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Artist’s Talk: Writing, Illustrating, and Publishing Children’s Books

Sat, November 18, 10:00 am12:00 pm

Come to the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) campus and meet two local Indigenous authors of children’s books, Neecy Twinem (Sac & Fox Nation) and Laurel Goodluck (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Tsimshian). Neecy Twinem is a prolific children’s book writer, illustrator, and IAIA Studio Arts Adjunct Faculty. Her titles include Baby Coyote Counts, My Hike in the Forest, Where’s Boo, and Playful Prairie Dogs, among many others. Twinem is also a fine artist, with paintings currently on display in Hoofs, Paws & Claws: Vibrant Paintings by Neecy Twinem at IAIA’s Museum Store. Albuquerque-based children’s book author Laurel Goodluck (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Tsimshian) has written Rock Your Mocs, She Persisted: Deb Haaland, Forever Cousins, and Too Much, My Great Big Native Family. Goodluck was recently featured on KOAT 7 for her books, which were created to be relatable and relevant to Indigenous children. Both authors are members of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators New Mexico (SCBWI). Head to the Center for Lifelong Education (CLE) on the IAIA campus and hear about their journeys in writing, illustration, and publishing, and ask them questions to help your career in the field of children’s books. Copies of the authors’ books will be available for sale at the event. This event is free and open to the public—children are welcome!

See more of Twinem’s work at and Goodluck’s work at

For questions, contact Continuing Education Manager Patty Armstrong at or (505) 424-2308.


Sat, November 18
10:00 am–12:00 pm
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Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA)


Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) CLE Commons
83 Avan Nu Po Road
Santa Fe, NM 87508 United States
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