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Submitted by member Nasrin: A couple of months ago, I started planning which AWP events I would attend, and there's no event about which I have been more excited than the de-canon 'Team Mashallah Reading'. Some of the world's most essential writers will be reading at the De-Canon Library / ArtHaus at Milepost 5 on the 27th of March. Seriously, this isn't to be missed! 8155 NE Oregon St | Portland, OR 97213 | free Featured readers: • Hanif Abdurraqib | Abdurraqib is a poet, writer, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. He is a Callaloo Creative Writing Fellow, a writing fellow at Yale University, and previously worked for MTV News, where he wrote about the intersections of music, culture, and identity. His first full-length collection, 'The Crown Ain't Worth Much', was one of 2016's best-selling poetry books and was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book prize. He is a member of the poetry collective Echo Hotel with poet/essayist Eve L. Ewing. (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/hanif-abdurraqib) • Kaveh Akbar | Akbar is an Iranian-American poet and scholar. He is the author of 'Calling a Wolf a Wolf', published by Alice James Books in the US and Penguin Books in the UK, and the chapbook, 'Portrait of the Alcoholic'. In 2014, he founded the poetry interview website Divedapper. Akbar has received a Pushcart and a Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. In 2016, Akbar was a recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. He was born in Tehran, Iran, and is currently a professor in the MFA program at Purdue University and in the low-residency program at Randolph College. (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/kaveh-akbar) • Fatimah Asghar | Asghar is a Pakistani-Kashmiri-American poet and screenwriter. Co-creator and writer for the Emmy-nominated webseries Brown Girls, her work has appeared in POETRY Magazine, Gulf Coast, BuzzFeed Reader, The Margins, The Offing, Academy of American Poets, and other publications. Asghar is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and a Kundiman Fellow. In 2017, she was a recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and listed on Forbes’s 30 under 30 list. (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/fatimah-asghar) • Safia Elhillo | Elhillo is a Sudanese-American poet known for her written and spoken poetry. Elhillo received a BA from the Gallatin School at New York University and an MFA in poetry from The New School. Elhillo has performed all around the world. Her work has received the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets and a 2018 Arab American Book Award. With Fatimah Asghar, she is co-editor of the anthology 'Halal If You Hear Me'. (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/safia-elhillo) • Angel Nafis | Nafis is the author of BlackGirl Mansion. Nafis is a Cave Canem fellow, the recipient of a Millay Colony residency, an Urban Word NYC mentor, and the founder and curator of the Greenlight Bookstore Poetry Salon. In 2011 she represented the LouderArts poetry project at both the Women of the World Poetry Slam and the National Poetry Slam. With poet Morgan Parker, she runs The Other Black Girl Collective, an internationally touring Black Feminist poetry duo. In 2016, Nafis was a recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/angel-nafis) About de-canon: A Visibility Project (https://www.de-canon.com/)
• What we'll do For April 2019, Free Range Poetry welcomes featured local readers Carolyn Martin and James Merrill, and Salem-based Marc Janssen. About each: MARC JANSSEN Marc Janssen is an internationally published poet and poetic activist. His work has appeared haphazardly in printed journals and anthologies such as Off the Coast, Cirque Journal, Penumbra, The Ottawa Arts Review and Manifest West. He also coordinates poetry events in the Willamette Valley of Oregon including the Salem Poetry Project, a weekly reading, and Salem Poetry Festival. CAROLYN MARTIN From Assistant Professor of English to management trainer to retiree, Carolyn Martin has journeyed from New Jersey to Oregon to discover Douglas firs, months of rain, and dry summers. Her poems and book reviews have appeared in publications throughout North America and the UK, and her fourth collection, A Penchant for Masquerades, is schedule for release in February 2019. She is currently the poetry editor of Kosmos Quarterly. JAMES MERRILL James Merrill was raised in San Francisco Bay Area; witnessed the Berkeley Free Speech protest era and the hippie Summer of Love and the great rock n roll groups that originated there. During college he was a roofer, bike mechanic and veteran of the Peace movement. He studied poetics at Naropa Institute in Boulder with instructors including Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, William Burroughs. He retired from teaching at the Chemawa Indian School in Salem in 2014. He won a New Poets prize for the poem "I Went to School Today" in the 2017 OPA Verseweavers competition. An open mic precedes the Featured Readers. As usual, signup will begin when doors open at 530pm. Performances will begin at 6pm. Look forward to seeing everyone there! • What to bring Poetry and attention
Let’s read “The Essential W.S. Merwin” edited by Michael Wiegers. “As the formalism of of Merwin’s early work loosens into the open, unpunctuated style he developed later in his career — when urgent times demanded innovative models of expression — readers can trace the evolution of one voice’s commitment to moral, spiritual, and aesthetic inquiry.” Let's think on how Merwin writes from what we can discern from the individual poem, as well as from the collection as a whole. What, then, can you take into your own writing? Possibly on the shelves and available to order at Broadway Books: https://www.broadwaybooks.net/ “The Essential W.S. Merwin” is widely available: Powells https://www.powells.com/book/-9781556595134 Amazon: The Essential W.S. Merwin https://www.amazon.com/dp/1556595131/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_E3jICbB1D30A4 • Important to know The office building where we meet is locked from the outside -- if you don't see me at the door, please call or text me at (347)[masked]. We're meeting in a private office - water and tea to be available. We are also strictly pack in and pack out. All are welcome -- look forward to seeing you there.