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Outside In: Poetry and Politics

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm PST
1111 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205

Three of our most exciting contemporary poets discuss their new collections, which experiment with language and form as they critique the status quo and the social order. A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems presents three decades of Marilyn Chin’s poetry, from love lyrics to Asian-American identity anthems, from political and subversive hybrid forms to feminist manifestos. The new collection of poems by Eileen Myles, Evolution, ranges from intimacies and exploration of self to indictment of contemporary politics. Justin Phillip Reeds’ “visceral and teasingly cerebral debut” Indecency, a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award, is at once political and personal, tender and daring, as he confronts masculinity, sexuality, exploitation and the prison industrial complex. Moderated by John Freeman, editor of Freeman’s and author of Maps.

Advance 2018 Portland Book Festival passes available now.

Marilyn Chin

Marilyn Chin was born in Hong Kong. She is the author of four previous poetry collections and a novel. Her latest work is Portrait of the Self as Nation. Her work has appeared in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary PoetryThe Norton Anthology of Literature by Women, and Best American Poetry, among other publications. The winner of the PEN/Josephine Miles Literary Award, five Pushcart Prizes, fellowships from the United States Artists Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, among other honors, she lives in San Diego. Find Marilyn online at marilynchin.org.
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Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles is a poet, novelist, performer and art journalist. Their twenty books include Afterglow (a dog memoir), a 2017 re-issue of Cool for You and I Must Be Living Twice/new and selected poemsChelsea Girls, and most recently Evolution. Eileen is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards, and the Shelley Prize from the PSA. In 2016, Myles received a Creative Capital grant and the Clark Prize for excellence in art writing. Currently they teach at NYU and Naropa University and live in Marfa TX and New York. Visit them online at eileenmyles.com.   

In addition to their festival event, Eileen Myles is appearing in the following festival partner event:

Live Wire with Luke Burbank

featuring special guests Nicole ChungAbbi Jacobson, and Eileen Myles

Saturday, November 10, 2018 Venue: Alberta Rose Theatre Doors: 6:30pm / Show: 7:30pm

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Justin Phillip Reed

Justin Phillip Reed is an American poet, essayist, and amateur bass guitarist whose preoccupations include horror cinema, poetic form, morphological transgressions, and uses of the grotesque. He is the author of two poetry collections, The Malevolent Volume (2020) and Indecency(2018), both published by Coffee House Press. Born and raised in South Carolina, he participates in vague spirituality and alternative rock music cultures and enjoys smelling like outside. He is the 2019-2021 Fellow in Creative Writing at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh.

Purchase The Malevolent Volume from Broadway Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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John Freeman

John Freeman is the editor of Freeman’s, a literary annual published by Grove Press, and executive editor at Alfred A. Knopf. He has written several books of nonfiction including, How to Read a Novelist and Dictionary of the Undoing, as well as three collections of poems, Maps , The Park, and the forthcoming Wind, Trees. Between 2014 and 2020, he edited a series of anthologies on inequality, concluding with Tales of Two Planets, which focuses on the climate crisis and global inequality. His latest books are The Penguin Book of the Modern American Short Story and, with Tracy K. Smith, There's a Revolution Outside, My Love, in which poets, novelists and essayists create a space to respond to catastrophes and racialized violence of 2020. Freeman’s work has been translated into more than 20 languages and appears in The New YorkerThe Paris Review, and Zyzzyva. He lives in London.


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