Oct
28
7:00 PM19:00

She Who Has No Master(s) @ Black Mountain Institute (w/ Vi Khi Nao & Stacey Tran)

She Who Has No Master(s): Food, Memory, Mythology

presented by: Black Mountain Institute

 
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Spend a decadent evening with Vietnamese poets, writers, performance artists Dao Strom, Stacey Tran, and Vi Khi Nao. With Vietnamese cuisine like bánh cuốn or cuộn giấy or bánh xèo, Dao, Tran, and Nao explore the imagined future of language and food through matriarchal mythologies. Collaborate in a performance-based, sculptural Vietnamese feast made of words, food, and diaspora.

Dao Strom is the author of a bilingual poetry/art book, You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else (2018), a hybrid memoir, We Were Meant To Be a Gentle People + music album East/West (2015), and two books of fiction, The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys and Grass Roof, Tin Roof. Her work has received support from the Creative Capital Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Precipice Fund, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Oregon Arts Commission, and others. She is the editor of diaCRITICS.

Stacey Tran is a writer from Portland, OR. Her writing can be found in BOMB Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, diaCRITICS, and others. She is the author of Soap for the Dogs (Gramma, 2018; Black Ocean, 2019). She is the creator of Tender Table, a storytelling series about food, community, identity. The series was founded in 2017 and has featured over 100 storytellers across 8 US cities. Stacey is a member of She Who Has No Master(s), a collective of writers and artists of the Vietnamese diaspora. She currently lives in Providence, RI where she is an MFA candidate in the Literary Arts program at Brown University.

Vi Khi Nao is the author of three poetry collections, Sheep Machine (2018) and Umbilical Hospital (2017), and of the short stories collection, A Brief Alphabet of Torture, which won FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize in 2016, the novel, Fish in Exile (2016), and the poetry collection, The Old Philosopher, which won the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry in 2014. Her work includes poetry, fiction, film and cross-genre collaboration. Her stories, poems, and drawings have appeared in NOON, Ploughshares, Black Warrior Review and BOMB, among others. She holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University.

While this event is free and open to the public, a reservation is required.


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Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

Elliott Bay Bookstore Book Release Event :: The Gentle Order of Girls & Boys

THE GENTLE ORDER OF GIRLS AND BOYS
book release event

@ The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

On the one hand, this is an evening that should have happened a decade ago, when Vietnam-born Portland writer Dao Strom’s marvelous book of novella-length stories, The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys (Counterpoint), should have come out in paperback, in the way such things are ‘supposed’ to happen. For reasons having nothing to do with this book’s many merits, the paperback didn’t happen - until now. Any time is a good time for a good book. And, in happening now, this evening can include two other books Dao Strom has written in the ensuing decade, each different from the other, and anything she has written before.

We Were Meant to Be a Gentle People is a hybrid-form memoir, various texts and images. More recently, there has been You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else, published out of Hanoi by AJAR. Dao Strom is a founding member of She Who Has No Master(s), a collective project of women artists and writers of the Vietnamese diaspora, co-facilitator of a PoC library collective/social engagement project, De-Canon, and the editor of diaCRITICS. She also makes music as The Sea & The Mother.

Of The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys: “Small moments carry enormous weight in these four loosely linked novellas about young Vietnamese women living in present-day California and Texas . . . For Strom, the most ordinary events—eating ice cream, swatting a fly—contain minor epiphanies that can delicately convey her characters’ sense of disconnection and longing.”—Publishers Weekly.

“The book is informed by the Vietnamese immigrations of the nineteen-seventies but is filled with social observation of contemporary middle-class culture and indie sensibility . . . Quietly beautiful, Strom’s stories are hip without being ironic.” —The New Yorker. This is one not to be missed.

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Nov
14
6:30 PM18:30

She Who Has No Master(s) - Nao/Tran/Strom @ Reed College

 
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Visiting Writers Series: She Who Has No Master(s)

She Who Has No Master(s) is a project of multi-voiced collectivity, hybrid poetics, encounters, in-between spaces and (dis)places of the Vietnamese diaspora. Through a collaborative art process and social engagement interaction(s), they endeavor to bring into concert the voices of women writers of the Vietnamese diaspora. They define writing as art that has storytelling at its core, but may express itself in hybrid, performance, visual, musical/aural, and interdisciplinary forms. This event includes: Vi Khi Nao, Stacey Tran, and Dao Strom. 

