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Territory: a talk and discussion with Lehua M. Taitano

PSU Pacific Islander, Asian & Asian American Center
1825 SW Broadway, Suite 235 (SMSU 235)
Portland, OR 97201, US (map)



Lehua M. Taitano is the author of the poetry collection A Bell Made of Stones, published by TinFish Press, and two chapbooks--appalachiapacific, winner of the 2010 Merriam-Frontier Award, published by the University of Montana, and Sonoma, published by Drop Leaf Press in 2017. She is a native Chamoru from Yigo, Guahån, of the Sinahi Island chain.

Her poetry, essays, and short fiction have appeared in A TransPacific Poetics, Fence, Poetry Magazine, Witness, The Yellow Medicine Review, and others. She serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator on the Executive Board of the Thinking Its Presence: Race, Literary and Interdisciplinary Studies Conference. She has served as an APAture Featured Literary Artist (Kearny Street Workshop), a contributing Kuwentuhan poet (The Poetry Center at SFSU), and is a participating visual/performance artist for the Smithosonian Institute's upcoming APAC Culture Lab in July of 2017.

As a queer interdisciplinary artist, Taitano explores indigenous identity in the diaspora, the politics of neocolonial displacement, and the queering of physical and psychological spaces as an approach to cultural revitalization.

This event is hosted by the PSU College of Arts, Queer Resource Center and the Pacific Islander, Asian & Asian American Student Center.