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Manny Loley

NEA Big Read Partner 2021

About Manny Loley

Manny Loley is ‘Áshįįhi born for Tó Baazhní’ázhí; his maternal grandparents are Tódích’íi’nii and his paternal grandparents are Kinyaa’áanii. He is a current Ph.D. candidate in English and literary arts at the University of Denver. Loley is director of the Emerging Diné Writers’ Institute. His work has homes in RED INK, the Santa Fe Literary Review, and is forthcoming in the Yellow Medicine Review, the Massachusetts Review and the Diné Reader: an Anthology of Navajo Literature (UofA Press, 2021)

Find Events with Manny Loley

Date: Saturday, March 13, 2021 - 1:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type & Genre: Craft Class, Generative Workshop, Workshop; American Indian, Indigenous, Mixed Genre, Visual Art
The Diné phrase “bił náni’eeł” can be understood as a pooling of water. To honor this process, and the land that gives breath to our stories, join poet Manny Loley for a special writing workshop in response to the Heard Museum.

About NEA Big Read

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. This event is presented as part 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. 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, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities Division at ASU. Find events, meet our partners, and start reading today at

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