workshop: 

Healing the Fractures: Writing From Deep Experience  Saturday, November 10, 2018 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Info HERE 
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