Lan Su Chinese Garden

Steeped in Words Poetry Series

Poetry is one of the five elements necessary for a comprehensive Chinese garden. Usually, the poetry is presented in the form of calligraphic inscriptions. In this series, hear poetry come alive during readings and Q&A sessions with five prolific Pacific Northwest poets.

Included free with Lan Su membership or admission; no registration is required.

Samiya Bashir — 3 - 4 p.m., Saturday, October 7

Laura Tattoo — 1 - 2 p.m., Sunday, October 8

Doug Stone — 3 - 4 p.m., Saturday, October 14

Kaia Sand — 3 - 4 p.m., Saturday, October 21

David Cooke — 3 - 4 p.m., Saturday, October 28

About the Poets

Samiya Bashir

Samiya Bashir 's books of poetry, Field Theories, Gospel, and Where the Apple Falls, and anthologies, including Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art, exist. Sometimes she makes poems of dirt. Sometimes zeros and ones. Sometimes variously rendered text. Sometimes light. Her work has been widely published, performed, installed, printed, screened, experienced, and Oxford comma'd. Bashir holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as Poet Laureate, and an MFA from the University of Michigan, where she received two Hopwood Poetry Awards. She is the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, residencies, prizes, and is a founding organizer of Fire & Ink, an advocacy organization and writer's festival for LGBT writers of African descent. Bashir has collaborated on a number of multimedia poetry and art projects including M A P S :: a cartography in progress, and Silt, Soot, and Smut, with Alison Saar, both of which currently travel the country in exhibition and performance. Bashir lives with a magic cat who shares her love of trees and blackbirds, and who occasionally crashes her classes and poetry salons. Bashir lives in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches creative writing at Reed College.

Laura Tattoo

Laura Tattoo has been reading and writing poetry since childhood when she was inspired to become a poet by the likes of Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dr. Seuss, A. A. Milne and William Shakespeare. She writes in English and French and will be reading from poems she wrote about her time in Greece in 2012-2013, including a feminist cycle on Persephone.

Doug Stone

Doug Stone is a fourth generation Oregonian living in Albany, Oregon. He worked in social services for 40 years, most recently as an analyst and consultant on public policy issues for several states, AARP, and the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice. Since retiring, he has enjoyed traveling, spending time with his grandchildren, and taking classes at his alma mater, Oregon State University in Writing and Art History. His chapbook, The Season of Distress and Clarity was published by Finishing Line Press in 2017. His poems have appeared in Fireweed, The University of Portland Review, The Oregonian, Cloudbank, Fault Lines, The Timberline Review, and the anthology, A Ritual To Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford. He won the Oregon Poetry Association’s Fall, 2016 Poet’s Choice Award.

Kaia Sand

Kaia Sand is the author of A Tale of Magicians Who Puffed Up Money that Lost its Puff (Tinfish Press 2016) Remember to Wave (Tinfish Press 2010), and interval (Edge Books), a Small Press Traffic book of the year; and co-author with Jules Boykoff of Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry and Public Space (Palm Press, 2008). She served as a Despina Artist Resident at Largo das Artes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and as artist-in-residence with Garrick Imatani at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center, and she documents her poems, exhibitions, and projects at She also helps people document their stories through workshops and interviews:

David Cooke

David Cooke brings together vivid imagery, richly layered meaning, and a sheer love of language to create award-winning poetry. A Pushcart Nominee, Ruth Stone Prize winner, and founder of, he is both a writer and passionate advocate of poetry through its publication, performance and integration into cityscapes and gardens. Long-time Portland resident, businessman and former special educator he continues to be enthralled by the Pacific Northwest experience.

Upcoming Steeped in Words Poetry Series

Saturday, October 21, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Saturday, October 28, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm

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