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Jake Skeets

Jake Skeets is Black Streak Wood, born for Water’s Edge. He is Diné from Vanderwagen, New Mexico. He holds an MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Skeets is a winner of the 2018 Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Contest and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Skeets edits an online publication called Cloudthroat and organizes a poetry salon and reading series called Pollentongue, based in the Southwest. He is a member of Saad Bee Hózhǫ́: A Diné Writers’ Collective and currently teaches at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona. His debut poetry collection is Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers

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November 2019

Look Closer: Poetry and Myth Remaking


November 9 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Portland’5 Winningstad Theatre (Poetry Foundation Stage), 1111 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205

The characters in these three poetry collections confront different kinds of displacement: from the body, from home, from time. In Oculus, Sally Wen Mao explores exile not just as a matter of distance and displacement, but as a migration through…

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Frontiers: Reconsidering the American West


November 9 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Portland Art Museum, Miller Gallery (Mark & Ann Edlen Family Stage), 1119 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

New perspectives on the stories and characters that have shaped and are still definiing the American West. Jake Skeets’s debut poetry collection, Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, is an unflinching portrait of the actual West, and a fierce…

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Pop-up: The Rumpus presents Kristen Arnett, Jake Skeets, & Malcolm Tariq


November 9 @ 2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205 United States

Portland Book Festival presenting authors Kristen Arnett, Jake Skeets, and Malcolm Tariq join forces for a pop-up reading in the Portland Art Museum Galleries. This pop-up is presented in collaboration with The Rumpus.  The group is paired with Medium by…

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