Kaia Sand has worked as a poet, artist, community organizer, and university professor. Beginning two decades ago as a volunteer for Yellow Brick Road, much of her work has focused on economic injustice and homelessness, from a magic show she created about the financial collapse to the Right 2 Survive Ambassador Program she co-founded for housed people to learn from people experiencing homelessness. She taught at Portland State University, Pacific University, Willamette University and St. Mary’s College of Maryland; co-founded Vignettes & Verses, a writing and personal history institute; and performed and taught internationally, including in England, Ireland and Brazil. She has widely exhibited her artwork and served in residencies, from a public art commision at the City of Portland Archives and Records Center to the Despina International Artist Residency in Rio de Janeiro. A member of PEN America, she is author of three books of poetry--interval, Remember to Wave and A Tale of Magicians Who Puffed Up Money that Lost its Puff--and the co-author of Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry & Public Space.
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Street Roots and its writers and vendors are an invaluable part of our community's fabric. Social justice is only within our grasp only when we all participate in learning about, supporting, and fighting for this mission. Street Roots is a daily reminder, on blocks throughout Portland, that we are all in this together.- Mara Zepeda, co-founder, Switchboard