Celebrating the Diné Reader: An Anthology of Navajo Literature

This autumn, join a fantastic reading hosted by San Juan College to celebrate The Diné Reader: An Anthology of Navajo Literature!

When: Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 1:00p.m. – 2:30p.m., MST.

Where: The in-person location is at the Connie Gotsch Theatre (formerly The Little Theatre) on the San Juan College campus. The event can also be joined via Zoom with this link: https://sanjuancollege-edu.zoom.us/j/94109925088

Readings will be presented by the following contributing authors:

Luci Tapahonso

Inaugural Navajo Nation Poet Laureate who grew up in Shiprock. She taught at several universities and is the author of three children’s books and six books of poetry. An award-winning poet since the late 90s, she has an international audience. A very popular public figure.

Esther G. Belin

Award-winning poet, multimedia artist, educator, and former SJC composition teacher. A graduate of UC Berkeley and raised in L.A., she speaks for the Diné whose voices have not been heard. In her recent poetry, she experiments with language engaging readers in dialogue with her work.

Tina Deschenie

Educator, poet, and recipient of the Governor’s New Mexico Woman of the Year Award. With a doctorate in educational administration, she became the first female Provost at Navajo Technical University. During her 30 years career, working with Navajo language teachers was one of her great contributions.

Saánii Atcitty

Former SJC English Professor who braids Diné history and culture into her poetry. She earned a graduate degree from Cornell University and is currently studying for her Ph.D. Recipient of several prestigious writing awards and active in many poetry and cultural events.

Byron F. Aspaas

A former SJC student who writes on the desecration of sacred lands. Widely published, he writes fiction, poetry, and lyric essays. A graduate of IAIA’s Creative Writing Program.

Gloria J. Emerson

A Diné artist and activist, and one of the original culture workers from the 60s to today. A graduate of Fort Lewis College with a Master’s in Education from Harvard, she has been active in community action programs and at one time owned a Shiprock coffee shop which became a gathering place for artists and writers.

Michael Thompson

Former SJC English faculty, Director of Bisti Writing Project, and Coordinator of Alternative Licensure at SJC. Well- known Four Corners educator who has taught for more than forty years in multiple states.

Books will available for purchase and signing.

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