i. Powell’s Bookstore Coffee Shop, Portland
it’s all lit up with volcanoes
Chris says of Oregon
where I write of new fires
burning old animals
but there are these old fires
I don’t heed—
the xylophone of volcanoes
that is the Cascade Range
Kaia Sand was born in 1972 in Fairbanks, Alaska, and grew up in Salem, Oregon. She received a BA from the University of Portland in 1994 and an MFA from George Mason University in 2001.
She is the author of A Tale of Magicians Who Puffed Up Money that Lost its Puff (Tinfish Press, 2016), Remember to Wave (Tinfish Press, 2010), and interval (Edge Books, 2004), a Small Press Traffic Book of the Year.
She is known for her investigative and interdisciplinary poetry. The poet Carolyn Forché writes, “Kaia Sand’s work always interests me: her inventories, interventions, recordings, dispatches, her mixing memos into songs, her soundings and measurements and exposés.” Sand is also the coauthor, with Jules Boykoff, of Landscapes of Dissent: Guerilla Poetry & Public Space (Palm Press, 2008).
Sand has previously taught at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Willamette University, and Pacific University. She leads a series of writing courses called Vignettes & Verse and currently serves as both the artist-in-residence at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center and the resident poet at Portland State University. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
A Tale of Magicians Who Puffed Up Money that Lost its Puff (Tinfish Press, 2016)
Remember to Wave (Tinfish Press, 2010)
Interval (Edge Books, 2004)
Landscapes of Dissent: Guerilla Poetry & Public Space (Palm Press, 2008)