6:30pm 6:30pm

Poetry Appearance in SAMIYA BASHIR Collaboration @ TBA Festival // 15m=?

Thrilled/humbled/delighted to be a part of this collaborative poetry performance with some of my favorite people & poet-friends in Portland... 


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.

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to Aug 26

De-Canon: A Visibility Project @ UNA Gallery

De-Canon: A Visibility Project, a popup library and social engagement project showcasing writers and artists of color, will be on exhibit at UNA Gallery, from Aug 3 to 26.

We will have a full calendar of events during the exhibit period. Dates and details TBD.

Related: This PURRR "Resistance as Joy" Event is fundraising for UNA Gallery on June 30th !

We debuted a mini-preview of the De-Canon library for June's First Thursday Art Walk.

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2:00pm 2:00pm

She Who Has No Master(s) at The American Library in Paris

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.

The event will begin with a brief introductory statement by 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner, Viet Thanh Nguyen. The first half of the reading presentation will include a multi-voiced poetic reading of new collaborative work by the nine women writers of the collective. The second part of the event will be an individual reading by Anna Moi, author of The Butterfly's Venom (Le Venin du Papillon), recently nominated for the Ouest-France Prize. The event will close with an audience Q&A. 

For more information about the "She Who Has No Master(s)" writing collective, a project of the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network, on their website:

Although the event is FREE the library asks for RSVP so it can plan accordingly - please visit this link to the library's website


About the speakers:

Angie Chau is the author of Quiet As They Come, which Publisher's Weekly described as "serenely stirring stories," and has been adopted into U.S. high school and university curriculum. She is a member of the San Francisco's Writers' Grotto. 

Lan Duong is associate professor in media and cultural studies at UC Riverside. Her most recent work is the award-winning anthology Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora: Troubling Borders in Literature and Art. Duong is also a poet and has been published widely. 

Anna Moi migrated to France and then back to Vietnam, where she stayed for 22 years. She is the author of eight books, most recently a French/English work entitled The Butterfly's Venom

Hoa Nguyen is the author of four books of poetry, including her most recent, Violet Energy Ingots, which was selected as one of the top ten poetry books in 2016 by Publisher's Weekly. Nguyen teaches at Ryerson University, University of Miami, and Bard College. 

Thao P. Nguyen has been writing and performing solo shows since 2007. Her first one-woman show, Fortunate Daughter, was one of the Top 10 Bay Area Plays of 2013 by KQED. Her second solo show, WHITE POWER: A Comedy, debuted in 2016.

Isabelle Thuy Peland is professor of Asian American studies at SFSU and author of This Is All I Choose To Tell: History and Hybridity in Vietnamese American Literature. She is the founder and co-director of the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN).

Aimee Phan is author of the collection We Should Never Meet and the book The Reeducation of Cherry Truong. She has been awarded fellowships and residencies by the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. Phan chairs the Writing and Literature Program at California College of the Arts. 

Dao Strom is the author of Grass Roof, Tin Roof and The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys. She is the recipient of the 2016 Creative Capital Artist Award, along with other awards from the Oregon Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Regional Arts & Culture Council, among others. 

Julie Thi Underhill works in essay, poetry, film/video, photography, performance, and fine arts. Her publications include Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the DiasporaVeterans of Peace, Veterans of War, and Takin' It To The Streets, among others. 

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7:00pm 7:00pm

PURRR "The Vote" : Collaborative Poem Project @ IPRC

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. 

Read the poem here.

"THE VOTE" Poets:

Neil Aitken
John Beer
Ally Harris
Endi Bogue Hartigan
Shayla Lawson
David Meeker
Lillian Nickerson
Hajara Quinn
Stephanie Adams-Santos
Rachel Springer
Coleman Stevenson
Dao Strom
Ashley Toliver
Jake Vermaas
Consuelo Wise

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8:00pm 8:00pm

WORD + SONG: Benefit Show for IRCO @ Beacon Sound

Doors 7:30, show at 8:00 pm
$5 suggested donation / all proceeds to
a night of women poets & songwriters



/// Stephanie Adams Santos ///
Stephanie Adams-Santos is a Guatemalan-American writer, educator and divination artist from Portland, Oregon. She is the author of Swarm Queen’s Crown (Fathom Books) and several chapbooks: Total Memory (Finishing Line Press); Little Fugues (Sola Books) and The Sundering (Poetry Society of America, selected for a New York Chapbook Fellowship). Adams-Santos’ poems have appeared in many print and online journals and magazines, including Guernica, The Boston Review, and Orion, and her work has been featured for Poetry Press Week. She is the founder of the Aperture Workshop Series in Poetry and was the recipient of a 2016 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship.