Vi Khi Nao is the author of the short stories collection A Brief Alphabet of Torture (which won FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize in 2016), and a novel, Fish in Exile. Vi holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University. This Fall 2019, she is BMI Shearing Fellow. Stacey Tran is the author of Soap for the Dogs (Gramma, 2018; Black Ocean, 2019). She is the creator of Tender Table, a storytelling series about food, community, identity. Dao Strom is the author of the bilingual poetry-art book You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else; a hybrid form memoir We Were Meant To Be a Gentle Peoplewith song-cycle, East/West; and two books of fiction, Grass RoofTin Roof and The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 6:30pm @ Eliot chapel

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Sep
19
to Sep 21

&Now 2019: Points of Convergence / Innovative Writing Festival @ UW Bothell

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PANEL:

ALL THIS & MORE: Form, Subjectivity, and Difference in Hybrid, Multidisciplinary Works

with Mary-Kim Arnold, Allison Grimaldi Donahue, lê thị diễm thúy, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Dao Strom

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&NOW 2019 Innovative Writing Festival at University of Washington Bothell

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&NOW is a bi-annual festival of fiction, poetry, and staged play readings; literary rituals, performance pieces (digital, sound, and otherwise), electronic and multimedia projects; and inter-genre literary work of all kinds, including criti-fictional presentations and creatively critical papers. We particularly encourage pieces that promote linguistic and genre transgressions, along with literary artworks that promote interdisciplinary explorations and conversations with past, present, or future literary concerns and movements.

This year’s theme, Points of Convergence, invites speculation into the ways the arts might forge convergences at a moment of social, cultural, and political schism.

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Aug
9
7:30 PM19:30

Music Performance @ Fodder Live Album Recording at DISJECTA

 
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On Friday, August 9th at 7:30 PM at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Fonograf Editions presents a live performance and album recording of FODDER by Douglas Kearney and Val Jeanty. A recording of the evening will be released as a full-length LP by Fonograf in early 2020 and a digital EP will also be released by POETRY Magazine & The Poetry Foundation.

Come be part of a moment in history! Dao Strom and Nastashia Minto will also perform at the event. Donations welcome, or become a Fonograf member. www.fonografeditions.com

About the project:
FODDER splinters the sounds you were looking at on paper into the document you can hear through speakers. &/or vice versa. Drawing in part from the award winning poetry collection Buck Studies' "Loud-Assed Colored Silence" series, Val Jeanty and Douglas Kearney interweave new and old texts of original composition, samples, and improvisation to create live sound chemistry, raw energy, and better listening through playing. Pull Up AF.

About the artists:
Poet/Performer/Librettist Douglas Kearney has published six books, including the award-winning poetry collection Buck Studies (Fence Books, 2016)). He has opened for Amiri Baraka and has shared stages with Saul Williams and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs. A Whiting Writer’s and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Cy Twombly awardee with residencies/fellowships from Cave Canem, The Rauschenberg Foundation, and others, Kearney teaches at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities.

Val Jeanty is a Haitian-born, Brooklyn-based Afro-Electronic music composer, drummer and turntablist. Her installations have been showcased at The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art and The Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, as well as at international venues including Jazz a la Villette in France and The Biennale di Venezia in Italy. Other highlights include “Fascinating Her Resilience,” a Wesleyan University commissioned multimedia performance collaboration with professor Gina Ulysse and with Afro-Cuban bassist Yosvany Terry on his Grammy-nominated album “New Throned King”.

Dao Strom is an artist whose work explores hybridity through melding disparate “voices”—written, sung, visual—to contemplate the intersection of personal and collective histories. Her primary material is language—which may articulate as text, music, image, sound, space, silence, and the intersections and juxtapositions of these elements in relation to one another. She is a 2016 recipient of a Creative Capital Artist Award in Literature. Her work has also received support from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Oregon Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, James Michener Fellowship, and the Nelson Algren Award; with creative place-making grants from APANO (Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon) and the Precipice Fund. She has performed at the Time-Based Arts Festival and presented collaborative work at the SF Asian Art Museum and the American Library in Paris, among other venues.

