Saturday, February 22, 2020
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon – APANO
8188 SE Division St., Portland, Oregon 97266

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Thanks to a generous grant by Regional Arts & Culture Council, Submission Reading Series is able to present “Submission: BIPOC Edition.” This reading features our two guest editors of color, Janice Lee (fiction) and Skyler Reed (poetry), as well as the winners of our BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color-only) open reading period, Juan Reyes (fiction) and Zaji Cox (poetry).

This reading is free and open to the public. Light snacks and bubbly water will be served.

Doors – 5:00pm
Reading – 5:30pm sharp
Chat – 7ish-8pm

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Zaji Cox has been creating stories since she started reading at age three, discovering her passion for writing when she wrote her first short story at nine years old. She began seriously considering it as she went on to write and self-publish a fantasy/adventure novel by the time she was thirteen, later writing a collection of short stories for her high school senior project in 2012 that she self-published in a compilation book in 2016. She holds a BA in English, and her prose and poetry have been published in Pathos Literary Magazine, The Sunflower Collective, Entropy Magazine, and The Portland Metrozine. Her current work includes a children’s book and a memoir.

Janice Lee is a Korean-American writer, editor, and shamanic healer. She is the author of 7 books of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, most recently The Sky Isn’t Blue (2016), Imagine a Death (The OS, forthcoming 2021), and Separation Anxiety (CLASH Books, forthcoming 2022). She writes about interspecies communication, plants & personhood, the filmic long take, the apocalypse, inherited trauma, the concept of han in Korean culture, and asks the question, how do we hold space open while maintaining intimacy? She is Founder/Executive Editor of Entropy, Co-Founder of The Accomplices, and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Portland State University.

Skyler Reed is an artist, writer, and musician living in Portland, OR. The founder of Moved By Words ( a project dedicated to connecting new writers with writing workshops and community engagement, Skyler is the host of NW Native Writers Circle, former Oregon Folklife Slam Champion, has read at Literary Arts in Portland and at Hugo House in Seattle, been featured at the Invisible Spectrum storytelling series, appeared in Portlandia, and is published in Voicemail Poems, R.I.S.E: Survivance: Indigenous Poesis, The LBCC Journal Creative Highway, and the Poetics Corvallis anthology This Love Is Legendary. Skyler is the author of two chapbooks, And All Ampersands (2016) and Sex & Wikipedia (2017).

Juan Carlos Reyes has published the novella A Summer’s Lynching (Quarterly West) and the fiction chapbook Elements of a Bystander (Arcadia Press). His stories, poems and essays have appeared in Waccamaw Journal, Florida Review, and Hawai’i Review, among others. He was the recipient of a Washington State Artist Trust Fiction Storyteller Grant in 2018, and he is currently an Assistant Professor of creative writing at Seattle University. He also serves as the chief editor of Big Fiction magazine, and you can find him online at