This Native American Heritage Month, we’re thrilled to announce our partnership with the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation and In-Na-Po (Indigenous Nations’ Poets) to offer the digital event Songs at the Confluence: Indigenous Poets on Place.
Curated by poets Kimberly Blaeser and Jake Skeets of In-Na-Po, the event draws inspiration from W. W. Norton’s recent collection When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry. The program’s focus will be on place and its importance to Indigenous poets and their writing.
The evening’s program will include short films by emerging and celebrated Indigenous poets, in which they will read their own work and recite other poems from the anthology. A discussion between LeAnne Howe (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) and Jennifer Foerster (Mvskoke (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma), two of the anthology’s editors, will also be featured, as well as video of Tippet Rise’s inspiring landscape and musical programs.
Readers will include Kimberly Blaeser (Anishinaabe–White Earth Nation), Layli Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota), Jake Skeets (Diné), Brandy Nalani McDougall (Kanaka Maoli), Sy Hoahwah (Yapaituka Comanche and Southern Arapaho), and Mandy Smoker Broaddus (M.L. Smoker) (Assiniboine and Sioux). Poems by the late poets Adrian Louis (Loveloc Paiute), b: william bearheart (Anishinaabe–St. Croix), and Louis Little Coon Oliver (Mvskoke) will also be performed.
Please save the date for this special event!