Nastashia Minto is an African American woman who was born in South Georgia. Her life experiences led her to obtain an associate’s degree in occupational therapy and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has been writing since she was nine years old and has found that her writing offers her another way to not only help her self but others as well. Currently residing in Portland, Oregon her debut book of poetry “NAKED” was published February 28th 2019 by Eldredge Books. Nastashia has been a featured at many popular local reading series, including Unchaste Readers, Grief Rites, ROAR and Incite. Her writing has been published in SUSAN the journal, Unchaste Anthology volume III Portland Metrozine, and Nailed.

About Fonograf:
Fonograf Ed. publishes albums influenced by language and literature. Each release is available in both an analog and digital format, with a particular focus on the vinyl artifact. Through the hosting of events and performances, Fonograf additionally hopes to cultivate the performative aspect of all language, whether at a concert, poetry reading or community forum.

Fonograf Ed. albums are currently out by Eileen Myles, Rae Armantrout, Alice Notley, Harmony Holiday, and Nathaniel Mackey/Susan Howe, with forthcoming LPs by two members of the Canadian group Broken Social Scene, the musicians Annelyse Gelman and Jason Grier, the rapper milo, and an archival work by the poet John Ashbery. More information available at fonografeditions.com.

Cover art photo by Jeffery "Hitch" Hitchens
FODDER is funded in part by a grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC).

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Jun
13
to Jun 15

Creative Capital Artist Retreat 2019, Artist Presentation

Presenting as a 2016 Creative Capital Artist Award recipient from June 13-15, 2019.

The 2019 Creative Capital Artist Retreat at Bard College, NY, will bring together 2019 new awardees and 2016 awardees, to present from their work.

Creative Capital helps groundbreaking artists nationwide through funding & advisory services. The Creative Capital Artist Retreat brings together invited guests of more than 300 artists, arts professionals, and supporters for the exchange of ideas and expertise.

https://creative-capital.org/award/about/

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Creative Capital Artist Retreat 2016 (picture by L. Cerand)

 
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Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Cadence Video Poetry Festival - Seattle, WA

Cadence: Video Poetry Festival

Verse meets visuals in motion at Northwest Film Forum (NWFF) in April 2019.

Cadence: Video Poetry Festival, presented by Northwest Film Forum, programmed in collaboration with Seattle author Chelsea Werner-Jatzke, is a series of screenings, workshops, and discussions on the genre of video poetry, throughout National Poetry Month. Entering its second year, Cadence is growing considerably to fill a gap in the presentation of video poetry in the Pacific Northwest. Featuring four screenings, one each Thursday of the month, the festival’s inaugural Artist-in-Residence, generative workshops for youth and adults, and a juried selection of open submissions, Cadence fosters critical and creative growth around the oft overlooked medium of video poetry.

Thu Apr 4th - 7pm :

A video poetry showcase curated by local publishers and arts organization partners Interbay Cinema SocietyJack Straw Cultural CenterMount AnaloguePoetry NorthwestPongo Publishing Teen Writing Project, and Seattle City of Literature.

Poetry Northwest presents: 

  • Grocery Store Manager: Poetry by Keith Leonard, directed by Ian Stevens and Zachary Bivins

  • Traveler’s Ode: Poetry by Dao Strom, directed by Roland Dahwen

  • Song: Poetry by Elizabeth Barnett, directed by Ian Stevens and Zachary Bivins

  • The Elk My Father Shot: Poetry by Keetje Kuipers, directed by Ian Stevens and Zachary Bivins

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Mar
28
to Mar 29

AWP 2019 - "VN is a 7-Letter Word" & "Hybrid Forms"

March 28, Thursday, 12:00-1:15 pm
Vietnam Is A 7-Letter Word

Panel Discussion with She Who Has No Master(s) writers: Aimee Phan, Dao Strom, Stacey Tran, Thi Bui. With moderation by Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen.

March 28, Thursday, 7:00 pm (we are first in the lineup, come early & stay late)
Center Justify Off-Site Reading Event

with She Who Has No Master(s) writers: Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen, Aimee Phan, Dao Strom, Thi Bui.

March 29, Friday, 4:30-5:45 pm
A Hybrid Panel on Hybrid Forms

Panel discussion with Shayla Lawson, Dao Strom, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Harmony Holiday (and guests).

