A Poetry Reading by Laura Tohe (Diné/Navajo)

Thu, April 12, 2018 | UNB 2.102

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Laura Tohe
Laura Tohe

Thursday, April 12th from 3:30 pm to 5:00 PM

Eastwoods Room (UNB 2.102), Texas Union. Open to the public. 

The Program in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) at UT Austin is honored to present a poetry reading by distinguished author Laura Tohe, the Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation. Laura Tohe is a Diné/Navajo, from the Sleepy Rock clan and born for the Bitter Water clan. She grew up near the Chuska Mountains on the eastern border of the Diné/Navajo homeland in New Mexico. She earned her BA from the University of New Mexico and her MA and PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

A librettist and an award-winning poet, she has written three books of poetry. Her first book was titled Making Friends with Water Omaha (Omaha, NE: Nosila Press, 1986); her second book, No Parole Today (Albuquerque, NM: West End Press, 1999), was named Poetry Book of the Year by the Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers; and her book Tseyi, Deep in the Rock (Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 2005), a collaboration of poetry and photography with Stephen Strom, received the Arizona Book Association's Glyph Award for Best Poetry and Best Book. Tohe has also co-edited Sister Nations: Native American Women Writers on Community (2002) with Heid E. Erdrich. Her commissioned libretto, Enemy Slayer, A Navajo Oratorio made its world premiere in 2008 and was performed by The Phoenix Symphony. Tohe’s most recent publication is Code Talker Stories (2012), an oral history of the Navajo Code Talkers.

Laura Tohe is Professor with Distinction in Indigenous Literature at Arizona State University, and is the Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation for 2015-2019.


This event is organized by NAIS in collaboration with Professor Anthony Webster, member of the NAIS Advisory Council and member of the faculty in the Department of Anthropology at UT.

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