Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Gluck, Hasegawa, Quinn, Seidenberg, & Fry 9/29 @ Ford Food & Drink

Switch No. 47: We're thrilled to host Robert Glück, Kreg Hasegawa, Hajara Quinn, and Steven Seidenberg; plus a Q&A with artist Jolyn Fry

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

When: Saturday, September 29, 7 pm sharp


Robert Glück served as director of San Francisco State University’s Poetry Center, co-director of Small Press Traffic Literary Center, and associate editor at Lapis Press. His books include two novels, Jack the Modernist and Margery Kempe, two books of stories, Elements and Denny Smith, a book of poems and short prose, Reader, and with Kathleen Fraser, a book of prose poems, In Commemoration of the Visit. With Camille Roy, Mary Berger, and Gail Scott, he edited Biting the Error: Writers on Narrative. Glück prefaced Between Life and Death, a book of Frank Moore’s paintings, and he made the film Aliengnosis with Dean Smith. Most recently, Glück published Communal Nude: Collected Essays, and Parables, an editioned artist book with Cuban artists Jose Angel Toirac and Meira Marrero Díaz. In 2019, Margery Kempe will be republished by New York Review of Books Classics. Glück lives “high on a hill” in San Francisco.



Kreg Hasegawa is the author of two chapbooks: The New Crustacean (2006) and 3 Tales (2018). New work is due out in Tether. He is the editor of Smoke Specs, a chapbook press. He lives in Seattle and works as a dutiful public librarian.








Hajara Quinn lives in Portland OR where she works as the Program Director at the Independent Publishing Resource Center. Her poems have appeared in Gramma Daily, Gulf Coast, The Volta and Sixth Finch. Her first book, Coolth (Big Lucks 2018), was the winner of the Ruth Stone First Book Prize.







Writer and artist Steven Seidenberg is the author of Situ (Black Sun Lit, 2018), Itch (RAW ArT Press, 2014), Null Set (Spooky Actions Books, 2015), and numerous chapbooks of verse and aphorism, including Duration Knows No Law (ypolita press, 2016). He co-edited the three issues of pallaksch.pallaksch. (Instance Press, 2014-2018), is a member of the Right Window artists collective, and has had shows of his visual work in the US, Mexico, Japan, Germany and Italy. His collections of photographs include Pipevalve: Berlin (Lodima Press, 2017) and Choshi (Littlefield's, 2017).






Jolyn Fry was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She graduated with honors from Pennsylvania School of Art and Design in 1996. Since moving to Portland, Oregon, the following year, she has exhibited her continually evolving body of work in many group and solo shows. Whether depicting literal, physical landscapes or those of a more personal, emotional nature, Jolyn says, 'Surrendering to my artistic process grants me the kindest perspective of myself and the life that moves around me.’ She currently works as a teacher at Radius Community Art Studio in SE Portland.


*photo courtesy of Migyoung Won

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.