Join us for an Evening with Joy Harjo, LeAnne Howe & Jennifer Foerster, co-editors of When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry. Harjo, Howe, & Foerster will read from the anthology and have a conversation as part of the Institute for Inquiry and Poetics. The convening’s theme is Beyond the Obvious and seeks to answer the following question: How does poetry create conditions for radical belonging?
The Institute for Inquiry and Poetics, founded at the University of Arizona Poetry Center, is a thought center designed to create space and time for poets to respond to pressing questions that reside at the intersection of social concern and poetry. Encouraging interdisciplinary modalities and investigative research, the Institute will ask poets a series of questions, and digitally archive their responses on poetry.arizona.edu.
We believe that social, racial, and environmental justice are rooted in language, and that poets are preeminent language makers that can help us reckon with society’s most perplexing questions. We also believe that each person never loses the capacity to learn, grow, and change; and because of this radical capaciousness, we hope to reorient conversations and reframe our future through imaginative language and action.
This program will also help launch the Hurand Connection Fund, a new initiative started by Josh Hurand and his family. Josh is a poet and a longtime member of the Poetry Center’s advisory board. At 46, Josh faced a terminal cancer diagnosis, something he continues to live with. The fund was established to honor Josh’s voice.