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Join in for a free reading at Tin House Books, featuring poet Armin Tolentino, novelist Juhea Kim, and writer/artist Annika Hansteen-Izora.
Armin (he/him) earned his MFA at Rutgers University in Newark and is the author of WE MEANT TO BRING IT HOME ALIVE (Alternating Current Press, 2019). His poetry has appeared in Hyphen Magazine, Arsenic Lobster, The Raven Chronicles, and elsewhere. Originally from Lincoln Park, New Jersey, he now lives in Vancouver, Washington. He’s an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship recipient, Clark County’s Poet Laureate, and an avid (albeit usually unsuccessful) fisherman. He hopes one day to earn a Guinness Record for World’s Loudest Clap. Check out his work and buy his book: armintolentino.com
Juhea Kim (she/her) graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Art and Archeology and a certificate in French. Her debut novel, BEASTS OF A LITTLE LAND, was named a finalist for the 2022 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and a Best Book of 2021 by Harper’s Bazaar, Ms., Real Simple, and `. It is being translated and published around the world. She is the founder and editor of Peaceful Dumpling, an online magazine covering sustainable lifestyle and ecological literature and is a devoted advocate for the environment. Juhea is donating a portion of the proceeds from Beasts of a Little Land to the Phoenix Fund, a Siberian tiger and Amur leopard conservation nonprofit based in Vladivostok, Russia. She fuels her writing with vegan mac n’ cheese, kimchi fried rice, and hot chocolate. Learn more at juheakim.com
Annika (they/she/he) is the author of TENDERNESS: A HONORING OF MY QUEER BLACK JOY AND RAGE and co-creator of FRIENDSHIP EXPERIMENTS, to be released as a book and video series exploring QTPOC friendship, and co-head of Black Feast, a culinary event that celebrates Black artists and writers through food. They’ve been featured by The Creative Independent, It’s Nice That, AIGA Eye on Design, Well+Good, Vogue, McNay Art Museum, New Public, Bustle, and others. Learn more at annikaizora.com
*Constellation is a local-Portland reading series celebrating local and visiting writers of all genres. Constellation centers on writers who are underrepresented in mainstream literature and aims to provide a friendly, warm, and inclusive place for Portland’s reading and writing communities to gather together regularly. Readings are held every third Thursday of each month (except Dec and July) at Tin House Books in NW Portland.