AWP Literary Awards & Poetry as Reciprocity: Indigenous Nations Poets Celebrate Language Back

Kansas City Public Library, 14 W 10th St, Kansas City, MO 64105
Wednesday, February 7, 2024
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm


Join AWP in celebrating the contributions of those honored through its various award programs: the Intro Journals Project, the National Program Directors’ Prize, the Small Press Publisher Award, and the George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature.

Following the presentation of awards, join Indigenous Nations Poets Heid E. Erdrich (Ojibwe), Jake Skeets (Diné), and Kimberly Blaeser (Anishinaabe), along with moderator Elise Paschen (Osage), for a conversation and reading in which participants share how their languages inform a poetics of reciprocity both on the page and in their roles as teachers, mentors, leaders, and activists.

AWP is partnering with the Kansas City Public Library for this special event. RSVP to the event using this link: https://kclibrary.org/events/poetry-reciprocity-indigenous-nations-poets-celebrate-language-back


Kimberly Blaeser, founding director of Indigenous Nations Poets and former Wisconsin Poet Laureate, holds the Mackey Chair in Creative Writing at Beloit College. Anishinaabe from White Earth Nation and professor emerita at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, she also teaches at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her most recent book is Ancient Light.
Heid E. Erdrich is a poet, writer, editor, and winner of a National Poetry Series award and the 2022 Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress for her most recent book, Little Big Bully. She is an independent scholar and curator of Native American art. Erdrich is Ojibwe, enrolled at Turtle Mountain.
Jake Skeets is the author of Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, winner of a National Poetry Series award, the American Book Award, the Whiting Award, and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He is from the Navajo Nation.
Elise Paschen (Osage) is the author of four books of poetry, most recently The Nightlife. Her poems have appeared in A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry and Poetry, among others. She is the editor or coeditor of numerous anthologies, including Poetry Speaks and The Eloquent Poem.

February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center