Indigenous Storytelling & Poetics: Strategies for Writing Histories

115C, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 100 Level
Saturday, March 26, 2022
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


This panel will discuss how imaginative techniques can supplement historically researched writing to offer a visceral experience of marginalized voices within an Indigenous framework and how to apply similar strategies to shape a respectful and responsible approach to research and writing outside of that tradition. Panelists will discuss the intersection of documentary and visual poetics, literary cartography, creative ethnography, and enactment of Indigenous sovereignties through creative work.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_2022_Outline.pdf
Supplemental Document 1: Elocution_Lessons.pdf
Supplemental Document 2: HOW_IT_GOES.pdf



Abigail Chabitnoy is the author of How to Dress a Fish, winner of the 2020 Colorado Book Award for Poetry and shortlisted for the 2020 Griffin Prize for Poetry. She is a member of the Tangirnaq Native Village in Kodiak and a mentor at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Kenzie Allen is a poet and multimodal artist and a descendant of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. The recipient of a 92Y Discovery Prize and a James Welch Prize for Indigenous Poets, her poems can be found in Narrative, Boston Review, and other venues. She teaches at York University in Toronto.

Deborah Taffa is the director of the MFA in creative writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2021, her memoir manuscript won awards from PEN America, MacDowell, Tin House, and Kranzberg Arts. Her writing can be found at Boston Review, A Public Space, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She is a citizen of the Quechan Nation.

Franklin K.R. Cline is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation. He holds a PhD in English—creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and served on Woodland Pattern Book Center's Board of Directors for four years. His book So What is available via Vegetarian Alcoholic Press.


March 8–11, 2023
Seattle, Washington

Washington State Convention Center