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Reading: Casandra Lopez, Sam Roxas-Chua, John Sibley Williams
June 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree
Join Mother Focault’s for the Portland book launch of Casandra Lopez’s powerful new collection Brother Bullet, just released from University of Arizona Press. Joining her will be Oregon poets Sam Roxas-Chua and John Sibley Williams.
Casandra Lopez is a Chicana and California Indian (Cahuilla/Tongva/Luiseño) writer who’s received support from CantoMundo, Bread Loaf and Jackstraw. She’s been selected for residencies with the School of Advanced Research and Hedgebrook. Her chapbook, Where Bullet Breaks, was published by the Sequoyah National Research Center and her poetry collection, Brother Bullet, was just released from University of Arizona. She’s a founding editor of As/Us: A Space For Women Of The World and teaches at Northwest Indian College.
Sam Roxas-Chua is a poet and multi-disciplinary artist from Eugene, Oregon. His publications include Fawn Language (Tebot Bach, 2013), Saying Your Name Three Times Underwater (Lithic Press) and Echolalia In Script – A Collection of Asemic Writing (Orison Books). His poems and visual art folios have appeared in various journals including Narrative, december Magazine, Cream City Review, and basalt Magazine; his collection of poems, Diary of Collected Summers, won the first place award in the 7th Annual Missouri Review Audio Competition in poetry. Most recently he has been interviewed for an issue of Gulf Coast Journal. He has appeared in a live broadcast of Dear Sugar Radio at the Aladdin Theater in support of #writeourdemocracy / #writersresist and he is the owner of The Requatorist, a small business dedicated to community writing workshops.
John Sibley Williams is the author of As One Fire Consumes Another (Orison Poetry Prize, 2019), Skin Memory (Backwaters Prize, 2019), Disinheritance, and Controlled Hallucinations. An eleven-time Pushcart nominee, John is the winner of numerous awards, including the Philip Booth Award, American Literary Review Poetry Contest, Phyllis Smart-Young Prize, The 46er Prize, Nancy D. Hargrove Editors’ Prize, Confrontation Poetry Prize, and Vallum Award for Poetry. He serves as editor of The Inflectionist Review and works as a literary agent. Previous publishing credits include: The Yale Review, Midwest Quarterly, Sycamore Review, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, Poet Lore, Saranac Review, Atlanta Review, TriQuarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, Mid-American Review, Poetry Northwest, Third Coast, and various anthologies.