ABOUT IMAGINATION

IN THE BORDERLANDS:

ROOTED IN PLACE AND MIGRATION

       

       

From the Beginning

We understand that our future is now—and from an Indigenous perspective, we understand that the future is connected to our past and the past of our ancestors. Our simultaneity is what makes this Center, as well as our ASU and Arizona communities, unique—we have the courage to ask impossible questions—What is the language we need to live right now? Whose freedom must I also imagine in imagining my own? What will it require, of pain or joy, for us to become human? Migration is an expression of land’s imagination, it is one of many movements of desire for both human and non-human life. Through these migrations—of body, story, and wonder—we cross borders and realize new ones. The CIB is invested in known and improvisational practices that disrupt the land- and time-scapes which articulate these borders.

   

Always Becoming

Arizona is a crucible for the many questions we find ourselves asking regionally, nationally and throughout the world—the futurities of water, land, language, borders, migration, race, extraction, art, surveillance technology, incarceration, abolition, the body, etc. ASU is a unique space with critical capacities to broaden these conversations because Arizona is a space of tension, a tension that necessitates thoughtful action and innovation. CIB was born from the realization that tension is not a condition of who we are but an energy we can use to create conditions for the freedoms we each imagine.

Director

  

Natalie Diaz

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. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. Diaz's second collection, Postcolonial Love Poem was published by Graywolf Press in 2020. She is a Macarthur Foundation Fellow, 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 U.S. Artists Ford Fellowship, and Princeton University's Hodder Fellowship. Diaz teaches at the Arizona State University Creative Writing MFA program.       

Program Manager, CIB

    

Gionni Ponce

Gionni Ponce is a Macondista prose writer living in Tempe, Arizona. She was a 2021 Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing NEA Big Read Grant Partner and a 2020 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers’ Conference Fellow. In 2019, she received a full-tuition scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and was named a Writer in South Asia Fellow by Indiana University in 2018. Wherever she goes, she aims to create literary space for traditionally marginalized stories, both in her administrative work and as a teacher. While teaching at Indiana University, she was awarded the Earle J. S. Ho Award for Teaching Creative Writing and the Culbertson First Year Teaching Award. Her work is published in Kenyon Review Online, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Ocotillo Review, and The MFA Years. She is currently working on a short story collection centered on bilingualism and multi-generational conflict in Mexican-American families. Learn more on Twitter: @GPisMe.    

Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar

    

Anabel Galindo

Anabel Galindo was raised in Coachella, CA. Her family and ancestors are of Yaqui heritage from the Sonoran Desert region. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, and her current research consists of a book manuscript titled Mapping Yaqui Mobility. This project examines Yaqui mobility from the late 18th to early 20th century. Dr. Galindo centers on mobility as a theoretical framework to emphasize the importance of moving away from misconstrued notions about Indigenous peoples and their histories. She demonstrates that mobility, as a tool, allowed Yaqui people to resist, adapt, and negotiate across place and time. Dr. Galindo's teaching interests include Indigenous histories, Latin America, Mexico, water rights, borderlands, and the intersectionality of race, class, and identity. She is committed to amplifying Indigenous voices and perspectives in her work and the classroom by providing a space for students and community members to constellate their stories. She is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands at Arizona State University.      

Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar

    

Sam Aros Mitchell

Sam Aros Mitchell (enrolled with the Texas Band of Yaqui Indians) is a postdoctoral scholar at Arizona State University at the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands. Sam earned a Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies at the University of California, San Diego, where he was a Presidential Dissertation Fellow. Sam earned his M.F.A. in Dance Theatre from the University of California, San Diego and a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has performed and taught theater and dance professionally for over 25 years. Sam has performed with New Native Theater, performing in two play readings, Tewa Rising, written by Jaren Navenma and Salt Baby, written by Falen Johnson. Sam’s publishing company, Aros and Son Publishing, has just recently published a collection of poetry titled, Longview Road, written by Yaqui poet and writer, Manny Monolin.      

Collaborators

    
Lille Allen 
Designer
Photographer

      

    
Tacey M. Atsitty
Poet 
Director, the Navajo Film Festival

      

    
Josh Begley 
Data Artist 
and App Developer

     

    
Victoria Adukwei Bulley 
Writer, Poet 
Director, MOTHER TONGUES

     

    
Kimberly Blaeser 
Poet, critic, essayist
Wisconsin Poet Laureate 2015-2016

     

    
Simone Browne 
AuthorDark Matters:
On the Surveillance of Blackness

    
CAConrad 
Poet
While Standing in Line for Death

    
Jeremiah Chin 
Assistant Professor of Law
St. Thomas University

    
Maritza N. Estrada
Poet
2020 CantoMundo Fellow

    
Kaitlyn Greenidge
Author
We Love You, Charlie Freeman

    
Deana Haggag
President and CEO
United States Artists

    
Eunsong Kim
Poet, Translator
Author, gospel of regicide

    
Layli Long Soldier 
Author, Whereas
National Book Award Finalist 

      

    
Canisia Lubrin
Author, Voodoo Hypothesis
and The Dyzgraphxst 

       

    
Valeria Luiselli
Author of Lost Children Archive 
and MacArthur Fellow

     

    
Margaret Noodin 
Poet, Anishinaabemowin
language teacher

      

      
Laura Ortman 
White Mountain Apache Musician
and National Artists Fellow

    
Ash Ponders
Photographer
Multimedia artist 

    
No‘u Revilla
Poet 
Author, Say Throne

    
Claire Schwartz
Poet
Author, bound

   
Solmaz Sharif
Poet, Author of Look
National Book Award Finalist

    
Brandon Shimoda 
 Author, The Grave on the Wall
Evening Oracle

   
Madiha Tahir 
Writer, Scholar
Director, Wounds of Waziristan

    
Lehua M. Taitano
Writer 
Interdisciplinary artist

     

    
Michelle Téllez 
Interdisciplinary Scholar
 Founding member, Chicana M(other)work

   
Jorge Ignacio Torres
Chef, Artist 
Owner, Palabra

    
Natasha Trethewey
Former Poet Laureate
of the United States

    
Asiya Wadud
Poet
Syncope

    
Ofelia Zepeda
Tohono O’odham Nation Poet
and MacArthur Fellow