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Light & Love: Poets for Dignity & Visibility - Portland

  • Nucleus 1445 Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard Portland, OR, 97214 United States (map)

Light and Love: Poets for Dignity and Visibility - Portland will feature local poets Melanie Fey, Melissa Bennett, and Alise Marie Sanchez, and welcome LA poet Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo and her debut poetry collection, Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge (Sundress Publications, 2016) to literary Portland. 

The night will be filled with truth, light, poetry, and other offerings of love. 

Beer will also be pouring from the Nucleus taps, so be sure to bring some bills if you'd like suds. 

Nucleus Portland / 1445 SE Hawthorne Blvd


Melissa Bennett (Umatilla/Nez Perce/Sac & Fox) is a writer and emerging storyteller. She has twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in poetry and is interested in story as medicine, especially its ability to heal historical trauma among indigenous communities. Melissa is an alumni of the Native American Youth and Family Center LEAD Cohort, is currently a member of the Northwest Indian Storytellers Association and WordCraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. She is a 2015 recipient of the Evergreen State College Longhouse Native Creative Development Grant and a member of Macondo Writers Workshop - a group of socially engaged writers of color.

Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo is a 2016–2017 Steinbeck Fellow and a former Poets & Writers California Writers Exchange winner and Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grantee. She has received residencies from Hedgebrook and Ragdale Foundation, and is a member of the Macondo Writers’ Workshop. She has work published in Acentos Review, CALYX, crazyhorse, and The James Franco Review, among others. A short dramatization of her poem “Our Lady of the Water Gallons,” directed by Jesús Salvador Treviño, can be viewed at Cofounder of Women Who Submit and curator of the reading series HITCHED, her debut poetry collection, Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge, was published by Sundress Publications

Melanie Fey is a Diné (Navajo) writer, zinester and Indigenous feminist. She hails from Flagstaff/Dinétah, AZ but currently resides in Portland, OR. She acquired a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Arizona State University and spends her days working as a public library book minion. Melanie is one of two co-creators/editors of the Native American feminist zines Empower Yoself Before You Wreck Yoself, The Nizhoni Beat and Shik’is ShiHeart. Look for her other published works in Red Rising Magazine and As/Us: A Space for Women of the World.

Alise Marie Sanchez (Anishinaabe) is a matriarch-in-training, raised in the high desert of Montana, and transplanted to Portland, OR to flourish. She is a fierce femme, proud urban Indian, mother, social worker, and finally starting to self-identify as a poet. She has been published in Plumplandia, PQ Monthly, and most recently in Survivance: Indigenous Poesis vol. 2.