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A Reading of Indigenous Writers: Elissa Washuta, Tommy Pico, Demian DinéYazhi’

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Hugo House First Hill First Hill
Sat., July 30, 4-5:30 p.m. 2016


Elissa Washuta has been writing inside the northwest tower of the Fremont Bridge all summer. That's because she won the writer/poet in residency appointment from the Office of Arts & Culture, which means she gets an office and a sweet $10,000 purse. What has she been writing up there? According to an interview she did with UW Today: the Lake Washington Ship Canal, "displaced Indigenous peoples," and "unseen elements of the land." The last two books she wrote (My Body Is a Book of Rules and Starvation Mode) were innovative pieces of creative nonfiction wherein she uses quotidian genres—a doctor's note, say—to frame literary meditations on her personal experience. Her sentences are musical and she's a good reader of her work. Brooklyn-based poet Tommy Pico will join her. Two weeks ago at CAM, he read from his new book, IRL. The section he read was humorous, thoughtful work that reinvigorates the flâneur style with explicit discussions of gender and race. I don't know much about Portland-based artist and poet Demian DinéYazhi’, but he describes his own work as "a continual inquiry into Radical Indigenous Queer Feminist ideology." RICH SMITH

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Hugo House First Hill

1021 Columbia St, Seattle, WA 98104

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  • Sat., July 30, 4-5:30 p.m. 2016