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About thehappyvalleyproject

The Happy Valley Project is a poetic investigation of the relationship between housing foreclosures and financial speculation. Grappling with the high finance that furthers our economic turmoil seems like a good job for poetry. I borrowed the name of this project from the nearby city that experienced such a high foreclosure rate after the housing bubble burst. This project gathers poets, musicians, economists and others, using poetic form, video, installation pieces, economics lecture, and music. A key format for the Happy Valley project is the Econ Salon, gatherings around economics in various cultural formats (bistros, studios, galleries, etc). The Econ Salons began during the early days of the TARP bailout for financial institutions in 2008 when so many of us were quickly learning about the financial mess (here is a description of past econ salons). Now, two years later, I am interested in furthering those efforts through a poetic practice that brings together vigilance, investigation, and conversation. This project is funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

Street Roots

After months of reading and learning to inform my creative practice, I wanted to synthesize what I learned, and to share that synthesis. I am proud that Street Roots published an article I wrote on local responses to the financial … Continue reading

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dropcloth poem–now a broadside

I printed 200 broadsides of the dropcloth poem, and created a pdf that will be included in the final Dusie Kollektiv. Download the pdf: <a href="sand_dusie5“>

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teachers of the craft

In the hours before I was to hang my dropcloth poem for the econ salon, my mom & grandmother picked up the poem and began to embroider. As they did that, I reflected on how they taught me to embroider … Continue reading

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Allison Cobb extends the salon

Utterly buoying to read Allison Cobb’s always compelling thinking extend the salon–

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Images from Dec. 1 Econ Salon

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Happy Valley Project Statement / Dec 1

I launched this project after reading an article two years ago about the high foreclosure rate in Happy Valley by Ryan Frank in the Oregonian. I was also reading Mike Davis’s Planet of Slums about the the millions of people … Continue reading

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2 More Days Until the Econ Salon at Field Work

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