Saturday, September 19, 2009

Jules Boykoff

Jules Boykoff is the author of two poetry collections: "Hegemonic Love Potion," and "Once Upon A Neoliberal Rocket Badge". Besides "Landscapes of Dissent" his political writing includes "Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in the United States," and "The Suppression of Dissent: How the State and Mass Media Squelch US American Social Movements." Boykoff's critical writing has appeared recently in The Nation, The Guardian, The Oregonian, and Wheelhouse Magazine. In November 2006 he was an invited speaker at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, where he presented research he carried out on U.S. media coverage of global warming.

Boykoff is also an enthusiastic soccer fan who played soccer at the University of Portland and represented the U.S. Olympic Team in international competition. He played professional soccer for the Portland Pride, Minnesota Thunder, and Milwaukee Wave. Boykoff teaches politics and writing at Pacific University and co-curates the Tangent Reading Series with Kaia Sand and Rodney Koeneke.

"Part primer, part field guide to pull from satchel during actions, Landscapes of Dissent skillfully compresses all the theory you need to take poetry out of the page and into the Spaces Formerly Known as Public. By focusing attention on where the poem happens (freeway signs, corporate shopping districts, chain link fences policing the commons), rather than its content or form, Sand and Boykoff open a fresh window on the hand-wringing question of poetry and politics."

—Arch Llewellyn, Amazon review.

Kaia Sand

Kaia Sand and Jules Boykoff are performance poets and activists for political and social justice. They combined their talents to co-author the book, "Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry and Public Spac," a book that explores what dissent looks like when framed and made by poets, and how dissent alters our understanding of what poetry might be and become.

Kaia Sand's poetry collection, "interval," was selected as a Small Press Traffic Book of the Year. She created several chapbooks through Dusie Kollektiv (, which published her wee book, "lotto," and "tiny arctic ice," re-configured as a broadside by Bowerbox Press. Sand recently performed poetry collaged entirely from the North American Free Trade Agreement, at the Positions Colloquium of the Kootenay School of Writing in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her investigations of Portland, Oregon geography, including a poetry map and guided walk, will be published this fall as "Remember to Wave" through Tinfish Press. Her poems comprise the text of two books in Jim Dine's "Hot Dreams" series (Steidel Editions), as well as the text for a choral composition by Matthew Sargent, "Riverbed Echo." Sand co-edits the Tangent Press (, and co-curates the Tangent Reading series.