2021 Spring MFACW Thesis Residency

May 7, 2021

The 2021 Spring Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA) Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing (MFACW) Thesis Residency brings together a diverse range of voices working in the literary arts. The SP21 MFACW Thesis Residency happens May 10–13, 2021. Craft talks and readings will be live streamed on this web page during the residency.

Schedule
A listing of live stream craft talks and readings during the Thesis Residency.

DateHappening
Mon., May 10
10 am–12 pm
Craft Talk: Jessica Holiday (Navajo Nation) and Roanna Shebala (Navajo Nation)
Mon., May 10
6 pm–7 pm
Reading: Stuart Mascair (Cherokee Nation), Jennifer Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe), and Veronica Clark
Tues., May 11
10 am–12 pm
Craft Talk: Stuart Mascair (Cherokee Nation), Jennifer Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe), and Veronica Clark
Tues., May 11
6 pm–7 pm
Reading: Jessica Holiday (Navajo Nation) and Roanna Shebala (Navajo Nation)
Wed., May 12
10 am–12 pm
Craft Talk: Amelia Vigil, Stacie Denetsosie (Navajo Nation), and Loralee Sepsey (Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley)
Wed., May 12
6 pm–7 pm
Reading: Conley Lyons, Bryson Chun, and Sharon Henderson (Navajo Nation)
Thurs., May 13
10 am–12 pm
Craft Talk: Conley Lyons, Bryson Chun, and Sharon Henderson (Navajo Nation)
Thurs., May 13
6 pm–7 pm
Reading: Amelia Vigil, Loralee Sepsey (Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley), and Stacie Denetsosie (Navajo Nation)

“The long term goal of the IAIA MFACW is to promote Indigenous intellectualism and knowledge systems through the literary arts. Many of the mentors, visiting writers, and students participating in Thesis Residency are active in their home communities, which establishes a learning environment akin to the vision of Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee), founder of IAIA.”

Santee Frazier (Cherokee)

MFA Program Director

Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing—A Creative Community Grounded in Indigenous Values

The Institute of American Indian Arts has played a key role in the direction and shape of Native expression for over 50 years. The IAIA MFA in Creative Writing (MFACW), now in its ninth year, is expanding on this legacy, graduating successful writers who are making distinct contributions to the body of Native American and world literature.

“From the beginning to the end, every one of my workshops was powerful and compassionate and gave me tools to make my writing better. I sold my book less than a year after I graduated. It wouldn’t have been the book it is without this program, without the guidance that I got there. There’s nothing else like it.”
—Tommy Orange, author of There, There (Alfred A. Knopf, 2018), Class of 2016

For more information, please contact Santee Frazier at (505) 424-2365 or [email protected].