The IAIA Winter Readers Gathering
The IAIA round table: Winter Readers Gathering
Major names in contemporary literature come together in a series of public readings beginning Saturday evening, Jan. 5, as part of the Winter Readers Gathering at the Institute of American Indian Arts’ Low Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing. On Saturday, IAIA faculty member Tommy Orange (Cheyenne/Arapaho), reads from the critically acclaimed 2018 novel There There, which was longlisted for the National Book Award. He appears with Luci Tapahonso (Diné), a professor at the University of New Mexico who was named the first poet laureate of the Navajo Nation in 2013. She is the author of A Radiant Curve: Poems and Stories, for which she received the 2009 Arizona Book Award for Poetry.
Readings continue nightly through Saturday, Jan. 12, by IAIA faculty members and visiting writers, including poets Joan Naviyuk Kane (Iñupiaq), Kimberly Blaeser (Anishinaabe), and Cedar Sigo (Suquamish). Brandon Hobson (Cherokee) reads on Jan. 11; he is the author of Where the Dead Sit Talking, a coming-of-age story that was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction. The final reading is by Jennifer Elise Foerster (Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma), the interim director of the low-residency program and author of Bright Raft in the Afterweather. She is joined by poet Sherwin Bitsui (Diné), author of Dissolve, and novelist and essayist Pam Houston, whose memoir, Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country, is forthcoming this month. The Winter Readers Gathering also includes a screening of the film Falls Around Her, by Darlene Naponse (Atikameksheng Anishnawbek) and a performance by the duo IndigieFemme. — Jennifer Levin All readings are at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the Library and Technology Center on the IAIA campus (83 Avan Nu Po Road). There is no charge for admission. For a complete schedule, go to iaia.edu.