The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020, 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Everything is in Motion with Laura Tohe

Date(s): Friday, February 21, 2020, 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Heritage, University Club (view map)
Craft Talk, Presentation
Genre and Form(s): American Indian, Creative Nonfiction, Indigenous, Poetry
Tags: Imagery

About the Session

In the Indigenous Nation and the Navajo/Dine worldview, everything is in motion and is reflected in language that is verb-based and imagistic. This session focuses on images that speak for themselves and that open up to poetic interpretations on urgent environmental issues. How can poetic images convey the urgency of the issues that confront you on a level that comes from personal self-reflection and how does it resonate to other beings that inhabit the earth?

Meet the Presenter(s)

Photograph of Laura Tohe

Laura Tohe is Diné and the current Navajo Nation Poet Laureate. She published 3 books of poetry, an anthology of Native womens’ writing and an oral history on the Navajo Code Talkers. Her librettos, Enemy Slayer, A Navajo Oratorio (2008) and Nahasdzáán in the Glittering World (2019), premiered in Arizona and France. Among her awards are the 2020 Academy of American Poetry Fellowship and the 2019 American Indian Festival of Writers Award. She is Professor Emerita with Distinction from ASU.