@Noon: 21st-Century Indigenous Poets
In celebration of National Poetry Month, join Sherwin Bitsui, Santee Frazier, and this spring’s Mary Routt Chair in Creative Writing, Joan Naviyuk Kane, for a reading and discussion of their work.
Bitsui is originally from White Cone, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. He is Diné of the Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tl’izilani (Many Goats Clan). A Lannan Foundation Literary Fellow and Whiting Writers Award recipient, among other honors, he is the author of Shapeshift, Flood Song, and Dissolve.
Frazier, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, is the author of Dark Thirty and Aurum. He currently serves as director of the Institute of American Indian Arts MFA in Creative Writing.
Kane is Inupiaq with family from Ugiuvak and Qawiaraq. A Whiting Award and Guggenheim Foundation recipient, she is author of eight collections of poetry and prose. She is currently a Visiting Fellow of Race and Ethnicity at The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University and the 2021 Mary Routt Endowed Chair of Creative Writing and Journalism at Scripps.
This program is presented in partnership with the Mary Routt Chair in Creative Writing.
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