Award-winning poet, essayist, and short story author Bojan Louis will read from his work on Wednesday, Oct. 18, as a guest of the Washington State University Visiting Writers Series, a system-wide offering of creative readings, class visits, workshops, and collaborative exchanges across intellectual and artistic disciplines.
Louis’s reading and Q&A will take place at 5 p.m. in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the WSU Pullman campus and via the VWS YouTube livestream. The event is free and open to the public. Common Reading credit is available.
Louis is Diné of the Naakai dine’é, born for the Áshííhí. He is the author of the short-story collection “Sinking Bell” (Graywolf Press 2022), the poetry collection “Currents” (BkMk Press 2017), and the nonfiction chapbook “Troubleshooting Silence in Arizona” (The Guillotine Series 2012). His work can also be found in “Shapes of Native Nonfiction: Collected Essays by Contemporary Writers,” “When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry, Native Voices Anthology,” and “The Diné Reader: An Anthology of Navajo Literature.” His honors include a MacDowell Fellowship, a 2018 American Book Award, and a 2023 National Endowments for the Arts Literature Fellowship. In addition to teaching at the Institute for American Indian Arts, Louis is an associate professor in the Creative Writing MFA and American Indian Studies programs at the University of Arizona.
The WSU Visiting Writers Series is grateful to our collaborators, including WSU Pullman English Department, WSU Pullman College of Arts and Sciences, WSU Vancouver Office of Equity and Diversity, WSU Vancouver Office of Academic Affairs, WSU Vancouver College of Arts and Sciences, WSU Common Reading Program, ASWSU, Landscapes, Academic Outreach and Innovation, and WSU Native American Programs.