We've assembled a wonderful collection of regional poets for this evening celebrating the diverse voices of the contemporary American West. Jon Davis has just published his latest collection, Preliminary Report. His work is also included in the recently released, comprehensive anthology New Poets of the American West, along with Pamela Uschuk, Art Goodtimes, William Pitt Root and Venaya Yazzie who will also join us for the event.
Jon Davis has been a member of the Institute of American Indian Arts’ College of Contemporary Native Arts’ Creative Writing faculty since 1990. Pamela Uschuk is author of many books of poems, including Crazy Love, which was just awarded the American Book Award. Uschuk teaches creative writing at Fort Lewis College in Durango. William Pitt Root taught at Hunter College, Amherst, Interlochen Arts Academy, New York University, and University of Montana. He was Tuscon’s first Poet Laureate (1997-2002). He travels with his wife, poet Pamela Uschuk, when not working in a century-old stable near the Weminuche Wilderness, assembling reams of work into new collections of poetry and prose. Art Goodtimes is a former poetry editor for Earth First! Journal and Wild Earth. A four-term Green county commissioner, he also served for more than twenty-five years as poet-in-residence for the annual Telluride Mushroom Festival and continues as founder/director of the annual Talking Gourds poetry gatherings. Venaya Yazzie (Diné/Hopi ) was raised in the shadow of Dziłnaodiłthle (Huerfano Peak) which is located on the eastern region of the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. She is an alumnus of the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, NM and received a B.A. degree in English and Communications at Fort Lewis College, in Durango. She is currently in the University of New Mexico M.A. Teacher Education program with emphasis in American Indian Education. Yazzie divides her time in Albuquerque, NM and the San Juan Valley in northwestern New Mexico.