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Literary Conference – Indigenous Literatures

April 28 @ EST 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

$15.00 – $20.00

In examining the intersections between history, culture, kinship, and place, writers discuss the importance of recognizing and honoring indigenous communities today.

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, an enrolled citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, is the author of Even As We Breathe (University Press of Kentucky Press, 2020), named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2020 and recipient of the  Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award in 2021. Her work has appeared in Yes! Magazine, Lit Hub, Salvation South, South Writ Large, Our State Magazine, Bon Appétit, Travel + Leisure Magazine, and The Atlantic. She is the former co-editor of the Journal of Cherokee Studies and serves on the Board of Directors for the Museum of the Cherokee Indian and is the President of the Board of Trustees for the North Carolina Writers Network. In 2023, in partnership with the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, she launched Confluence: An Indigenous Writers’ Workshop Series, an initiative that seeks to bring indigenous writers to the Qualla Boundary (Cherokee, NC) to work with aspiring writers several times throughout the year.

Ari Tison is an award-winning Bribri (Indigenous Costa Rican) American poet, essayist, educator, autoethnographer, and author of the YA hybrid novel Saints of the Household (FSG/Macmillan, 2023), which received three starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, and BCCB; was selected as a JLG Gold Standard Selection and an Amazon Best Book of April; was featured on NPR; and was chosen as an NPR Book of the Day. Her short stories have been published or are forthcoming with Our Shadows Have Claws with Algonquin Young Readers (2022) and Relit with Harper Collins. Her poetry and essays have been published in various literary journals, including POETRY‘s first issue for young people. She earned her MFA from Hamline University and now teaches in the MFAC program. She also serves as the coordinator for Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop’s mentorship program and is a member of Las Musas and a founding member of Diverse Verse. Hear Ari Tison on NPR.

Rich Forster (moderator) has been an actor, artist, and voice talent as well as a conference and festival panelist, classroom, and group facilitating poet for all ages. He is an alumni of the Taos (New Mexico) Poetry Circus’ Poetics and Performance Camp beginning in 1996.  A previous teacher gave him the leeway to discover that the writing process was his learning style. Rich has been a longtime transplant to Rochester, NY, but is a Native of Kodiak, Alaska, where he grew up. This will be his first privilege presenting two amazing authors.


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Books by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle

Even As We Breathe

Books by Ari Tison

Saints of the Household
Our Shadows Have Claws

General public: $20 | Scholarships available
Seniors, Students and Writers & Books members: $15


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Literary Conference - Indigenous Literatures
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Literary Conference - Indigenous Literatures (Seniors & Students)
$ 15.00


April 28
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm
$15.00 – $20.00
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Rochester, NY 14607 United States
(585) 473-2590


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