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Fall/Spring Semester Schedule



Natalie Diaz [Poetry]

Friday Feb. 17, 7 p.m. Location to be announced

Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River.  She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe.  Copper Canyon Press published her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec.  Diaz is a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow.  She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, and a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as being awarded a US Artists Ford Fellowship.  Diaz teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts Low Rez MFA program.  She is currently a Hodder Fellow at Princeton and splits her time between the east coast and Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she works to revitalize the Mojave language.  This event is free and open to the public.

Spring Schedule


Friday, April 14: Third Annual Permafrost Book Prize [Creative Nonfiction] Event.

Speakers: Scott Russell Sanders, Judge

Anand Prahlad, Winner

7 p.m. Location to be announced.

Scott Russell Sanders is the author of twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including Hunting for Hope and A Conservationist Manifesto.  His most recent books are Earth Works: Selected Essays (2012) and Divine Animal: A Novel (2014).  A collection of his eco-science fiction stories entitledDancing in Dreamtime will be published this fall, and a new edition of his documentary narrative, Stone Country, co-authored with photographer Jeffrey Wolin, will appear in 2017.  Among his honors are the Lannan Literary Award, the John Burroughs Essay Award, the Mark Twain Award, the Cecil Woods Award for Nonfiction, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.  In 2012 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  He is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Indiana University.  He and his wife, Ruth, a biochemist, have reared two children in their hometown of Bloomington, in the hardwood hill country of Indiana's White River Valley.

Anand Prahlad has published two books of poems, Hear My Story and Other Poems, and As Good As Mango, and has recently completed a new collection of poems, Hijra, which focuses on black, third gender identity.  He has also published critical articles and books on Black folklore, including Reggae Wisdom: Proverbs in Jamaican Music, and African American Proverbs in Context, and he has edited the three-volume set, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore, and the one volume encyclopedia on African American folklore for high schools.  A songwriter and musician, Prahlad released his first CD, Hover Near, in 2008. and is working on a second CD.  He teaches folklore, film, creative writing, and disability studies in the English Department at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where he has been a professor since 1990, and is Director of the Creative Writing and Folklore Programs.  As the winner of the third Annual Permafrost Book Prize, UA Press will publish Prahlad's manuscript, The Secret of a Black Aspie.  This event is free and open to the public.

Hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, this reading series brings a number of writers of national significance to Alaska for readings, lectures, and individual meetings with local aspiring writers.

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