The Switch Reading Series: Landers, Sand & Masigat
Roll-Up Photo Studio + Gallery
7:00 pm, doors
7:30 pm sharp, reading starts
We’re delighted to host The Switch Reading Series, presenting a reading by Susan Landers of Brooklyn, NY; a reading and presentation by Kaia Sand; and music from Portland’s Kelly Anne Masigat!
Susan Landers’ new book Franklinstein is a hybrid-genre collection of poetry and prose that tells the story of one Philadelphia neighborhood (Germantown), as it wrestles with the legacies of colonialism, racism, and capitalism. Drawing from interviews, historical research, and two divergent but quintessential American texts (The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans), Franklinstein is a monster readers have not encountered before.
Kaia Sand is the author of three poetry collections and she teaches in the Portland State University Honors College, where she is a resident poet. Commissioned by the Regional Arts and Culture Council, she was recently an artist-in-residence with artist Garrick Imatani at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center responding to the contents of historical surveillance files on local political activists. Her recent exhibition, Moth, Flame, Desire at PCC Cascade Gallery was supported by an Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant. Exploring the language around fossil fuels, fire, and moths, the project is a culmination of her Despina Artist Residency at Largo das Artes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.
Kelly Anne Masigat’s music is country-tinged, coal fired, quiet and intense. A multi-instrumentalist, with roots all along the West Coast, Kelly writes songs that are meditative, elegant and often romantic. Her first full length record will be released this year.