Poetry Center Reading – Lehua Taitano and Bojan Louis

When: July 25, 2019 7:00pm

We are proud to present our summer resident, Lehua Taitano, and Bojan Louis, a new poetry faculty member in the UA's creative writing and in American Indian Studies programs, who will read from their work. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.

Lehua M. Taitano is a queer Chamoru writer and interdisciplinary artist from Yigo, Guåhan, Guam, and co-founder of Art 25. She is the author of two volumes of poetry: "Inside Me an Island" (WordTech Editions) and "A Bell Made of Stones" (TinFish Press). Her chapbook, "appalachiapacific," won the 2010 Merriam-Frontier Award for short fiction. She has two recent chapbooks of poetry and visual art: "Sonoma" (Dropleaf Press) and "Capacity" (a Hawai'i Review e-chap). Her poetry, essays, and Pushcart Prize-nominated fiction have appeared in Fence, Kartika Review, Red Ink International Journal, Poetry Magazine, and numerous others. She has served as an APAture Featured Literary Artist via Kearny Street Workshop, a Kuwentuhan poet via The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University, and as a Culture Lab visual artist and digital exhibit advisor for the Smithsonian Institute's Asian Pacific American Center. Taitano's work investigates modern indigeneity, decolonization, and cultural identity in the context of diaspora.

Bojan Louis (Diné) is the author of the poetry collection "Currents" (BkMk Press 2017), which received a 2018 American Book Award, and the nonfiction chapbook "Troubleshooting Silence in Arizona" (The Guillotine Series 2012). His fiction has appeared in Ecotone, Numéro Cinq Magazine, Yellow Medicine Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review; nonfiction in MudCity Journal and AS/US. Former poetry editor at Red Ink and former poetry editor and co-founder of Waxwing, Louis has been a resident at the MacDowell Colony and is the inaugural Virginia G. Piper Fellow-in-Residence at Arizona State University. He will be joining the MFA and AIS faculty at the University of Arizona in the fall.

Audience: All
Audience size: Medium (51-100)


Campus: Main Campus


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