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Queer Poetry Salon with Tommy Pico, Jake Skeets, Smokii Sumac

Date(s): Saturday, December 12, 2020, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Phoenix MST
Genre and Form(s): Indigenous, LGBTQIA, Performance Poetry, Sexuality
Cost: Free

About this Event

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is partnering with Equality Arizona for quarterly readings with a diverse, world-class cast of queer poets. We aim to strengthen & grow queer culture in Arizona by bringing the world's great LGBTQIA2s+ poets to our communities.

Join Equality Arizona for this quarter's Queer Poetry Salon featuring Tommy Pico, Jake Skeets & Smokii Sumac on Saturday, December 12, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Phoenix MST on livestream. Readers will be introduced by Indigenous poets & artists from Arizona & Canada including Tate' Walker, Cleo Kehna & Sareya Taylor.

About the Author

Photograph of Tommy Pico

Tommy “Teebs” Pico is a poet from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, and currently lives in Brooklyn. He is author of the books IRL, Nature Poem, Junk, and myriad keen tweets, including “sittin on the cock of the gay.” He co-curates the reading series Poets With Attitude (PWA) with Morgan Parker, co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot, and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub. @heyteebs

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 Smokii Sumac credit sweetmoon photography

Smokii Sumac (Ktunaxa) is a poet and PhD Candidate in Indigenous Studies at Trent University, where his work centers on the question how do we come home? As an Indigenous adoptee, intergenerational residential school survivor, and two-spirit person, Smokii's lived experiences are deeply embedded into his art and research. His first poetry collection, you are enough: love poems for the end of the world, (Kegedonce Press, 2018) won an Indigenous Voices Award for published poetry, and Smokii has recently been named as a finalist for the Dayne Ogilvie Prize.