Events

2020

March 4-7 (TBA) » Savage Sunsets: A memorial tribute to Adrian C. Louis (Tacey Atsitty, Kenzie Allen, Shari Crane Fox, Erika Wurth, Shauna Osborn) In 2018, one of Native America’s most prolific authors passed on, leaving a long list of literary achievements, 20 influential books, a feature film, and the saddened dystopian cornfields where he enjoyed lurking. “Earth bone connected to the spirit bone.” Who can refuse a toast to work described as wild, foolish, poignant, cartoony, and brilliant? Celebrate Louis’ contributions to Native letters, his pedagogical legacy, and his affinity to dark raw edges with the Indigenous Aboriginal Caucus. (AWP San Antonio, 2020, accepted event)

March 4-7 (TBA) » Singing Still: A tribute to LeAnne Howe (Travis HedgeCoke, Oscar Hokeah, Kenzie Allen, Sarah Warren) As an award winning poet, playwright, novelist, scholar, and instructor, LeAnne Howe has been instrumental in transforming the landscape of Native American literature over the course of two decades. She has taught in multiple universities, lectured internationally, and helped create seminal works of literary criticism. Come celebrate Howe’s’ contributions to Native letters, theater, and her recent Savage Conversations with members of the Indigenous Aboriginal American Writers Caucus. (AWP San Antonio, 2020, accepted event)

March 26-29 (TBA) » Split This Rock 2020, Washington D.C. (TBD – proposed event)

May 17th » University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Commencement 2020 (Milwaukee, WI).

September 4th » York University classes begin (Toronto, Ontario). Teaching details TBD.

2019

February 11 » “Good Words: Alternative Storytelling Methods in Indigenous Poetry” talk & presentation/paper. (3:30 PM, York University, Rm. 305, Founders College, 99 Ottawa Road, Toronto, Ontario.)

February 25th » “Transformations & Multi-modalities,” talk & presentation/paper. (UWGB, English Department, Green Bay, WI.)

June 29th – July 6 » Crete!

August 1-4 & 15-16 » Sand Mountain Fire Lookout, Sand Mountain Society / forest service volunteer; SMS Archivist/Documentarian research.

December 13th » Presentation/talk & generative workshop, for the Poetry & Anthropology Student Group, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Details TBA.

 

Archived Events

2018

February 24th » “Stories & Soup” Writing Workshop, Hosted by Oneida Nation Arts Program & the Wisconsin Native American Playwright Festival. (10AM – 4 PM, $20, Oneida Nation Community Education Center, 2632 Packerland Dr, Green Bay, WI.)

March 7 – 10 » Anthropoid & Reservoir, bookfair table 225, at AWP Annual Conference ’18. (Tampa Convention Center, Tampa Bay, FL).

March 9th, 3 PM – 4:15 PM » “Why Start A Literary Magazine“, panel at AWP Annual Conference ’18, with Erin Stalcup, Gabriel Blackwell, and Levis Keltner. “Some say more excellent literary journals exist than anyone could ever read, so there’s no need for any more. We disagree. The founders and editors of four mission-driven magazines—The CollagistAnthropoidNewfound, and Waxwing—discuss why we started our journals, and how we’re changing the literary landscape by publishing aesthetically brilliant, diverse voices. We are doing the necessary work of expanding the conversation through the range and rigor of our authors.” (Room 15, First Floor, Tampa Convention Center, Tampa Bay, FL)

April 17th, 19th » Poetry Workshops at ICS Milwaukee, hosted by The BIG READ Milwaukee and UWM, with Peter Burzynski, and Franklin K R Kline.

April 11th, 18th, and 25th » “Writer Wednesdays” writing and creative workshops, hosted by Oneida Nation Arts Program. (5-6:30PM, free, Oneida Nation Community Education Center, 2632 Packerland Dr, Green Bay, WI).

May 17th » Syttende Mai (Trondheim, Norway).

July 19th » PHOTOGRAPHY NOW! exhibition, hosted by Ozier Muhammad, Kweli Journal International Literary Festival, 2018. Opening Reception, 6pm-9pm, Raw Space Gallery, Harlem, NY.

July 21st » “Works in Progress. Writers on Process.” panel & reading, moderated by Cecca Ochoa, Kweli Journal International Literary Festival, 2018. 3pm-3:45pm, New York Times Conference Center, New York, NY.

