READING & PERFORMANCE
We invite you into this indigenous space of language, inquiry and wonder as we consider our desert and its many bodies of land, water, language and person. Join us as we constellate our borderlands and the radical imaginations shaped here with those radical imaginations and conversations occurring, and yet to occur, nationally and internationally, along other borders. We welcome you into our conversations as we embrace the tensions of our borderlands — the stories, languages, questions, loves and arts made here — as a necessary part of the futures we have yet to create.
Artists, performers and speakers include:
Deana Haggag - President and chief executive officer, United States Artists
Laura Ortman - White Mountain Apache musician and National Artists Fellow
Solmaz Sharif - Poet, author of "Look," National Book Award Finalist, and assistant professor at Arizona State University
Special Guest: Ofelia Zepeda - Tohono O’odham Nation poet and MacArthur Fellow
Hosted by Natalie Diaz, director of the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands, Akimel O’odham poet, MacArthur Fellow, Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair in modern and contemporary poetry, and associate professor in the Department of English at Arizona State University.
Followed by a conversation exploring the power of language and art in re-imagining our borderlands.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to RSVP?
This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP is required to attend the Reading and Performance Launch Celebration. Seats are first-come, first-serve on the night of the event. However, if you would like more information and to sign up for a reminder for the event, you may do so here.
Will books be for sale?
Palabras Bilingual Bookstore will be selling books from the visiting authors of the event during the reception before the program and after the program. There is not a designated author signing at this event. Guests are welcome to approach the artist after the event during the short coffee period immediately following the program.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
This Reading and Performance Launch Celebration is held on the ASU campus. Parking recommendations may be found at the bottom of this page. Select the orange, grey, or blue markers for parking options.