Edge of Morning: Luci Tapahonso, Lyle Balenquah, Heid Erdrich & Jacqueline Keeler in Cedar City

Oct 26, 2017, 4:30 pm

Contributors to Torrey House Press’ Edge of Morning: Native Voices Speak for the Bear’s Ears will take part in a panel on Native American roles in public lands in the Gilbert Great Hall at Southern Utah University. Panelists include Jacqueline Keeler, Luci Tapahonso, Lyle Balenquah, and Heid Erdrich.

In 2013, Luci Tapahonso was named the inaugural poet laureate of the Navajo Nation. She is the author of three children’s books and six books of poetry, including A Radiant Curve, which was awarded the Arizona Book Award for Poetry in 2009. Tapahonso’s work has appeared in many print and media productions in the U.S. and internationally. Her poems have been translated into German, Italian and French. Tapahonso received the 2006 Lifetime Achievement award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas and a Spirit of the Eagle Leadership Award for her key role in establishing the Indigenous Studies Graduate Studies Program at the University of Kansas. The Native Writers Circle of the Americas named Tapahonso the 1999 Storyteller of the Year.

Jacqueline Keeler is a Navajo/Yankton Dakota Sioux writer living in Portland, Oregon and co-founder of Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry (creators of the hashtag #NotYourMascot). She is finishing a collection of essays called Not Your Disappearing Indian and is the editor for Torrey House Press' anthology on preserving sacred lands titled Edge of Morning: Native Voices Speak for the Bears Ears.

Lyle Balenquah, Hopi, is a member of the Greasewood clan from the Village of Bacavi (Reed Springs) on Third Mesa.For over 10 years he has worked throughout Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah as an archaeologist documenting ancestral Hopi settlements and their lifeways. Currently he works as an independent consultant but his work experience includes time with the National Park Service, The Hopi Tribe, and the Museum of Northern Arizona. He also works as a part-time river guide on the San Juan River and other rivers in the Southwest, combining his professional knowledge and training with personal insights about his ancestral history to provide a unique forum of public education. As a member with Lore of the Land, he will focus on producing programs that highlight his experiences, and the experience of others who live, work and rejuvenate among the deserts, mountains and watersheds of the Southwest.

Heid E. Erdrich is the author of five collections of poetry including her BRAND NEW Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media from Michigan State University Press. Her recent non-fiction work is Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories and Recipes. Heid’s writing has won numerous awards as have her collaborative poem films, which you can see on her Vimeo channel. Her virtual gallery is www.agencyapophany.com Heid grew up in Wahpeton, North Dakota and is Ojibwe enrolled at Turtle Mountain. She teaches in the low-residency MFA Creative Writing program of Augsburg College.

This event is made possible with support from Torrey House Press and Utah Humanities.

Southern Utah University

351 W University Blvd
Cedar City , UT 84720-2415
Map [+]

Event Contact:

Kirsten Johanna Allen
(801) 209-1657