Songs at the Confluence: Indigenous Poets on Place, ft. Jake Skeets

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 7:00pm
Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation
New York, NY 10036
United States


This Native American Heritage Month, we're thrilled to announce our partnership with Tippet Rise Art Center and In-Na-Po (Indigenous Nations' Poets) to offer the digital event Songs at the Confluence: Indigenous Poets on Place, on Dec. 4th at 7pm ET. Curated by poets Kimberly Blaeser and Jake Skeets of In-Na-Po, the event draws inspiration from W. W. Norton's recent collection When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry. The program's focus will be on place and its importance to Indigenous poets and their writing. Details here!

The evening's program will include short films by emerging and celebrated Indigenous poets, in which they will read their own work and recite other poems from the anthology. A discussion between LeAnne Howe (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) and Jennifer Foerster (Mvskoke (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma), two of the anthology's editors, will also be featured, as well as video of Tippet Rise's inspiring landscape and musical programs.

Readers will include Kimberly Blaeser (Anishinaabe–White Earth Nation), Jake Skeets (Diné), Brandy Nalani McDougall (Kanaka Maoli), and Sy Hoahwah (Yapaituka Comanche and Southern Arapaho). Poems by the late poets Adrian Louis (Lovelock Paiute), b: william bearheart (Anishinaabe–St. Croix), and Louis Little Coon Oliver (Mvskoke) will also be performed.