Pasatiempo - - In Other Words -

The art of the word The In­sti­tute of Amer­i­can In­dian Arts may be known as a vis­ual arts school, but its cre­ative-writ­ing pro­gram has a na­tional rep­u­ta­tion for pro­duc­ing top-flight Na­tive Amer­i­can writ­ers as well as at­tract­ing well-known po­ets and nov­el­ists to teach at the school. Fund­ing from Santa Fe’s Lan­nan Foun­da­tion brings a bevy of writ­ers to teach in week­long res­i­den­cies.

Start­ing Mon­day, Nov. 8, Ja­pane­seAmer­i­can poet Kimiko Hahn be­gins a five-day res­i­dency at IAIA. Hahn writes English po­etry that bor­rows heav­ily from sev­eral East Asian lit­er­ary tra­di­tions. Her 2008 book Nar­row Road to the In­te­rior uses zui­huitsu, a Ja­panese prose-po­etry style that thrives on jux­ta­po­si­tion and con­tra­dic­tion. In a sim­i­lar vein, her 2000 book Mos­quito and Ant ex­plores nu shu, an an­cient Chi­nese script that women used to com­mu­ni­cate with one an­other.

Not afraid of pop cul­ture, Hahn also wrote and per­formed voice-overs for the 1995 MTV spe­cial Ain’t Nuthin’ But a She-Thing. Her po­ems have ap­peared in The New Yorker, and her writ­ing was fea­tured promi­nently in the 2007 ex­per­i­men­tal film Ev­ery­where at Once by avant-garde filmmaker Holly Fisher. Hahn lives in New York, where she is an English pro­fes­sor at Queens Col­lege, CUNY. She has been awarded a fel­low­ship by the Na­tional En­dow­ment for the Arts and the Guggen­heim Foun­da­tion.

Hahn reads from her work at 7 p.m. on Mon­day, Nov. 8, in the Cen­ter for Life­long Ed­u­ca­tion at the IAIA cam­pus (83 Avan Nu Po Road). For more in­for­ma­tion, call 424-2365.

Kimiko Hahn

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