Indian authors will focus on language, poetry
Wordsmiths slated to participate include Diné (Navajo) writer Sherwin Bitsui, a Tucson resident whose poetry recently earned him a $40,000 prize from the 2006 Whiting Writers' Awards, and Tlingit linguist Nora Marks Dauenhauer of Alaska.
Frances Sjoberg, literary director for the poetry center, said a symposium like this has been an idea two years in the making.
"We started out with five writers in mind and eventually ended up with 11," she said. "Here in Southern Arizona we have such a rich community of indigenous writers. We tried to create a mix of poets. Some write in indigenous languages like Rex Lee Jim. We have poets who incorporate their own language into English and we have diversity in both theme and tribal affiliation. It was hard to choose. There are so many incredible native writers."