A collaborative project started by poet Neil Aitken and I just received a 2016 Precipice Fund Grant for upcoming work in 2017. Many thanks to PICA, Precipice Fund, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Calligram Foundation.
Here's our project description:
De-Canon: A Visibility Project is a “pop-up library” and web resource project that will showcase literary art by writers/artists of color. Our goal is to put forth an alternative literary “canon” — or multiple canons, in fact — 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, how it is formed, and who gets to ‘write’ it, especially in our current culture.
We will be planning events in with other Portland POC writers and artists throughout 2017, leading up to the reveal of our "library" sometime in August 2017. More details to come soon...
We are especially honored to be a part of this community of 2016 Precipice Fund Grant recipients.