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.
De-Canon: A Visibility Project, a popup library and social engagement project showcasing writers and artists of color, launched with our first installation exhibit at UNA Gallery, from Aug 3 to 26.
De-Canon: A Visibility Project is a “pop-up library” and web resource project that showcases literary art by writers/artists of color. Our goal is to put forth an alternative literary “canon” — or multiple canons — that are inclusive, diverse, and multi-storied in their approach to representation. De-Canon wishes to challenge existing ideas of what constitutes the North American literary canon, especially in our current culture.
The American Library in Paris is pleased to present a collective reading and presentation called "She Who Has No Master(s)" showcasing nine women writers of Vietnamese descent, now located in the U.S., Canada and France, who will come together and read from a collective project exploring themes such as displacement, silence, memory and trauma, repercussions of war and colonialism. The writing collective consists of acclaimed and award-winning authors and academics encompassing a range of literary disciplines, including fiction, poetry, nonfiction, performance, and criticism.
7pm: Reading/Performance from We Were Meant To Be a Gentle People, etc.
Presented by Gwen Frostic Reading Series, Western Michigan University.
PURRR (Poets. United. To. Read. Rouse. Resist.) hosted a launch event at the IPRC on 3/4/17. In a nod to the 15th Amendment, and the 270 required electoral votes, we invited 15 poets to contribute to a 270-line collaborative poem centered around the theme of "the vote". We referenced these reading materials in our writing, and then 'arranged' our poem semi-spontaneously during the live reading on 3/4/17.
A night of poetry + music. Featuring all women artists.
Poets: Coleman Stevenson, Endi Bogue Hartigan, Sarah Bartlett, Shayla Lawson, Stephanie Adams-Santos
Songwriters: Lindsay Clark, Kelly Anne Masigat, Timmy Straw, Dao Strom
All proceeds from the show went to IRCO (International Refugee Center of Oregon)
Poetry Reading @ Passages Bookshop. With: Amaranth Borsuk, Jennifer Kronovet, Sarah Mangold, Sarah Rosenthal, Dao Strom, Valerie Witte.
MicCheck! is a project of APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon)'s Arts Media Project (AMP) collective. A poetry reading with four API poets will take place at Midland Library, Portland OR. With: Neil Aitken, Margaret Rhee, Dao Strom, Armin Tolentino.
Poetry & music curated by Coleman Stevenson for Workshop Vintage, a shop featuring unique vintage finds & goods by local makers, including limited-edition books & chapbooks by Portland poets. With: Timmy Straw, Hajara Quinn, Dao Strom, & guests. Free.
Poetry+Music+Storyteling+API women artists. New series. With music, storytelling, poetry, and illustration by: Dao Strom, Elina Lim, A’Misa Chiu, Pamela Santos, Ginger Ko, and Anna Vo.
Performing music in support of Shayla Lawson's new book of poems, PANTONE. With readings/performances by Shayla Lawson, Coleman Stevenson, Dao Strom, La Priesteza; DJing by Lamar Leroy.
Group show featuring work by image-text artists from Portland OR and from the IPRC Image-Text Certificate Program Track. With pieces by: Benjamin Charbonneau, John Akira Harrold, A.M. O'Malley, Rubina Martini, Dao Strom, Sophia Vidal, Marilyn Tornado.
Debut of a new hybrid forms series event, INHERITORS, co-curated with Tell It Slant Reading Series (Danielle Frandina) & A.M. O'Malley (IPRC). With readings by: Angie Chau, Aimee Phan, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Dao Strom, Stacey Tran, Julie Thi Underhill.
INHERITORS is a hybrid-art & literary series exploring the theme of aftermath as expressed through the lenses of multidisciplinary artists/collaborations who are descendants and inheritors of violence stemming from war, cultural and civil upheaval, domestic abuse, intergenerational trauma, domestic and other forms of power abuses.
Our May 28th debut event, She Who Has No Master(s), will gather the voices/experiences of female descendants and inheritors of the Vietnam War and refugee exodus.
AWP 2016 Panel Reading: Beyond 40 Years: A Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network reading of Vietnamese American Fiction Writers
Reading with: Bich Minh Nguyen, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Aimee Phan, Dao Strom, Vu Tran @ AWP 2016 Conference & Book Fair. Los Angeles Convention Center, CA.
Hosted and presented by all artists of color. Curated by Stacey Tran. A night of voice / movement / poetry / music / visual installation by Portland-based artists exploring space, memory, time, lineage, and rituals of sharing. With: Intisar Abioto, Claire Barrera, Ripley Snell, Eileen Isagon Skyers, Dao Strom, Takahiro Yamamoto.
I think that when we talk about “space” in these terms we are often talking about belonging; and it is a form of belonging that is not only physical, but personal, cultural, sexual, social, aesthetic, psychological, ideological, philosophical. We are asking, ultimately, we are also challenging/testing, how much or how well we will be allowed in(to) a space—in essence: are we welcome?—to be, expose, express, share and have received, ourselves in authentic and whole displays... On February 3rd, a group of artists will be “holding space” in Portland, Oregon. The event is named for its intent to construct and claim “space” for artists of color. This reflects, at least in part, on some debates that have arisen (largely via social media) regarding the “whiteness” of “spaces”—in arenas of art and literary enterprises, namely—in the otherwise very liberal, cultured, and progressive “space” that Portland as a town is reputed to be...The most basic distillation of the question might be this: are people of color being justly represented in the “spaces” they (too) occupy? And what is just representation—what should it look like? And who is or should be responsible for curating, organizing, initiating and/or staking claim to and in those spaces? -- from interview & reflection with Stacey Tran for diacritics.org
Music+Movement+Poetry @ The Waypost. Co-curated by Dao Strom, Danielle Ross, Steve Hefter. With: Neil Aitken, Michael Apinyakul, Catherine Egan, Lance Leonnig, Danielle Ross, Dao Strom, Stacey Tran, Becca Yenser.
"THE REFUGEE EXPERIENCE" : Reading & Panel Discussion with Vu Tran, Dao Strom, Olivia Olivia @ Literary Arts
Tell It Slant Reading Series + Late Night Library present "The Refugee Experience," a reading and panel discussion with Vu Tran, Dao Strom, and Olivia Olivia.
Late Night Library (www.latenightlibrary.org) presents a book-themed variety show. With: Arthur Bradford (host), Carola Dibbell, Amelia Gray, Natalie Graham, Whitney Monge, Dao Strom.
Book launch party for Press Otherwise (aka imprints: MPMP & Paperdoll Works) publications. With works by Jacob Paul & Mariano Hernan Spina/Novoa (Feed Mayonnaise To Tuna), and Dao Strom (We Were Meant To Be a Gentle People + East/West).
Mini Lit & Music Series / Two Thursdays in July:
7.9.15 - music w/ Barry Brusseau, Dao Strom, Cotton
7.16.15 - reading w/ Jacob Paul, Dao Strom
CA "Golden Sea" Tour - The Sea and The Mother (Dao Strom) & Underwoman and the Believers (Carolyn Chen):
6.27.15 ~ Abbey Lounge (Santa Cruz, CA)
6.26.15 ~ Barmel (Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA)
6.25.15 ~ Linneas Cafe (San Luis Obispo, CA)
6.20.15 ~ Genghis Cohen (Los Angeles, CA)
6.13.15 ~ Stork Club (Oakland, CA)
A night of "fourth genre" performance, including performances merging poetry, music, prose, video projection, and graphic novel content. With: Dao Strom, Adam Selzer, Barry Brusseau. Emceed by Danielle Frandina and Erin Ergenbright.