November 19th » “‘Good Words’: Traumatic Source Materials and the Researcher’s Affect in Indigenous Creative Ethnography,” presentation & talk, Affect Theory & Praxis: Transdisciplinary Methodologies workshop, 2018. 9:15am, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway.

2017

February 8 – 12 » Reservoir & Anthropoid @ AWP ’17, bookfair table 254, at AWP Annual Conference ’17. Support the journey and purchase signed books and more via Indiegogo. (Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C.)

February 10th, 9 AM – 10:15 AM » Writing as Refugees: Collective Trauma and Impossible Return, panel at AWP Annual Conference ’17, with Fatimah Asghar, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Safia Elhillo, and Monica Sok. This AWP panel is among indigenous, African, Latino, and Asian writers whose work draws upon their experiences of being refugees, relocated, and stateless. While writers communicate their ancestors’ grief through words, they may face repercussions for breaking the silence. Considering the current refugee crisis, Swati Khurana organized this panel to broaden the conversation by discussing when geographical return is impossible, people become undocumented, and war and genocide obliterates a notion of “home.” (Liberty Salon I, J, & K, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four, Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C.)

February 10th, 7:30 PM » Off-site Reading with Iron Horse Literary Magazine, grist, and Nashville Review, at AWP Annual Conference ’17 . (Mulebone, 121 14th St NW, Washington D.C.)

February 16 » United We Read poetry & prose UWM student & faculty reading, with Caleb Nelson, Sherri Hoffman, and Lane Hall. (7PM, free, Woodland Pattern Book Center, 720 E Locust St, Milwaukee, WI)

February 25 » BONK! poetry reading & music performance, with Gint Aras, and Koku Gonza. (6PM, free, “Old” Racine Arts Council, 316 6th St, Racine, WI)

May 6 » “Discarding the Cloak of Invisibility: A Candid Look at the Whitewashing in the Potterverse,” at Harry Potter And The Pop Culture Conference, with Jennifer Cross (moderator), Michi Trota, Matt Peters, Susheela Bhat, Suzanne Walker. (free to public, DePaul, Chicago, IL)

June 9- August 13 » “Water Basket” visual poetic project appearing in Heid E. Erdrich’s “(About that) Water Is Life,”at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

2016

September 11 » Poetry Reading at Indian Summer Festival with Franklin Cline. (3PM, Woodland Pattern Stage, 200 N Harbor Dr., Milwaukee)

November 13 » Sundress Publications’ Poets in Pajamas Reading Series #3: Kenzie Allen, hosted by Sam Slaughter, online via Periscope. (Nationally and Internationally available via Periscope app, 7PM EST)

2015

April 1 » Generative Poetry Workshop with Apiary Lit. An online poetry workshop open to all levels, encouraging the production of new work with dedicated feedback.

October 1 » Guest-editing “Electric Resistance” for Noble / Gas Qtrly‘s Issue 202.4 (submission guidelines – deadline Nov. 15)

October 1 » Co-editing Bettering American Poetry 2015 (nomination guidelines – deadline Nov. 30)

2014

February 21 » Mark Webster Reading Series, with Chigozie Obioma. (7:00PM, University of Michigan Helmut Stern Auditorium)

September 25 – 28 » High Plains Society for Applied Anthropologists‘ 2014 Ghost Ranch Retreat, conference theme “Engaging Local Communities and Applied Anthropology.”

October 11 » Seminar: Applying to MFA Programs, hosted by WriterHouse (9:00AM – 4:00PM; Charlottesville, Virginia): A comprehensive all-day class and workshop session for those interested in applying to graduate programs in Creative Writing. Space is limited to 12 students.

November 4 » Helen Zell Postgraduate Fellows Reading Series, Western/Americana Edition, with Nate Marshall and Joe Horton. (7:00PM, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI.)

2013

June 16 – 21 » Aspen Writer’s Foundation’s Summer Words Writing Retreat (Aspen, CO) #aspen

June 29 – July 13 » DISQUIET: Dzanc Books International Literary Program (Lisbon, Portugal) #lisbon #lisboa

August 4 – August 30 » Vermont Studio Center Zell Residency Fellow (Johnson, VT) #vermont