In this session, writers and teachers of ecological literature will use theories of ecofeminism and environmental justice to consider how built urban and suburban spaces exclude or erase “others”—nonwhite, non-cisgendered, poor, disabled bodies. They will also address how female, nonwhite, disabled, queer, underprivileged bodies are stereotypically associated with wildness and discuss strategies for disrupting such traditional binaries as human/natural and civilized/wild.
As Central Americans in the US become a focus of anti-immigrant rhetoric and queer and trans people seek refuge from hate and violence on both sides of the border, it is more urgent than ever to combat one-dimensional stereotypes while resisting the urge to only represent ourselves as the perfect sexless minority in our narratives in order to garner respect for our humanity. Acclaimed and emergent queer Central American authors tackle these themes from multiple genres, mediums, and languages.
Dimsummer Book Club invites you to celebrate the publication of The Pink Light by Ines Falcö at the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland, OR on Friday, April 27 at 7pm. Hosted by Rob Gray with performances by Manuel Arturo Abreu, Olivia Olivia, and Ines Falco. The Pink Light will be available alongside new zines, prints, and art by members of the Dimsummer Book Club.
For the first time in history, Artificial Intelligence has moved from the pages of science fiction to a reality in our everyday lives. From how we cure diseases to what we see on our social media feeds to how we drive our cars, AI will define more and more of how we think, feel and act. What does this mean for us as a civilization? Where is AI going? And what is our role in designing that future?
Join Particle Design for a lively evening of talks by industry experts from Google, Amazon and others on the topic of AI. Talks will be interspersed with artists performances.
Drinks and light food will be provided. All proceeds will be donated to the artists.
An Occasional Reading Series, is a new Portland, Oregon reading series hosted by Dena Rash Guzman. It will occur occasionally! Its debut event features readers Leah Umansky, Olivia Olivia, Dena Rash Guzman, and one more TBA. Special musical performance by Phoenix Singer. Special musical guests Complimentary Colors will finish the night off with their beautiful songs.
Smart, sassy, and unapologetically feminine, Karen Karbo’s new book, In Praise of Difficult Women: Life Lessons From 29 Heroines Who Dared to Break the Rules (National Geographic), is an ode to the bold and charismatic women of modern history. Karbo, author of The Gospel According to Coco Chanel, spotlights the spirited rule breakers who charted their way with little regard for expectations: Frida Kahlo, Elizabeth Taylor, Nora Ephron, Carrie Fisher, Amelia Earhart, Helen Gurley Brown, Edie Sedgwick, and Shonda Rhimes, among others. Their lives — imperfect, elegant, messy, glorious — provide inspiration and instruction for the new age of feminism we have entered. Karbo distills these lessons with wit and humor, examining the universal themes that connect us to each of these mesmerizing personalities today: success and style, love and authenticity, daring and courage. Being “difficult,” Karbo reveals, might not make life easier. But it can make it more fulfilling — whatever that means for you. Karbo will be joined in conversation by Olivia Olivia, author of No One Remembered Your Name but I Wrote It Down.