/// Sarah Bartlett ///
Sarah Bartlett lives in Portland, OR. Her debut poetry collection, Sometimes We Walk With Our Nails Is Out, was released in 2016 from Subito Press. She is the author of two chapbooks, My Only Living Relative, published by Phantom Books in 2015, and Freud Blah Blah Blah, published by Rye House Press in 2014. Recent work appears or is forthcoming in Alice Blue, Powder Keg, and elsewhere.

/// Endi Bogue Hartigan ///
Endi Bogue Hartigan is a local poet, author of two full length collections---Pool [5 Choruses] (Omnidawn, 2014), and One Sun Storm (Center for Literary Publishing, Colorado State University, 2008)--as well as collaborative work. Her recent book was awarded the Omnidawn Open Prize, her first book was selected for the Colorado Prize for poetry, and were both finalists for the Oregon Book Award. Her work has also appeared in collaborative projects including a chapbook out of the flowering ribs with local artist Linda Hutchins and the work of the former artist-writer group 13 Hats. Recent poems have appeared in publications including Denver Quarterly, New American Writing, Ostrich Review, February: an anthology, and other magazines, as well as a recent interview in Jacket 2. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and son, and more on her work can be found at 

/// Coleman Stevenson ///
Coleman Stevenson is the author of two collections of poems, Breakfast (Reprobate/GobQ Books, 2015) and The Accidental Rarefication of Pattern #5609 (bedouin books, 2012). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in a variety of publications such as The Portable Boog Reader, Paper Darts, Seattle Review, E-ratio, Osiris, Louisiana Literature, Mid-American Review, and the anthology Motionless from the Iron Bridge. She has been a guest curator for various gallery spaces in the Portland, OR, area, where she now teaches the Image + Text track of the Certificate Program at the Independent Publishing Resource Center. She designs tarot cards and other divination products through her business The Dark Exact.

/// Shayla Lawson ///
Shayla Lawson is the author of A Speed Education in Human Being (Sawyer House Press, 2013), the chapbook PANTONE (Miel Books, 2016), and the forthcoming I Think I'm Ready to See Frank Ocean (Saturnalia Books, 2018). She has written for Salon, Guernica, & ESPN and is a 2017 MacDowell Fellow.



/// Lindsay Clark ///
Lindsay Clark is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Portland, OR, originally from the small gold rush town of Nevada City, CA. Her songs serve as an act of truth telling and revelation, as she finds purpose in taking what is fragile and messy and giving it life through harmony. She has shared the stage with musicians such as Casey Dienel (White Hinterland), Nat Baldwin (Dirty Projectors), Ryan Francesconi (Joanna Newsom). Her most recent record "Begin" was released in 2014; in 2017 she will record her forthcoming album with the bay area's Jeremy Harris (Vetiver).

/// Kelly Anne Masigat ///
Country-tinged, coal fired, quiet and intense. A multi-instrumentalist, with roots all along the west coast, Kelly Anne Masigat writes songs that are meditative, elegant and often romantic. Her first full length record to be released this year.

/// Timmy Straw ///
Timmy Straw is a writer and musician from Oregon. Editions Plane published her first chapbook, To Water, Everything is a Swimmer, and her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Spork, Tin House, & Weekday. She’s composed music for film and ballet, put out the album State Parks, and is currently working on a second. She also studies Russian at Reed College.

/// Dao Strom ///
Dao Strom is a writer and musician whose work explores the intersection of image, text, and music. She is the author of an experimental memoir, We Were Meant To Be A Gentle People, accompanied by a music album, East/West, and two previous books of fiction. She is a 2016 Creative Capital Award Artist and has received awards from Precipice Fund, Regional Arts & Culture Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and others.


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6:00pm 6:00pm

Portland Art Museum: Artist Talk

PAM Artist Talk Series: Poetry/Music Performance + Talk. I'll be interacting with artwork by Wendy Redstar and Lorna Simpson (in the Contemporary Art Photo galleries) in the Portland Art Museum. 


This event was originally supposed to take place on Dec. 8th, but got rescheduled to Jan. 27th due to Portland's (mini but timely) snow-in.

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6:30pm 6:30pm

Mic Check! Poetry Reading :: APANO/AMP (Arts Media Project)

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.

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7:00pm 7:00pm

INHERITORS: She Who Has No Master(s) @ Likewise Art Bar

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.

She Who Has No Master(s), for INHERITORS series launch event @ Likewise Art Bar (Photo credit: Justyn Hegreberg)

She Who Has No Master(s), for INHERITORS series launch event @ Likewise Art Bar
(Photo credit: Justyn Hegreberg)

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8:00pm 8:00pm

"Holding Space" @ Holocene: A Social Engagement & Evening of Performance

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
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to Jun 28

"Golden Sea" CA Music Tour

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)

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