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Samiya Bashir

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing
English Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Samiya Bashir joined the Reed College faculty in 2012. She teaches poetry writing and making as well as the writing of creative nonfiction. She is especially interested in opening dialogues with students about experimental poetics and poetry forms, grounding in multicultural traditions of verse, and the establishment of individuality of perspective and voice as both writers and readers. Bashir’s books of poetry, Field Theories (Nightboat Books, 2017), and Gospel, and Where the Apple Falls, both short-listed for the Lambda Literary Award, 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 and a recipient of the 2011 Aquarius Press Legacy Award, given annually in recognition of women writers of color who actively provide creative opportunities for other writers. 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.

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