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Presented By: Zell Visiting Writers Series

ZOOM ONLY: Documentary Poetics: Searching for the Emotional Subject(ive) Inside the Object(ive) Language of the Document

A Craft Lecture by Layli Long Soldier, Zell Visiting Writers Series

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Layli Long Soldier
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Zell Visiting Writers Series readings and Q&As are free and open to the public. Please contact asbates@umich.edu with any questions or accommodation needs.


Layli Long Soldier holds a B.F.A. from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an M.F.A. from Bard College. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, The New York Times, The American Poet, The American Reader, The Kenyon Review, BOMB and elsewhere. She is the recipient of an NACF National Artist Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award. She has also received the 2018 PEN/Jean Stein Award, the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award, a 2021 Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature, and the 2021 Michael Murphy Memorial Poetry Prize in the UK. She is the author of Chromosomory (Q Avenue Press, 2010) and Whereas (Graywolf Press, 2017). She resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Whereas is most well-known for its 28-poem response to the National Apology to Native Americans, a Congressional Resolution signed by President Obama in December 2009. It is also a foundational text for Long Soldier’s position as a mother, educator, artist/writer, and Lakota woman—a critical push-and-pull with the language and encounters within these various roles.


For any questions about the event or to share accommodation needs, please email asbates@umich.edu-- we are eager to help ensure that this event is inclusive to you. The building, event space, and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. A lactation room (Angell Hall #5209), reflection room (Haven Hall #1506), and gender-inclusive restroom (Angell Hall 5th floor) are available on site. ASL interpreters and CART services at in-person events are available upon request; please email asbates@umich.edu at least two weeks prior to the event, whenever possible, to allow time to arrange services.

U-M employees with a U-M parking permit may use the Church Street Parking Structure (525 Church St., Ann Arbor) or the Thompson Parking Structure (500 Thompson St., Ann Arbor). There is limited metered street parking on State Street and South University Avenue. The Forest Avenue Public Parking Structure (650 South Forest Ave., Ann Arbor) is five blocks away, and the parking rate is $1.20 per hour. All of these options include parking spots for individuals with disabilities.

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