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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
July 18

Reading: Still Waters Collective, Runs Deep anthology

readings & workshops
July 20

Book Launch: Draw Write Here! Volume III, Issue 1

readings & workshops
July 22

Sunday Summer Story Series!

readings & workshops
July 29

Poetry Reading: Tongo Eisen-Martin

readings & workshops
July 29

Sunday Summer Story Series!

July 30 - Aug 10

Woodland Pattern Annual Inventory - STORE CLOSED

readings & workshops
August 14

Offsite Reading: Poetry in the Park - Juneau Park

performances
August 16

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Archived readings & workshops
Dec 9 Saturday, December 9
7:00pm, $8 GENERAL | $7 STUDENTS & SENIORS | $6 WPBC MEMBERS

Join us for a poetry reading featuring Tonya M. Foster & Samiya Bashir. Saturday, December 9 at 7 PM.

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Tonya M. Foster was born in Bloomington, Illinois, and raised in New Orleans. She earned a BA from Newcomb College, Tulane University, and an MFA from the University of Houston. Foster is the author of the poetry collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court (Belladonna*, 2015) and co-edited the book Third Mind: Creative Writing through Visual Art (2002). Her work has appeared in Callaloo, MiPoesias, Western Humanities Review, the Hat, and elsewhere.

 

Foster has received fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts, the Macdowell Colony, the Ford Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she is a PhD candidate. She has taught at Bard College, Queens College CUNY, Baruch College CUNY, and she currently is an assistant professor at California College of the Arts.

 

 

 


Samiya Bashir’s books of poetry: Field Theories, Gospel, and Where the Apple Falls, and anthologies, including Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art, exist.

 

Sometimes she makes poems of dirt.

 

Sometimes zeros and ones.

 

Sometimes variously rendered text.

 

Sometimes light.

 

She lives in Portland, Ore, with a magic cat who shares her obsession with trees and blackbirds and occasionally crashes her classes and poetry salons at Reed College.