(Dis)placement Poetry Reading with De-Canon: A Visibility Project

May 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Common Ground exhibition, 2nd floor, Main Building

How fine (or how immense) is the difference between being dis-placed or being in place?

For more than 25 years, Fazal Sheikh has worked with individuals rendered invisible by war, ethnic and religious strife, climate crises, and social banishment, inviting them to share their stories. Throughout the exhibition’s run, Portland-based artists, writers, students, educators, and social service organizations partnered with PAM to consider the wide-ranging experiences of displacement globally and locally.

Join us for one final program organized by De-Canon, a Portland-based Visibility Project showcasing literary art by writers/artists of color, challenging the North American literary canon and putting forth an alternative “canon” — or multiple canons — that are inclusive, diverse, and multi-storied in their approach to representation.

For this pop-up reading, five poets will broadly ponder (dis)placement, placings, and movements between:

Stephanie Adams-Santos
Neil Aitken
Samiya Bashir
Alyssa Ogi
Dao Strom

This program is included with Museum admission. Admission is $5 for adults after 5 p.m. Admission is always free for members and people 17 and under.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to access@pam.org, or call 503-226-2811.

Three photographs in the Common Ground installation.