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IAIA Summer Readers Gathering—Santee Frazier and E.C. Osondu
Thu, July 25, 2019, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm| Free
The Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA) Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing program presents the 2019 Summer Readers Gathering—July 20–27, 2019. Readings will take place each night beginning at 6:00 pm in the Auditorium in the Library and Technology Center (LTC) on the IAIA campus. For directions and a map of the IAIA Campus, please visit www.iaia.edu/visit. All readings are free and open to the public.
Santee Frazier is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He received his BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and his MFA from Syracuse University. He has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, The School for Advanced Research, and The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. Frazier’s poems have appeared in Ontario Review, American Poet, and Prairie Schooner, among others. The author of Dark Thirty, University of Arizona Press, 2009, Frazier’s second collection of poems Aurum is forthcoming from the University of Arizona Press in Fall 2019.
E.C. Onsondu was born in Nigeria. He is a winner of the Caine prize also known as the African Booker and a Pushcart prize and a Pushcart Special Mention. The author of the book of stories Voice of America and the novel This House is Not for Sale, his fiction has been published in at least two dozen journals and has been translated into more than half a dozen languages including Japanese, Icelandic, French, Italian etc. He’s an Associate Professor of English at Providence College and has been a Visiting Professor at UT Austin. His current projects are a book of stories- Alien Stories- stories from the collection have been published in Zzyzyva, Guernica, Threepenny Review, etc. He is also a Contributing Editor to the literary journal AGNI.
Schedule of Readings
|Sat., July 20||Esther Belin, Derek Palacio, and Marie-Helene Bertino|
|Sun., July 21||Ramona Ausubel, Sherwin Bitsui, and Geoff Harris|
|Mon., July 22||Abigail Chabitnoy, Kimberly Blaeser, and Ken White|
|Tues., July 23||Jennifer Elise Foerster, Brooke Swaney Pepion, and Toni Jensen|
|Thurs., July 25||Santee Frazier and E.C. Osondu|
|Fri., July 26||Cherie Dimaline and Layli Long Soldier|
|Sat., July 27||Pam Houston, Chip Livingston, and Kristiana Kahakauwila|
Participating in the gathering this year are noted writers Layli Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota), Abigal Chabitnoy (Unangan/Sugpiaq), and E.C. Onsondu—as well as IAIA MFA faculty members Ramona Ausubel, Esther Belin (Diné), Marie-Helene Bertino, Sherwin Bitsui (Diné), Cherie Dimaline (Métis), Jennifer Elise Foerster (Muscogee [Creek] Nation of Oklahoma), Santee Frazier (Cherokee), Geoff Harris, Pam Houston, Toni Jensen (Métis), Kristiana Kahakauwila (Native Hawaiian/German/Norwegian), Chip Livingston (Creek), Derek Palacio, Brooke Swaney Pepion (Blackfeet Tribal Member and Salish Descendent), and Ken White.
“The 2019 IAIA MFACW brings together a diverse range of voices working in the literary arts. We welcome readings by new mentors Esther Belin (Diné) and Brooke Swaney Pepion (Blackfeet Tribal Member and Salish Descendent). Featured writers include emerging poet Abby Chabitnoy (Unangan/Sugpiaq), Nigerian fiction writer E.C. Osondu, and renowned poet and visual artist Layli Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota). This year, with the appointment of Joy Harjo (Mvskoke) as US Poet Laureate, we celebrate the integral contributions made by Indigenous Women to World Literature.”
—MFA Program Director Santee Frazier (Cherokee)
Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Santee Frazier at (505) 424-2365 or [email protected]. Support for these events is provided by the Lannan Foundation and New Mexico Arts. Partially funded by the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1% Lodgers Tax.