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Community and the Ethics of Collaboration with Layli Long Soldier

Date(s): Saturday, March 27, 2021, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Craft Talk, Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Collaborations, Community, Mixed Genre
Cost: $39 General, $19 Indigenous

About this Event

Join acclaimed poet Layli Long Soldier for Community and the Ethics of Collaboration on Saturday, March 27, 2021 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Phoenix MST on Zoom.

In this workshop, Long Soldier will offer an artist talk on various projects that involve community and collaboration. We will discuss ideas of surrendering the individuality of the poet to the possibilities of collective knowledge and creation. The talk will be followed by a short writing exercise to prompt imagination and appreciation for collaboration with others.

Please note: in order to ensure equity and access, the Piper Center is asking individuals to pre-register for this class. Pre-registrations do not guarantee or reserve registrations. Registrations will be distributed at random by lottery with priority for members of Indigenous communities. The deadline to pre-register is Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Phoenix MST. Individuals will be notified by email that week and will have one week to claim their registration. Registration will open to the general public on March 15, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. Phoenix MST.

Looking for more events? Write in response to the Heard Museum with Manny Loley on March 13, register for the keynote with Layli Long Soldier on March 26, or view the full schedule for the NEA Big Read today at

About the Author

Layli Long Soldier holds a B.F.A. from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an M.F.A. from Bard College. Her poems have appeared in POETRY Magazine, The New York Times, The American Poet, The American Reader, The Kenyon Review Online, BOMB and elsewhere. She is the recipient of an NACF National Artist Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award. She has also received the 2018 PEN/Jean Stein Award and the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award.

About the NEA Big Read: Phoenix

This event is presented as part of the NEA Big Read: Phoenix, celebrating Indigenous literary arts and culture in the Valley with over 25 talks, workshops, performances, book clubs, art exhibits other virtual events inspired by The Round House by Louise Erdrich. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The NEA Big Read: Phoenix is presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University with additional support from Arizona Humanities, Phoenix Public Library, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities Division at ASU, and over 40 authors, performers, and community organizations. Find events, meet our partners, and start reading today at

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