Brought to you by The Speakeasy Project and Cloudthroat.
R I V E R S is an attempt to spark dialogue on Indigenous poetics and literature in the larger literary field by Indigenous poets themselves. It is an attempt to connect Indigenous poets with Indigenous poets, one of the first programs of its kind outside the institutional structures of colleges, universities, and conferences.
The course will be designed with an Indigenous-centered focus on poetics and literature. Students should expect an innovative yet traditional aspect of language, poetics, and creativity. They should expect to both be nourished by and to be critical of poetic craft through the lens of their own communities. Students should expect heavy emphasis on craft in relation to land, border(s), language, culture, and conquest to spark innovative and necessary works.
This program is open to any person of Indigenous descent across nations. We will not ask for proof of tribal enrollment or a certificate of Indian blood, but we will ask for a complete and open mind to the critical and creative nature of poetic craft when interrogating and embracing our communities.
R I V E R S is an attempt find the ways the universe drips itself onto our lands. It will teach students how to care for craft. Students will learn how to hear and understand the waters.
Apply by December 1, 2017. Mentors include Cloudthroat Editor Jake Skeets, Michael Wasson, Angela Trudell Vasquez, Casandra Lopez, and Khairani Barokka.