A POETRY READING DEVOTED TO RECLAIMING COLONIZED LANDS, IDENTITIES, CULTURAL (MIS)REPRESENTATIONS, GENDER CONSTRUCTIONS, & LOST CONNECTIONS TO ANCESTRY. JOIN Demian DinéYazhi', Melissa Bennett, and manuel arturo abreu AS THEY TRANSMIT AUTONOMY THROUGH THE ORAL ART OF POETRY IN THEIR ONGOING QUEST FOR SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE.
Part of programming for Dene bāhī Naabaahii Exhibition in the Center for Contemporary Native Art at Portland Art Museum - March 18th - August 28th, 2016i.
Demian DinéYazhi' (b. 1983) is a Portland-based transdisciplinary artist born to the clans Naasht'ézhí Tábąąhá (Zuni Clan Water's Edge) & Tódích'íí'nii (Bitter Water) of the Diné (Navajo). His work is best understood through the lens of curatorial inquiry, zine production, street interventions, education, workshops, & transdisciplinary methods of art production. DinéYazhi’ received his BFA in Intermedia Arts from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2014. He is the founder & director of the artist / activist / warrior initiative, R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment, as well as the creative director of LOCUSTS: A Post-Queer Nation Zine. He is the recipient of grants from Evergreen State College (2014), PICA - Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (2014), & Art Matters Foundation (2015).
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Melissa Bennett (Umatilla/Nimiipuu/Sac & Fox) is a writer & emerging storyteller interested in story as medicine, especially its ability to heal historical trauma among indigenous communities. Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Melissa writes poetry and creative non-fiction with a focus on social justice, culture, tradition, and spirituality. Melissa is currently a member of the Northwest Indian Storytellers Association and WordCraft Circle of Native Writers & Storytellers. She is a 2015 recipient of the Evergreen State College Longhouse Native Creative Development Grant and serves on the Board of Directors for PlayWrite, Inc.
manuel arturo abreu (b. 1991, Santo Domingo) is a poet and artist from the Bronx. Working in found text, lyric, ephemeral sculpture, and photography, they explore precarity, magical thinking, and the pretensions of the white Left. Their first book, List of Consonants, is available from Bottlecap Press. It merges from-scratch text with found text in mourning for a friend who died by suicide in 2013. manuel's next chapbook, transtrender, is forthcoming Summer 2016 from Quimérica Presse. It deals with gender as a racial colonial construct, the trap of visibility, and the constraints of the lyric form. They are also working on a second full-length book, areítx, which refutes colonial narratives about the Taino, the original Dominicans. They are the managing editor of Civil Coping Mechanisms and co-founder of home school, a free pop-up art school in Portland. Find manuel at twigtech.tumblr and @Deezius