2017 Festival

2017 FESTIVAL: April 29th


Jericho Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, Please (New Issues 2008), won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best books of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. He is an associate professor in English and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta.

Dr. Ofelia Zepeda is a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation and Regents’ Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona. She has three books of poetry, Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert, Jewed I-hoi/Earth Movements and Where Clouds are Formed, and is the co-editor of Home. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals including, Reinventing the Enemy’s Language edited by Joy Harjo and Gloria Bird, Poetry of the American West: A Columbia Anthology, Alison Deming, editor and A Narrative Compass: Stories that Guide Women’s Lives, edited by Roberta S. Trite and Betsy Hearne and most recently in Sonoran Desert: A literary Field Guide edited by Eric Magrane and Christopher Cokinos.

She has also collaborated in arts project that included engraving of some of her poems on boulders north of the University of Arizona campus and in the project, Passages at South Mountain Community College Library in South Phoenix. Her most recent collaboration was with Jonathan VanBallenberghe on a poetry film, Moving Rural Verse: Poem Films from the Deep West.  Ofelia is the series editor of Sun Tracks, a book series publishing Native American writers at the University of Arizona Press.

Erín Moure is a noted North American poet and translator of poetry and poetics. In Canada, the USA, and the UK (variously), she has published 17 books of poetry, a volume of essays, a book of short articles on translation, and a memoir, and she is translator or co-translator of 17 books of poetry and two of creative non fiction (biopoetics) from French, Spanish, Galician and Portuguese. Her work has received the Governor General’s Award, Pat Lowther Memorial Award, A.M. Klein Prize twice, and has been a three-time finalist for the Griffin Prize. Recent works include Insecession (BookThug), a biopoetics published together with Chus Pato’s Secession, and Kapusta(Anansi). New in 2016 were translations of François Turcot’s My Dinosaur (BookThug), Chus Pato’s Flesh of Leviathan (Omnidawn) and Rosalía de Castro’s New Leaves (Small Stations). A 40-year retrospective of her work, Planetary Noise: The Poetry of Erín Moure (edited and introduced by Shannon Maguire) is just out from Wesleyan, and later this year will see her translation from Portunhol of Wilson Bueno’sParaguayan Sea (Nightboat), and her translation from Galician of Antón Lopo’s Distance of the Wolf: A biography of Uxío Novoneyra(Fundación Uxío Novoneyra).

Enrique García Naranjo is a poet, performer and pocho from Tucson, Arizona. He is a Tucson Youth Poetry Slam alumnus and a Spoken Futures INC staff member. García Naranjo’s poetry is centered on Xicanx identity and the language of resistance. In 2014, García Naranjo published his debut collection of poetry, Tortoise Boy Says, through Spoken Futures Press. García Naranjo’s work has been published by and included in The LA Times, The Acentos Review, The New Engagement, Cunjuh Magazine and more. Between reading, performing and teaching, García Naranjo can be found crate digging for vinyl and spinning at a block party.

Natalie Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California, on the banks of the Colorado River. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Tribe. Her first poetry collection, When My Brother Was an Aztec, was published by Copper Canyon Press. She is a Lannan Literary Fellow and a Native Arts Council Foundation Artist Fellow. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship, the Holmes National Poetry Prize, a Hodder Fellowship, and a PEN/Civitella Ranieri Foundation Residency, as well as being awarded a US Artists Ford Fellowship. Diaz teaches at Arizona State University and the Institute of American Indian Arts Low Rez MFA program. She splits her time between the east coast and Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she works to revitalize the Mojave language.