12:00pm PST // Where does poetry live? Where does it breathe? And what makes it dance? This reading will answer those questions insufficiently but entertainingly. Modeled after the popular 14-year-old series at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City, four poets who occupy different places on the continuum from page to stage—from the National Book Award to the National Poetry Slam—read "popcorn style," with no set order and sometimes not even a set list in an ongoing poetic conversation. Read more.
7:00pm PST // Join Affrilachian Poets Mitchell L.H. Douglas, Crystal Good, Ellen Hagan, Randall Horton, Amanda Johnston, Shayla Lawson, and Frank X Walker for an evening of Fire & Desire in the library of Portland's notoriously historic 50 Shades of Grey hotel. Read more.
7:00pm PST// Opossum Magazine treads the fence line 'twixt music and literature. Live: Shayla Lawson and her Oceanographers explore the depths of Frank Ocean; The Thermals' Hutch Harris plays a solo set; and Opossum contributors Elena Passarello, Tatiana Ryckman, Cyrus Cassells, Melissa Stephenson, and many more read their work. Local acts Mule on Fire and The Weak Knees get you nodding your head and moving your feet, all midst the red velvet curtains of Portland's Secret Society. A small cover charge goes to the bands. First 25 through the door get a free copy of Opossum w/ 7" record! Read more.
The mission of Torch Literary Arts is to promote the work of Black women and girls by publishing contemporary creative writing by experienced and emerging writers alike, to archive contributor's literary work for posterity and educational purposes, and provide resources and opportunities for the advancement of Black women and girls through literary arts.
Thursday, March 29, Shayla Lawson joins Hafizah Geter and Cortney Lamar Charleston for a reading at Berl's in Brooklyn.
Cortney Lamar Charleston is the author of Telepathologies, selected by D.A. Powell for the 2016 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. He was awarded a 2017 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and he has also received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Conversation Literary Festival and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. His poems have appeared in POETRY, New England Review, Gulf Coast, TriQuarterly, River Styx and elsewhere. He serves as a poetry editor at The Rumpus.
Born in Zaria, Nigeria, Hafizah Geter serves on the board of VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts, and co-curates the reading series EMPIRE with Ricardo Maldonado. She is a 2017-2018 92Y Women in Power Fellow. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Narrative Magazine, Gulf Coast, Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and West Branch, among others. She is on the poetry committee for the Brooklyn Book Festival and is currently an editor for Little A from Amazon Publishing.
Shayla will be leading a discussion/workshop on Maggie Nelson’s Bluets (2009). This lecture is part of the Critical Studies MA Program lecture series, which seeks out diverse writers and thinkers to involve the community in critically engaging topics.
Free and open to the public
Join Amenta Abioto, D.J. Max, Jane Smith (of DNVN), & The Oceanographers for the launch of I Think I'm Ready to See Frank Ocean.
Writing at the Crossroads: Exploring the Interface Between Music and Literature. (John Edgar, Rob Spillman, Cyrus Cassells, Melissa Stephenson, Shayla Lawson)
Songs and stories, symphonies and poems, the echo of a nearly forgotten tune on the edge of a memory— music often animates, in subtle and direct ways, the written word. Here, authors from across genres discuss dealing with the difficult connections at play between the page and ear, when music is a not-so-silent character in their work.
In the years following the success of Claudia Rankine's Citizen, what work is answering the call toward more dynamic, vulnerable, and demanding literary activism? During this Delve seminar, we work creating the new 'American lyric': Thief in the Interior by Phillip B. Williams and Of Being Dispersed by Simone White.
Sara Larsen is a poet living in Oakland. Her new book Merry Hell has been recently released by Atelos. Her previous book is All Revolutions Will Be Fabulous (Printing Press, 2014). Sara has performed her work widely, including at The Poetry Project, the Berkeley Art Museum, Grace Cathedral, and LitQuake. Over the course of two years, she and David Brazil published more than 60 issues of the seminal literary zine Try Magazine.
Shayla Lawson is (and / or, at times, has been) an amateur acrobat, an architect, a Dutch housewife, & dog mother to one irascible hound. She has written for Tin House, ESPN, Salon, The Offing, Guernica, and is the author of the forthcoming I Think I'm Ready to See Frank Ocean.
Sara Sutter is a poet based in Portland, OR. She's the author of the chapbooks O to Be Dragon & Sirenomelia, and she's slowly and semi-diligently at work on two more manuscripts. Sara helps curate the series P.U.R.R. - Poets United to Read, Rouse, & Resist.
$5 suggested donation for the readers (no one turned away)
poems online at www.flim.com/spareroom
Tight. Moving. Aural. Physical. Breath. Beat. Lost. Loose. Breathless. Minutes? Months? Meters? Monsters? Monograms? Macaroons? 15 m = ? Four ways. Samiya Bashir dreamcasts Portland poets Shayla Lawson and Dao Strom, plus special guest Ronaldo V. Wilson and collaborating artist Roland Dahwen Wu, as together they guide poetry through space. Four ways. Solve for the poem. What? See for yourself.
The non-traditional texts of writers Claudia Rankine and Maggie Nelson have garnered critical and commercial success that has brought new audiences to the world of contemporary poetry. But are these works poetry? What defines the ways in which we define genre, exhibit our observations, champion our individual lyric?
In this class, students will erase the battle line drawn between the poetry and prose. We will commandeer creative license in order to deconstruct the notion of form. Using the texts of contemporary poets Nelson, Rankine, and others, participantswill find the spaces in which hybridity can open their own work to conquer uncharted narratives. The class will include an in-depth study of contemporary form through the examination of class texts, independent writing, and inquiry-based workshops.