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Dec
30
6:30 PM18:30

Screening Event: Poetry + Video Works @ De-Canon Library

SCREENING + TALK

A screening of new and in-progress video + poetry + music work(s), by Dao Strom and Roland Dahwen/Patuà Films and Stephanie Adams-Santos.

Plus we’ll have some space for light discussion on hybrid work, poetry, music, video processes.

“Traveler’s Ode” (by dao strom) is a sung-poem live music recording video, made with Roland Dahwen (director), Edward P. Davee (director of photography), and sidony o’neal (sound recordist). It is part of an ongoing hybrid forms + music-poetry + collaborative art project by Dao Strom that has received funding from a RACC Project Grant (2017) and the Creative Capital Artist Award Program (2016).

Three Moons/Tres Lunas/3つの月 is a two-channel video installation and altar, dedicated to, and made alongside, our elders. It revolves around three exquisite members of our community: Amanda García, Rikuku Heshiki, and Kazumi Heshiki. The project is a continuation of work that Roland Dahwen Wu & Stephanie Adams-Santos have been doing to share their ongoing work around poetry, memory, and honoring our elders.

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DE-CANON END-OF-YEAR SOCIAL

This event takes place at the De-Canon Library @ Milepost 5. Please stay later into the evening to celebrate the year’s end at De-Canon: A Visibility Project with us, as well ! Community social time from ~8PM on.

De-Canon: A Visibility Project is a literary arts social engagement project that takes shape as a “pop-up library” and a website. De-Canon has received support from an APANO Place-Making Grant, the Precipice Fund, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Calligram Foundation.


 
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Still from “Traveler’s Ode”

 



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Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

East Portland Arts and Literary Festival (EPALF)

Literary Panel + Reading

with: Ly Thuy Nguyen (translator); Kaitlin Rees (AJAR Press editor & translator); Genève Chao (bilingual poet & translator); Dao Strom (poet)

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"index for seeing on two shores” : translation, feminism & diaspora

This discussion event will explore the dynamics of translation for women writers of the Asian/SE Asian diasporas. What are the responsibilities of the translator and/or of the publisher who shepherds these translated works into being? How are the dynamics of translation influenced by where the translator is from or is located? What is the relationship between translation and being female, queer, non-binary, or working from the margins? And how is the act/art of translating women writers different from that of translating male writers? What does it really mean to “translate” - another’s words, voice, vision, etc? How do translators and authors ‘speak’ to one another? This panel engages local poet, Dao Strom, with the translator of her bilingual Vietnamese-English poetry book, Ly Thuy Nguyen, and one of the editors, Kaitlin Rees, from Ajar Press, the Hanoi-based press that published her book. Also joining the conversation will be Genève Chao, who is both a translator and bilingual poet.

"để nhìn qua hai bờ:" dịch thuật, nữ luận, và tha hương

Buổi tọa đàm bàn luận về động thái của dịch thuật trong sáng tác của những nữ tác gia thuộc cộng đồng người di cư Á châu và Đông Nam Á. Vai trò của dịch giả và nhà xuất bản trong việc tạo thành những tác phẩm đó là gì? Động thái của dịch thuật chịu sự ảnh hưởng nào từ nơi thổ nhưỡng hay chốn di dời của dịch giả? Đâu là mối quan hệ giữa dịch thuật với bản thể nữ, dị giới, bất-nhị-phân giới tính, hay là tọa lạc tại các bản lề? Và nghệ thuật/hành vi dịch thuật những sáng tác của nữ tác gia sẽ khác với của nam tác gia thế nào? "Dịch thuật" thực chất mang ý nghĩa gì - khi ta "dịch" lời, giọng nói, tầm nhìn của người khác? Dịch giả và tác giả "đối thoại" với nhau như thế nào? Buổi tọa đàm bao gồm nhà thơ sở tại Dao Strom, cùng dịch giả của tập thơ song ngữ Việt-Anh của cô, Ly Thúy Nguyễn, và Kaitlin Rees, một trong hai biên tập viên của Ajar Press tại Hà Nội, nơi đã xuất bản tập thơ. Tham gia buổi thảo luận còn có nhà thơ, dịch giả song ngữ Pháp-Anh Genève Chao.

