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This is a FREE Poetry Across the Nations Workshop. This workshop is for indigenous writers.
This generative workshop will explore ways to image the spaces and places we move within: our homelands, our wildernesses, our cityscapes, and this America. How can we hold the contradictions of place—their links to memory as well as their futurisms, the violent histories they hold alongside the nostalgia and love and connection we feel toward them? This workshop will use the poetry of indigenous peoples as a lens to help us find new relationships of language, image, feeling, and connection to our places.
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. She is a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, and a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as being awarded a US Artists Ford Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Arizona State University Creative Writing MFA program. She splits her time between the east coast and Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she works to revitalize the Mojave language.
Celeste Adame, Muckleshoot, holds an MFA in Poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her work has been published in Yellow Medicine Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, As/Us: A Jounral for Women of the World, and elsewhere.