Free Poetry Workshop: Poeticizing Indigenous Landscapes featuring Rena Priest
Tuesday, Sept 26, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM PST - Zoom
Poetry in Public offers workshops celebrating poetry and guiding you on a journey toward writing a poem that may be featured on King County public transit in 2024.
Poeticizing Indigenous Landscapes fosters writing around the theme of place and homelands. Participants will explore how landforms—in nature and in memory—shape the work of contemporary Indigenous writers. They will also map their own landforms and memory fragments to produce new work that conceptualizes Poetry in Public’s 2023-2025 theme: Places of Landing.
Rena Priest will be this workshop's Spotlight Poet, and Poetry in Public Poet Planner Laura Da’ and Indigenous Community Liaison D.A. Navoti will lead the facilitation of this workshop, primarily in English. D.A. Navoti is a multidisciplinary storyteller, composer, and writer.
D.A. Navoti is a multidisciplinary storyteller, composer, and writer of the Gila River Indian Community.
The author of essays, stories, and the forthcoming memoir One Pima Pilgrim, his artistic work spans three “landscapes” — written, musical, and visual — a hybrid form that explores what it means to be Indigenous in the 21st century.
The recipient of the 2022 Artist Trust Fellowship award and a 2022 Artist Support Program residency at Jack Straw Cultural Center, D.A. also served as the 2022-23 Native-Artist-in-Residence at Seattle Rep. Previously, he was a writer fellow with Jack Straw Cultural Center and Hugo House, and his literary work has appeared in Homology Lit, Spartan, Indian Country Today, Cloudthroat, and elsewhere.
Indigenous Community Liaison
Poetry in Public—formerly known as Poetry on Buses—celebrates local voices in one of our most vital shared spaces: transit. And leading workshops for the Indigenous Community for the Poetry in Public program is D.A. Navoti. Community Liaisons are working with Poet Planner Laura Da’ and the 4Culture team to develop and implement outreach in their respective communities. Learn more about Poetry In Public...
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