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Fiercely Indigenous

Pier 62 | Free
Sunday December 5, 2021, 2–3 pm
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Live readings from three Indigenous writers.

This winter’s Indigenous storytelling program features three local poets, Laura Da’ (Eastern Shawnee), fabian romero (Purépecha), and Arianne True (Choctaw, Chickasaw). This event will also be available as a livestream,  follow Friends of Waterfront Seattle’s Instagram to join.

Laura Da' (Eastern Shawnee)

Laura Da’ is a poet and teacher. A lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Da’ studied creative writing at the University of Washington and The Institute of American Indian Arts. Da’ is Eastern Shawnee. She is the author of Tributaries, winner of the American Book Award, and Instruments of the True Measure, winner of the Washington State Book Award. Da’ lives near Renton with her husband and son.

fabian romero (Purépecha)

Purépecha poet-scholar fabian romero was born in Michoacán, Mexico and raised in the Pacific Northwest. They co-founded and participated in several writing and performance groups including Hijas de Su Madre, Las Mamalogues, and Mixed Messages: Stories by People of Color. Their scholarship, poetry and experimental films are rooted in queer and immigrant experiences. Their written work can be found in Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, Untangling the Knot: Queer Voices on Marriage, Relationships & Identity, Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices and their self-published chapbook Mountains of Another Kind. romero earned a Bachelor of Arts from The Evergreen State College with a focus in writing and social justice. They are currently a doctoral student in the Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Department at the University of Washington.

Arianne True (Choctaw, Chickasaw)

Arianne True (Choctaw, Chickasaw) is a queer poet and folk artist from Seattle. She teaches and mentors youth poets all around the Sound, and has received writing fellowships from Jack Straw and the Hugo House. Arianne is a proud alum of Hedgebrook and of the Master of Fine Arts program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She is currently the Seattle Repertory Theater’s first Native Artist-in-Residence, where she’s completing her first manuscript, exhibits, and adapting it into an immersive live installation.

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