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[Canceled] Natalie Diaz reads at PSU

Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, CA. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. Her secoSnd book, Postcolonial Love Poem, is forthcoming from Graywolf in 2020. Diaz is a Macarthur Foundation Fellow, Lannan Literary Fellow, and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, and a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as receiving a U.S. Artists Ford Fellowship and Princeton’s Hodder Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Arizona State University Creative Writing MFA program.

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Gentrification in Portland and the city’s redlining past go under the microscope in Darrell Grant’s jazz-classical chamber opera, Sanctuaries, with a libretto by two-time National Poetry Slam Champion Anis Mojgani and directed by Alexander Gedeon. Focusing on personal stories from the Albina neighborhood, this latest site-specific commission challenges Portland as a community to truly listen to and acknowledge marginalized voices while addressing issues of white privilege, racial equity and inclusion, and economic disparity. Work DARRELL GRANT | Sanctuaries Creative Team DARRELL GRANT | composer ANIS MOJGANIi | librettist ALEXANDER GEDEON | director EZRA WEISS | conductor YUKI IZUMIHARA | set designer CARL FABER | lighting designer BRANIC HOWARD | sound engineer Vocalists DAMIEN GETER | bass-baritone EMMANUEL HENREID | baritone MARILYN KELLER | ITHICA TELL…

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Hazel Newlevant

When 17-year-old Hazel Newlevant takes a summer job clearing ivy from the forest in her hometown of Portland, Oregon, her only expectation is to earn a little money. Homeschooled, affluent, and sheltered, Hazel soon finds her job working side by side with at-risk teens to be an initiation into a new world that she has no skill in navigating. No Ivy League (Lion Forge) is Newlevant’s uncomfortable and compelling graphic memoir – an important story of a girl’s awakening to the racial insularity of her life, the power of white privilege, and the hidden story of segregation in Portland.

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Portland — Weird. Wonderful. Bizarre.

Many of the images in Donald R. Nelson’s Portland – Weird. Wonderful. Bizarre.: The Changing City (Don Nelson) illustrate the weirdness of both Portland’s past and present. Over the years, progress and ingenuity have brought about transformations in Portland. Some good, others that make one wonder, What were they thinking? Nelson’s new book is for those who want to learn and discover the Rose City as it was and what it has become – in a weird, wonderful, and bizarre way.

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