La Lengua Sin Frontera (Language Without Borders): Three Indigenous Poets recorded November 9 in Los Angeles.
Join us for an evening celebrating Indigenous poetry from the United States and Mexico with three major poets—Natalie Diaz (member of the Mojave and Pima Indian tribes, winner of the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, language activist and educator), Layli Long Soldier (an Oglala Lakota poet, writer, and artist whose debut poetry collection WHEREAS is short-listed for the National Book Award), and Natalia Toledo (a Mexican poet and translator who writes in Spanish and Zapotec and won the Nezhualcóyotl Prize, Mexico’s highest honor for Indigenous-language literature). Each poet will read from their distinctive work that moves across many languages and lands, exploring what it means to be an Indigenous woman writer in today’s world. This special program will also feature a performance by Cahuilla Bird singing master Michael Mirelez and company, who are part of a long, inter-generational tradition of culture bearers within the local California Indian community.
ALOUD is one of many free programs at the Los Angeles Public Library made possible by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles.