Photograph of Layli Long Soldier
Layli Long Soldier Image Credit: Graywolf Press

October 29, 2020 6pm Via Zoom

Layli Long Soldier’s first volume of poetry, Whereas, explores the systemic violence against and cultural erasure of native tribes in the United States through a thoughtful investigation of language.  In writing these poems, Long Soldier studied similar apologies from governments across the world to indigenous peoples and considered the nature of authentic apology.

Whereas has won multiple awards including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry, as well as a finalist for the John Leonard Prize.

Layli Long Soldier is an Oglala Lakota poet, writer, feminist, artist, and activist currently working as an adjunct English professor at Diné College.  She grew up in the four corners region of the Southwest, where she continues to live and work to advocate against the continued, systematic oppression of indigenous populations.