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The In­sti­tute of Amer­i­can In­dian Arts throws a Win­ter Read­ers Gather­ing

Writ­ers’ voices: IAIA’s Win­ter Read­ers Gather­ing Early Jan­uary, of­ten a quiet time in win­try Santa Fe, is a frenzy of learn­ing, feed­back, and cre­ativ­ity for stu­dents, pro­fes­sors, and vis­it­ing writ­ers in the In­sti­tute of Amer­i­can In­dian Arts’ low-res­i­dency Mas­ter of Fine Arts pro­gram. Stu­dents, who spend most of each se­mes­ter learn­ing via cor­re­spon­dence with their in­struc­tors, con­vene on cam­pus for a week filled with work­shops, one-on-one meet­ings, and nightly read­ings and film screen­ings that are free and open to the pub­lic. This year’s Win­ter Read­ers Gather­ing fea­tures an eclec­tic and di­verse ar­ray of well-known and crit­i­cally ac­claimed Na­tive and non-Na­tive writ­ers, in­clud­ing Na­tional Book Award fi­nal­ists An­dre Dubus III (House of Sand and Fog and Dirty Love) and Ross Gay (Bring­ing the Shovel Down and Cat­a­log of Un­abashed Grat­i­tude). Read­ings are at 6 p.m. in the au­di­to­rium at the IAIA Li­brary and Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter (83 Avan Nu Po Road) be­gin­ning Satur­day, Jan. 7, with Melissa Fe­bos, James Thomas Stevens (Ak­we­sasne Mo­hawk), and Ra­mona Ausubel. On Sun­day, Jan. 8, Syreeta McFad­den reads with San­tee Fra­zier (Chero­kee) and Manuel Gon­za­les; Chip Liv­ingston (Creek), Marie He­lene Bertino, and Is­met Pr­cic read on Mon­day, Jan. 9. Tues­day, Jan. 10, fea­tures Elissa Washutu (Cowlitz), Claire Vaye Watkins, and Ken White. Dubus reads on Wed­nes­day, Jan. 11, with Mi­gizi Pen­soneau (Ponca) and Joan Naviyuk Kane (Inu­piaq), fol­lowed by a first-year stu­dent show­case read­ing at 7:15 p.m. A film screen­ing by Ster­lin Harjo (Semi­nole/Musko­gee) fol­lows a read­ing by Lidia Yuk­nav­itch and Kim­berly Blaeser (Anishi­naabe) on Thurs­day, Jan. 12. Gay reads with Toni Jensen (Métis) on Fri­day, Jan. 13, fol­lowed by a sec­ond-year stu­dent show­case read­ing. The fi­nal read­ing, on Satur­day, Jan. 14, is by Sher­win Bit­sui (Diné) and Pam Hous­ton, and is fol­lowed by a film screen­ing by Syd­ney Free­land (Diné). For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.iaia.edu or call 505-424-2365. — Jen­nifer Levin

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