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2023 MFACW July Evening Reading Series: Ryan RedCorn

Wed, July 19, 2023, 6:00 pm7:30 pm

The MFA in Creative Writing Program (MFACW) at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is excited to announce its 2023 July Evening Reading Series to be held July 16–20 from 6:00–7:30 pm at the IAIA campus at 83 Avan Nu Po Road in the Center for Lifelong Education (CLE) Commons. The line-up for its tenth-anniversary summer celebration includes teaching mentors with the program—Abigail Chabitnoy (Tangirnaq Native Village member and Koniag descendant), Jamie Figueroa (Boricua), Chip Livingston (mixed Creek), Sherwin Bitsui (Diné), Pam Houston, Ramona Ausubel (attending virtually), Tommy Orange (Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma) ’16, Brandon Hobson (Cherokee Nation), and Raquel Gutiérrez, as well as a group of four Lannan Visiting Writers—poet Safia Elhillo, recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University; IAIA alumn and Reservation Dogs writer Ryan RedCorn (Osage) ’20; Kerry Howley, a feature writer at New York magazine; and Marcela Fuentes, who has a two-book deal with Viking books set for release in 2024.

Except for the Wednesday, July 19 event with Ryan RedCorn, all speaker events will be livestreamed.

Ryan RedCorn (Osage) ’20
Ryan RedCorn was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, into a family of politicians and salesmen, which are the same occupation. He earned his BFA in visual communications from the University of Kansas. In addition to his photography, which challenges the traditionally voyeuristic and exploitative relationship photography has with Indigenous communities, he is the co-founder of the comedy troupe the 1491s and Buffalo Nickel Creative ad agency. He has an MFA in screenwriting from IAIA (2020) and is a television writer for the hit show Reservation Dogs.

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MFA in Creative Writing

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is designed as a two-year program with two intensive week-long residencies per year (summer and winter) at IAIA. Students and faculty mentors gather for a week of workshops, lectures, and readings. At the end of the residency week, each student is matched with a faculty mentor, who then works one-on-one with the student for the semester. IAIA’s program is unique in that we emphasize the importance of Indigenous writers speaking to the Indigenous experience. The literature we read carries a distinct Native American and First Nations emphasis. The MAFCW offers four areas of emphasis: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and screenwriting.


Wed, July 19, 2023
6:00 pm–7:30 pm
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Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) CLE Commons
83 Avan Nu Po Road
Santa Fe, NM 87508 United States


Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)