On Monday, October 1, F.I. Goldhaber
, Tiel Aisha Ansari
, and Amelia Ettinger
read at the Northwest Branch of the Multnomah County Library, 2300 NW Thurman, Portland.
The evening begins with an open mic at 6 p.m. followed by the featured poets starting at 6:45 p.m.
Tiel Aisha Ansari
is a Sufi warrior poet. Her work has been featured by Fault Lines Poetry
, KBOO and Prairie Home Companion
among others. Her books include Knocking from Inside
and High-Voltage Lines
. She works as a data analyst for the Portland Public School district and is president emerita of the Oregon Poetry Association.
, born in Mexico and raised in Puerto Rico, has written poems that reflect the struggle with identity often found in immigrants. She began writing poetry at age three, dictating poems out loud to the adults in her life who wrote them down for her. Amelia continued writing poems and short stores throughout her life, while working as a high school science teacher. In 2015, her first book of poetry, Speaking at a Time
, was published by Redbat books.
will read from her forthcoming collection, "a truth serum for hate and hypocrisy ... writing with a hammer and speaking with a tongue of fire, in What Color is Your Privilege
she sings a book-length blues song decrying racial, gender, religious, and sexual intolerance in America. With courage and a rejection of conventionality rarely found in contemporary verse, this book shines a bright, beaming light on the 'hostile world' we live in and the revolution being fought for the soul of America." -- John Warner Smith