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Oct
17
6:00 PM18:00

She Who Has No Master(s) @ SFPL / One City One Book

She Who Has No Master(s), a collective of women and gender-nonconforming writers of the Vietnamese diaspora, presents a collaborative poetry performance and readings, in conjunction with One City One Book, San Francisco's citywide book club.

In 2018, Once City One Book is reading The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. (Find out more at: One City One Book.)

Our lineup:

Thi Bui // Aimee Phan // Mong Lan // Lan Duong // Isabelle Thuy Pelaud // Dao Strom

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Sep
29
9:30 AM09:30

Poetics Presentation @ Fall Convergence 2018

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Fall Convergence 2018: Alternating Facts

University of Washington Bothell
North Creek Events Center


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OVERVIEW

What is the role of creative thinking and writing in an age of alternating facts?

The twenty-first century is increasingly taking shape as a time of human conceit, environmental disaster and political hostility, governed by the concerted effort to undermine the status of facts and truth as consensual markers of social reality. In some ways, it might seem that social and political life have begun to deploy artistic strategies: policy grounded in fiction—with deep irreverence for social, cultural, and environmental consequences.

But art has, in some ways, always been post-truth—allowing creative freedom to invent and interpret facts, sometimes writing fictions, other times rewriting reality proper. As such, it may also be possible that art might have strategies for productive engagement with reality after the death of the fact. Against the neoliberal tendency to evacuate artistic thought from social and political life, perhaps it is in the language of creative writing and poetics that the new codes of social living ought to be written?

Convergence 2018 provides a forum to celebrate the ways that creative thinking and writing can be used to create pressure points on truth and its manipulation—grounded in fiction, poetry, art, and performances that can be such powerful companions to an age of alternating facts because they are situated on nodes of autobiographical intensity, personal speculation, and socially-minded intervention. Differently put, art comes from life—in ways sometimes direct, sometimes ephemeral, but always with a supposition of personal stakes that understands creative practice as a social gesture. This is poetics for the twenty-first century.

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Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Elliott Bay Bookstore - Convergence Reading

Alternating Facts: A Convergence Reading

Join panelists and community members for a group reading at the Elliott Bay Book Company.

Featuring performances by: Anida Yoeu Ali, Rebecca Brown, Steven Dunn, Danielle Dutton, Jeanne Heuving, Srikanth Reddy, Natalie Singer, Dao Strom, Pimone Triplett, and Terri Witek

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Creative Minds: Vietnamese Writers of the Diaspora
Jun
9
6:00 PM18:00

Creative Minds: Vietnamese Writers of the Diaspora

Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his bestselling novel The Sympathizer, hosts an evening featuring Vietnamese writers of the diaspora. Representing a variety of genres—fiction, poetry, comics, memoir, children’s literature—these writers are currently fellows at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.

Thi Bui (Berkeley, California), Nam Le (Sydney), Anna Moi (Paris), Hoa Nguyen (Toronto), Nguyen Phan Que Mai (Jakarta), Aimee Phan (Berkeley, California), Bao Phi (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Dao Strom (Portland, Oregon), and Monique Truong (New York) will read excerpts from new work and hold a roundtable discussion sharing their perspectives on the complexities surrounding refugees and immigrants of color. The writers will be part of the upcoming literary anthology Dialogues Across Borders: War and Race for Vietnamese Writers of the Diaspora.


MODERATORS
Isabelle Thuy Pelaud (San Francisco, California)
Lan Duong (Los Angeles, California)
Anh Thang Dao (San Francisco, California)

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Jun
5
to Jun 11

DVAN Dialogues at Djerassi Artist Residency

I'll be writing & participating in dialogues at a writing retreat with other Vietnamese diasporic writers at the Djerassi Artist Residency. An event curated by Viet Thanh Nguyen & facilitated by DVAN (Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network). Writers: Thi Bui, Nam Le, Anna Moï, Aimee Phan, Bao Phi, Monique Truong, Nguyen Phan Que Mai, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Ocean Vuong.

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The Factory 2018 Art Exhibit // Djúpavík, Iceland
Jun
1
to Aug 31

The Factory 2018 Art Exhibit // Djúpavík, Iceland

My artwork (photos + text + installation video) are in a group exhibition in Djúpavík in the West Fjords of Iceland this summer. It's an honor to be a part of this very unique, and very uniquely located, show. 

