Iona Winter, Rena Priest & Sasha LaPointe: Indigenous Poetry & Perspectives

2 December 2021 3:00pm — 4:00pm

Iona Winter, Rena Priest and Sasha LaPointe share their work and discuss shared themes and resonance within their writing.

This event was pre-recorded and captioned for accessibility. It will Premiere on YouTube on December 1 at 6pm in Seattle, which will be December 2 at 3pm in Dunedin.

Iona Winter (Waitaha/Kāti Māmoe/Kāi Tahu/Pākehā) lives in Dunedin, New Zealand. Her hybrid work is widely published in literary journals internationally. Iona creates work to be performed, relishing cross-modality collaboration, and holds a Master of Creative Writing. She has authored three collections, Gaps in the Light, Te Hau Kāika, and then the wind came. Skilled at giving voice to difficult topics, she often draws on her deep connection to land, place and whenua.

Rena Priest Ce-whel-tenaut is a Poet and an enrolled member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation. She has been appointed to serve as the Washington State Poet Laureate for the term of April 2021-2023. She is a Vadon Foundation Fellow, and recipient of an Allied Arts Foundation Professional Poets Award. Her debut collection, Patriarchy Blues was published by MoonPath Press and received an American Book Award. She is a National Geographic Explorer (2018-2020) and a Jack Straw Writer (2019). She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College.

Sasha LaPointe is a Coast Salish author from the Nooksack and Upper Skagit Indian tribes. She received a double MFA in Creative Nonfiction and Poetry from the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is the author of Red Paint, a memoir which is forthcoming in 2022. She lives in Tacoma, Washington.

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