1 hr 24 min

Poets Jon Davis and Joan Naviyuk present Skills, Prosody, and Wildness in the Academ‪y‬ Alaska Native Writers and Alaska Native Themes

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How is everything poetry while nothing is poetry? How does teaching others govern one's own creative process? Are poets different from writers of other genres? These questions coupled with poetry readings are the focus of this unusual literary event where taking in poems makes poems.

Jon Davis is the author of four full-length poetry collections—Improbable Creatures, Preliminary Report, Scrimmage of Appetite, and Dangerous Amusements; five chapbooks; and Heteronymy: An Anthology. Davis also co-translated Iraqi poet Naseer Hassan’s Dayplaces. He has received a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry, the Lavan Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Off the Grid Poetry Prize, and two NEA Fellowships. After teaching for 27 years, he founded the MFA in Creative Writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts and directed it from 2013-2018. David Foster Wallace referred to Jon Davis’s poems as being “off-the-charts terrific!".

Alaskan poet Joan Naviyuk Kane is the author of The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife, Hyperboreal, The Straits, Milk Black Carbon, A Few Lines in the Manifest, and Sublingual, She is the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, and numerous fellowships. A Harvard National Scholar, she became 2018 Guggenheim Fellow in 2018.

How is everything poetry while nothing is poetry? How does teaching others govern one's own creative process? Are poets different from writers of other genres? These questions coupled with poetry readings are the focus of this unusual literary event where taking in poems makes poems.

Jon Davis is the author of four full-length poetry collections—Improbable Creatures, Preliminary Report, Scrimmage of Appetite, and Dangerous Amusements; five chapbooks; and Heteronymy: An Anthology. Davis also co-translated Iraqi poet Naseer Hassan’s Dayplaces. He has received a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry, the Lavan Prize from the Academy of American Poets, the Off the Grid Poetry Prize, and two NEA Fellowships. After teaching for 27 years, he founded the MFA in Creative Writing at the Institute of American Indian Arts and directed it from 2013-2018. David Foster Wallace referred to Jon Davis’s poems as being “off-the-charts terrific!".

Alaskan poet Joan Naviyuk Kane is the author of The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife, Hyperboreal, The Straits, Milk Black Carbon, A Few Lines in the Manifest, and Sublingual, She is the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award, the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, and numerous fellowships. A Harvard National Scholar, she became 2018 Guggenheim Fellow in 2018.

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