F141. Defining Native Poetics, Genre, and Criticism

Grand Salon D, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Alumni from the Institute of American Indian Arts will discuss indigenous poetics, exploring the connection between literary elders and our own current work, with a particular focus on form. The panel will offer readings from our key influencers and explicate the connection to our own writing. This question will be at the core of the panel: looking at influence, how do we acknowledge our language and way of life in our creations?


Charlotte Gullick grew up in Northern California, during much of the area’s transition from logging to marijuana, and the resulting tensions inform much of her fiction and essays. She is chair of the creative writing department at Austin Community College in Austin, Texas, and is the author of By Way of Water.

Darlene Naponse is an Anishinaabe from Atikameksheng Anishnawbek–Northern Ontario, where she was born and raised. She is a writer, independent film director, video artist, and community activist. She completed her MFA in creative writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe.

Gerry Himmelreich was awarded a Mellon Fellowship through the American Indian College Fund to complete his MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts. When not hunting and foraging for food or stories, he teaches for Diné College. He's one of a lucky few to have seen Schrödinger's cat twice.

Michaelsun Stonesweat Knapp, of the Costanoan-Rumsen Carmel Band of Ohlone Indians, graduate of the IAIA's low-residency MFA program, is the winner of the Muse Times Two poetry contest, 2016, nominated for a pushcart, as well as a Periphery Poets Fellow, and former editor of poetry for Mud City.

Terese Marie Mailhot graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her memoir Heart Berries is forthcoming. She is the first Tecumseh Post Doctoral Fellow at Purdue.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside