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Re:Definition: Nate Marshall & Jennifer Perrine

Thu, November 12 from 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm PST
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Nate Marshall and Jennifer Perrine

 

These poetry collections are explicitly concerned with language—vernacular, riffing, reclamation—and the ways words shape our collective American cultural consciousness. Featuring Nate Marshall (Finna) in conversation with Jennifer Perrine (Again), and moderated by Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani (In the Pockets of Small Gods).

In Finna, Nate Marshall’s poems consider the brevity and disposability of Black lives and other oppressed people in our current era of emboldened white supremacy, and the use of the Black vernacular in America’s vast reserve of racial and gendered epithets. Finna explores the erasure of peoples in the American narrative; asks how gendered language can provoke violence; and finally, how the Black vernacular, expands our notions of possibility, giving us a new language of hope.

Jennifer Perrine’s Again riffs on common words—tremendous, terrific, disaster, wall, ban—that have been overused and misused in recent years, made to carry the weight of disturbing connotations. In poems that speak through both a collective voice and a singular, personal one, Again maps the emotional territories of this specific—but not unique—moment in United States history, tracing a path through this surreal landscape, illuminating a terrain of disorientation, grief, and shame at the America we have made.


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Nate Marshall

Nate Marshall is an award-winning writer, rapper, educator, and editor. He is the author and editor of numerous works including Wild HundredsThe BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop and Finna. Nate is a member of The Dark Noise Collective and co-directs Crescendo Literary. He is an assistant professor of English at Colorado College. He is from the South Side of Chicago.

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

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Jennifer Perrine

Jennifer Perrine is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Again (Airlie Press, 2020). Perrine’s other books include No Confession, No Mass, winner of the Publishing Triangle Audre Lorde Award and the Prairie Schooner Book Prize; In the Human Zoo, which was selected for the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize; and The Body Is No Machine. A recipient of fellowships from Literary Arts and the Vermont Studio Center, Perrine lives in Portland.

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

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Anis Mojgani

Anis Mojgani is 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 book is In the Pockets of Small Gods.

Purchase In the Pockets of Small Gods from Broadway Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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