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Queer Poetry Salon with Jada Renée, Manny Loley, Richard Siken

Date(s): Saturday, June 26, 2021, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Phoenix MST
Collaboration, Community Event, Performance, Reading, Salon
Genre and Form(s): American Indian, Human Rights, Indigenous, LGBTQIA, Poetry
Cost: Free

About this Event

Equality Arizona in partnership with the Piper Center host quarterly readings with a diverse, world-class cast of queer poets. We aim to strengthen and grow queer culture in Arizona by bringing the world's great LGBTQIA2s+ poets to our communities. This month, we are featuring poets local to Arizona & the Navajo Nation.

About the Author

Photograph of Jada Renée

Jada Renée has received fellowships & scholarships from Tin House, Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Community of Writers, & VONA, among others. A Pushcart nominee, Jada’s work either appears or is forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Wildness, The Impossible Beast: Queer Erotic Poems, & elsewhere. Currently, Jada lives upon U.S.-occupied Akimel O’odham, Piipaash, & Yavapai territories where she practices Black listening.

Photograph of Manny Loley

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 current Ph.D. candidate in English and literary arts at the University of Denver. Loley is a member of Saad Bee Hózhǫ́: Diné Writers’ Collective and director of the Emerging Diné Writers’ Institute.

Photograph of Richard Siken

Richard Siken is the author of two poetry collections, War of the Foxes (Copper Canyon Press, 2015), and Crush (Yale University Press, 2005), which won the 2004 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, a Lambda Literary Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize, two Arizona Commission on the Arts grants, two Lannan residency fellowships, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.