Mixed Me­dia The IAIA Win­ter Writ­ers Fes­ti­val

WRIT­ERS BLOCK

Pasatiempo - - PASATIEMPOS - — Jen­nifer Levin

Joy Harjo head­lines the Win­ter Writ­ers Fes­ti­val, from Satur­day, Jan. 2, to Satur­day, Jan. 9, at the In­sti­tute of Amer­i­can In­dian Arts. The fes­ti­val, hosted by the Low Res­i­dency MFA in Cre­ative Writ­ing pro­gram, is held an­nu­ally the first week of the year. Harjo is the au­thor of eight books of poetry and the re­cip­i­ent of the 2015 Wal­lace Stevens Award from the Acad­emy of Amer­i­can Po­ets. She reads at 6 p.m. on the fes­ti­val’s fi­nal night with fic­tion writer Pam Hous­ton (Cow­boys Are My Weak­ness and Con­tents May Have Shifted) and poet Natalie Diaz (When My Brother Was an Aztec). Read­ings by pro­gram fac­ulty are held each of the pre­ced­ing nights at 6 p.m.; some are fol­lowed at 7:30 p.m. by stu­dent read­ings or film screen­ings. The first read­ing, on Jan. 2, is by Ra­mona Ausubel, Toni Jensen, and Is­met Pr­cic. On Sun­day, Jan. 3, Shane Book, San­tee Frazier, and Claire Vaye Watkins read, fol­lowed by a short film by Book. Rachel El­iza Grif­fiths, Derek Pala­cio, and James Thomas Stevens read on Mon­day, Jan. 4, fol­lowed by a screen­ing of Drunk­town’s Finest, with di­rec­tor Sydney Free­land. On Tues­day, Jan. 5, MFA pro­gram di­rec­tor Jon Davis, a for­mer poet lau­re­ate of Santa Fe, reads with Lidia Yuk­nav­itch and Joan Naviyuk Kane. Nathalie Han­dal, Chip Liv­ingston, and Manuel Gon­za­les read on Wed­nes­day, Jan. 6, fol­lowed by first-year MFA stu­dent read­ings. The read­ing by Marie-He­lene Bertino, Sher­win Bit­sui, and Melissa Fe­bos on Thurs­day, Jan. 7, is fol­lowed by a film screen­ing with Pr­cic, and on Fri­day, Jan. 8, the read­ing by Cyn­thia Cruz, David Treuer, and Elissa Washuta is fol­lowed by sec­ond-year MFA stu­dent read­ings. Read­ings are in the au­di­to­rium in the Li­brary and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter on the IAIA cam­pus (83 Avan Nu Po Road).

Sher­win Bit­sui

Natalie Diaz

Pam Hous­ton

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