IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts




   September 2012 News

Like the rest of the Institute of American Indian Arts, the Creative Writing Department is looking back and ahead at the same time, looking back at 50 years of producing writers and planning for the Institute’s first MFA program. Other notes of interest:

  • IAIA alumni have four books of poetry and two books of fiction scheduled for publication in the next year: Corpse Whale by dg nanouk okpik is just out from the University of Arizona Press, Leaving Tulsa by Jennifer Elise Foerster is forthcoming from the University of Arizona Press in 2013, In Tongues by Kateri Menominee and Outlaw Neon by Ungelbah Daniel-Davila will be published in the Effigies series from Salt Press in 2013; and two books of fiction, The Crane Story, Parts 1 & 2, by Cathy Tagnak Rexford, will be published in 2012 & 2013 by the North Slope Borough School District.
  • Four current students will receive 2012-13 Truman Capote Scholarships: Sasha LaPointe, Paige Buffington, Byron Aspaas, and Monty Little.
  • Eight IAIA students received scholarships to summer writing conferences:  Sasha LaPointe and Paige Buffington attended the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program, Peterson Chee Brossy and Anna Nelson attended the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, Kateri Menominee and Christine Trudeau attended the Naropa Summer Writing Program, Byron Aspaas attended the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, and Jamie Figueroa was a featured reader at the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival.
  • Native Peoples magazine published an article about young Native authors that featured numerous IAIA alumni, and The Poetry Foundation, whose flagship magazine, Poetry, is the oldest monthly devoted to verse in the English-speaking world, will soon feature a story about IAIA’s Creative Writing program on their web site: www.poetryfoundation.org.
  • As usual, the Creative Writing Department will present an array of visiting writers this fall, including poet and IAIA Professor Emeritus Arthur Sze, who will be on campus September 18-20; novelist Jayne Anne Phillips, September 24-28; Mojave/Pima poet Natalie Diaz, September 28; Slovenian poet Tomaz Salamun, October 10; Dine fiction and creative nonfiction author Natanya Anne Pulley, October 29-November 2; and Lakota poet & IAIA alumna, Layli Long Soldier, November 15.
  • On October 13, IAIA alumni poets Sherwin Bitsui, dg nanouk okpik, Elizabeth Woody, and Joy Harjo will participate in a panel honoring IAIA’s 50th Anniversary.
  • Creative Writing Chair Jon Davis was named Santa Fe’s Fourth Poet Laureate, the second IAIA faculty member to receive the honor (Professor Emeritus Arthur Sze was Santa Fe’s first Poet Laureate). He also traveled to Cambodia and Vietnam with the Iowa International Writing Program and spent the month of July in Marfa, Texas, on a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency. On the strength of his recent guest column, “Tewaaráton (The Little Brother of War): A Brief History of Iroquois Lacrosse,” James Thomas Stevens has been invited to write a regular column on Indigeneity for the Los Angeles Review of Books.  In June, Evelina Zuni Lucero attended the 8th biennial conference of The Society for Multi-Ethnic Studies: Europe and the Americas in Barcelona, Spain.