Tiffany Midge, who was guest editor for the Broadsided Press Responses feature for the Water Protectors at Standing Rock, took her work one step further.
In June, 2017, she hosted the 5th annual Broadsides on the Buses exhibit, where the collaborations by poets and artists that she curated currently ride throughout the town of Moscow, Idaho.
The broadsides were printed tabloid sized, framed, and shown for the evening above a star quilt.
Tiffany Midge opens the event by introducing and providing a space for pieces such as “Stand”, “Shadow Road”, “Snake Dance” and “Night Watch, Cannonball North Dakota” to become alive and visible to a broader audience at Moscow’s art walk, a downtown event that successfully brought many people to participate in witnessing art and activism.
Photographer Theo Van Alst, Jr, who created the images for all the broadsides, came for the event to discuss his collaboration with the poems, creating original renditions of landscape images, such as the “sun setting” in response to the piece “Stand,” as a metaphor for resistance, or the “panoramic vistas” in “Shadow Road,” which reflect “memories of the prayer songs,” via a road, or a stretch of river that leads to cleansing, to hope.
CMarie Fuhrman presents her poem “Stand”, recording the weight of contrasts, between brown and white, in the environment (a tree’s roots, or a young fawn juxtaposed against the backdrop of the snow) and that of the bodies (“little brown / girls […]), (“Brown limbs, white / limbs”) and the resistance of fighting to stand (“another rising, another / copse of brown limbs feels the white / weight and fights once again to survive.”)
Gary Dorr, Nez Perce Chairman, and activist from Standing Rock is seen outside chalking “Still #NoDAPL No K(eystone)XL” at a public play area during the art walk, a downtown event that successfully brought many people to participate in witnessing art and activism.
The installation at the transit center will stay up for another few days, where the broadsides will not only transport via the local buses, but also within the town’s public library, city hall and/or local coffee shop.
The Sexual Assault Awareness Month Spoken Word (SAAM) event hosted by the University of Idaho’s Women’s Center had a great turnout, and great presenters, including Cindy Marie Fuhrman, pictured here on the left, next to me.
I’m honored to be presenting poetry alongside Buddy Levy, Nance Van Winckel, Keetje Kuipers, and Benjamin James next Friday, 4/14, 7PM at Bloom. This is a fundraiser with proceeds to go towards The Fugue, the University of Idaho’s literary journal. Tickets are going fast! Only 50 spots. See you there!
In observance and celebration of National Poetry Month, I will be keeping “office hours” every Saturday this April in the Moscow Public Library from noon-2. Drop by! Or if you need more information email me at Tiffanymidge@gmail.com
Appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to serve through 2018, Marshall is visiting schools, libraries and other venues across the state helping raise awareness and appreciation for poetry.
Among Marshall’s many accomplishments are 3 published collections of poetry including “Bugle,” which won the Washington State Book Award in 2015. Marshall’s work has been widely read in many journals, including The American Poetry Review and The Iowa Review.
Marshall serves as an Endowed Professor of Humanities at Gonzaga University where he directs the writing concentration and coordinates the visiting writers’ series. In his free time, Marshall enjoys backpacking and fishing and spends about a month of every year in a tent.
Washington’s Poet Laureate is sponsored by Humanities Washington and the Washington State Arts Commission. You can learn more about the program and Tod Marshall by visiting www.wapoetlaureate.org or www.todmarshall.com.
For more information about Tod Marshall’s appearances, contact Tia Langston at (509) 657-3429 or Beverly Pearce at (509) 878-1513.
Natalie Diaz, Featured Guest Editor for the January edition of Connotation Press, has curated a portfolio titled “14 Possibilities of Native Poetry.” In her introduction she poses the question, What is Native poetry?, and then responds:
What is Native poetry means there can be infinite possibilities, infinite poets and their infinite poems who might be an answer. It is only when we answer this question, when we try to define what a native poet should be writing, what a native poet shouldn’t be writing, which native poets can write, which cannot write, that we begin to get smaller, that we silence the voices of our own possibility.