Monday, March 4, 2019

abreu & Giles 3/15 @ Stumptown Division

Switch No. 50: manuel arturo abreu & Samantha Giles

Where: Stumptown Division, 4525 SE Division St., Portland

When: Friday, March 15, 5:30 p.m. PROMPT

It's our 50th Switch reading!!! We are super glad to celebrate it with Samantha Giles from Oakland and Portland's own manuel arturo abreu--both have new books. Start your weekend right. Come early to get a coffee, we'll start sharp.

manuel arturo abreu (b. 1991, Santo Domingo) is a poet and artist from the Bronx, currently living/working from a garage in southeast Portland. With text, ephemeral sculpture, and photography, they work in a process of magical thinking with attention to ritual aspects of aesthetics. Recent projects and engagements with MoMA (NYC), the Frye (Seattle), Yale Union (Portland), AA|LA Gallery (LA), and Rhizome + the New Museum (online). abreu is the author of three books, most recently the Oregon Book Award creative nonfiction finalist Incalculable Loss. They also co-facilitate home school, a free pop-up art school in Portland.

Samantha Giles grew up in an industrial section of Santa Monica, California, and currently lives in the flatlands of Oakland. She holds a BSW from San Francisco State University and an MFA from Mills College. Giles is the author of Total Recall (Krupskaya,2019.) Previous work includes hurdis addo (Displaced Press, 2011) and deadfalls and snares (Futurepoem, 2014), both of which won CA Conrad's Sexiest Poem in the years they were published. She was also a Headlands Center for the Arts Resident in 2017. An arts administrator, editor and curator, Giles has been the Director of Small Press Traffic since 2009.