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TUES/4/20 :: 5:00p
Native American Literature: A Panel Paying Homage to Leslie Marmon Silko, 2020 Robert Kirsch Award Winner


Acclaimed novelist, poet, and essayist Leslie Marmon Silko is known for her lyric treatment of Native American subjects. In recognition of her lifetime achievement in writing and the 2020 Robert Kirsch Award honor, we have assembled the next generation of writers to discuss their works and 21st Century Native literature featuring Danielle Geller, author of Dog Flowers: A Memoir;  Brandon Hobson author of The Removed: A Novel; and David Heska Wanbli Weide, author of Winter Counts: A Novel.

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Rigoberto González

Rigoberto González is the author of eighteen books of poetry and prose. His awards include Lannan, Guggenheim, NEA, NYFA, and USA Rolón fellowships, the PEN/Voelcker Award, the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets, and the Shelley Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of America. A critic-at-large for The LA Times and contributing editor for Poets & Writers Magazine, he is the series editor for the Camino del Sol Latinx Literary Series at the University of Arizona Press. Currently, he’s Distinguished Professor of English and the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey.


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Danielle Geller

Danielle Geller’s first book, Dog Flowers, was published by One World/Random House in 2021. She received her MFA in creative writing for nonfiction at the University of Arizona, and a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award in 2016. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, The New Yorker, and Brevity. She lives with her husband and two cats in British Columbia, where she teaches creative writing at the University of Victoria. She is also a faculty mentor for the low-residency MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation.


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Brandon Hobson

Brandon Hobson is the author of the novel Where the Dead Sit Talking (Soho Press, 2018), which was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Fiction and winner of the Reading the West Book Award. His other books include Desolation of Avenues Untold and the novella Deep Ellum. His work has appeared in The Pushcart Prize anthology, The Believer, The Paris Review Daily, Conjunctions, NOON, and McSweeney’s among other places. He is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at New Mexico State University and teaches in the MFA Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Hobson is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation Tribe of Oklahoma.


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David Heska Wanbli Weiden

David Heska Wanbli Weiden is an enrolled citizen of the Sicangu Lakota Nation and received his MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is an alumnus of VONA, the Tin House Summer Workshop, and was a 2018 MacDowell Colony Fellow. Currently, he is a PEN/America Writing for Justice Fellow. He lives in Denver, Colorado.