Poetry Reading: Amelia Diaz Ettinger and Claudia Saleeby Savage

Annie Bloom's Books welcomes Oregon poets Amelia Díaz Ettinger and Claudia Saleeby Savage for an in-store reading from their new collections, which are published by Portland's own The Poetry Box.

About Self Dissection:

Amelia Díaz Ettinger takes an anatomical journey through the physical body to find answers about heritage, environment, family, and the nature of being an immigrant. The poems in these pages are written in a crisp pen like in an anatomical text, yet still allows the lyrical and metaphor to scrape the surfaces of the physical reality that is underneath, that ethereal something that is so often hard to embody.

Born in Mexico and raised in Puerto Rico, Amelia Díaz Ettinger has written poems that reflect the struggle with identity often found in immigrants. She began writing poetry at age three, dictating poems out loud to the adults in her life who wrote them down for her. Amelia continued writing poems and short stores throughout her life, while working as a high school science and Spanish teacher. She is the author of Learning to Love a Western Sky, Speaking at a Time/Hablando a la Vez, and Fossils on a Red Flag.  Her poems, essays, and short stories have appeared in many journals, reviews, and anthologies. She recently earned an MFA in Creative Writing. Presently, she lives in Eastern Oregon with her partner, two dogs, two cats, and way too many chickens.

About metal used for beauty alone:

Equal parts experimental bellow and love utterance, Claudia Saleeby Savage's new collection, metal used for beauty alone, is a plea for music as prayer, music as protest, music as balm, and music as change. Her poetry entrances as she casts Macbeth's witches to perform jazz spells to urge the musician to rage and energize themselves as they heal the world.

Claudia Saleeby Savage's writing explores diaspora and dichotomy and has been featured in print, on stage, and in galleries throughout the country. She's a poet, essayist, and author of Bruising Continents, The Last One Eaten, and the collaboration The Hour of Anjali. Her work lives on the page, but more often with her performance duo Thick In The Throat Honey (2019 semi-finalists for a Creative Capital award on the Syrian refugee crisis). She's received support from PJCE, RACC, The Black Earth Institute, Jentel, Ucross, the Global Education Center, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Her poetics are influenced by rabid reading, dancing, Alice Coltrane, and long walks in drippy forests. She works in the field of renewable energy and lives with her husband and daughter in Portland.

Event date: 
Thursday, January 25, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
7834 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219
Self Dissection By Amelia Diaz Ettinger Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781956285420
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Published: Poetry Box - October 5th, 2023

metal used for beauty alone By Claudia Saleeby Savage Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781956285390
Availability: Special Order - arrival estimates will be provided when your order is processed
NON-RETURNABLE. May take longer to arrive. Please confirm this is the edition you want.
Published: Poetry Box - August 15th, 2023