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Quaerere – Jamondria Harris
May 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Come celebrate the release of Jamondria Harris’s debut full-length collection QUAERERE!
Featuring Jayy Dodd, Stephanie Adams-Santos, manuel arturo abreu, & kiki nicole
What is the trust between hands? Where is the tenderness of sweat? In their full-length debut, Jamondria Harris moves to seek, to ask, to desire. “kill your teachers, name your lovers,” says quaerere. In poems and pictures that meditate through layers of black queer diasporic consciousness, quaerere searches for the outside of the ice in its mouth. These poems know that no one fits or stays, but they still want to know whose body they’re carrying.
JAMONDRIA MARNICE HARRIS is a poet & multimedia artist based in Portland. They use words, sounds, wires, instruments, textiles & what falls into their hands to engage with blackness, desire, decolonization, religion, spirituality, fairy tales, queerness, femme supremacy, & body horror. They are a VONA Workshop Fellow, among other things.
JAYY DODD is a blxk trans femme from los angeles, california– now based on the internet. they are a literary & performance artist. their work has appeared / will appear in zines & classrooms & basements & bookstores & over there probably. their words are award-nominated & are generally controversial. they are also a volunteer gender-terrorist, artificial intellectual, & wilderness prophet on the end times. find them talking trash online or taking a selfie.
STEPHANIE ADAMS-SANTOS is a queer Guatemalan-American poet, writer and mystic from Portland, Oregon. Her new full-length poetry collection, Swarm Queen’s Crown, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards, the world’s most prestigious literary award which celebrates excellence in LGBTQ publishing and voices. She is also the author of several chapbooks: Total Memory (Finishing Line Press) and Little Fugues (Sola Books); her award-winning chapbook The Sundering was selected by Linda Gregg for an Academy of American Poets New York Chapbook Fellowship. Stephanie has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets, and she was a finalist for the Corporeal Voices “THE VOICE IS A MUSCLE” Fellowship for writers of color. Her work has appeared in many print and online journals and magazines, including Guernica, The Boston Review, Orion Magazine, Nailed, Noble Gas Quarterly, and others. A ritualized production of Stephanie’s work was featured at Poetry Press Week in Portland, OR, and she is the recipient of a 2016 Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship. Stephanie earned an MFA in Poetry at Columbia University School of the Arts, and a BA in English at Stanford University. She is the founder of Tarot Obscuro and Ojo de la Selva Press. She teaches poetry at the Independent Publishing Resource Center, Literary Arts, and Portland Community College.
manuel arturo abreu (b. 1991, Santo Domingo) is a poet and artist from the Bronx. Currently living and working out of a garage in southeast Portland, they received their BA in Linguistics (Reed College, 2014). They work with text, ephemeral sculpture, and photography in a process of magical thinking with attention to ritual aspects of aesthetics. abreu recently exhibited and programmed with the Art Gym (Marylhurst, OR), Paragon Gallery (Portland, OR), Open Signal (Portland, OR), MoMA PS1 (NYC), Rhizome and the New Museum (online), and Veronica (Seattle, WA). They recently published at Rhizome, Art in America, AQNB, and SFMoMA Open Space. abreu wrote List of Consonants (Bottlecap Press, 2015) and transtrender (Quimérica Books, 2016), and their debut collection of critical prose, Incalculable Loss, is forthcoming 2018 from the Institute for New Connotative Action.
kiki nicole is an agender yung negro artist who is still here. They work to create multidisciplinary blk art that un/bodies, un/genders, and re/new. kiki is a 2016 Pink Door fellow, a 2016 Voice is a Muscle semi-finalist and 2017 member of Destiny Arts’ QEAR cohort. Their work has been commissioned by organizations such as Forward Together and published digitally on site such as The Shade Journal, Wus Good Magazine and Recenter Press. kiki’s new media work and multimedia art has been installed/performed in galleries and venues in Portland, Oregon and Oakland, CA.