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Jake Skeets, author of Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers (Milkweed, 2019), and writer and editor Manny Loley.
Jake Skeets is Black Streak Wood, born for Water’s Edge. He is Diné from Vanderwagen, New Mexico. He holds an MFA in poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Skeets is a winner of the 2018 Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Contest and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Skeets edits an online publication called Cloudthroat and organizes a poetry salon and reading series called Pollentongue, based in the Southwest. He is a member of Saad Bee Hózhǫ́: A Diné Writers’ Collective and currently teaches at Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona. (Jake Skeets photo credit: Quanah_Yazzie)
Manny Loley is ‘Áshįįhi born for Tó Baazhní’ázhí; his maternal grandparents are the Tódích’íi’nii and his paternal grandparents are the Kinyaa’áanii. Loley is from Casamero Lake, New Mexico. He holds an M.F.A. in fiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts and he is a Ph.D. candidate in English and literary arts at the University of Denver. Loley is a founding member of Saad Bee Hózhǫ́: Diné Writers’ Collective and director of the Emerging Diné Writers’ Institute. His work has appeared in HIKA, Pollentongue: An Indigenous Poetry Salon and Reading, and the Santa Fe Literary Review. In addition to a book of poems, Loley is at work on a novel titled They Collect Rain in Their Palms.
Thurs. September 26 | 12:30 PM | free and open to the public
Poem as Field – Understanding Energy in Poetry a craft talk with Jake Skeets at Special Collections at UWM Libraries
Charles Olson, in “Projective Verse,” states that poetry is energy transference from poet to poem to reader. This idea is one birthed from an understanding of land, place, and field. It is one closely related to Diné thought and lifeway. This craft talk will explore Diné understanding of world, art, and language as a means to understanding and writing poetry.
Part of our series Native Writers in the 21st Century. Made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.