Sherman Alexie and Joy Harjo to Headline IAIA Writers Festival

Nov 24th, 2015 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive
By Eric Davis

Sherman Alexie and Joy Harjo

The Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA) is pleased to announce the 2016 Winter Writers Festival, which will be held January 2-9, 2016. Readings by noted authors will take place each night beginning at 6:00 pm in the Library and Technology Center (LTC) auditorium on the IAIA campus. In addition to a slate of published authors, the Student Showcase Readings will feature works from IAIA students.

This year, the festival features visiting writers Joy Harjo (Mvskogee), David Treuer (Ojibwe), Shane Book, Cynthia Cruz, Nathalie Handal, and Toni Jensen (Métis), as well as MFA faculty writers Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene), Pam Houston, Claire Vaye Watkins, Manuel Gonzales, Joan Naviyuk Kane (Iñupiaq), Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Derek Palacio, Marie Helene-Bertino, Melissa Febos, Ramona Ausubel, Ismet Prcic, Elissa Washuta (Cowlitz), Sherwin Bitsui (Diné), Natalie Diaz (Mojave), Santee Frazier (Cherokee), Chip Livingston (Creek), and James Thomas Stevens (Akwesasne Mohawk).

“This year we have a dozen writers with books just out or just going to press,” says IAIA creative writing chair Jon Davis. “Given that the MFA students are here to engage the process of writing books, it’s an exciting time for us to experience that thrill that comes when visitors and faculty read new work, work that’s just touching readers for the first time.” Support for these events is provided by the Lannan Foundation.

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