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.