Laura Da’ with Sasha LaPointe & Casandra Lopez
A Seattle-area poet and public school teacher who recently read here for Heid Erdrich’s landmark anthology, New Poets of Native Nations, Laura Da’ reads here tonight for her second collection of poetry, Instruments of the True Measure (University of Arizona Press). This powerful book, following Tributaries, helps explore and reclaim lost aspects of her Shawnee homeland.
“Laura Da’ aligns ‘cross-hatchings on a map’ with blood memory to create a cartography of resistance. Da’s vivid poems awaken startling clarity in understanding American history’s imprint upon our bodies—and that we, too, are ‘quartered’ by its wrath. Instruments of the True Measure is a necessary journey, a must-read.”—Sherwin Bitsui.
Also part of this reading are two other excellent Native poets, Sasha LaPointe and Casandra Lopez. Sasha LaPointe, Coast Salish of the Nooksack Tribe, has had her work published in numerous literary journals, and is presently working on her MFA at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. Casandra Lopez is a Chicana and Cahuilla/Luiseno/Tongva writer and educator who has written one chapbook, Where Bullet Breaks (Sequoyah National Research Center), and has another, After Bullet (Yellow Chair Press), forthcoming.
Co-presented with the INDIGENOUS PEOPLES INSTITUTE at SEATTLE UNIVERSITY.