Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Naomi Fast October 13, 2016


Hosted by Christopher Luna and Toni Lumbrazo Luna

7 pm
Thursday, October 13
Angst Gallery
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

Food and libation provided by
Niche Wine Bar, 1013 Main Street

Sound provided by Briz Loan & Guitar:



Featuring Naomi Fast, author of

Portland Light: Post-Industrial City Poems and Photography

Naomi Fast is an American poet, artist, and photographer who grew up in California, Brussels, and Zaire (now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo). Ms. Fast earned her MA in Writing from Portland State University, where she won an Academy of American Poets Prize and the Shelley Reece Award. Her poetry has been published around the U.S. in various journals and anthologies including Empty Shoes and VoiceCatcher, a journal featuring women authors and artists of the Pacific Northwest. In addition, her poem “Kajiji Fires” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The poems and photographs in Fast’s Portland Light: Post-Industrial City Poems & Photography, provide a glimpse into the Rose City’s evolution over a ten-year period.

Fantasy by Naomi Fast

According to Naomi, “I consider my Portland Light poems to be ‘light’ in language, length, mood and tone—they are, if you will, ‘language snapshots.’ My hope is that they also reveal bits of a city that aren’t readily seen unless we shine a light on them.”

Awning of Stars by Naomi Fast

by Naomi Fast

We photograph the bronze moon
in increments.
Planets collaborate
enlightening our address
with sun and moon’s embrace.

We’ve lived rivers and oceans of years
but it only takes one
cloudless September night
to eclipse them all,
to reveal with a flash
this naked moment
of our sameness.

Burnside Love by Naomi Fast

One thought on “Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Featuring Naomi Fast October 13, 2016

  1. Naomi, I am so proud of you. Your poems are lifegiving. You were meant and called to be a poet. In Kajiji, whenever I visit and walk by the house where your family lived, I can still your beautiful and lovely voice calling me from distance, Pakisa, Pakisa, want come and have lunch with us? It is not a voice of the past but a present voice. I love you and remember, you are a true child of and from Kajiji like I am, your Kajiji and Chokwe father.

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