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Self Portrait: Poetry of the Body

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PST
1111 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205

Intimate yet forceful, these three collections grapple with what it is to be in this world in a human body, specifically in a woman’s body—as the body ages, gives birth, changes. National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Ada Limón’s The Carrying explores those moments between: between youth and maturity, between pain and ecstasy, all adding up to the dizzying fullness of our too-short lives. In Fruit Geode, Alicia Jo Rabins traces the ritual mysteries of motherhood to examine what it means to be transformed. The debut collection from Ashley Toliver, Spectra, pushes at the limits of relationships and identity in intimate, innovative, poems that explore mothering, loss, and the self. Moderated by Mindy Nettifee, author of Open Your Mouth Like a Bell.

Advance 2018 Portland Book Festival passes available now.

Ada Limón

Ada Limón is the author of Bright Dead Things, which was named a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Kingsley Tufts Award, and was named one of the Top Ten Poetry Books of the 2015 by The New York Times. Her previous collections include Sharks in the RiversLucky Wreck, and This Big Fake WorldThe Carrying is her fifth. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and American Poetry Review, among others. She serves on the faculty of the Queens University of Charlotte Low Residency MFA program, and the 24Pearl Street online program for the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She also works as a freelance writer and lives in Lexington, Kentucky. Visit her online at adalimon.com

In addition to her festival event, Ada Limón 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.: Poetry Karaoke: Celebrity Edition with Mule on Fire

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Alicia Jo Rabins

Alicia Jo Rabins is a poet, composer, performer and Torah teacher. Her most recent book of poetry is Fruit GeodeDivinity School, her first book of poetry, was selected by C.D. Wright for the APR/Honickman First Book Prize in 2015; her poems and personal essays have appeared in PloughsharesTin HouseTablet, and American Poetry Review. An internationally touring violinist and singer, Rabins is the creator and performer of Girls in Trouble, a feminist indie-folk song cycle about women in Torah, and has toured Central America and Kuwait playing fiddle music as a cultural ambassador for the US State Department. Alicia lives in Portland, OR with her partner and two children. She loves plants, ancient texts, and coffee.


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Ashley Toliver

Ashley Toliver is the author of Ideal Machine (Poor Claudia, 2014) and Spectra (Coffee House Press, 2018). A poetry editor at Moss., her work has been supported by fellowships from Oregon Literary Arts, the Cave Canem Foundation, and the Academy of American Poets. She received her MFA from Brown University in 2013.

Purchase Spectra from BROADWAY BOOKS or ANNIE BLOOM'S BOOKS, two of our Portland-based, independent bookstore partners.

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Mindy Nettifee

Dr. Mindy Nettifee is a depth psychology researcher, somatic educator and therapist, and award-winning writer and performance poet. She is one of the producers of Back Fence PDX, and a host and storyteller for The Moth. In addition to her many years teaching the craft of live storytelling, she has taught creative writing and performance workshops at several places, including NYU and Lewis & Clark college. Her current research and practice focus on the role of voice and expression in trauma healing.
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