A Talk With Navajo Nation Poet Laureate Laura Tohe
301 Butler Ave
Providence, RI 02906
Laura Tohe is Diné from the Navajo Nation, holds a Ph.D. in Indigenous American Literature, and is the Navajo Nation Poet Laureate for 2015-2019. A librettist, novelist, and award-winning poet, her books include No Parole Today, Making Friends with Water, Sister Nations, Tséyi, Deep in the Rock, and Code Talker Stories. Tohe has written on topics from boarding schools to Navajo code breakers, all with her culture and community as the creative centerpiece. Across an array of media including memoir, poetry, prose, photojournalism, and opera she explores themes related to tradition, womanhood, nature, history and spirituality.
She wrote essays, stories, and a children’s play that have appeared in the U.S., Canada, and Europe with French, Dutch, and Italian translations. She is the recipient of the American Indian Festival of Writers Award, the Joy Harjo and the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund Award, the Dan Schilling Public Scholar Award, and was twice nominated for the Pushcart Award. She is Professor Emerita with Distinction from Arizona State University.
Tohe will be speaking at Lincoln School as a part of the Bold Voices Speaker Series, which features a diverse array of distinguished individuals from all walks of life who are dedicated to sharing their perspectives to enrich the greater community.
This event is free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of the Joseph R. and Jeffrey R. Paolino Fund. Find more information at www.lincolnschool.org/lauratohe