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Poetry Readings by Samiya Bashir & Joy Katz

Date: 5:30pm PDT April 14, 2014 Location: Frank Manor House

  • Samiya Bashir
    Samiya Bashir
  • Joy Katz
    Joy Katz

Frank Manor House

Joy Katz

Joy Katz is the author of All You Do is Perceive, a National Poetry Series finalist and a Stalecher Series Selection at Four Way Books (forthcoming in November 2013). Her other two poetry collections are The Garden Room (Tupelo, 2006: winner of the Snowbound Series prize) and Fabulae (Southern Illinois University press, 2002: winner of the Crab Orchard Award). She also is co-editor of the acclaimed anthology Dark Horses: Poets on Overlooked Poems (University of Illinois, 2007).

She was educated at Ohio State, Washington University in St. Louis, and Stanford. Trained in industrial design, she worked as a graphic designer before starting to write poems.

Honors for her writing include a 2013 Pittsburgh Foundation grant, an NEA fellowship, a Pushcart prize, a Stegner fellowship, and the Nadya Aisenberg fellowship at the MacDowell Colony. Her poems are anthologized in three volumes of The Best American Poetry, among other places, and appear in such journals as American Poetry Review, Gulf CoastNotre Dame Review, Ploughshares, Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. Her prose has appeared in The New York Times Book Review and The Village Voice.

She was recently the visiting writer at the University of Pittsburgh and has taught literature and poetry at The New School and NYU. Currently she teaches in the graduate writing program at Chatham University and in Carlow University’s Madwomen in the Attic workshops. She is an editor-at-large for Pleiades.

She lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and young son.


Samiya Bashir

Samiya Bashir is the author of Gospel, finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the 2009 Lambda Literary Award, and Where the Apple Falls, a Poetry Foundation bestseller and finalist for the 2005 Lambda Literary Award. Bashir is editor of Black Women’s Erotica 2 and co-editor, with Tony Medina and Quraysh Ali Lansana, of Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art.

Bashir’s poetry, stories, articles and editorial work have been featured in numerous publications including, most recently and forthcoming, in POETRY, Poet LoreMichigan Quarterly Review, Crab Orchard Review, Cura, The Rumpus, Hubbub, Callaloo, and Encyclopedia Vol. 2 F-K.

She is the recipient of two Hopwood Awards from the University of Michigan, as well as awards, grants, fellowships, and residencies from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, where she was a recent NEA writer-in-residence, the University of California, where she served as Poet Laureate, the Astraea Foundation, the National Association of Pen Women, Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Soul Mountain Writers Colony, The Austin Project, Alma de Mujer, the James Dick Foundation for the Performing Arts, and Cave Canem, among others. Her long poem, “Coronagraphy,” was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize.

A long-time communications professional focused on editorial, arts, and social justice movement building, Bashir is a founding organizer of Fire & Ink, an advocacy organization and writer’s festival for LGBT writers of African descent and a recipient of the 2011 Aquarius Press Legacy Award, given annually in recognition of women writers of color who actively provide creative opportunities for other writers. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches creative writing at Reed College.