Sub­texts Stu­dents in the MFA cre­ative writ­ing pro­gram at the In­sti­tute of Amer­i­can In­dian Arts read from their works; win­ners of the Willa Literary Awards are hon­ored

Na­tive and Western voices

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Sam­ple some stu­dent writ­ing from the In­sti­tute of Amer­i­can In­dian Arts MFA in cre­ative writ­ing pro­gram at 4 p.m. on Tues­day, Oct. 13, when Bar­bara Ro­bidoux (Eastern Tsalagi/Cherokee) and Collestipher Dodge Chatto (Diné) read from their work at the Li­brary and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter at IAIA (83 Avan Nu Po Road). Ro­bidoux, who is earn­ing her de­gree in fic­tion, has writ­ten two books of po­etry and her work has ap­peared in sev­eral literary jour­nals, in­clud­ing the Santa Fe Literary Re­view, Amer­i­can Tanka, and Yel­low Medicine Re­view. Chatto earned his bach­e­lor of fine arts in cre­ative writ­ing from IAIA and is now study­ing po­etry in the MFA pro­gram. He is writ­ing and il­lus­trat­ing a chil­dren’s book, Mil­que­Toast, a story in poetic verse. Call 505-424-2397.

Out­stand­ing books about women and girls that are set in the Amer­i­can West are hon­ored each year by Women Writ­ing the West with the Willa Literary Awards, named in honor of Willa Cather. Win­ners for 2015 are Point of Di­rec­tion by Rachel Weaver (Ig Pub­lish­ing), in the con­tem­po­rary fic­tion cat­e­gory; A Quilt for Christ­mas by San­dra Dal­las (St. Martin’s Press), for his­tor­i­cal fic­tion; A Light in the Wilder­ness by Jane Kirk­patrick (Revel/Baker), for orig­i­nal soft­cover fic­tion; and Di­ary of a Citizen Sci­en­tist by Shar­man Apt Rus­sell (Ore­gon State Univer­sity Press), for cre­ative non­fic­tion. The win­ner for schol­arly non­fic­tion is Quite Con­trary: The Liti­gious Life of Mary Ben­nett Love, by David J. Langum Sr. (Texas Tech Univer­sity Press), and the win­ner in the po­etry cat­e­gory is The Se­cret Life of Us Kids, by Bon­nie B. Mal­don­ado (Far Coun­try Press). In the chil­dren’s/young adult fic­tion and non­fic­tion cat­e­gory, the win­ner is Search­ing for Sil­ver Heels, by Jean­nie Mobley (Si­mon & Schuster). Win­ners, who were se­lected by li­brar­i­ans, his­to­ri­ans, and univer­sity-af­fil­i­ated ed­u­ca­tors, are hon­ored at the as­so­ci­a­tion’s 21st An­nual Con­fer­ence in Red­mond, Ore­gon, from Fri­day, Oct. 9, to Sun­day, Oct. 11. — Jen­nifer Levin

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