The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Pollentongue + Queer Poetry Salon with tanner menard, Jake Skeets, Elliot Winter

Date(s): Saturday, February 22, 2020, 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Front Lawn, Old Main, Arizona State University Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Conversation, Panel, Reading, Talk
Genre and Form(s): American Indian, Community, Creative Practice, Indigenous, LGBTQIA, Poetry, Social Justice, Social Practice
Cost: Free

About this Event

Pollentongue (organized by Jake Skeets) is a poetry salon and reading series based in the American Southwest that invites established and emerging Native writers to read on or near tribal homelands and reservations. ​Queer poetry salons (organized by tanner menard and Elliot Winter through local non-profit Equality Arizona) are safe spaces for queer writers to share ideas, present new work, and mobilize for full LGBTQ inclusion in the social, economic, and civil mechanisms of society.

Drawing from their experiences as writers, organizers, educators, and students, Jake Skeets, tanner menard, and Elliot Winter will explore how they use their work to create opportunities for others, center diverse voices, uplift individuals, and build community. Individuals of all orientations and identities are welcome and encouraged to attend.

About the Author

tanner menard is a poet & composer, a Louisiana Creole & a member of the Atakapa Ishak Nation. They have published ten albums of ambient music, a chapbook, were thrice nominated for a Pushcart Prize & are published in magazines such as Entropy & Beestung. The Wire Magazine called their sound poetry collaboration with Andrew Weathers an influential modern composition. They are an MFA Candidate at Northern Arizona University, have served as a member of their tribal council, as poetry editor of Thin Air Magazine & are a Kundalini Yoga Teacher.

Jake Skeets is the author of Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, winner of the National Poetry Series. He is the recipient of a 92Y Discovery Poetry Prize, a Mellon Projecting All Voices Fellowship, an American Book Award, and a Whiting Award. He is from the Navajo Nation and teaches at Diné College.

Photograph of Elliot Rose Winter

Elliot Rose Winter is a queer, trans, nonbinary poet originally from New Jersey, currently living in Tempe, AZ. They are an MFA candidate at Arizona State University, and a recipient of a Fellowship from the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. 

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