Friday, March 9, 2018

Arterian, Lee, Tran April 2 @ Ford Food and Drink

Switch No. 46: We're thrilled to host Diana Arterian, Janice Lee and Stacey Tran

Where: Ford Food and Drink
2505 SE 11th Ave, Portland 

When: Monday, April 2, 7 pm sharp

Diana Arterian is the author of Playing Monster :: Seiche (1913 Press, 2017), the chapbooks With Lightness & Darkness and Other Brief Pieces (Essay Press, 2017) and Death Centos (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013), and coeditor of Among Margins: Critical & Lyrical Writing on Aesthetics (Ricochet, 2016). Her creative work has been recognized with fellowships from the Banff Centre, Caldera, Vermont Studio Center, and Yaddo; and her poetry, essays, and translations have appeared in Asymptote, BOMB, Black Warrior Review, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, and Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. Born and raised in Arizona, Arterian currently resides in Los Angeles, where she serves as poetry editor at Noemi Press and is a PhD candidate in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California.

Janice Lee is the author of KEROTAKIS (Dog Horn Press, 2010), Daughter (Jaded Ibis, 2011), Damnation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2013), Reconsolidation (Penny-Ante Editions, 2015), and The Sky Isn’t Blue (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016). She writes about the filmic long take, slowness, interspecies communication, the apocalypse, and asks the question, how do we hold space open while maintaining intimacy? She is Founder & Executive Editor of Entropy, Co-Publisher at Civil Coping Mechanisms, and Contributing Editor at Fanzine. After living for over 30 years in California, she recently moved from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon where she is an Assistant Professor of Fiction at Portland State University.

Stacey Tran is a writer from Portland, OR. She is the creator of Tender Table, a storytelling series about food, family, identity. She is the author of Soap for the Dogs (Gramma, 2018).

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

dan raphael & Anastacia-Renee 3/16 7:30 p.m. @ Ford Food and Drink

Switch No. 45 brings together two incredible performers: Anastasia-Renee from Seattle and Portland's own dan raphael

Where: Ford Food and Drink
2505 SE 11th Ave, Portland 

When: Friday, March 16, 7:30 p.m. sharp

Anastacia-Renee is the current Civic Poet of Seattle, recipient of the 2017 Artist of the Year Award, and former 2015-2017 Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House. She is the author of five books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.), (Gramma Press) 26, (Dancing Girl Press), Kiss Me Doll Face (Gramma Press) and Answer(Me) (Winged City Chapbooks, Argus Press) and has received writing fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Artist Trust and Jack Straw, as well as a writing residency from Ragdale. Her theatrical mixed-media project, 9 Ounces: A One Woman Show, is a multivalent play unapologetically downward dogging its way through class, race, culture, oppression, depression, survival and epiphany. Her cross-genre writing has appeared in the anthologies: Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, Sinister Wisdom: Black Lesbians—We Are the Revolution, Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks and literary magazines in and print and online: Split this Rock, Painted Bride Quarterly, Crab Creek Review, Seattle Review, Bone Bouquet, Duende, Synaethesia, Banqueted, Torch and many more. She teaches poetry and creative writing at Hugo House and Seattle University and lives as a superhero in Seattle with her wife and dog.

For over three decades, dan raphael’s been active in the Northwest as poet, performer, editor and reading host. The Closer You Get to Nowhere, his 20th book, will come out this fall from Last Word Press, which published Everyone in This Movie Gets Paid in June 2016. Current poems appear in Caliban, Otoliths, Courtship of Birds, Blackbox Manifold and In Between Hangovers. He is prose editor of Unlikely Stories, hosts the Fo Po Poetry series, and writes & records a news poem every Wednesday for the KBOO Evening News.