August 2017 Closing Thoughts:
De-Canon: A Visibility Project launched in August 2017, with a month-long popup library exhibit at UNA Gallery in Portland, Oregon. We held events every week throughout the month and were joined by many other artists, writers, and artist groups in our community, all artists and writers of color. Our month of events and happenings showcased the multiplicity of voices, talents, views, and the sheer creativity and strength of the POC creative community in Portland. We are proud, grateful, humbled, delighted to have had the chance to create space for these interactions.
We owe thanks to many for contributions: Precipice Fund Grant/PICA; UNA Gallery (brilliantly run by Mercedes Orozco and Blair Crissman); book donations from Wave Books, Tin House, Octopus Books, Sundress Publications, YesYes Books; to Kevin Sampsell at Powell's for featuring a De-Canon display shelf in the bookstore; and to all the authors who donated their own books (Hoa Nguyen, Stephanie Adams-Santos, Cindy Williams Gutierrez, we will keep adding names here...); and to the contributors who helped us create our "de-canonizing" lists. We will be assembling those "de-canon" lists of contributors on the De-Canon website soon. We also appreciate the press and blog posts by the Mercury, Portland Monthly, Literary Arts, Oregon Arts Watch, and AWP Writer's Notebook.
Gratitude and recognition to all the presenters and participating artists and writers: Moved By Words; White Noise Project; Unlearning Podcast (Béalleka, Jeff Jaeckle); Physical Education (Taka Yamamoto, Lu Yim, Allie Hankins, keyon gaskin); and all the poets, asemic & visual artist-poets, and musicians: Samiya Bashir, Sam Roxas-Chua, Roland Dahwen Wu, Stacey Tran, Jonathan Raissi, Stephanie Adams-Santos, Christopher Rose, Jake Vermaas, Neil Aitken, Shayla Lawson, Trevino Brings Plenty, Anna Vo, Tron 444, Dao Strom, Amy Temple Harper, Claudia F. Savage, Skyler Reed, Consuelo Wise, Amy Lam, Alyssa Ogi, Rachel Springer.
We had such a powerhouse lineup of artists sharing their creative gifts in this space with us in August, and all of this is testament to the currents running through us all :: thank you thank you.
& a very special thanks to Kyle Macdonald, who designed and built all of our book boxes, all from recycled and reclaimed wood.
The poem "Thoughts On a Summer Exhibit" was made for De-Canon by Sam Roxas-Chua, inspired by our opening night event. He has kindly given us permission to re-print it here.
We will soon post a book index listing the books that were part of our August exhibit.