WE THE INDIGENOUS is a virtual reading series showcasing the best of Indigenous literary talent. With financial support from the NDN Collective, the series will virtually travel along the occupied west coast, from Seattle to Portland, San Francisco to Los Angeles, and then Phoenix, Arizona.
Our reading is free but donations are gladly accepted for our nonprofit beneficiary NAYA Family Center, whose mission is to enhance the diverse strengths of our youth and families in partnership with the community through cultural identity and education. www.nayapdx.org
ABOUT OUR HOST
Sasha LaPointe (Tacoma) is from the Upper Skagit and Nooksack Indian Tribe. Native to the Pacific Northwest, she draws inspiration from her coastal heritage as well as her life in the city.
ABOUT OUR READERS
Jessica (Tyner) Mehta is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, interdisciplinary artist and poet, and author of several books. Place, space, and personal ancestry inform much of her work. She is also the owner of an award-winning small business MehtaFor.
Trevino L. Brings Plenty is a poet and musician who lives, works, and writes in Portland, OR. He is singer/songwriter/guitarist for the musical ensemble Ballads of Larry Drake. He has read/performed his work at poetry festivals as far away as Amman, Jordan and close to his home base at Portland’s Wordstock Festival.
Demian DinéYazhi'(Diné) is a transdisciplinary artist who uses social interventions to interrupt colonial power structures. His blog Heterogeneoushomosexual contemplates “Radical Indigenous Queer Feminist Art” and how a marginalized body navigates and resists assimilation. DinéYazhi’s practice includes curation, zine production, public interactions, as well as writing and poetry. DinéYazhi’ grew up in Gallup, New Mexico.
Blake Hausman is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He lives in Portland, where he teaches English, Reading, Writing, and Native American Studies at Portland Community College.