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Beyond Native American
Wednesday, May 28, 2008 - 7:00pm
Poetry Reading

Sherwin Bitsui & Sara Marie Ortiz

Award winning Sherwin Bitsui (Dine) is originally from White Cone, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. He is Dine of the Todich'ii'nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for the Tl'izilani (Many Goats Clan). Bitsui holds an AFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts Creative Writing Program and is currently completing his studies at the University of Arizona. He has published his poems in American Poet, The Iowa Review, Frank (Paris), Lit Magazine, and elsewhere. His poems are also anthologized in Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century. Shapeshift (University of Arizona Press, 2003) is his first book.

Sara Marie Ortiz is a young Acoma Pueblo writer, poet, speaker, and scholar, born and raised in Albuquerque, NM and currently residing in Santa Fe. She is a recent graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts with her BFA in Creative Writing and is currently attending both the University of New Mexico and Antioch University of Los Angeles, working towards her MFA in Creative Writing. Ms. Ortiz is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Truman Capote Literary Award Fellowship (2003). She is currently the host and curator of a literary/spoken word/nu mixed-meda series at Santa Fe Center for Contemporary Arts. Her latest published works of poetry and non-fiction include: Letters from Young Activists (Letter to My America) 2005, RELATIONS: Indigenous Dialogue (July 2006), Scrimshaw: Neo-Modern Literature from the Institute of American Indian Arts (May 2006), and Creation Story, 2007.

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
Native American Student and Community Center (751 SW Jackson St)
7:00 pm

For more information, contact AISES at (503) 725-5358.
Sponsored by the PSU American Indian Science and Engineering Society and the Native American Studies Department.

A PSU student workshop will be held with Sherwin Bitsui on May 27th at 3 pm.
A student reception with the artists will be at 5:30 pm on May 28th.