7:00pm, $Give What You Can
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 and serves as an Adjunct Faculty in the School of Arts & Humanities at Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, New Mexico. He holds an M.F.A. in fiction from the Institute of American Indian Arts and will be entering the Ph.D. in english and literary arts at the University of Denver in fall 2019. Loley is a founding member of Saad Bee Hózhǫ́: Diné Writers’ Collective, co-founder and co-director of the Emerging Diné Writers’ Institute, chair of the advisory board to the Navajo Nation Poet Laureate, and contributing fiction editor for Cloudthroat, an online literary publication. His work has appeared in the literary magazine HIKA, as part of Pollentongue: An Indigenous Poetry Salon and Reading, and is forthcoming in RED INK, Santa Fe Literary Review, and Diné Reader: an Anthology of Navajo Literature. 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.