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Pop-up: De-Canon: A Visibility Project presents Shayla Lawson

Sat, Nov 11, 2017 from 10:45 am - 11:00 am PST

Portland local, Shayla Lawson, will read from her forthcoming poetry collection I Think I’m Ready to See Frank Ocean. This pop-up presented in collaboration with De-Canon: A Visibility Project

Lawson is paired with Marine by William Trost Richards; found in the American Art, floor 2, gallery 206. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.

De-Canon: A Visibility Project, based in Portland, Oregon, is a “pop-up library” and web resource project that will showcase literary art by writers/artists of color. Our goal is to put forth an alternative literary “canon” — or multiple canons — that are inclusive, diverse, and multi-storied in their approach to representation. De-Canon wishes to challenge existing ideas of what constitutes the North American literary canon, especially in our current culture.

Shayla Lawson

Shayla Lawson is the author of three books of poetry—A Speed Education in Human Being, the chapbook Pantone, and I Think I’m Ready to see Frank Ocean—and the essay collection This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope. She was born in Rochester, Minnesota, grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, studied architecture in Italy and spent a few years as a Dutch housewife—milkmaid braids and all. She teaches at Amherst College and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Purchase this is Major from Annie Bloom’s Books, one of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners HERE.

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