The Institute of American Indian Arts Prepares for Summer Writers Festival

Jul 22nd, 2016 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive

The Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA) Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program has announced the lineup for its 2016 Summer Writers Festival. The festival will take place July 23-30. Readings will begin each evening at 6:00 pm in the IAIA auditorium in the Library and Technology Center, located at 83 Avan Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Participating in the festival this year are noted authors Kimberly Blesser (Anishinaabe), Theodore Van Alst Jr. (Lakota), Sharma Shields, Diane Glancy (Cherokee), Amanda Boyden, and Joseph Boyden (Metis/Ojibwe)—as well as MFA faculty writers Lidia Yuknavitch, Pam Houston, Claire Vaye Watkins, Joan Naviyuk Kane (Inupiaq), Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Derek Palacio, Ramona Ausubel, Melissa Febos, Ismet Prcic, Elissa Washuta (Cowlitz), Sherwin Bitsui (Diné), Santee Frazier (Cherokee), Chip Livingston (Creek), Eden Robinson (Haisla/Heiltsuk), Ken White, Toni Jensen (Métis), and James Thomas Stevens (Akwesasne Mohawk).

“This summer, we see the return of Joseph Boyden and Amanda Boyden, who have been on leave to complete various cinematic and literary projects, and, in Joseph’s case, to be appointed to the Order of Canada,” says Jon Davis, director of IAIA’s MFA creative writing program. “Santa Fe’s own Ramona Ausubel will read on opening night from her new novel, Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty, which has been called one of this season’s best books by O Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Huffington Post, Elle.com, The Millions, Good Housekeeping, Chicago Tribune, and Time magazine, among others. Melissa Febos, Joan Naviyuk Kane, Claire Vaye Watkins, Ken White, Derek Palacio, Chip Livingston, Sherwin Bitsui, Eden Robinson, and Pam Houston all have books just out or coming out in the next year or so. This will be an energized week.”

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