This reading is at the Phoenix Art Museum (1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004). Layli Long Soldier and Timothy Yu read at the UA Poetry Center on November 2nd at 7:00 p.m. The local opener for this event is Bojan Louis. Readings in Phoenix are presented in partnership with the Phoenix Art Museum and with support from lead sponsor the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, with additional support from the ASU Creative Writing Program, the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in Modern and Contemporary Poetry, the Literary & Prologue Society, and Superstition Review.
Bojan Louis is a member of the Navajo Nation — Naakai Dine’é; Ashiihí; Ta’neezahnii; Bilgáana. His first collection of poems is, Currents (BkMk Press, 2017). He is the author of the nonfiction chapbook, Troubleshooting Silence in Arizona (Guillotine Series, 2012). He is currently Poetry Editor at RED INK: An International Journal of Indigenous Literature, Arts, and Humanities.
The Poetry Center is proud to present Layli Long Soldier and Timothy Yu, who will read from their work. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.
Layli Long Soldier is Oglala Lakota—her family is from Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and northwestern Idaho. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is a two-time recipient of the Truman Capote Creative Writing Fellowship. She is also a recipient of the 2009 Naropa University Poetry Scholarship. She has served as editor-in-chief for “Native Language Network” and other publications for the Indigenous Language Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her first chapbook of poetry is titled Chromosomory (Q Ave Press, 2009).
Timothy Yu’s debut poetry collection, 100 Chinese Silences (2016), was the Editor’s Selection in the NOS Book Contest from Les Figues Press. He is the author of three chapbooks: 15 Chinese Silences (Tinfish); Journey to the West (Barrow Street), winner of the Vincent Chin Memorial Chapbook Prize from Kundiman; and, with Kristy Odelius, Kiss the Stranger (Corollary). He is also the author of Race and the Avant-Garde: Experimental and Asian American Literature since 1965 (Stanford) and the editor of Nests and Strangers: On Asian American Women Poets (Kelsey Street). His poems and essays have recently appeared in Poetry, The New Republic, TYPO, and Cordite Poetry Review. He is professor of English and Asian American studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.