From http://djupavik.is/en/the-factory-art-exhibition/:

The Factory art exhibition will be held in the old fish factory in Djúpavík from June 1 to August 31, 2018. The focal point of the group show is to explore the artists’ personal relation to, and perception of, Iceland. This year The Factory is hosting 16 international artists/artist groups.

Facebook: /thefactorydjupavik
Instagram: #djupavikart
Webpage: djupavik.is

Dead Time, 2018

Dead Time is a hybrid collage of poetry fragments, image and video meant to evoke the “temps morts” of displacement, or one’s inevitable placement in certain histories. As a Vietnamese-born American, artist Dao Strom’s citizenship in the world is informed by multiple histories of violence. She came to Iceland wondering how it would feel, in her particular body, to stand in a geography quite disparate from those histories. This series is a result of that contemplation. The title Dead Time is a nod toward Korean-American artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Temps Morts/Exilée, in which the phrase “temps morts” expresses the liminal state of being indefinitely severed from one’s roots. Three-plus decades after Cha, Dao Strom looks meaningfully toward her as lineage. But Dao Strom marks the beginning of this work, for herself, by initiating it far from the energies of America. She also adds in sound and collaboration.

You can also see pieces from this series online at The Tenderness Project, a curation project by poets Shayla Lawson & Ross Gay.

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She Who Has No Master(s) @ United States of Asian America Festival 2018
May
5
to May 6

She Who Has No Master(s) @ United States of Asian America Festival 2018

Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) presents :

UNITED STATES OF ASIAN AMERICA FESTIVAL 2018 / USAAF 2018

with

SHE WHO HAS NO MASTER(s)

 

May 6 2018 / 11:00am-12pm
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin St, SF CA 94102

May 5 2018 / 4:00pm-6:30pm
I-Hotel Manilatown Cntr
868 Kearney St, SF CA 94108
(in collaboration with SFSU students)

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Black April Poetry & Music Performance: Dao Strom & Anna Vo
Apr
29
5:30 PM17:30

Black April Poetry & Music Performance: Dao Strom & Anna Vo

POETRY & MUSIC PERFORMANCE

in honor of BLACK APRIL

at the PORTLAND CHILDREN'S MUSEUM (4015 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221)

in the Hướng Nước // Inheritance // Water Art Exhibit

with (starting at 6 PM) :

- Artist Talk by Anna Vo
- Poetry Reading by Dao Strom
- Music by Anna Vo
- Music by Dao Strom

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Feb
24
7:00 PM19:00

Soap for the Dogs :: Stacey Tran // Book Release Party

I'll be going to Seattle with Vi Khi Nao + Stacey Tran to celebrate the launch of Stacey Tran's debut poetry collection, Soap for the Dogs, published by Gramma Press.

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Join Vi Khi Nao, Dao Strom & Stacey Tran of She Who Has No Master(s) for the launch of Soap for the DogsShe Who Has No Master(s) is a project that promotes interaction and collaboration between women writers of the Vietnamese diaspora. At this event we will celebrate Stacey Tran’s new poetry collection, Soap for the Dogs, with exercises exploring hunger and food memories through poetry.

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Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

How to Make Coffee & Other Things w/ She Who Has No Master(s)

Join Vi Khi Nao, Dao Strom & Stacey Tran of She Who Has No Master(s) at the Working Library. She Who Has No Master(s) is a project that promotes interaction and collaboration between women writers of the Vietnamese diaspora. At this event we will celebrate Stacey Tran’s new poetry collection, Soap for the Dogs, with exercises exploring hunger and food memories through poetry.

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How to Make Coffee and Other Things sets out to create an intimate social space for conversation. An ongoing investigation into how objects, individuals, and ideas are interconnected.

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Poetry/Music Performance in SAMIYA BASHIR Collaboration @ TBA Festival // 15m=?
Sep
12
6:30 PM18:30

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

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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De-Canon: A Visibility Project @ UNA Gallery
Aug
3
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, 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.

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She Who Has No Master(s) at The American Library in Paris
May
27
2:00 PM14:00

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.

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PURRR "The Vote" : Collaborative Poem Project @ IPRC
Mar
4
7:00 PM19:00

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. 

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Feb
3
8:00 PM20:00

WORD + SONG: Benefit Show for IRCO @ Beacon Sound

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)

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