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  • Mon

    Woodland Pattern Poetry Reading: Gordon Henry Jr., Roberta Hill, Cedar Sigo, & Tanaya Winder, hosted by Kimberly Blaeser

    7:00 pmZoom
    Poetry Reading in celebration of When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry edited by Joy Harjo, LeAnne Howe, and Jennifer Elise Foerster. Featuring readings by Gordon Henry Jr., Roberta Hill, Cedar Sigo, and Tanaya Winder, and hosted by Kimberly Blaeser.
    Sun. Jan. 17 | 7 pm CT | $Give What You Can
    Presented in partnership with In-Na-Po (Indigenous Nations’ Poets), this reading is part of our series Native Writers in the 21st Century, which is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
    An Anishinabe poet and novelist, Gordon Henry, Jr. is an enrolled member of the White Earth Chippewa Tribe of Minnesota. His poetry has been published in anthologies such as Songs From This Earth On Turtle's Back: Contemporary American Indian Poetry (Greenfield Review Press, 1983) and Returning the Gift: Poetry and Prose from the First Native American Writers (University of Arizona Press, 1994). His novel The Light People (University of Oklahoma Press, 1994) was awarded The American Book Award in 1995. He has also co-authored the textbook The Ojibway (2004), to which he contributed a number of essays on Native American culture. A professor of English at Michigan State University and editor of the American Indian Studies Series at Michigan State University Press, Henry teaches courses in American literature, creative writing, and American Indian literature.
    Roberta Hill, an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, is the author of the poetry collections Cicadas: New & Selected Poems (2013), Star Quilt (1984, 1999), and Philadelphia Flowers: Poems (1995), all out from Holy Cow Press. Her work has been anthologized in Harper’s Anthology of Twentieth Century Native American Poetry (1988), The Third Woman: Minority Women Writers of the United States (Houghton Mifflin, 1980), and Carriers of the Dream Wheel: Contemporary Native American Poetry (Harper & Row, 1975). A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, Hill has taught English and American Indian studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and in Poets-in-the-Schools programs in various states, including Minnesota, Arizona, and Oklahoma.
    Cedar Sigo was raised on the Suquamish Reservation in the Pacific Northwest and studied at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute. He is the author of eight books and pamphlets of poetry, including Royals (Wave Books, 2017), Language Arts (Wave Books, 2014), Stranger in Town (City Lights, 2010), Expensive Magic (House Press, 2008), and two editions of Selected Writings (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2003 and 2005). He has taught workshops at St. Mary’s College, Naropa University, and University Press Books. He is currently a mentor in the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He lives in Lofall, Washington.
    Tanaya Winder was raised on the Southern Ute reservation in Ignacio, Colorado. An enrolled member of the Duckwater Shoshone Tribe, her background includes Southern Ute, Pyramid Lake Paiute, Diné, and Black heritages. She is the author of Words Like Love (West End Press, 2015) and the chapbook Why Storms are Named After People and Bullets Remain Nameless (Poetic Fire, 2018). Poems from her manuscript Love in a Time of Blood Quantum were produced and performed by the Poetic Theater Productions Presents Company in NYC. Winder has taught writing courses at Stanford University, UC-Boulder, and the University of New Mexico and is the Director of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Upward Bound Program, which services Native American youth from 5 states, 12 high schools, and 5 reservations across the country. Winder is also a co-founder of As/Us: A Space for Women of the World and Sing Our Rivers Red, a traveling earring exhibit to raise awareness about murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls. (Tanaya Winder photo credit: Natahnee Winder)
Kim at Returning the Gift Festival, 2012 in Milwaukee, Indian Summer Stage.

Kim at Returning the Gift Festival, 2012 in Milwaukee, Indian Summer Stage.


Past Events

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  • Fri

    Poetry of Resilience: Voices of Nature

    10:00am-12:00pmVideo Sessions on Zoom

    About the Series

    This winter, at a time when, for many of us, so much of the natural world seems asleep, we’ll keep our inner fires going by exploring how the voices of nature weave with our own daily lives. Each week, Danusha and James will share work by our guests, including poems and prompts, and together we’ll absorb the wisdom of visionaries, poets and healers to bring ourselves more deeply into relationship with each other and with the power and beauty of this rich planet we share.


    Beginning on February 4th, sessions will be held on Fridays from 10am-12pm PST / 1-3pm EST.  Kimberly Blaeser's session will be on February 25th.

    Each session will begin with a talk with that week’s featured poet, followed by a discussion with Danusha and James, who will read poems, offer gateways into accessing your own creative treasure troves, and share accompanying prompts. For the last half hour of each class, they will answer questions from participants, and give further insights into the practice of poetry.

    Before each session, a document with the poems and prompts that will be shared and discussed, will be provided to participants.

    The series will be presented on Zoom. Video and audio recordings will be available to all participants within 48 hours of each session, and for two months after the course ends. Closed captioning will be available during live sessions and in video recordings.

    Please join us for the journey!

    The cost of the course is $300.

    Registration for the six week course is available at this link: