Tuesday, March 5, 2019
7:30pm, Weinstein Auditorium

In her poem “38,” Layli Long Soldier notes that “‘Real’ poems do not ‘really’ require words,” even as her work shows us the vitality, resonance and adaptability of well-chosen language. Her tremendous first book WHEREAS (Graywolf Press, 2017) interrogates and demands justice for the past, present and future of Native people in America. WHEREAS, a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award, won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award. Long Soldier is also a recipient of a Lannan Literary Award and a Whiting Award, as well as a National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.

Supported by the Smith College Lecture Committee, CEEDS (the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design & Sustainability), the Department of English
Language & Literature, the Department of Government, the Program in American Studies