ʔaʔkʷustəŋáw̕txʷ House of Learning, Peninsula College Longhouse will offer a safe space for dynamic conversations with guest poets Dawn Pichón Barron and Rena Priest, December 8, at 2:00 pm. Their poetry reading will be followed by a roundtable discussion.
“The Culture Talks hope to hold space for broadening perspectives and cultural awareness while celebrating diversity and commonality within community,” Samantha Della-DeVoney, Longhouse cultural programs manager said. “Our doors are open for the public to join these very vital and meaningful exchanges that support the Longhouse vision to build bridges of understanding and awareness.”
Carmen Hoover and Kyle Pittman led the first, Culture Talk, “Facing Cultural Appropriation,” in October.
Della-DeVoney is a graduate of Peninsula College and The Evergreen State College, where she earned a BA in the Native Pathways Program (NPP). She is the Cultural Programs Manager for ʔaʔkʷustəŋáw̕txʷ House of Learning, PC Longhouse.
“I was thinking back to a conversation with Dawn about being aggressive and what that word means,” Della- DeVoney said. “It is important to think about the meaning of words and how the meaning changes per person, per experience. Inviting a conversation about the compilation of words that make up poetry will be dynamic and powerful.”
Priest is a poet and a member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation. Her literary debut, Patriarchy Blues, was honored with a 2018 American Book Award. Her most recent collection, Sublime Subliminal, was published by Floating Bridge Press. She is the recipient of an Allied Arts Professional Poets Award and residency fellowships from Hawthornden Castle, Hedgebrook, and Mineral School. She is a National Geographic Explorer and a 2019 Jack Straw Writer. Her work can be found in For Love of Orcas, Cosmonauts Avenue, Poetry Northwest, High Country News, and Nautilus. Her recent article in Yes magazine titled, "The Kind of Heroes We Need to Actually Save the Planet," can be found at https://bit.ly/2V1RhAw.
Pichón Barron, a mixed-blood (Choctaw/Mexican/Euro), is a writer, educator, and believer in “Relationality” as a way of knowing and being. She is the Academic Director of the NPP and member of the Faculty at The Evergreen State College. Her work has appeared in Moss, Yellow Medicine Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, WA 129 anthology (Sage Press, 2017), Barrelhouse, Pontoon, Of A Monstrous Child (Lost Horse Press, 2011) among other writerly places. She is author of the chapbook “ESCAPE GIRL BLUES” (Finishing Line Press, 2018) and lives with her wingman at the southern tip of the Salish Sea. She can occasionally be found at dawnpichonbarron.com.
Join the Zoom discussion at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87463269446
Meeting ID: 874 6326 9446
The Culture Talks series is free and open to the public. The series was made possible through a National Endowment for the Humanities CARES grant that supports humanities faculty, staff and projects impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.