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Poetry and Politics

Thu, May 11, 2017 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PDT
925 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97205

Join Allison Joseph, Margaret Rhee, Sam Roxas-Chua, and Neil Aitken for a reading followed by a moderated panel discussion on the subject of literary activism, social justice, intersectionality ,feminism, and allyship.

Allison Joseph lives in Carbondale,  Illinois, where she directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Southern Illinois University.  She serves as poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review.  Her books and chapbooks include What Keeps Us Here (Ampersand Press), Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon University Press), In Every Seam (University of Pittsburgh Press), Worldly Pleasures (Word Tech Communications), Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon UP), Voice: Poems (Mayapple Press), My Father’s Kites (Steel Toe Books),Trace Particles (Backbone Press), Little Epiphanies (Imaginary Friend Press), Mercurial (Mayapple Press), Mortal Rewards (White Violet Press), Multitudes (Word Poetry), The Purpose of Hands (Glass Lyre Press),Corporal Muse (Yellow Chair Press), Double Identity (Singing Bone Press) and What Once You Loved (Barefoot Muse Press). She is the literary partner and wife of poet and editor Jon Tribble.

Margaret Rhee is the author of chapbooks Yellow (Tinfish Press, 2011) and Radio Heart; or, How Robots Fall Out of Love (Finishing Line Press, 2015). She co-edited Glitter Tongue: queer and trans love poems and Mixed Blood, a literary journal on race and innovative poetics edited byCS Giscombe. She is a Kundiman Fellow and held the Kathy Acker Fellowship at Les Figues Press. In 2014, she received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in ethnic and new media studies. Currently, she is a visiting assistant professor in Women and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon.

Sam Roxas-Chua is a poet and visual artist from Eugene, Oregon. He has been called “a man who can take any kind of physical material and transform them into art,” his writings have been called “tidal,” and Poet Dorianne Laux says, “Like Jack Gilbert before him, Roxas-Chua reaches beyond the imagery and emotions we expect—creating his own universe, logic, and definitions of the beautiful.”

His first book Fawn Language was published by Tebot Bach in 2013 and his current manuscript, Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater was a finalist for the Kundiman/Tupelo Press book prize. His poems have appeared in various journals including Narrative MagazineDecember MagazineCream City Review, and the forthcoming issue of Basalt Magazine. His collection of poems, Diary of Collected Summers, won the first place award in the 7th Annual Missouri Review Audio Competition in poetry. In 2014, Sam was commissioned by the poet Marvin Bell to create, design, and publish a book: The Dorothy Poems. He is the owner of The Poetry Loft, a small business dedicated to community writing workshops and the promotion of poets and writers. He holds an MFA from Pacific University.

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.